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Courses in psychology provide an understanding of human behavior and mental processes from a scientific perspective. The Psychology B.S. prepares students for careers that involve knowledge of behavior along with skills in data analysis and research. It is well-suited for students who are also interested in the natural sciences, computer science, and other social sciences, and who wish to pursue graduate programs in psychology and related fields or medical school. There are many opportunities for students to become involved in research in our extensive laboratory facilities and in field experiences in the community.
For details on pursuing a secondary education second degree (BSEd) to teach Psychology in middle school/high school, click on the links to the Secondary Education - Second Degree Program and the School of Education page in this catalog. Note: The BSEd as a second degree in these programs cannot be earned without completion of the bachelor’s degree in the content area from the College of Science. See Program Requirements below for a link to the Secondary Education - Second Degree 4-Year Plan.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the degree, students will:
- know the major theoretical approaches, findings, and historical trends in psychology
- be able to understand the major research methods in psychology, including design, data analysis, and interpretation
- be able to think critically and use the scientific approach to understand behavior
- be able to understand the values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a science (e.g., value of empirical evidence, tolerance for ambiguity, ethics in research, teaching, and practice)
- be able to apply concepts, information, and skills learned in psychology courses to their lives and work
- be able to effectively locate and evaluate sources of information
- to be able to express themselves effectively in the discourse of the discipline
- be able to to understand people from a diverse range of backgrounds and varying demographic characteristics such as age, race, disability, sexual orientation, class, ethnicity, religion, and cognitive abilities
- be able to make decisions about future employment or graduate education
- This program is available on-campus.
Declaring this Major:
- Declare this major within the Department of Psychology.
Psychology (B.S.) 4-Year Plan :
- A grade of C- or higher in all department courses required for the major and an overall GPA of 2.00 or higher for all courses taken in the major.
- Either PSY 37700 or PSY 47700 can count in the major, but not both.
- No credits can share between General Education requirements and Distribution requirements.
- Up to six credits can share between General Education requirements and Human Diversity & International Relations requirements.
- No credits can share between the PSY major requirements and Human Diversity & International Relations requirements.
Psychology (B.S.) with Secondary Education 4-Year Plan :
To earn the B.S. with a major in psychology, you must fulfill the following requirements in addition to the General Requirements noted above:
General Education Requirements: Credits 33
- Click on the General Education Requirements link above for details.
- A grade of C- or higher is required for each course used to satisfy the Purdue Fort Wayne General Education Requirements.
English Writing and Speaking: Credits 6
Both courses require a grade of C- or better
Human Diversity and International Relations: Credits 6
Choose six credits from the following list of courses:
Note: Courses meeting requirements for the Human Diversity & International Relations area may not double-count in other areas of the major.
- Any course in Anthropology (ANTH)
- Any course in French (FR)
- Any course in German (GER)
- Any course in Spanish (SPAN)
- Any course in East Asian Language & Culture (EALC)
- Any course in Near East Language & Culture (NELC)
- Any course in International Culture & Language Studies (ILCS)
- Any course in Women’s Studies (WOST)
- COM 30300 - Intercultural Communication Cr. 3.
- COM 41000 - Gender Roles And Communication Cr. 3.
- COM 42200 - Women, Men, And Media Cr. 3.
- COM 52700 - Introduction To Cultural Studies Cr. 3.
- CSD 18100 - First Course In American Sign Language Cr. 3.
- CSD 18200 - Second Course In American Sign Language Cr. 3.
- CSD 28300 - Intermediate American Sign Language III Cr. 3.
- CSD 28400 - Intermediate American Sign Language IV Cr. 3.
- ECON 43000 - Introduction To International Economics Cr. 3.
- ECON 47700 - Korean Economy And Culture Cr. 3.
- EDU 36900 - Culturally Relevant, Multilingual Literacy Education For Elementary Educators Cr. 3.
- ENGL 10700 - Masterpieces Of Asia Cr. 3.
- ENGL 30401 - Contemporary African American Poetry Forms Cr. 3.
- ENGL 46401 - Native American Literature Cr. 3.
- ENGL 47800 - Studies In Women And Literature Cr. 3.
- ENGL 47901 - American Ethnic And Minority Literature Cr. 3.
- ENGL 48801 - Studies In Irish Literature And Culture Cr. 3.
- FOLK 11100 - World Music And Culture Cr. 3.
- FOLK 30500 - Asian Folklore Cr. 3.
- FOLK 35200 - Native American Folklore Cr. 3.
- HIST 31101 - Survey Of American Indians II Cr. 3.
- HIST 31102 - Holocaust And Modern Genocides Cr. 3.
- HIST 32701 - Modern France And The French Empire Cr. 3.
- HIST 34201 - Latin America: Evolution And Revolution Cr. 3.
- HIST 34601 - Modern Mexico Cr. 3.
- HIST 37802 - Germany, 1871 To The Present Cr. 3.
- HIST 42601 - History Of Balkans: 1914-Present Cr. 3.
