Psychology Major

The major in Psychology helps students to understand human behavior
and mental processes and allows them to understand better how people think, act, and feel; in other words, everything that people do. The priority of the Psychology major is to equip double-major students with specific skills and knowledge directly applicable to professional contexts across the most popular majors at AUBG.

The Psychology major provides both the theoretical foundation and the practical empirical knowledge and tools necessary to understand and critically evaluate psychological research and its applications.

The Psychology curriculum is designed to help students achieve the following goals:

  • Possess a general knowledge of psychology, the various fields of psychological study, and the role of psychology in contemporary society;
  • Understand the scientific method, design psychological experiments, the techniques to gather quantitative and qualitative data, and how statistical analysis is used to report the results of psychological experiments;
  • Possess basic knowledge of developmental psychology, psychopathology and mental illness, and human personality that influence behavior;
  • Possess a general knowledge of how physiological processes influence psychology and behavior;
  • Possess knowledge of consumer behavior and organizational psychology, such as leadership, employee performance, team building, and human resources and compensation issues;
  • Possess knowledge of and applied skills to do community-level research and to design social interventions, including the skills to evaluate social programs and the impact of social context on human behavior; and,
  • Students are given the opportunity to clearly define an advanced, self-directed research topic or area of interest and be able to explore this topic thoroughly in both written and presentation formats.

The Psychology program trains students to think critically and apply psychological methods and knowledge to professional settings, such as business administration, economics, journalism, and media communications. These include understanding and predicting organizational behavior, leadership and team-building, conducting focus groups, interviewing skills and text analysis, community engagement, social change, and understanding human behavior in social contexts, and personality and psychopathology.

A Psychology major is one that is increasingly valued by employers who value the analytical and reasoning skills it gives graduates. A secondary priority is placed on developing research skills to prepare students wishing to pursue graduate degrees in psychology.

NOTE: The Psychology major is available only as a single-diploma, American degree program.

Total: 32 credit hours

Required Courses (9 credit hours):

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
PSY 102 Introduction to Social Psychology
PSY 200 Psychology Research Methods

Elective Courses (23 credit hours):

A minimum of twelve credit hours must come from the following courses:

PSY 202 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 203 Personality Theory
PSY 302 Developmental Psychology
PSY 303 Cognitive Psychology
PSY 304 Physiological Psychology
PSY 305 Psychology of Social Change

The following courses also count as electives in psychology:

BUS 340 Organizational Theory and Behavior
BUS 361 Consumer Behavior
POS 401 Topics in Politics: The Social Brain
PSY 301 Capstone Project
                and PSY 401 Research Project
PSY 306 Topics in Psychology
PSY 402 Advanced Topics in Psychology
SES 360 Cross-Cultural Management and Corporate Culture

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