May 25, 2022  
2021-2022 Shepherd University Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Shepherd University Catalog

Psychology, B.A.


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Shepherd University offers a program in psychology leading to the bachelor of arts degree.

The purpose of the psychology program includes the following:

  1. To expose all students via the Core Curriculum, and Psychology majors via program coursework, to the nature of scientific explanation and scientific research within psychology as well as to provide a conceptual framework for understanding human behavior.
  2. To provide experience in career settings involving research or service work within psychology, or a combination of these (this is accomplished through community engagement, practicum, faculty-led research, and cooperative education programs).
  3. To prepare students with career-relevant skills such as clear and concise verbal and written communication, project development and execution, ethical thinking, and the ability to access and understand scientific research.
  4. To prepare interested students for graduate or professional training.

In addition to a major in psychology, students must also complete the Core Curriculum program, complete a minor field of study, meet the 12-hour B.A. Foreign Language Requirement , and include at least 42 hours of courses numbered 300 and above in their program, for a minimum of 120 credits total, to meet graduation requirements for the bachelor of arts degree.
 

Curriculum for a Major in Psychology


With permission of the Department of Psychology, the six hours of free electives may be career-track electives. Career-track electives are courses from outside the student’s major and minor that clearly relate to the student’s career plans.

Total hours required, 41 Hours:


Electives, 16 Hours:


Restricted electives, Group II (choose two courses)

Free electives (choose a minimum of two courses)*, 6 Hours:

At least 6 additional credits of any 300-400 PSYC.

Note(s):


*Students may elect to take additional Group I classes without the associated lab.

 

 

Four-Year Progression


Psychology
FALL   FIRST YEAR     SPRING   FIRST YEAR  
Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit   Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit
Core Curriculum 1 ENGL 101 3   Core Curriculum 1 ENGL 102 3
Core Curriculum 1 Lab Science (LS)* 4   Core Curriculum 1 Lab Science (LS)* 4
Core Curriculum 1 Mathematics (MA) 3   PSYC 250   Statistics for Social Sciences 4
Core Curriculum 1 History 3   Core Curriculum  1 Choose AR with advisor 3
Core Curriculum   First-Year Experience (FYEX) 1   PSYC 102 (or other elective)   Introduction to the Psychology Major 1
    TOTAL 14       TOTAL 15
*BIOL 103 and 104 are strongly recommended for psychology majors.            
         
FALL   SECOND YEAR     SPRING   SECOND YEAR  
Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit   Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit
Core Curriculum 2 Choose HM-GL or MD with advisor 3   PSYC 305   Social Psychology OR  
Modern Language   Elementary Modern Language I 3   PSYC 309   Abnormal Psychology OR  
PSYC 251   Research Methods in Psychology 3   PSYC 310   Psychology of Personality 3
PSYC 305   Social Psychology OR     Core Curriculum 2 Choose HM-GL or MD with advisor 3
PSYC 309   Abnormal Psychology OR     Core Curriculum 2 Choose SO-CK with advisor 3
PSYC 310   Psychology of Personality 3   Modern Language   Elementary Modern Language II 3
PSYC 340   Lifespan Developmental Psychology 3   Minor   Minor 3
    TOTAL 15       TOTAL 15
                 
All B.A. students must complete 12 hours of one modern language.            
         
FALL   THIRD YEAR     SPRING   THIRD YEAR  
Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit   Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit
Core Curriculum 2 Choose SO-GL or MD with advisor 3   Core Curriculum 2 Choose SO-GL or MD with advisor 3
Modern Language   Intermediate Modern Language I 3   Core Curriculum 2 Choose Wellness with advisor (WE) 3
PSYC 370/370L   Sensation and Perception and Lab OR     Modern Language   Intermediate Modern Language II 3
PSYC 371/371L   Memory and Cognition and Lab OR     PSYC xxx   Elective 3
PSYC 372/372L   Psychology of Learning and Lab 4   Minor   Minor 3
PSYC xxx   Elective 3       TOTAL 15
Minor   Minor 3          
    TOTAL 16          
         
FALL   FOURTH YEAR     SPRING   FOURTH YEAR  
Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit   Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit
PSYC 484   Directed Readings (WM) 3   PSYC 485   Senior Thesis (Capstone) 3
PSYC 420   History and Systems of Psychology 3   PSYC 361 OR PSYC 365   Biopsychology OR Drugs and the Brain 3
Minor   Minor 3   Minor   Minor 3
Minor   Minor 3   Elective   Elective 3
Elective   Elective 3   Elective   Elective 3
    TOTAL 15       TOTAL 15
                 
January 15, 2019             DEGREE TOTAL 120
         

 

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