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Psychology Program Requirements

The following program requirements are from the Clarke University 2012-2013 Academic Catalog and apply to students currently enrolled. The university reserves any right to change, without notice, any information posted on this Web page and in the catalog. For the most current information, please contact the Clarke University Registrar's Office at registrar@clarke.edu.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

For a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Psychology, a student completes 33 hours of psychology courses with courses required in each of the following groups:

  • Core psychology courses:
    • PSYC 111 Introductory Psychology
    • PSYC 320 Social Science Research Methods
    • PSYC 499 Capstone Psychology Research
  • At least one course from Group A — Developmental/Biological:
    • PSYC 121 Child and Adolescent Development
    • PSYC 122 Adult Development
    • PSYC 223 Living with Loss
    • PSYC 261 Psychology of Sex and Gender
    • BIOL 445 Neuroscience
       
  • At least one course from Group B — Cognitive/Personality/Social:
    • PSYC 221 Abnormal Psychology
    • PSYC 224 Social Psychology
    • PSYC 281 Motivation
    • PSYC 381 Personality
    • PSYC 471 Cognitive Psychology
  • At least one course from Group C — Applied:
    • PSYC 231 Behavior Modification
    • PSYC 305 Marriage and the Family
    • PSYC 330 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
    • PSYC 350 Helping Skills

Additional credit hours are elective and may consist of any approved psychology courses. Three hours of MATH 220 Statistics is required as a psychology major support course.

For a Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Psychology, a student completes the 33 hours of psychology courses required for the BA degree (including MATH 220 Statistics) and additional courses in science and math including:

  • CHEM 110 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 111 General Chemistry II
  • BIOL 211 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 212 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • An approved calculus course
     

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

For a Minor in Psychology, a student completes 21 hours of psychology courses including:

  • PSYC 111 Introductory Psychology
  • 3 hours from Group A — Developmental/Biological
  • 3 hours from Group B — Cognitive/Personality/Social
  • 3 hours from Group C — Applied

Additional hours are to be chosen as electives from any approved psychology course offerings, including MATH 220 Statistics.

TEACHING ENDORSEMENT

Education majors wishing a teaching endorsement, second teaching area, in Psychology, complete either 30 hours in psychology or 15 hours in psychology plus 15 hours in the broad area of Social Sciences. Either option satisfies the requirements for the 7-12 Social Sciences-Psychology Endorsement.

  • Core psychology courses:
    • PSYC 111 Introductory Psychology
    • PSYC 320 Social Science Research Methods
    • PSYC 499 Capstone: Psychology Research
      AND
    • 3 hours from Group A — Developmental/Biological
    • 3 hours from Group B — Cognitive/Personality/Social
    • 3 hours from Group C — Applied

Additional hours are to be chosen as electives from any approved psychology course offerings, including MATH 220 Statistics.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS FOR PHYSICAL THERAPY PRE-PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

Undergraduate students who plan to apply for admission in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at Clarke and desire an undergraduate degree in Psychology should complete 33 approved credit hours of psychology courses, including all core courses and at least three hours from Groups A, B and C, (as listed above), with additional credit hours to be chosen as electives from any approved psychology course offerings. Three hours of MATH 220 Statistics is required as a psychology major support course.

MINOR REQUIREMENTS FOR AT AND PT

Any student who is majoring in athletic training (AT) or in the pre-physical therapy program (PT) wishing a Minor in Psychology completes 21 approved credit hours of psychology courses as follows:

  • Core psychology courses:
    • PSYC 111 Introductory Psychology
       
  • Group A – Developmental/Biological:
    • PSYC 121 Child and Adolescent Development
    • PSYC 122 Adult Development
       
  • Group B – Cognitive/Personality/Social:
    • While no courses are required, a minimum of three hours is strongly recommended.
       
  • Group C – Applied:
    • PSYC 330 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy and/or PSYC 350 Helping Skills

Additional hours are to be chosen as electives from any approved course offerings, including MATH 220 Statistics.

APPLICATION TO MAJOR

Clarke students may apply to a major field after having completed 30 hours of academic work. Ordinarily, a student may apply for a major in psychology upon completion of 12 hours of course work in psychology at Clarke, of which three credits must include statistics, with a C- or better grade.

Transfer students who enter Clarke with 60 or more credit hours should apply to their majors within the first two semesters of attendance at Clarke, after having taken at least six credit hours of psychology course work at Clarke. Transfers must complete the requirements for the major and no less than 18 credit hours at Clarke in psychology. Note: The department reserves the right to decide on the acceptability of psychology courses offered by other campuses to fulfill major requirements.

Students who have taken a lifespan course, such as lifespan development or human development, may substitute the course for a Group A course in the major. Approval for course substitution is granted by the department chair.

To apply for a psychology major, students must:

  • Complete 12 hours of psychology course work with minimum grades of C- or better and an overall minimum GPA of 2.00, including the completion of MATH 220 Statistics with a minimum grade of C -.
  • Submit a completed application form to the academic affairs office.
  • Meet with the psychology faculty to discuss the applicant’s progress and goals at this stage of psychology preparation.

Successful completion of these steps will result in full admittance to the psychology department. A student who has been accepted as a psychology major will be dismissed from the program if grades lower than a C- are received in three psychology courses, or if the student’s GPA drops below 2.0 for two consecutive semesters. A student must repeat a psychology course in which a grade lower than a C- is received. The student will be dropped from the major if a course needs to be repeated more than once.

COOPERATIVE EDUCATION/INTERNSHIPS

Internships provide an important opportunity for responsible psychology majors to gain valuable practical experience under professional supervision. This gives participating students a chance to apply classroom knowledge, help others and identify which of the many areas of psychology they might enjoy working in. Recent psychology interns have performed a wide variety of activities, including working with individuals having severe and persistent mental illness, serving as a staff member in a group home for emotionally disturbed adolescents and providing psychological support for victims of domestic violence. Without special approval, no more than three credit hours of cooperative education/internship and three credit hours of independent research or study may be counted toward the major.

COMPUTER LITERACY REQUIREMENT

Students majoring in psychology are expected to have a proficiency in computers, which would minimally include the computer concepts and applications of word processing, database, spreadsheet, graphics and electronic research. Satisfaction of the general education technology proficiency is expected.

RESEARCH REQUIREMENT

Psychology majors are required to take two courses in which the primary focus is the implementation and written explanation of scientific research in psychology. Those courses are: PSYC 320 Social Science Research Methods and PSYC 499 Capstone: Psychology Research.

SENIOR PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENT

Students are required to complete PSYC 499 Capstone: Psychology Research. This is an integrative project that is implemented, carried out and written according to American Psychological Association (APA) style.

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