Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

The Bachelor of Arts program is most appropriate for the student who seeks primarily a liberal arts education, with a major in psychology and a broad distribution of electives in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. A bachelor of arts in psychology in conjunction with appropriate elective courses is an excellent preparation for careers in human services or social services, or post graduate studies in clinical psychology, counseling, developmental psychology, industrial and organizational behavior, school psychology, social psychology, business administration, or law.

For a comparison between the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and the Bachelor of Science in Psychology, please see our Comparison of the BA and BS degrees (pdf).

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

The following table summarizes all requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. To see the description of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions page lists all psychology courses. For one possible breakdown of the major by semester, see the Plan of Study below.

 Requirements   Credits 
 Psychology  35
      PSYC 101. An Introduction to Psychology
      PSYC 102. An Introduction to Biopsychology
      PSYC 201. Psychological Research: Methods and Statistics I
      PSYC 202. Psychological Research: Methods and Statistics II
      PSYC 49X (Senior Seminar)
      Three Social/Personality/Developmental electives
      Two Cognitive/Biological/Health electives
      Psychology elective
3
3
4
4
3
9
6
3
 Cognate Courses  7
      One course chosen from
            BIO/BIOL 101. Fundamentals of Biology
            BIO/BIOL 105. Fundamentals of Biological Science I
            PHYS 103. General Physics I & PHYL 103. General Physics Laboratory I
            CHEM 101. General Chemistry I & CHML 101. General Chemistry I Laboratory
            CS/CSL 131. Computer Science I
      One quantitative reasoning course, chosen from
            MATH 108. Pre-Calculus Mathematics
            MATH 111. Mathematics for Elementary Education I
            MATH 112. Mathematics for Elementary Education II
            MATH 121. Finite Mathematics for Management and Social Sciences
            MATH 145. Introduction to Mathematical Concepts
            MATH 151. Calculus I
            MATH 152. Calculus II
4





3
 Foreign Language  3
     One course at the 202 level or above* 3
 Clare College (Core Curriculum at St. Bonaventure) 36
      CLAR 101. The Intellectual Journey
      CLAR 110. Composition and Critical Thinking I 
      CLAR 111. Composition and Critical Thinking II
      Core Area Courses:
            CLAR 103. Foundations of the Western World
            CLAR 105. Inquiry in the Social World
            CLAR 206. Foundational Religious Texts of the Western World
            CLAR 207. The Catholic-Franciscan Heritage
            CLAR 208. World Views
            CLAR 209. Art and Literature
            CLAR 302 & CLRL 302. Inquiry in the Natural World
            CLAR 304. The Good Life
      CLAR 401. The University Forum
3
3
3
 
3
3
3
3
3
3
4
3
2
 General Electives  39
 TOTAL  120

* The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.

† The Clare College curriculum also includes a three-credit quantitative reasoning requirement. Psychology B.A. majors satisfy this requirement by passing any of the mathematics courses listed in the above table under Cognate Courses.

Psychology Electives

Departmental Comprehensive Requirement

To comply with University comprehensive examination requirements, psychology majors must take the senior seminar. In this course students plan, conduct and write a senior thesis. The purposes of the thesis are to capstone undergraduate experiences and to provide a transition to post-baccalaureate life. The thesis is based on an empirical research project.

Plan of Study for a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Changes in the sequence of the plan of study below may be desirable. These must be made in consultation with the student's academic advisor. To see the title of a course in the plan of study, simply pass the cursor over the course's number. To see an overview of a course, click on its number.

 ◄ FIRST YEAR ► 
 Fall  Credits   Spring  Credits 
PSYC 101  3 PSYC 102 3
CLAR 101  3 Core Area Course (Clare) 3
CLAR 110 3 CLAR 111  3
Cognate Science Course  4 Quantitative Reasoning Course 3
Elective/Foreign Language 201* 3 Elective/Foreign Language 202* 3
Total  16 Total  15
       
 ◄ SECOND YEAR ► 
 Fall  Credits   Spring  Credits 
PSYC 201  4 PSYC 202  4
PSYC Elective 3 PSYC Elective 3
General Elective 3 Core Area Course  (Clare) 3
Core Area Courses  (Clare) 6 General Electives 6
Total  16 Total  16
       
 ◄ THIRD YEAR ► 
 Fall  Credits   Spring  Credits 
PSYC Elective 6 PSYC Electives 6
Core Area Course (CLAR/CLRL 302) 4 Core Area Courses (Clare) 6
General Electives 3 General Elective 3
Total  13 Total  15
       
 ◄ FOURTH YEAR ► 
 Fall  Credits   Spring  Credits 
PSYC 49X (Senior Seminar) 3 CLAR 401 2
Core Area Course (Clare) 3 Core Area Course (Clare) 3
General Electives 9 General Electives 9
Total  15 Total  14

* The School of Arts and Sciences requires all majors to complete a foreign language course at the 202 level or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in the language, which count as general electives.