Winthrop University: Majors and More - Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Majors and More

Psychology

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Psychology majors at Winthrop acquire a broad range of knowledge and skills consistent with both the University's general education goals and the American Psychological Association's Undergraduate Psychology Learning Goals. Recent psychology graduates have obtained employment in a wide variety of fields such as health and human services, social services, business, and education, and/or pursued advanced preparation in various specialties of psychology as well as in medicine, law, business, education, and other fields.

General Education

 

Semester Hours

ACAD 101 Principles of the Learning Academy

1

Shared Skills and Proficiencies
   
Writing and Critical Thinking    
    WRIT 101 Composition

3

    HMXP 102      Human Experience 3
    CRTW 201 Critical Reading, Thinking & Writing

3

    Oral Communication See approved list; may be met with another requirement 0-3
    Technology See approved list 3
    Intensive Writing Met in major with PSYC 302 0
    Constitution Requirement See approved list; may be met with another requirement 0-3
    Physical Activity See approved list; 1
Thinking Critically Across Disciplines*    
Global Perspectives See approved list

3

Historical Perspectives See approved list

3

Introducing Students to Broad Disciplinary Perspectives*

 

Social Science See approved list; must include 2 designators; 3 hours met in major
with PSYC 101

3

Humanities and Arts See approved list; must include 2 designators

6

Quantitative Skills and Natural Science* (3 courses) 9-12
    Quantitative Skills See approved list (3-8)
    Natural Science See approved list; must include one lab science.  [If 2 courses taken, must
be in 2 different groups:  Life, Physical ,Earth]

(3-8)

Subtotal   38-47
*No more than two courses in the major may count toward requirements in these areas  
Requirements in Major  

36

Foundations    
   PSYC 101**, 104,198 Gen Psychology, Entry to Psyc Major, Psyc as Discipline & Profession

4

Experimental Sequence    
   PSYC 301**, PSYC 302** Statistics & Research Methods

8

   PSYC 303 Ethics in Psychological Research

0

SR Capstone Experience    
   PSYC 400, 463 or 498 Hist & Systems of PSYC, Internship, Senior Seminar

3

    PSYC 404 Exit from the Psyc major 0
Core Courses  

 

Choose 3 of the following:

9

   PSYC 206 Developmental Psychology  
   PSYC 213 Abnormal Psychology  
   PSYC 305 Social Psychology: The Individual and Other People  
   PSYC 335 Biological Psychology  
   PSYC 408 Cognitive Psychology  
   PSYC 409 Principles of Learning  
PSYC Electives (courses numbered above 299)  

12

Foreign Language Requirement  

3-8^ 

Minor  

15-24

General Electives  

5-28

Total  

120

 ^This requirement may be met by a satisfactory score on a recognized proficiency examination or by passing any foreign language course numbered 102 or any course with 102 as a prerequisite.  

**Must attain a grade of C- or higher.

Not more than 42 hours in PSYC may be applied toward the major for a BA degree.


Major Specific Notes:

1) The student must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of PSYC courses in residence at Winthrop University. No more than three hours of Field Experience or Academic Internship (PSYC 340 or 463) can count toward the major. A student may receive up to 3 semester hours for PSC 471 and/or 472 toward the major, and up to 6 semesters hours of PSYC 471 and/or 472 toward the BA.

2) Students are strongly encouraged to take PSYC 104 during their first semester as psychology majors. PSYC 198 may be waived at the discretion of the Chair and Dean’s Office for students transferring with a considerable amount of Psychology credit or those who enter the major as Juniors or Seniors.

3) Students changing their majors from Biology to Psychology who have completed BIOL 300 with a grade of C- or better, are not required to complete PSYC 302 & 303. Dual majors in Psychology and Biology should complete only one of the two required experimental courses (PSYC 302 & 303 or BIOL 300).

4) Students changing their majors from Sociology to Psychology or Sociology majors with Psychology minors, who have passed SOCL 316 with a grade of C- or better, are not required to complete PSYC 301. Double majors in Psychology and Sociology should complete only one of the two required statistics courses (PSYC 301 or SOCL 316). Consult your adviser for an appropriate course.

For additional degree requirements, please visit the Degree Requirements page.

Last Updated: 8/1/19