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  4
      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
4






 Foreign Language*  3
   
   
 General Education Requirements  37
    The General Education Curriculum, a 37-hour program to help students appreciate a liberal arts education, includes required specific courses as well as selected courses from various distributions. For details, go to General Education Curriculum.

    NOTE: To meet the General Education Quantitative Literacy Distribution, it is recommended that B.A. psychology majors take either MATH 108MATH 111MATH 112MATH 121 MATH 145 or MATH 151

 General Electives  41
 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.


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 adviser. 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
ENG 101 3 ENG 102 3
SBU 101 2 SBU 102 1
BIO/BIOL 101 4 General Education Requirements 6
General Elective/Foreign Language* 3 Elective/Foreign Language* 3
Total  15 Total  16
       
 ◄ SECOND YEAR ► 
 Fall  Credits   Spring  Credits 
PSYC 201 w/lab 4 PSYC 202 w/lab 4
PSYC Elective 3 PSYC Elective 3
General Elective 3 General Education Requirement 3
General Education Requirements 6 General Electives 6
Total  16 Total  16
       
 ◄ THIRD YEAR ► 
 Fall  Credits   Spring  Credits 
PSYC Electives 6 PSYC Electives 6
General Education Requirements 6 General Electives 6
General Elective 3 General Elective 3
Total  15 Total  15
       
 ◄ FOURTH YEAR ► 
 Fall  Credits   Spring  Credits 
PSYC 49X (Senior Seminar) 3 General Electives 6
General Electives 3 General Electives 6
General Electives 9

Total  15 Total  12

* 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.