Psychology’s attempt to understand the human condition takes many approaches. Some psychologists study brain chemistry and its relation to behavior, while others study the behavior of individuals in groups. Still others are engaged in providing counseling or psychotherapy to people who are mentally ill or who are having difficulty coping with the demands of life. Educators also utilize a psychological lens when teaching and shaping young minds.
The core program in general psychology is designed to ensure that majors develop a sound, basic preparation for advanced study, as well as have a solid grounding in psychological research and the real world applications of research findings in the field. The program is designed to allow students flexibility in selecting courses with the assistance of their advisor. However, the design of the major ensures that each psychology major has direct experience with research methodology, from the theoretical underpinnings through research design, implementation and data analysis, and finally to a manuscript of an entire research project.
Upcoming Major Changes
Beginning spring '21, the psychology major will divide into two tracks:
- 2020-21 majors who complete PSY 301, and
- 2021-22 new majors who complete PSY 297A/203 and PSY 305:
PSY 203 Research Methods
PSY 203, temporarily numbered PSY 297A, will serve as new majors' introduction to research methods in psychology. Major topics include the principles of empirical science, sampling, research design, and ethical issues in research.
This course is a prerequisite for new major application, which means--beginning fall '21--students must complete PSY 203 with a C- or better before being eligible to apply to the new major.
Currently enrolled in PSY 203 or think you transferred an equivalent course? Click HERE for more info.
PSY 305 Scientific Writing and Thinking
PSY 305 will introduce new majors to writing and critical thinking in psychology. In 15-student classes, majors will learn how to read, analyze, and produce psychological writing, how to effectively communicate psychological research, and how to identify gaps in research to be investigated. Final project will be a literature review (WP2).
Originally, the material covered in 203 and 305 was taught collectively as PSY 301. This separate approach provides students the opportunity to grasp essential aspects of research and design first and analyze and communicate second. Dividing the material over two courses is intended for maximum retention and increased academic success as students complete their major. PSY 305 is unavailable to students that are currently enrolled in or have completed PSY 301 with a C- or better.
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