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Academic Catalog '15-'16 | Psychology (B.A.)- SPS

Psychology (B.A.)


Dr. Daryl Thorne, Assistant Professor of Human Relations


The study of psychology emphasizes the behavior and experience of the individual. Psychology investigates the effects on the individual of other individuals, groups, the environment, and the world of sensation and perception. This investigation can be undertaken from a number of different perspectives: physiological, sociocultural, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, and psychoanalytic. Psychology thus interfaces with fields such as sociology, economics, political science, education, biology, and philosophy. In summary, psychology contributes to an understanding of how people behave, think, interact, and make sense of the world around them.

The goals of the Psychology Program are to prepare students to continue on to graduate training in psychology or related fields (such as counseling or social work); to enable students to apply psychological theory and research to everyday experience; and to provide students with the skills to devise, execute, analyze, and write reports of psychological studies. In accordance with the overall goals of Trinity, the Psychology Program strives to heighten student awareness of the diversity of human behavior and experience, notably with respect to gender, ethnicity, and age, as well as to teach and instill an ethical approach to the study of human behavior and cognition.

The Psychology major is offered in the School of Professional Studies and The College of Arts and Sciences. The Psychology major also supports the human relations major in both the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Professional Studies.

Major Requirements

In addition to completing the required core and elective courses, all psychology majors must take the following foundation courses (29 credits) and the select courses in either the general OR open clusters (12 credits)

Foundation Courses (29 credits)
All major courses require a grade of C or above:

ALL of the following courses:
PSYC 101 Introductory Psychology
PSYC 301 Experimental Psychology: Research Methods
PSYC 311 Experimental Social Psychology OR PSYC 331 Experimental Developmental Psychology
PSYC 490 Practicum OR SOCY 491 Internship
PSYC 499 Senior Seminar in Psychology

ONE additional psychology course (PSYC 200 level) or higher elective.

BOTH of the following statistics courses:
MATH 110 Introduction to Statistics
MATH 210 Statistical Inference OR BADM 213 Quantitative Methods of Business

ONE social science:
SSC 207 Writing for the Social Sciences

Co-requisite Courses (6 credits)
The below courses are counted towards the general education core:
PHIL 245 Ethics I
BIOL 101 Introduction to Biology OR BIOL 111 General Biology I

All psychology majors choose ONE of the following clusters to complete.
General Cluster Courses (12 credits)
ALL of the following courses:
PSYC 211 Social Psychology
PSYC 221 Psychopathology
PSYC 231 Child Psychology
PSYC 200 level or higher elective


Open Cluster Courses (12 credits)
Select four (4) 200 level or higher Psychology courses.

Program Policies

Advanced Placement:
Credit for PSYC 101 is granted for a score of a 4 or 5 on the AP examination. These credits may count toward the major and the core curriculum.

CLEP Policy:
CLEP examination scores will not be accepted as qualifying for psychology credits or requirements.

Grades in Major Courses:
A minimum of a 2.0 (“C”) cumulative GPA average must be earned in the required courses for the major. A grade of C- may be counted toward fulfilling the requirements, at the discretion of the program faculty, if the overall average in the required courses is at least a 2.0. This policy applies to the required Psychology classes, including the co-requisites in Mathematics (MATH 110, MATH 210), but not in Biology and Philosophy.

Pass/No Pass:
No major courses may be taken on a pass/no pass basis. MATH 110 and MATH 210 may not be taken on a pass/no pass basis. However, required related courses (Biology and Philosophy) may be taken pass/no pass.

Senior Assessment:
All students are required to take PSYC 499, which prepares students for the Senior Assessment. Students receive eight comprehensive questions by the end of the fall semester in which PSYC 499 is taken. Two of these questions are chosen for the assessment, which occurs early in the spring semester. Two three-hour sessions are used to develop and present analyses of two selected questions, one question per session.

TELL Policy:
Psychology faculty review TELL portfolios and will accept up to nine credits toward the major.

Transfer Credits:

The following courses must be taken at Trinity:

  • One of the three Experimental Psychology courses
    • PSYC 301 Experimental Psychology: Research Methods
    • PSYC 311 Experimental Social Psychology
    • PSYC 331 Experimental Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 499 Senior Seminar in Psychology
  • At least three psychology electives

All other psychology courses, as well as the Biology and Philosophy requirements, may be accepted as transfer courses toward the psychology major.

Course Descriptions

PSYC 109 Careers in Psychology
PSYC 280 Psychology in Film: Special Topics
PSYC 345 Psychological Assessment
PSYC 262 Psychology of Women
PSYC 201 Psychology in Current Events
PSYC 212 Self and Identity
PSYC 310 Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 339H Honors: Psychology of Religion
PSYC 402 Juvenile Forensic Psychology
PSYC 484 Research Problems in Psychology IV
PSYC 490 Practicum
PSYC 491 Psychology Practicum II
PSYC 499 Senior Seminar in Psychology
PSYC 483 Research Problems in Psychology III
PSYC 481 Research Problems in Psychology
PSYC 482 Research Problems in Psychology II
PSYC 385 Ethnic & Cross Cultural Psychology
PSYC 401 Seminar in Contemporary Psychology: Psychology of Prejudice and Racism
PSYC 373 Family Psychology and Family Thearpy
PSYC 331 Experimental Developmental Psychology
PSYC 341 Health Psychology
PSYC 329 Assessment, Counseling Spec Pop:Subs Abuse
PSYC 365 Seminar on Human Sexuality
PSYC 343 Drugs and Human Behavior
PSYC 319 Psychology of Irrational Thinking
PSYC 323 Forensic Psychology
PSYC 325 Behavior Disorders in Children
PSYC 100 Fundamentals of Psychology
PSYC 101 Introductory Psychology
PSYC 161 Women: Developmental and Multicultural Perspectives
PSYC 210 Theories of Social Psychology
PSYC 211 Social Psychology
PSYC 221 Psychopathology
PSYC 231 Child Psychology
PSYC 233 Psychology of Adolescence
PSYC 235 Psychology of Aging
PSYC 317 Psychology of Aggression and Violence
PSYC 315 Psychology of Group Behavior
PSYC 313 Attribution Theory and Decision Making
PSYC 311 Experimental Social Psychology
PSYC 301 Experimental Psychology: Research Methods
PSYC 261 Psychology of Gender Roles
PSYC 251 Learning
PSYC 241 Physiological Psychology

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