Psychology Major

Psychology Major

The Psychology major program will help you understand human behaviour and mental processes and allow you to better understand how people think, act, and feel – in other words, everything that people do. The first priority of the Psychology major is to equip dual-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 psychology research and their applications.

The Psychology curriculum is designed to help you 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 both quantitative and qualitative research methods, as well as the tools to do statistical analysis 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 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.
  • 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 thinking critically and apply psychology 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 degree is one that is increasingly valued by employers who value the analytical and reasoning skills it gives you. A secondary priority is placed on developing research skills to prepare students wishing to pursue graduate degrees in psychology.

Total: 32 credit hours

Required Courses (3 Courses):

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

Elective Courses

Choose 9 out of the following:

Fundamental Psychology courses (choose at minimum 4 courses/12 credit hours):

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 (formerly Community Psychology) **

Other Electives (all open to PSY majors):

PSY 301 Psychology Capstone Project/PSY401: Senior Psychology Research Project
PSY 306 Special Topics in Psychology
PSY 402 Advanced Special Topics in Psychology
BUS 340 Organizational Theory and Behavior
BUS 361 Consumer Behavior
SES 360 Cross-Cultural Management and Corporate Culture
POS 401 Topics in Politics: The Social Brain

PSY301 is intended to be an integrative project for students in the Psychology Major and will be individually designed and directly supervised by a Psychology faculty/chairperson. The project will involve considerable interdisciplinary research and will result in a PSY401 senior research project that will ultimately be the thesis proposal. Prerequisites: A GPA of 3.5 or better, all junior standing, permission of the PSY faculty, and approval of PSY proposal.

COURSES

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology

PSY101 provides a comprehensive introduction to the many sub-fields of psychology and covers basic psychological concepts such as perception, memory, motivations, human development across the lifespan, psychopathology, and different therapeutic approaches. Offered every semester. Gen. Ed: Social and Cultural Analysis.  Cr. 3. PREREQUISITE(S): None.

PSY 102 Introduction to Social Psychology

PSY102 covers basic social concepts such as group affiliation and behaviors, as well how people's social thoughts affect their feelings and behaviors in interacting with other persons. Topics include social cognitions, conformity, persuasion, group dynamics, prejudice and stereotyping, violence and aggression, love and attraction, and how attitudes shape human behavior. Offered every semester. Gen. Ed: Social and Cultural Analysis. Cr. 3. PREREQUISITE(S): None.

PSY 200 Psychology Research Methods

PSY200 students will learn and apply both quantitative and qualitative methods to become more sophisticated consumers of research information and to design, produce, and analyze their own research. Students will conduct a non-experimental psychology research project, analyze the data, and write a paper based on the project. Offered every Fall semester. Cr. 3. PREREQUISITE(S): A grade of C- or better in PSY101 and PSY102, and STA105.

Fundamental Psychology courses:

PSY 202 Abnormal Psychology

PSY202 will introduce students to the major theoretical approaches of diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses. Students will also examine the role of culture, assessing and measuring psychopathology the major personality disorders and cultural issues surrounding diagnosis and treatment.  Cr. 3. PREREQUISITE(S): A grade of C- or better in all 100-level PSY courses and PSY200 described above.

PSY 203 Personality Theory

PSY203 explores the classic and current theories of personality across the major perspectives in psychology (e.g., psychoanalytic, biological, developmental, behavioral, humanistic, cognitive, sociocultural), highlighting the contributions of each theory to personality description, assessment, research, therapy, and application. Cr. 3. PREREQUISITE(S): A grade of C- or better in all 100-level PSY courses and PSY200 described above.

PSY 302 Developmental Psychology

PSY302 introduces students to research and theory of human development across the entire life span from birth to death. Emphasis is placed on the importance of understanding the influence of cultural contexts of development, including the impact of ethnicity, socioeconomic level, personal health, and safety. Relations between home, school, and community and their impact on development are also explored. PREREQUISITE(S): A grade of C- or better in all 200-level PSY courses described above.  

PSY 303 Cognitive Psychology

PSY303 introduces students to the emerging interactions of psychology, artificial intelligence, linguistics, social media, neuroscience, and evolutionary biology. Examines a variety of approaches to the study of how humans and other intelligent systems represent, understand, perceive, and use language, as well as learn and plan purposeful actions. Topics include perception, attention, memory, knowledge representation, language, problem solving, thinking, and reasoning. Cr. 3. PREREQUISITE(S): A grade of C- or better in all 200-level PSY courses described above.  

PSY 304 Physiological Psychology

PSY304 examines the relationship between our underlying physiological systems and behavior. The topics investigated include neural communication, the anatomy of the nervous system, and the biological basis of sleep, reproductive behavior, stress, learning and memory, and mental disorders. Cr. 3. PREREQUISITE(S): A grade of C- or better in all 200-level PSY courses described above.

PSY 305 Psychology of Social Change

PSY305 (formerly Community Psychology) is an introduction to the ecological and systems theories and their impact on human behavior, social institutions, culture, and other factors that influence the psychology of social change in individuals, groups, organizations, and whole communities. Students will apply community psychology theories to design a community intervention to address a specific social problem, create and evaluate social change, and/or to empower marginalized groups to improve health and well-being. Cr. 3. PREREQUISITE(S): A grade of C- or better in all 200-level PSY courses described above. 

PSY 306 Special Topics in Psychology (chosen by PSY faculty)

PSY306 will introduce students to a specific area of how psychological knowledge can be applied to solve real-world problems. Topics will be announced in advance to give students and opportunity to decide if it fits their interests and to judge their applicability to their major. Offered in the Fall only. Cr. 3. PREREQUISITE(S): A grade of C- or better in all 100-300 level PSY courses described above.

PSY 301 Psychology Capstone Project / PSY401:  Senior Psychology Research Project

PSY301 is intended to be an integrative project for students in the Psychology Major and will be individually designed and directly supervised by a Psychology faculty/chairperson. The project will involve considerable interdisciplinary research and will result in a senior research project that will ultimately be the thesis proposal. Prerequisites: A GPA of 3.5 or better, all junior standing, permission of the PSY faculty, and approval of PSY proposal. Cr. 1 (2 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester as contracted.

PSY401 is the culminating experience for students enrolled in the Psychology Major. It involves ambitious research and is undertaken during the senior year. The final product is a research project on a topic (approved in advance in PSY301) of between thirty to fifty pages (9,000 to 15,000 words). The project must be successfully defended before the PSY and the primary major Faculty Committee with a minimum grade of C. Prerequisite: completion of PSY 301 with a grade of B+ or better. Cr. 2 (4 ECTS Cr.). Offered every semester as contracted.

PSY301 and PSY401 are primarily for students who wish to pursue graduate programs in psychology. These courses give students the opportunity to explore specific issues in psychology through planned readings and discussions with faculty members. The emphasis is on an advanced research topic or applied intervention and to think about psychological issues and social problem in depth.

PSY 402 Advanced Special Topics in Psychology: (topics chosen by PSY faculty)

PSY402 will give students the opportunity to learn a specific theoretical approach to psychology and to explore how to apply this knowledge in-depth.  Topics will be announced in advance to give students and opportunity to decide if it fits their interests and to judge their applicability to their major. Topics could include the psychology of social change, public policy, mass communication, the social psychology of war and genocide, or how economic and ecological systems theories and their impact on human behavior, social institutions, and culture. Students will apply this knowledge to produce and present an in-depth analysis of how understanding psychological can change the world.  Offered in the Spring only. Cr. 3. PREREQUISITE(S): A grade of C- or better in all 100-300 level PSY courses described above.

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