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2018-2019 Academic Catalog | Psychology (B.A.) – CAS

Psychology (B.A.)

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Description

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 and minor are offered to students in the College of Arts and Sciences, and the major is offered in the School of Professional Studies. Psychology also supports the human relations major in both the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Professional Studies. In addition, psychology majors also can apply to the B.A. in Psychology to M.A. in Counseling program, which allows select students to complete their undergraduate psychology degree while also beginning graduate coursework towards a Master's degree in counseling.

Major Requirements

In addition to completing a set of required courses (30 credits), all psychology majors are required to complete one of four course clusters (15 credits): general, developmental, forensic, or social psychology. Each cluster is designed to give the student a degree of expertise within a given area of psychology.

All psychology majors must take the following courses:

Required Courses (30 credits)

ALL of the following courses:
PSYC 101
PSYC 301
PSYC 311 OR PSYC 331
PSYC 490
PSYC 499

BOTH of the following statistics courses:
MATH 110
MATH 210

ONE ethics course, such as:
PHIL 241
PHIL 245
PHIL 251
PHIL 341

ONE biology course chosen from among:
BIOL 101
BIOL 111
BIOL 112

Additional courses in mathematics and natural sciences are highly recommended.

General Psychology Cluster (15 credits)

THREE of the following courses:
PSYC 211
PSYC 221
PSYC 231
PSYC 241

TWO additional psychology electives (6 credits minimum)

Developmental Psychology Cluster (15 credits)

ONE required course in child psychology:
PSYC 231

THREE of the following courses:
PSYC 212
PSYC 233
PSYC 235
PSYC 262
PSYC 325

ONE additional psychology elective (3 credits minimum)

Social Psychology Cluster (15 credits)

ONE required course in social psychology:
PSYC 211

THREE of the following courses:
PSYC 212
PSYC 221
PSYC 262
PSYC 313
PSYC 315
PSYC 317
PSYC 385

ONE additional psychology elective (3 credits minimum)

Forensic Psychology Cluster (15 credits)

ONE required course in Forensic Psychology:
PSYC 323 (or may substitute PSYC 402)

THREE of the following courses:
PSYC 211
PSYC 221
PSYC 317
PSYC 325
PSYC 343
CJUS 100 

ONE additional psychology elective (3 credits minimum)

Minor Requirements

For a general minor in psychology, students are required to take PSYC 101 and are then advised to pursue a pattern of courses similar to the major described above. A total of eighteen credits are required for the minor (PSYC 101 plus 15 psychology credits); additionally students must obtain permission of the Program Chair to minor in psychology.

Minor in Forensic Psychology (18 credits)

Students wishing to pursue a minor in forensic psychology should follow the structure below:

ALL of the following courses:
PSYC 101
PSYC 221
PSYC 323
CJUS 100

TWO additional courses from the following:
PSYC 211
PSYC 317
PSYC 325
PSYC 343

Dual Degree (B.A. in Psychology to M.A. in Counseling)

During senior year, psychology majors have the unique opportunity to apply to the B.A. in Psychology to M.A. in Counseling program, which allows select students to complete their undergraduate psychology degree while also beginning graduate coursework towards a Master's degree in counseling.

Selection Criteria

  • Students must have a minimum of a 3.5 grade point average.
  • Students must complete a Pre-Application Screening Form.
  • Students must complete the admissions application, including a personal statement that shows evidence of interest in and commitment to a career either as a School Counselor or as a Licensed Professional Counselor (or both).
  • Students must have recommendations from two (2) full-time CAS Psychology faculty who can attest to the student’s intellectual, interpersonal, and emotional maturity.

Program of Study

The description below provides an illustration of the student’s final year in CAS after having been admitted into the B.A. in Psychology to M.A. in Counseling Program as well as after the student’s graduation from CAS.

  • Fall Term, Senior Year in CAS
    • Psychology Courses: 16-17 credits
    • [catalog-courses]EDCC 510
    • EDCC 601
  • Spring Term, Senior Year in CAS
    • Psychology Courses: 16-17 credits
    • EDCC 540 or EDCC 511 (if required)

After Graduation

Students have the option to continue their Counseling coursework either during the summer term that immediately follows their CAS graduation or in the following fall semester. At this point, the student continues her studies as indicated in the Catalog pages for the student's program:

In general, students need another 3 years of study to complete the M.A. program of their choice.

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 General Education 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
    • PSYC 311
    • PSYC 331
  • PSYC 499
  • 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.

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