Psychology is a science that studies behavior from psychological, biological, and social perspectives. Psychology is the study of the mind and behavior. The discipline embraces all aspects of the human experience - from the functions of the brain to the actions of nations, from child development to care for the aged. In every conceivable setting from scientific research centers to mental healthcare services, “the understanding of behavior” is the enterprise of psychologists.
Sociology applies the methods of social science to understand how broader social forces influence our thoughts, beliefs, and behavior. It provides an important background for careers in human resources, education, business, law, social work, criminal justice, politics, arts, sports, and public administration. Students may select from a broad range of courses related to contemporary issues and problems; inter-group relations, popular culture, social movements and social change, modernity and post-modernity, family patterns and relationships, sexuality, crime and deviance, environmental and social problems, globalization, and field experiences.
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology and Sociology requires the following:
- A minimum of 33 credit hours of PSY course work. At least 18 of those hours must be upper division (courses numbered 3000 or higher).
- A minimum of 30 credit hours of SOC course work. At least 18 of those hours must be upper division.
- A grade of C- or better in PSY courses applied to the major, and a grade of C or better in SOC courses applied to the major.
- A minimum 2.0 GPA must be maintained in all PSY and SOC course work.
- Completion of the Psychology Senior Accountability Exam during the final semester of the senior year.
- Completion of the Sociology Exit Exam and Exit Survey during the final semester of the senior year.
Additional course work is required to complete the Psychology and Sociology, BA degree. Please see the advising guide on the Academic Advising website for more information.