Department of Psychology

About the Degree

Students working toward a Bachelor’s degree may elect to complete a major or minor in Psychology. Please note that the requirements for the major and minor changed, effective Fall 2013. So, you should consult the Undergraduate Catalog in effect at the time of your admission for specific information about your “catalog rights” for successful completion of major or minor requirements. If you have specific questions or wish to plan your own course of study, please be sure to see an advisor in the Psychology Department; she or he can provide you with current information and guidance relevant to your own circumstances.

To declare a Psychology major or minor, you should contact an advisor in the College of Sciences and Health Professions Advising Office, which is located in Room 218B of the Main Classroom Building.

 

Psychology Major (Requirements Effective Fall 2013)

In addition to completing coursework in Psychology, students with Psychology majors are encouraged to complete coursework in the areas of Sociology, Biology, Anthropology, and the philosophy of Science. Those planning to pursue graduate study in Psychology also should obtain a solid background in Mathematics, research methods, and Experimental Psychology.

The Psychology Department Undergraduate Program Committee, in cooperation with advisors in the College of Sciences and Health Professions, has prepared Degree Maps, which outline a suggested multi-year course of study for students majoring in Psychology, and for students enrolled in the Psychology Honors program.

    Please refer to the Degree Map (Recommended Course of Study) for students majoring in Psychology; refer to the separate Degree Map for the Honors Program in Psychology. Both of these degree maps are based on requirements adopted effective Fall 2013. If you were admitted before Fall 2013, you should consult an advisor in Psychology or in the College of Sciences and Health Professions Advising Office for specific guidance!

The Psychology major requires 40 semester credit hours of coursework in Psychology; students must earn grades of C or above in order for courses to count toward satisfying the requirements for the major.

    Required Courses for the Major (effective Fall 2013)

    • PSY 101 (Introduction to Psychology)
    • PSY 311 (Behavioral Science Statistics) OR MTH 347, OR ANT 305, OR both OMS 201 and OMS 303
    • PSY 312 (Research Methods)
    • PSY 412 (Psychology Laboratory); a Writing Across the Curriculum course
      OR
    • PSY 415 (Evaluating Psychological Research)
    • PSY 499 (Exit Evaluation); Complete in semester prior to graduation; a zero credit hour course

    Core Courses (Take one course from each of the four areas. At least one course from each of the core areas must be taken. Additional courses taken in a given core area will count as electives)

      Psychological Health Core
    • PSY 345 (Abnormal Psychology)
    • PSY 353 (Health Psychology)

    • Social/Personality Core
    • PSY 339 (Social Psychology)
    • PSY 342 (Psychology of Personality)

    • Perception and Cognition Core
    • PSY 368 (Perceptual Processes)
    • PSY 372 (Memory and Cognition)

    • Neuroscience Core
    • PSY 482 (Biological Basis of Behavior)
    • PSY 487 (Brain and Cognition)

    Electives: Take a total of 8 semester credit hours of any course offered by the Psychology Department; core courses taken beyond the required 4 core courses also count toward the elective requirement. However, no more than 8 total semester credit hours (combined) of PSY 390 (Field Placement) and PSY 396 (Independent Study) may be counted toward the major.

    Take the number of elective credit hours that will allow you to reach the required total of 40 credit hours (for example, if you have transferred credit hours to CSU from another university, and those credit hours were for courses of less than 4 credit hours each, then you will need to take additional CSU courses to reach the required total of 40 credit hours).

 

Psychology Minor (Effective Fall 2013)

The minor in Psychology requires a total of at least 19 semester credit hours. Students are required to complete the following courses (and earn a grade of “C” or better in each):

    PSY 101 (Introduction to Psychology)

    Two courses from two different core courses – Psychological Health, Social/Personality, Perception/Cognition, and Neuroscience.  Note that core courses must be selected from two different core areas.

    Two elective courses in Psychology, with one or both courses at the 300/400 level; this will total to 7 or 8 semester credit hours, depending on the courses taken. Take the number of elective credit hours that will allow you to reach the required total of at least 19 credit hours for the minor (for example, if you have transferred credit hours to CSU from another university, and those credit hours were for courses of less than 4 credit hours each, then you will need to take additional CSU courses to reach the required total of 19 credit hours).

    Note that you may use PSY 390 (Field Placement) and PSY 396 (Independent Study) as electives toward the Psychology minor only if you also have completed PSY 311 (Behavioral Science Statistics) and PSY 412 (Psychology Laboratory), because these two courses are pre-requisites for PSY 390 and PSY 396.

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Cleveland State University
Department of Psychology
2300 Chester Avenue, Room 158
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Campus Location
2300 Chester Avenue
Chester Building, Room 158
Phone: 216-687-2544
Fax: 216.687.9294
psychology@csuohio.edu


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