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Psychology

Psychology

Major

PSYCHOLOGY

Students majoring in psychology have the option of completing either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.

Students in both degree programs acquire a knowledge of the theoretical approaches, research methodologies, research findings, and practical applications of the many sub-fields within the science and profession of contemporary psychology. Working closely with their Mentors, students build on this foundation by developing an individualized area of courses in a particular specialty which will augment their liberal arts psychology background. These students acquire the ability to

  • critique new research findings in psychology.
  • present research findings and theoretical systems in oral and written formats.
  • apply theory to real-world problems.
  • evaluate contemporary controversies in the field of psychology.

In addition to the skills above, students in the B.S. degree program acquire the following specific research skills designed to best prepare them for graduate study:

  • critically reviewing and synthesizing diverse bodies of research literature.
  • designing and conducting original research projects.
  • using SPSS to analyze research data.
  • using microcomputer-based graphics packages to prepare professional quality figures and graphics.
  • preparing publication quality research reports in APA format.
To fulfill the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts with a major in psychology, students must take at least nine courses in psychology, and these courses must satisfy the following conditions:


Fundamentals
All students must take the following courses:
PS 101 Introduction to Psychology
PS 200 Statistics & Research Design I
PS 201M Statistics & Research Design II

Freshman/Sophomore Classes
Students must take at least two of the following courses:
PS 205 Human Learning & Cognition
PS 202 Psychology of Childhood & Adolescence
PS 209 Abnormal Psychology

Junior/Senior Classes
Students must take at least two of the following courses:
PS 302 Social Psychology
PS 306 Personality Theory & Research
PS 309 Biopsychology

In addition to the seven required courses from the Fundamentals, Freshman/Sophomore, and Junior/Senior categories, each student must take at least two additional psychology courses. Any psychology course may be used for this purpose, with the exception of directed/independent studies and winter terms. No more than four transfer classes may count toward the B.A. psychology major.

To fulfill the requirements for a Bachelor of Science with a major in psychology, students must take at least 10 courses in psychology, and these courses must satisfy the following conditions:

All B.S. students must complete the seven required classes from the Fundamentals, Freshman/ Sophomore, and Junior/Senior categories.

In addition, they must take at least three of the following courses:
PS 321 Advanced Statistics & Research Design
PS 337 Psychological Tests & Measurements
PS 410 History & Systems
PS 428 Advanced Research Seminar

As with the B.A. degree, no more than four transfer classes may count toward the B.S. psychology major.

The required courses are arranged in a hierarchical and developmental sequence. This sequence is listed on a checklist which the student will use with the Mentor to plan each semester's classes. While providing a basic structure to the degree planning, the sequence includes adequate flexibility for students wishing to participate in the International Education program and those who also pursue a second major.

To satisfy the requirements of the psychology minor, the student must take Introduction to Psychology and four other psychology courses. Independent studies and winter terms may not be used for this purpose, and at least one of the four additional courses must be a 300-level course. No more than two transfer classes may count toward the psychology minor.

All courses for the psychology major and minor must be passed with a grade of C- or better.

B.A. or B.S.

Students majoring in psychology have the option of completing a Bachelor of Arts or Science. The B.A. program is intended for students who want a strong background in psychology as preparation for careers in such areas as law, public health, and medicine. The B.S. program is intended for students who plan to go on to graduate school in some area of psychology.

The Eckerd Difference

<strong>Rachel Feinberg</strong>---Atlanta, GA---Psychology

"Eckerd met every one of my expectations and more. Here I can be driven, focused, and able to explore any area I please thanks to the dedication of teachers, faculty, and friends. At the same time, I am able to take advantage of Eckerd's beautiful environment, calming atmosphere, and fun activities to make my education experience an enjoyable one." - Rachel Feinberg, Psychology major