Sep 28, 2022  
Traditional Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 
Traditional Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 Archived Catalog

4-Year Plan

Psychology, B.S.

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Student Learning Outcomes

Knowledge Base of Psychology - Students will demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.

Research Methods in Psychology - Students will understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.

Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology - Students will respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.

Application of Psychology - Students will understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.

Integration of Faith and Values in Psychology - Students will be able to weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and integrate a Christian worldview with psychology as a discipline.

Information and Technological Literacy - Students will demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology for many purposes.

Communication Skills - Students will be able to communicate effectively in a variety of formats.

Sociocultural and International Awareness - Students will recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.

Personal Development - Students will develop insight into their own and others’ behavior and mental processes and apply effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement.

Career Planning and Development - Students will emerge from the major with realistic ideas about how to implement their psychological knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with major in Psychology

University Core Curriculum - 39 hours

Program requirements satisfy 9 of the 48 hours in the Core Curriculum.


Emphasis Option - 9 hours

Students must designate and complete one of the following emphasis areas. This emphasis requirement can be fulfilled by the completion of an emphasis (9 credit hours), a minor (18 credit hours), a double major or a dual degree:

Emphasis by Specialty Area - select 9 hours in a given area:


9 hours of graduate course work required (maximum 12 hours allowed and hours count toward both undergraduate Psychology degree and graduate Counseling degree), chosen from among the following options:

Foreign Language

Nine hours from LS-1000, LS-2000 level courses, including three hours at the 2000 level; or

Six hours of LS-2000 level courses

Achievement Test

All psychology majors are required to complete a standardized achievement test designated by the department

Electives as necessary to complete minimum total hours


Students who anticipate attending graduate school should consider taking at least some of the following courses:

Minimum total semester hours - 120

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