- HIST 42800 - Eastern Europe: 1914 - Present Cr. 3.
- HIST 44700 - United States - Latin American Relations Cr. 3.
- INTL 15500 - Introduction To Language And Culture In Near Eastern Studies And East Asian Studies Cr. 3.
- INTL 20000 - Introduction to International Studies Cr. 3.
- INTL 20800 - International Cinema Cr. 3.
- LGBT 20000 - Introduction To Scholarship On Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, And Transgender Issues Cr. 3.
- MUSC 10500 - Soundscapes: Musical Traditions Of The World Cr. 3.
- NUTR 20400 - Food, History & Culture Cr. 3.
- OLS 45400 - Gender And Diversity In Management Cr. 3.
- PHIL 30500 - Philosophical Theories Of Feminism Cr. 3.
- PHIL 32800 - Ethics And Animals Cr. 3.
- PHIL 33300 - Ethics And Diversity In Science Cr. 3.
- POL 10900 - Introduction To International Relations Cr. 3.
- POL 32400 - Gender And Politics Cr. 3.
- POL 32800 - Women And The Law Cr. 3.
- POL 35501 - Ethnic Conflict And Nationalism Cr. 3.
- POL 37500 - War And International Conflict Cr. 3.
- POL 37600 - International Political Economy Cr. 3.
- PSY 33400 - Cross Cultural Psychology Cr. 3.
- PSY 33500 - Stereotyping And Prejudice Cr. 3.
- PSY 34500 - Psychology Of Women Cr. 3.
- REL 11200 - Religion And Culture Cr. 3.
- REL 23000 - Religions Of The East Cr. 3.
- REL 30100 - Islam Cr. 3.
- REL 30600 - Hinduism Cr. 3.
- REL 30700 - Buddhism Cr. 3.
- REL 31100 - African Traditional Philosophy And Religion Cr. 3.
- REL 31200 - The Black Religious Experience Cr. 3.
- REL 37500 - Islamic Thought Cr. 3.
- REL 37800 - The Qur’an In Muslim Life Cr. 3.
- SOC 21001 - Modern Japanese Society Cr. 3.
- SOC 21201 - Race, Religion, And Social Cohesion Cr. 3.
- SOC 30000 - Race And Ethnic Relations Cr. 3.
- SOC 41300 - Gender Inequality Cr. 3.
Major Courses Required: Credits 21
Additional Course Requirements: Credits 9
Choose three courses from the following:
Psychology Elective Courses 2000+ Level: Credits 6
In the case of courses which can be repeated for credit (e.g., PSY 39200; PSY 49600), more than one section of the same course number must have substantially different content, as approved by the department chair, if both are to be used toward meeting this requirement. At least three credits must be taken at Purdue Fort Wayne.
Applied/Methodological Psychology Courses: Credits 6
Choose two courses from the following list:
- Either PSY 37700 or PSY 47700 can count in the major, but not both.
- Courses meeting requirements for the Applied/Methodological Psychology area may not double-count in other areas of the major.
Capstone Requirement: Credits 3
Choose one of the following:
The capstone course is a culminating experience in the senior year in which the student develops a major project (literature review, research proposal, empirical study, or service learning project) that demonstrates characteristics of critical thinking, including the ability to identify a problem, evaluate evidence, and use information to analyze existing conclusions, draw new conclusions, or contribute to real-world applications or understanding of larger issues.
Note: Either PSY 37700 or PSY 47700 can count in the major, but not both.
1. Senior standing (90 credits) or completion of 33 credits in psychology
2. Successful completion of PSY 20300 with a grade of C- or better
Supporting Courses: Credits 21-27
This course can also apply in General Education.
Science/Math/Computer Science/Social Science Courses:
Courses may not be used to fulfill another requirement within this major.
Select six of the following courses in Human/Animal Biology, Chemistry, Math/Statistics, Physics, Computer Science, or Sociocultural Forces.
At least two courses must be in BIOL, CHM, CS, MA or STAT.
Select one of the following courses:
- Completion of the FOCUS career guidance tool and a Career Development Center session to review the results (during PSY 14000)
- Completion of a Career Development Center session to review resume or curriculum vitae (during junior year)
- Completion of a Career Development Center session focused on cover letter review, personal statement review, or mock interview (during senior year)
- Successful completion of the Exit Exam in Psychology
- Sufficient additional credits to bring the total to 120
You are responsible for ensuring that you satisfy all graduation requirements specified for each selected program. Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies, and procedures governing your academic career. If you cannot complete all program requirements by your stated graduation date but fail to remove those from your plan of study, the Registrar’s Office in consultation with your academic advisor will remove unmet pursuits from your plan of study. Changing curricular records during the graduation term of application may affect state or federal financial aid awards. All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chair or dean.
Additional Course Use:
Courses listed below may also be considered in meeting specific degree requirements.
MA 15300 required; MA 15400 accepted
PSY 20100 required; ECON 27000, POL 39500, PPOL 30000, SOC 35100, STAT 24000, STAT 30100, STAT 51100 accepted