Psychology Major - Required Courses

The Psychology major is open to sophomores who have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50. Each student must earn a grade of "C" or better in Effective Writing and Effective Reading. All majors must complete a 29 hours credit core curriculum (with grade “C” or better) consisting of:

Required Core Courses: (21 hrs)
PSY 111 General Psychology
PSY 112 General Psychology
PSY 213 Abnormal Psychology
SSD 215 Foundations of Statistical Thinking
PSY 216 Experimental Psychology
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 21 hours credit (7 courses) of electives from the following three groups.

Group I: Developmental Psychology (Choose two of three, 6 hours)
PSY 221 Child Psychology
PSY 222 Adolescent Psychology
PSY 224 Psychology of Adulthood and Old Age

 

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
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

Electives

Suggested Electives:

MAT 103, PHI 103 (6 hours) in the following sequence:
Freshman year:
PHI 103 Logic and Effective Thinking Spring
Sophomore year:
MAT 103 College Algebra II Spring
Total Hours: 6

Other possible Electives

Students can choose electives from any other department to fulfill their 124 credit hour requirement for graduation. Those students who plan to apply to graduate school are strongly urged to take several elective courses in philosophy, mathematics, computer science and the other natural sciences. It is recommended that students take a course in Ethics (SSD 247, Hum 247 & NSD 247), Fundamental Programming (CSC 221) or Principles of Biology I-II (BIO 120-210) and General Chemistry I-II (CHE 115-116).

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.

  1. Comprehensive Examination
  2. Psychology majors are required to take the Major Field Test (ETS) exam in the Spring of the final year, as well as take and pass the Departmental Comprehensive Exit Exam during the fall of the senior year.
MAT 103, PHI 103 (6 hours) in the following sequence:
Freshman year:
PHI 103 Logic and Effective Thinking Spring
Sophomore year:
MAT 103 College Algebra II Spring
Total Hours: 6

Suggested Course Sequence: Major in Psychology (*Denotes Required Courses)

 
Freshman year:
PSY 111* General Psychology 3 Fall/Spring
PSY 112* General Psychology 3 Fall/Spring
Total Hours 6
Sophomore year:
PSY 213* Abnormal Psychology 3 Fall/Spring
SSD 215* Foundations in Statistical Thinking 3 Fall
PSY 216* Experimental Psychology 3 Fall/Spring
PSY 221 Child Psychology 3 Fall
PSY 222 Adolescent Psychology 3 Spring
PSY 224 Psy. of Adulthood & Old Age 3 Spring
Total Hours: 15
Junior & Senior:
PSY 321 Personality Theory 3 Fall (even years only)
PSY 322 Organizational Behavior 3 Fall (odd years only)
PSY 323 Social Psychology 3 Fall (even years only)
PSY 324 Psychology of Women 3 Fall (odd years only)
PSY 331 Psychological Measurement 3 Spring (even years only)
PSY 332 Sensation and Perception 3 Fall (even years only)
PSY 325 Psychology of Learning 3 Spring (odd years only)
PSY 326 Behavioral Neuroscience 3 Spring (odd years only)
PSY 327 Topics in Psychology 3 Fall/Spring
PSY 328 Health Psychology 3 Spring (even years only)
PSY 329 Community Psychology 3 Spring (even years only)
SSD 329* Applied Statistics 3 Spring
PSY 425 Internship in Psychology 3 Fall
Total Hours: 21
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

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. Concepts, principles, and "people skills", learned in psychology may complement a broad range of disciplines, and be advantageous in business and health related professions such as social work, sociology, law, ethics, education, and physical education/recreation, and so forth, as well as pre-nursing, pre-law, public health marketing, management, and economics. The Minor incorporates essential courses in Psychology providing a basic understanding of the functioning of the mind and human behavior, and courses that enhance mathematical ability, development of social and interpersonal skills, understanding of brain functioning, and human development through the life-span. In order to obtain a Minor in psychology, 18 credit hours must be completed: 9 hours of core requirements and 9 hours of elective courses. The degree may be obtained, if properly planned, in one semester. However, if the student is selecting courses to match his/her career goals, it may take three or more semesters. 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 Psychology 3 Fall
PSY 222 Adolescent Psychology 3 Spring
PSY 224 Psychology of Adulthood & Old Age 3 Fall
SSD 215 Foundations of Statistics 3 Fall
Group 2
PSY 321 Personality Theory 3 Fall
PSY 323 Social Psychology 3 Fall (even)
PSY 325 Psychology of Learning 3 Spring (odd)
PSY 325 Behavioral Neuroscience 3 Spring (even)