Psychology Major - Required Courses

The Psychology major is open to sophomores who have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50. All majors must complete a 35-hour credit core curriculum (with grade “C” or better) consisting of:

Required Core Courses: (35 hrs)
PSY 111 General Psychology
PSY 112 General Psychology
PSY 213 Abnormal Psychology
SSD 215 Foundations of Statistical Thinking
PSY 216 Experimental Psychology
PSY 221 Child and Adolescent Psychology
PSY 224 Psychology of Adulthood and Old Age
SSD 329 Applied Statistics in Social Science Research
PSY 411 History and Systems
PSY 421 Research Methods in Psychology
PSY 422 Psychological Research Writing
PSY 423 Senior Seminar I
PSY 424 Senior Seminar II

Psychology degree candidates must also complete an additional 15hours credit (5 courses) of electives from the following two groups:

Group I: Social, Personality, Organizational, Women, & Measurement (Choose three out of six, 9 hours)
PSY 321 Personality Theory
PSY 321 Organizational Behavior
PSY 323 Social Psychology
PSY 324 Psychology of Women
PSY 331 Psychological Measurement
PSY 327 Topics in Psychology (One or more)

 

Group II: Social, Personality, Organizational, Women, & Measurement (Choose three out of six, 9 hours)
PSY 321 Personality Theory
PSY 322 Organizational Behavior
PSY 323 Social Psychology
PSY 324 Psychology of Women
PSY 331 Psychological Measurement
PSY 327 Topics in Psychology (One or more)

 

Group III: Learning, Neuroscience, Health, Community, Sensation & Perception (Choose two out of six, 6 hours)
PSY 325 Psychology of Learning
PSY 326 Behavioral Neuroscience
PSY 328 Health Psychology in Disaster Preparedness
PSY 329 Community Psychology
PSY 332 Sensation and Perception
PSY 425 Internship (One internship course as an elective in Junior or Senior years)

Number of Units Required for Graduation: 50 Hours

Additional Required Courses

MAT 103 or MAT 106, GEN 210 or GEN 211 (6 hours) in the recommended sequence:
Freshman year:
Mat 103 College Algebra Fall/ Spring
MAT 106 Contemporary Mathematics Fall/ Spring
Sophomore year:
GEN 210 The Secret of Life Fall/ Spring
GEN 211 Race, Gender, & Medicine Fall/ Spring
Total Hours: 6

 

Senior Thesis

 

A senior thesis is required of all graduating majors. This is an empirical research project developed by students in consultation with a member of the faculty during the spring semester of their junior year. The objective of the paper is to enable students to analyze in-depth issues and topics in psychology. Students are expected to write a research paper and make an oral presentation during their senior year. The faculty member supervises progress on the research and the writing of the thesis in APA format. All seniors must take two courses: Senior Seminar I (PSY 423) Senior Seminar II (PSY 424) one credit hour each, which are required to complete the Senior paper. These courses are designed for seniors t be familiar with the APA format, get a hands-on-experience using the SPSS program, and other statistical and research tools needed to assist them with their paper.

College policy does not permit a student to write the Senior Thesis until the English Writing Proficiency Exam has been passed.

GRE Requirement

All Graduate schools require the GRE or some standardized test for admission to a Graduate program. It is recommended that Psychology majors take the GRE or any other recognized national test such as the LSAT, or PRAXIS during their Junior year and report their scores to the registrar’s office and the psychology department no later than the fall Semester of their senior year.

 

Suggested Course Sequence: Major in Psychology

 
Freshman year:
PSY 111* General Psychology 3 Fall/Spring
PSY 112 General Psychology 3 Fall/Spring
MAT 103 or 106 College Algebra/ Contemporary Math 3 Fall/Spring
Total Hours 9
Sophomore year:
PSY 213 Abnormal Psychology 3 Fall/Spring
SSD 215 Foundations in Statistical Thinking 3 Fall/  Spring
PSY 221 Child & Adolescent Psychology 3 Fall
Total Hours: 9
Junior:
PSY 216 Experimental Psychology 3 Fall
PSY 224 Psychology of Adulthood & Old Age 3 Spring
PSY 329 Applied Statistics 3 Spring
Total Hours: 9
Senior year:
PSY 411 History and Systems 3 Fall
PSY 421 Research Methods in Psychology 3 Fall
PSY 422 Psychological Research Writing 3 Spring
PSY 423 Senior Seminar I 1 Fall
PSY 424 Senior Seminar II 1 Spring
Total Hours: 11 *PSY 111 is not a prerequisite for PSY 112: allowing course to be taken in any order

Total Hours required for the major 50

Minor in Psychology

The Minor in Psychology is open to all Tougaloo College students to enhance their employability and widen their opportunities for acceptance to graduate or professional schools. In today’s competitive job market, acquisition of interdisciplinary knowledge and skills enhances employability. There are many careers where a science-based knowledge about interpersonal skills, human/animal behavior, emotionality, and mental capabilities is valued.

To obtain a Minor in psychology, 18 credit hours must be completed: 9 hours of core requirements and 9 hours of elective courses. A minimum GPA of 2.50 is required for graduation.

Required Courses
PSY 111 General Psychology 3 Fall/Spring
PSY 112 General Psychology 3 Fall/Spring
PSY 213 Abnormal Psychology 3 Fall/Spring
Total Hours 9

 

Elective Courses (At least one from each group, 3 in all )
Group 1
PSY 221 Child & Adolescent Psychology 3 Fall
PSY 224 Psychology of Adulthood & Old Age 3 Spring
SSD 215 Foundations of Statistics 3 Fall
Group 2
PSY 321 Personality Theory 3 Fall (even yrs.)
PSY 323 Social Psychology 3 Fall (even yrs.)
PSY 325 Psychology of Learning 3 Spring (odd yrs.)
PSY 325 Behavioral Neuroscience 3 Spring (even yrs.)
Total Hours 9

Total required hours for minor: 18