The mission of the Psychology major at Anderson University is to provide students a foundational understanding of the science of psychology and its applications, in order to prepare them for their roles as citizens in the liberal arts tradition including graduate education in both research and applied programs or a career appropriate to a broad-based liberal arts education.
All Psychology students are admitted to the major as Pre-Psychology students. After successful completion of 60 credit hours including 5 core classes (PSY 101PSY 102, PSY 190, PSY 211, and MAT Gen Ed.) with a minimum GPA of 2.5 in these 5 core courses, the student may apply to the Department of Behavioral Sciences for full acceptance into the major. The student must apply no later than the completion of 75 credit hours. The student completes an “Application for Admission to the Psychology Major” form. This application process applies to both full-time and part-time students as well as traditional students and non-traditional students. Applications are reviewed at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. Applications submitted after the due date will not be accepted for that semester. Late applications must be resubmitted at the beginning of the next semester. Should a student receive transfer credit for one or more of the required core courses, the GPA requirement must still be met. Psychology Pre-Majors must complete the 5 core classes noted above and be accepted into the major prior to enrolling in any 300-level or 400-level psychology classes.
No grade below “C” in a course required for the major or minor (including cognates and specified electives) will count toward satisfying that course requirement. This policy does not refer to general education requirements or elective courses.
Course Requirements (128 Cr. Hrs.)
Preparation for the psychology major includes additional work outside the major including PHI 101. In addition, PSY 101 counts in the major and not in general education while BIO 140/BIO 141 and CHE 111 are designated as the science courses in general education for students working toward a B.S. in psychology.
Psychology majors are required to take a total of 40 semester hours of Psychology courses as follows: