College of Sciences and Health Professions

Bachelor's Degree Programs

Psychology (B.A.)
At-a-Glance

Minimum credit hours required for major: 36

Minimum credit hours required for minor: 19. Within the basic framework for the Psychology minor, a student may design a program of study that complements his or her major.

Advising:For advising on program requirements or what psychology classes to take, trained advisers are available in the department office. Additionally, for career-related advising, each psychology major is encouraged to develop a relationship with at least one full-time faculty member. To learn about available times for advisers and full-time faculty, email psych.advising@csuohio.edu, call the department office at (216) 687-2544 or visit the department office in CB 158.

Student Organizations: Psi Chi (a national psychology scholastic honorary society); Psychology Club.

Additional information:

Psychology is concerned with explaining, predicting, and describing the thoughts, emotions, and actions of humans and animals. An undergraduate psychology major is an appropriate preparation for a wide variety of careers in which an understanding of mind and behavior would be of value. Some students who complete a psychology major pursue advanced study in psychology or in such professional disciplines as law and medicine; others find employment in human services and business settings.

In the CSU psychology department, approximately 20 full time faculty members have active research programs in areas that range from consumer behavior to psychopathology and from successful aging to workplace dynamics. Information about and contact information for faculty members can be found on the department website, http://www.csuohio.edu/sciences/dept/psychology/. Faculty members are willing to talk about opportunities for participation in their research programs with interested and suitably prepared undergraduates.

Independent study opportunities (PSY 396) may be arranged by a student in consultation with a faculty member.

It is possible to complete the requirements of the psychology major by taking courses only in the evening (i.e., that have class meetings that begin at 4 p.m. or later). Although not all courses are offered with evening class meetings, all required courses are offered, and at least one course from each core group is offered each year.

An Outstanding Undergraduate Psychology Student award is presented annually.

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Major Requirements (B.A.)

To satisfy the requirements of the Psychology major, a student must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours of psychology courses. For a course to count toward the major, a grade of at least C must be earned.

  1. Required courses:
  2. One course from each of the following areas:
  3. 12 elective credit hours: Any courses offered by the Psychology Department, including Core courses. However, no more than a total of 8 credit hours of PSY 390 and PSY 396 may be applied toward the major.

A student who majors in psychology should seriously consider taking courses in such disciplines as biology, anthropology, mathematics, sociology, and the philosophy of science. Any student who plans to pursue graduate study in psychology should obtain a solid background in statistics, research methods, and experimental psychology.

Any student majoring in Psychology who plans to apply to graduate programs in psychology should consult an adviser (see Advising above) to appropriately structure an undergraduate program of study. A student who is not a Psychology major who is contemplating graduate study in psychology should consult with an adviser in the Psychology Department.

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Evening Major in Psychology

It is possible to complete the requirements of the psychology major by taking courses only in the evening (i.e., that have class meetings that begin at 4 p.m. or later). Although not all courses are offered with evening class meetings, all required courses are offered, and at least one course from each core group is offered each year.

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Honors Program in Psychology

The departmental Honors Program is particularly appropriate for Psychology majors with strong academic records who want additional exposure to the research process. Graduation with honors in Psychology reflects a student’s independence, commitment to the field, and expertise in a specialized area. Completion of the program may be advantageous to students applying to graduate or professional programs.

Participants in the program register for PSY 495H Honors Seminar in the spring semester, during which they develop proposals for the research that they conduct under faculty supervision during the following year while registered for PSY 497H Honors Project and/or PSY 498H Honors Project and Defense.

A minimum GPA of 3.3 is required for admission. Prerequisite courses include PSY 311 and PSY 412, but in special cases, these may be taken after admission to the program.

Applications are solicited in the fall semester; instructions may be obtained in the Psychology Department office (CB 158).

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Psychology Minor

To satisfy the requirements of the Psychology minor, a student must complete a minimum of 19 credit hours of psychology courses. For a course to count toward the minor, a grade of at least C must be earned. The courses for the minor must include at least: (a) PSY 101 (Introduction to Psychology); (b) two core courses that must be from different core areas (A, B, and C; see Major Requirements, above); and (c) 7 additional credit hours of psychology courses, including at least one upper-division course (numbered 300 or higher).

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