School of Social Sciences & Education

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:

  • General – 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.
  • Pre-professional – Prepares 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.

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).


View all details and course requirements for this program in the Milligan College Catalog (link below). The Milligan College academic catalog is the official, authoritative source for all academic requirements and policies. Any discrepancies in curricular requirements from other sources will default to the Catalog.


What can I do with a degree in Psychology?

Download a list of potential careers in Psychology.