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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 in Psychology, students must take at least nine courses in psychology, and these courses must satisfy the following conditions.

Fundamentals: All students must take Introduction to Psychology (PS 101S), Statistics & Research Design I (PS 200), and Statistics & Research Design II (PS 201M).

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

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

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.

To fulfill the requirements for a Bachelor of Science 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: Advanced Statistics & Research Design (PS 321), Psychological Tests & Measurements (PS 337), History & Systems (PS 410), an advanced research seminar (PS 422, 426, 428).

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.

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