Psychology Undergraduate Program

The School of Professional Psychology offers a Bachelor of Arts major in psychology and a minor in psychology in both the undergraduate day program and Adult Accelerated program. The undergraduate major in psychology has three goals. The first is to provide the student with the opportunity to study the ways in which psychology explores and explains human behavior in its various facets. This is accomplished by the treatment of theory, research, and methodology contained in various psychology courses. The second goal is for the major to learn how psychology is applied. The principal area of application is in mental health, and first-hand experience in this area forms an important part of the undergraduate senior capstone experience. The last goal is to provide students with a solid foundation to support advanced (graduate) training in psychology should the student so desire.

In addition to the general requirements, admission to the major requires completion of PSY 103 or its equivalent with a minimum grade of C. For the Bachelor of Arts with a major or minor in psychology, the general education requirements must be met. Psychology majors must not use psychology courses to fulfill the Social Sciences component of the University Studies requirement.

For the major, 30 semester hours are required, including PSY 103 (Psychological Systems), PSY 202 (Lifespan Development), PSY 204 (Experimental Procedures), PSY 458 (Abnormal Psychology), and PSY 465 (Social Psychology), as well as MATH 231 (Statistical Techniques). In support of course work in psychology, majors are also required to take BIO 104 (Human Biology) and SS 305 (Political and Economic Power). If a student has a second major, the minimum requirement in psychology is 24 hours. Transfer students must take at least half of the specified credit hours for the major at Spalding University.

For the minor, 18 semester hours, including PSY 103 and PSY 204 are required, and MATH 231 is required in support of the psychology minor.

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