Psychology, B.A.

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 Mortarboard Icon - Milestone course: a key success marker for your major. See your advisor to discuss the importance of this course in your plan of study.

Major

The Core Curriculum is designed to foster critical thinking skills and introduce students to basic domains of thinking that transcend disciplines. The Core applies to all majors. Information on specific classes in the Core can be found at https://www.marshall.edu/gened/.

Core Curriculum
Core 1: Critical Thinking
FYS 100First Yr Sem Critical Thinking3
Core I: Critical Thinking3
Core I: Critical Thinking3
Core 2
ENG 101 Bison image  Cap graduation image Beginning Composition3
ENG 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image Advanced Composition3
CMM 103 Cap graduation image Fund Speech-Communication3
Core II: Math3
Core II Natural/Physical Science4
Core II Humanities3
PSY 201 Bison image Introductory Psychology (CT) (Core II Social Science)3
Core II Fine Arts3
Additional University Requirements
Writing Intensive3
Writing Intensive3
Multicultural or International3
PSY Capstone3
College-Specific
Foreign Language 1013
Foreign Language 1023
Foreign Language 2033
Foreign Language 2043
COLA Literature3
COLA Literature3
COLA Humanities3
PSY 223 Bison image Elem Behavioral Stat (COLA Social Science)3
COLA Social Science (not PSY) 3
COLA Social Science (not PSY) 3
COLA Natural/Physical Science4
COLA International3
COLA Multicultural3
Major-Specific
PSY 100Psychology as a Major1
PSY 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image Introductory Psychology (CT)3
PSY 223 Bison image  Cap graduation image Elem Behavioral Stat3
PSY 323 Cap graduation image Experimental Psychology3
Social/Personality Perspective Elective
Select one of the following:3
Social Psychology
Personality
Abnormal Psychology
Cross Cultural Psychology
Experimental/Biopsychology Perspective Elective
Select one of the following:3
Sensation & Perception
Cognitive Psychology
Psychology of Learning
Physiological Psychology
Developmental/Individual Perspective
Select one of the following:3
Child Development
Adult Development
Human Sexual Behavior
Race Culture and Development
Capstone Course
After consulting with your advisor, select one of the following capstone options. Not all will be available every semester, so you may not be able to enroll:3
Research in Psychology
Research in Psychology
History & Systems
I-O Psych Practicum
Practicum in Clinical PSY
Special Topics
PSY Capstone Seminar
300/400 PSY Elective3
300/400 PSY Elective3
300/400 PSY Elective3
300/400 PSY Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective2

Major Information

  • The total number of free electives will depend on the amount of double and triple counting of requirements.
  • See course attributes each semester for courses that meet multiple requirements. Questions about requirements should be directed to the College of Liberal Arts (304-696-2350). Core II and COLA requirements may not be double counted.
  • Forty-eight credit hours (sixteen 3-hour courses) must be at the 300/400 level.
  • Students must earn a C or better in ENG 201 Advanced Composition and all foreign language courses.
  • Minimum of 120 hours to graduate.

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Four Year Plan

Psychology is the scientific study of human cognition, affect, behavior, and relationships. Psychologists seek to understand, predict and influence behavior through research into a wide range of issues which affect human functioning, including social, physiological, developmental, cognitive and emotional factors. Research methodology is central to the discipline, and all Psychology majors learn about research strategies and methods of data analysis.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredit Hours
CMM 103 Cap graduation image Fund Speech-Communication 3
ENG 101 Bison image  Cap graduation image Beginning Composition 3
PSY 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image Introductory Psychology (CT) (Core II Social Sci) 3
PSY 100 Psychology as a Major 1
Core II: Math 3
UNI 100 Freshman First Class 1
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
ENG 201 Bison image  Cap graduation image Advanced Composition 3
Core II Physical/Natural Science 4
PSY 223 Bison image  Cap graduation image Elem Behavioral Stat (COLA Social Sci) 3
FYS 100 First Yr Sem Critical Thinking 3
Core II Fine Arts 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Year
First Semester
Writing Intensive or Free Elective 3
PSY 323 Cap graduation image Experimental Psychology 3
Foreign Language 101 3
COLA Literature 3
COLA Social Science (not PSY) 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
Writing Intensive or Free Elective 3
Foreign Language 102 3
COLA Physical/Natural Science 4
Core II Humanities (MC/I) 3
Social/Personality Perspective Elective 3
 Credit Hours16
Third Year
First Semester
COLA Social Science (not PSY) 3
Foreign Language 203 3
Developmental/Individual Perspective Elective 3
300/400 PSY Elective 3
COLA Multicultural 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
Foreign Language 204 3
COLA Humanities 3
Free Elective 3
Experimental/Biopsychology Perspective Elective 3
COLA International or Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
First Semester
300/400 PSY Elective 3
300/400 PSY Elective 3
COLA Literature 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
PSY Capstone 3
300/400 PSY Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 2
 Credit Hours14
 Total Credit Hours120