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1998-1999 Catalog
Department of Psychology
and Sociology


Psychology

Two degree programs with a major in psychology are offered: the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Arts. Graduates of both will have studied psychology in a liberal arts framework and be prepared for graduate study in psychology or related fields or for careers requiring a baccalaureate degree. The bachelor of arts graduate will also have proficiency in a foreign language.

Expected Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate a knowledge base of significant facts, theories, and issues of psychology and a conceptual framework within which new facts and ideas can be assimilated
  • demonstrate reasoning skills, employing critical thinking
  • use English to participate effectively in communication of psychological knowledge and processes
  • gather, synthesize, and utilize information from various sources
  • demonstrate the ability to design experiments, gather data, and utilize quantitative tools and skills to investigate questions of human behavior
  • demonstrate an understanding of the historical roots and development of psychology as a discipline and its place in the broader intellectual traditions of the sciences and humanities

Course Requirements

Areas A-E and Wellness Courses  

Required Hours: 45

Area F Courses Related to the Major

Required Hours: 18

BA Psychology
BIOL 1115 Principles of Biology a
BIOL 1315 Principles of Biology Lab b
MATH 1227 Introductory Statistics
PSYC 1101 Introduction to General Psychology c
Foreign Language 2001
Foreign Language 2002
Select two semester hours of non-psychology courses from the core.

BS Psychology
BIOL 1115 Principles of Biology a
BIOL 1315 Principles of Biology Lab b
MATH 1227 Introductory Statistics
PSYC 1101 Introduction to General Psychology c
Select two laboratory science courses approved in Area D.
Notes: a If taken in the core it must be replaced by another lab science approved for the Area D.
b If taken in the core it must be replaced with a mathematics/technology course approved for Area D.
c If taken in the core it must be replaced with another behavioral science approved for Area E.

The following requirements are for both the BA and BS in Psychology:

Area G Program Requirements

Required Hours: 19


PSYC 3211 Research Design and Methodology 1
PSYC 3212 Research Design and Methodology 2
PSYC 3215 Tests and Measurement
PSYC 4115 History and Systems
Select one of the following two courses:
PSYC 4205 Physiological Psychology
PSYC 4215 Comparative Behavior

Area H Program Electives

Required Hours: 27-29


Select three courses from Group 1 and three courses from Group 2. Select two additional courses from any group.

Group 1
PSYC 3205 Pseudopsychologies and the Paranormal
PSYC 3235 Learning
PSYC 3255 Social Psychology
PSYC 4275 Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 4285 Sensation and Perception

Group 2
PSYC 3125 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 3145 Clinical Psychology
PSYC 3185 Child Development
PSYC 3565 Selected Topics in Psychology
PSYC 4125 Theories of Personality
PSYC 4145 Psychology of the Workplace
PSYC 4165 Motivation

Group 3
PSYC 4205 Physiological Psychology (if not used in Area G)
PSYC 4215 Comparative Behavior (if not used in Area G)
PSYC 4698 Internship
PSYC 4899 Independent Study
PSYC 5105 Psychology of Aging

Area I General Electives

Required Hours: 12-14

Total Hours Required 123

Sociology

The BS in sociology is designed to satisfy the following objectives:

  • to give students a more profound understanding of society, its structures, how it functions, the interrelationships among its institutions, and its impact on the human individual
  • to prepare those students who are planning careers in which knowledge of sociology contributes to quality performance
  • to provide a strong foundation in the discipline for students planning to attend a graduate school of sociology

Expected Outcomes

Graduates will:

  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental ideas and concepts of contemporary sociology
  • be able to demonstrate the ability to choose the appropriate research methods and, where applicable, the appropriate statistical methods to employ for study of a sociological subject
  • have attained what C. Wright Mills calls the sociological imagination ("The sociological imagination enables us to grasp history and biography and the relations between the two within society.")
  • have obtained an understanding of values as well as propositions. They will have learned how to use these concepts in the exploration of human betterment. They will know how to think intelligently about what might constitute a good rule, norm or law; good structures; and how together the rules and structures may be used to create societies which provide the greatest happiness for the greatest number of people.
  • be able to demonstrate understanding of the ethical issues relevant to sociological research
  • be able to read, listen, and think analytically, critically, and creatively about sociological matters

BS Sociology

Areas A-E and Wellness Courses

Required Hours: 45

Area F Courses Related to Major

Required Hours: 18


ANTH 1105 Cultural Anthropology
ENGL 2111 World Literature 1
ENGL 2112 World Literature 2
PHIL 1105 Survey of Philosophical Thought
PSYC 1101 Introduction to General Psychology
SOCI 1101 Introductory Sociology
Note: If any course listed above is used to satisfy Area A-E, select another course approved for the same area of the core.

Area G Program Requirements

Required Hours: 15


SOCI 3101 Social Research 1
SOCI 3102 Social Research 2
SOCI 3105 Society and the Individual
Select one of the following two courses:
SOCI 4105 Sociological Thought
SOCI 4106 Modern Sociological Theory
SOCI 4795 Seminar in Sociology (taken three times)

Area H Program Electives

Required Hours: 15


SOCI 2105 Human Sexuality
SOCI 2293 Introduction to Marriage and the Family
SOCI 3108 Selected Topics in Sociology
SOCI 3109 Sociology of Deviance
SOCI 3115 Sociology of Religion
SOCI 3116 Sociology of Medicine and Mental Disorders
SOCI 3117 Race and Ethnic Relations
SOCI 3118 Culture and Personality
SOCI 3119 Collective Behavior and Social Movements
SOCI 3126 Introduction to Social Work and Welfare
SOCI 3169 Sociology of Human Sexual Relationships
SOCI 3698 Internship
SOCI 4405 Sociology Practicum
SOCI 4899 Independent Study

Area I General Electives

Required Hours: 30


Select at least nine semester hours of courses at the 3000-level or higher.

Total Hours Required 123

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