Pathways after a degree in psychology:
The Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in the Division of Extended Academic Programs will contribute to a student's general knowledge and prepare them to pursue advanced degrees in psychology or related disciplines. The program seeks to deliver its curriculum through an interactive and collaborative learning environment that provides its participants with a strong theoretical and scientific foundation in the field of psychology. Psychology offers insight into human behavior, human nature and teaches specific skills for working with individuals or groups; therefore it creates a number of avenues for potential employment.
A minor to complement the psychology major in another program is strongly recommended but not required.
UIW Core Curriculum Requirements (46 hours)
See Core Curriculum for course information
Psychology Core Curriculum (38 hours)
PSYC 1301 Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 2320 Scientific Literacy in Psychology
PSYC 2350 Developmental Psychology
PSYC 2380 Biology and Behavior
PSYC 3331 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 3351 Social Psychology
PSYC 3353 Personality
PSYC 3385 Multicultural Issues
PSYC 3472 Learning (4 hours)
PSYC 3450 Quantitative Methods (4 hours)
PSYC 3380 Applied Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
PSYC 4331 History of Psychology
General Psychology (15 hours)
PSYC 4332 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
PSYC 43CS Capstone Project in Psychology or PSYC 4359 Internship in Psychology
Plus nine hours from the following:
PSYC 3320 Qualitative Methods
PSYC 4310 Research Design
PSYC 4315 Comparative Psychology
PSYC 4322 Experimental Psychology: Perception
PSYC 4325 Experimental Psychology: Motivation
Students will work with their adviser to pick a minor. Remaining hours needed to meet 120 hour requirement are elected by student. Transfer credit may be used to fulfill these hours.
A minor is defined as 12 semester hours or more in a single discipline, including a minimum of six upper-division hours.
A Bachelor of Science is advantageous for the following reasons:
- The B. S. will provide a solid foundation for graduate level training in psychology or closely related disciplines, and in areas such as business, law, or communications.
- Many if not most vocational opportunities in psychology require advanced degrees.
- The B. S. degree will educate intelligent consumers who can identify, evaluate, and apply selected psychological services effectively.
- The degree consists of a science based curriculum that will allow students to satisfactorily complete their degree in 120 credit hours.
- Students will enroll in and complete a capstone course; this will provide them with the opportunity to integrate and synthesize knowledge and skills acquired throughout their academic coursework on an original project.
- Students with an associate’s degree in psychology or satisfactorily completed coursework from another college or university will find the program enjoys good transferability.
Graduate schools and organizations hiring professionals with a background in psychology or closely related disciplines expect those individuals to possess a high degree of knowledge and skills, think critically, excel at decision making, and adapt to the changing demands of the educational or work environment. Graduates of the University of the Incarnate Word who meet these high standards will be demand in both graduate level educational settings and the work place.