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Psychology

School of Social Sciences & Education


The mission of the psychology major at Milligan College is related to the objectives of the college. Students who pursue the study of psychology are challenged to display sound scholarship in the field through their reading and analyzing sources within the realm of psychology. The students should be familiar with and able to communicate their familiarity and analyses clearly and effectively. The students should be able to use this knowledge base in psychology to appreciate the areas of the Lord’s creation and to understand the inter-relatedness of all learning. Students of psychology should display a sense of ministry through their knowledge of psychology and a willingness to use their knowledge in service and ministry to others.

The specific outcomes of the psychology major are:

  1. Knowledge Base in Psychology: Students demonstrate knowledge of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings in psychology, and learn basic skills and concepts in interpreting behavior.
  2. Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking: Students use scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena, demonstrate psychology information literacy, and interpret, design, and conduct basic psychological research.
  3. Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World: Students incorporate sociocultural factors in scientific inquiry, apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice, and adopt values that build community at local, national, and global levels.
  4. Communication: Students engage in innovative and integrative thinking and problem solving, demonstrate effective writing and effective presentation skills for different purposes, and interact effectively with others.
  5. Professional Development: Students develop meaningful professional direction for life after graduation.

(All outcomes adapted from APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major, 2013, pp. 15-16).

The psychology curriculum emphasizes the principles and applications of substantive psychological knowledge both as a natural science and as a social science. The major and minor provide a broad background in psychology and offer students the opportunities, if desired, to pursue specialization in an interest area.

The field of psychology has been undergoing rapid change. New professional opportunities are constantly evolving.  In response to this change, students may choose one of two concentrations to fulfill the requirements for a degree in psychology. The general psychology concentration offers flexibility while also ensuring that students have a broad understanding of the field and its applications. Students who plan to pursue teaching licensure or careers in areas other than psychology (e.g., youth ministry) may find this concentration appealing.

The pre-professional concentration is designed to prepare students for post-graduate education in psychology or related fields (e.g., occupational therapy). Students who pursue this concentration are required to demonstrate proficiency in research by completing an independent research project. In addition, students choosing the pre-professional concentration will learn about the available careers in psychology and the kinds of graduate programs available. This is accomplished through both a specific course (PSYC 200) and the requirement of an internship. Students are strongly encouraged to talk with their adviser before selecting either of the two concentrations.

What can I do with a degree in Psychology?

Download a list of potential careers in Psychology.

To earn a bachelor’s degree, a student must complete 128 semester hours in courses with course numbers at the 100 level or above. In addition to courses in the major (and minor, if applicable), students must complete the requirements for a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree as described in the Catalog. The B.A. degree requires foreign language through the intermediate level.

Psychology major – B. A. or B.S.

Required courses in the General Concentration:

  • PSYC 150: General Psychology (3 hrs)

  • PSYC 252: Developmental Psychology (3 hrs)

  • PSYC 259: Research Methods in Psychology I (3 hrs)

  • PSYC 350: Social Psychology (3 hrs)

  • PSYC 353: Theories of Personality (3 hrs)

  • PSYC 401: History and Systems of Psychology (3 hrs)

  • One of the following:
    • PSYC 422: Learning and Cognition (3 hrs)

    • PSYC 427: Physiological Psychology (3 hrs)

  • MATH 213: Statistics (3 hrs)

  • Elective hours in psychology to be chosen in consultation with an adviser (9 hrs)

Students completing this concentration must demonstrate facility in the usage of computers in research and statistics; this is typically accomplished through the PSYC 259 course.

Required courses in the Pre-professional Concentration:

  • PSYC 150: General Psychology (3 hrs)

  • PSYC 200: Career Preparation in Psychology (1 hr)

  • PSYC 252: Developmental Psychology (3 hrs)

  • PSYC 259: Research Methods in Psychology I (3 hrs)

  • PSYC 350: Social Psychology (3 hrs)

  • PSYC 353: Theories of Personality (3 hrs)

  • PSYC 401: History and Systems of Psychology (3 hrs)

  • PSYC 422: Learning and Cognition (3 hrs)

  • PSYC 427: Physiological Psychology (3 hrs)

  • PSYC 491: Field Work in Psychology (3-6 hrs)

  • PSYC 499A: Mentored Research (1 hr)

  • PSYC 499B: Mentored Research (1 hr)

  • PSYC 499C: Mentored Research (1 hr)

  • MATH 213: Statistics (3 hrs)

  • Elective hours in psychology to be chosen in consultation with an adviser (6 hrs)

Students in this concentration must demonstrate facility in the usage of computers in research and statistics. This is typically accomplished through the courses PSYC 259 and PSYC 499.

Students in the pre-professional concentration are expected to maintain a minimum overall grade point average of 2.75.

The following general education requirements are fulfilled in both concentrations of the major:

  • 3 hours of social learning
  • 3 hours of mathematics

Total number of required hours:

  • General concentration: 33
  • Pre-professional concentration: 40

Senior Major Exam

The senior major exam, which is required of all baccalaureate degree-seeking students and evaluates the students in their major fields of study, is administered during the semester in which the student plans to graduate. Students pursuing double majors must complete a majors exam in each major. The senior major exam for Psychology is the Major Field Test. All Psychology majors must complete this test prior to graduation.

Secondary (grades 9-12) Teaching Licensure

Secondary (grades 9-12) teaching licensure: Psychology major (general concentration) with modification – B.A. or B.S. (36 hrs)

  • PSYC 150: General Psychology (3 hrs)

  • PSYC 252: Developmental Psychology (3 hrs)

  • PSYC 253: Child Development (3 hrs)

  • PSYC 259: Research Methods in Psychology I (3 hrs)

  • PSYC 350: Social Psychology (3 hrs)

  • PSYC 353: Theories of Personality (3 hrs)

  • PSYC 357: Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Counseling (3 hrs)

  • PSYC 401: History and Systems of Psychology (3 hrs)

  • PSYC 422: Learning and Cognition (3 hrs)

  • MATH 213: Statistics (3 hrs) PSYC elective (6 hrs)

Licensure

For additional information about the teacher licensure program, including a list of courses required for licensure, see the Education: Licensure Programs section of the Catalog.

Psychology Minor

Required courses in the minor:

  • PSYC 150: General Psychology (3 hrs)

  • PSYC 252: Developmental Psychology (3 hrs)

  • PSYC 350: Social Psychology (3 hrs)

  • Elective hours in psychology (9 hrs)

The following general education requirement is fulfilled in the minor:

  • 3 hours of social learning

Total number of required hours in the minor: 18