Psychology Major and Minor Requirements

Department: Psychology
Department Chair: J. Bromley
Department Members: J. Bromley, W. Eiler, K. Flora, R. Rush

Major: Psychology
Minors: Psychology, Neuroscience
Cooperative Program: Accelerated Master of Public Health

Program Information: Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior. Even the most introverted, isolated individuals must interact with others at some point; nobody is exempt from the findings of the field of psychology. Because most people interact with others regularly, most people use psychology on a daily basis whether they are aware of it or not. Findings from the field of psychology can be applicable to a broad range of occupations and roles, from managers to teachers to parents. Thus, psychology provides the insight to better understand ourselves and our wide network of relationships.

Operating within the strong liberal arts structure at Franklin College, the Psychology Program is intended to communicate to students that psychology offers unique ways of thinking and knowing, which have great potential for helping people identify and cope with the world’s problems. Additionally, the program aims to develop in students the compassion, command and comprehension they will need to work toward making the world a better place for all individuals to lead satisfying and productive lives.

The Psychology Program strives to:
• provide students with a broad and deep knowledge base in psychology
• engage students in practical applications of that knowledge base
• enable students to develop methodological competence and ethical sensitivity
• encourage students to play an active role in their education both inside and outside of the classroom.

All major and minor courses and prerequisites must be completed with a grade of C- or better.

Psychology Major
Minimum of 30 semester hours as follows. A maximum of 9 credit hours of transfer credit may be applied to the 30 hours of coursework required for the psychology major.

Core Requirements
PSY 117 General Psychology
PSY 227 Research Methods in Psychology
PSY 240 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 320 Social Psychology
PSY 322 Behavioral Neuroscience
PSY 419 Experimental Psychology I
PSY 420 Experimental Psychology II
PSY 422 History and Systems
PSY 499 Senior Competency Practicum

The following course
PSY 224 Basic Applied Statistics

Professional Development Requirements
PSY 200 Careers in Psychology
PSY 482 Psychology Practicum
PSY 498 Portfolio
SNT 489 PSY Internship in Psychology

One course from two of the following three categories
Category A – Developmental/Applied
PSY 220 Gerontology
PSY 226 Lifespan Development
PSY 416 Health Psychology

Category B – Personality/Counseling
PSY 310 Introduction to Counseling
PSY 315 Cross-Cultural Psychology
PSY 421 Theories of Personality

Category C – Cognitive/Biological
PSY 324 Psychology of Learning
PSY 326 Drugs, Brain, and Behavior
PSY 328 Cognitive Psychology

Related Field Requirement: Students are required to choose ONE of the following options
Related Field Option – Twelve credit hours from one academic field outside of psychology as approved by the department.
Minor Option – A minor in an academic field outside of psychology. Students must meet the requirements of the department offering the minor.
Double Major Option – A second major at Franklin College. Students must meet all requirements for the second major and the psychology major 264

Sequencing Notes: A student is strongly recommended to take PSY 227 in the freshman or sophomore year since PSY 227 is a prerequisite for the PSY 419/PSY 420 course sequence. Students contemplating a major or minor in psychology must receive a grade of C- or better in PSY 117 before registering for upper level classes. Additionally, it is recommended that PSY 224 be taken concurrently with or prior to PSY 227. Another general recommendation is that PSY 320 should be completed in the junior year. Students should pay particular attention to alternate year course offerings and carefully plan, in close consultation with their advisor, the timing for taking these courses. Undergraduate research is recommended for students planning to attend graduate school.

Psychology Minor

Core Requirement
PSY 117 General Psychology

Four of the following courses – At least one of the four courses must be a 300 or 400 level course.
Students should select four of the following courses best suited to supplement their major emphasis or career interest, after consultation with advisor or psychology faculty.
PSY 224 Basic Applied Statistics
PSY 226 Lifespan Development
PSY 227 Research Methods in Psychology
PSY 240 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 310 Introduction to Counseling
PSY 320 Social Psychology
PSY 322 Behavioral Neuroscience
PSY 324 Psychology of Learning
PSY 326 Drugs, Brain, & Behavior
PSY 328 Cognitive Psychology
PSY 416 Health Psychology
PSY 421 Theories of Personality

Neuroscience Minor

Core Requirements
BIO 140 Cell Biology
PSY 117 General Psychology
PSY 322 Behavioral Neuroscience
Independent study, research, or Internship related to Neuroscience (2 credit minimum)

One of the following options
Option 1: BIO 210 and BIO 215 Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II
Option 2: BIO 360 Animal Physiology

One of the following courses
PSY 324 Psychology of Learning
PSY 326 Drugs, Brain, and Behavior

Cooperative Programs in Psychology
Franklin College offers an accelerated Master of Public Health (AMPH) in the form of a 3 + 2 combined Bachelor of Arts (3) and Master of Public Health (2) degree with the IUPUI Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health. This consists of a common core and specific courses required for each particular program. After completion of three years of college work and fulfilling Franklin College graduation requirements (except total graduation hours and completion of one of the two required diversity and international courses), students may receive a bachelor of arts degree from Franklin College upon completing one year at IUPUI, for a total of 120 semester hours. Successful completion of the first year in the cooperative program satisfies the internship or senior year experience requirement for the major. Any student following these programs who is not accepted by IUPUI after the third year could return to Franklin College and receive a bachelor of arts in psychology by completing: 1) all of the remaining requirements for the psychology major, 2) one additional diversity or international course, and 3) 120 total semester hours required for graduation. (Students with a declared enrollment in the aforementioned cooperative program will be given priority during registration in subsequent semester(s)). See the Public Health section of this catalog for more details.

Franklin College also offers an accelerated Master of Athletic Training (MSAT) in the form of a 3 + 2 combined Bachelor of Arts (3) and Master of Athletic Training (2) with the graduate program at Franklin College. A student would hold a Bachelor of Art (BA) in Psychology with an Exercise Science related field and a Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) after completing the required curriculum. Students should apply by January 15 of their junior year to meet the early admission deadline. See the Athletic Training section of this catalog for more details.

 

POSTED-Nov., 28, 2018