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  Dec 14, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

Psychology, B.A.


About the Psychology Bachelor's Program


The undergraduate psychology curriculum is designed to provide a core of knowledge of the subject matter in experimental, theoretical, and applied psychology. Sufficient curricular flexibility is provided to permit students to emphasize the acquisition of useful vocational and personal skills for later life and to prepare students for a graduate degree program in psychology, related fields, or both.

All undergraduate psychology majors must complete the following core program: PSY 1300 , PSY 2400 , and PSY 3401  (with PSY 2400  as a prerequisite). All majors also must select at least one course from each of six groups:

GROUP 1, Learning and Cognition:


GROUP 2, Individual Differences, Personality, and Social Processes:


GROUP 3, Biological Bases of Behavior:


GROUP 4, Developmental Bases in Behavior:


GROUP 5, Applied Professional Psychology in Community and Practice Settings:


GROUP 6, Additional Courses in Psychology:


Note:


The required number of hours for the major is 35, including three communication literacy courses in psychology. Courses designated as meeting the communication literacy requirement are PSY 2400 , PSY 3306 , PSY 3401 ,PSY 4305 , PSY 4310 , and PSY 4334 . The communication literacy courses must be taken at Texas Tech University. At least 24 hours of the total credits toward the major must be taken from 3000- or 4000-level courses. Transfer students who major in psychology must complete at least 9 credit hours in psychology at Texas Tech. All psychology majors must have a minor.

In addition to offering regularly structured courses, the department provides opportunities to participate in various research and service activities of faculty members. These are particularly valuable for the student who intends to pursue a career in psychology. Interested students should confer with an advisor or any of the faculty. Such activities may contribute to the completion of major and/or minor requirements through enrollment in PSY 4300  during the junior and senior years. Six hours of PSY 4300  may be counted toward the major and 12 hours may be counted toward the degree.

 

Recommended Sample Curriculum


First Year


Fall


Total: 15

Spring


Total: 16

Second Year


Fall


Total: 16

Spring


Total: 14

Third Year


Fall


  • PSY Group 4 - 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Foreign Language 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Minor Electives 6 Semester Credit Hours
  • PSY-Group 5 - 3 Semester Credit Hours
Total: 15

Spring


Total: 15

Fourth Year


Fall


Total: 15

Spring


Total: 14

Total Hours: 120


* PSY 3398 and some Language, Philosophy, and Culture and Creative Arts courses also count toward the Multicultural requirement .

NOTE: PSY 2400   and PSY 3401  always meet the communication literacy requirement; another communication literacy PSY course is required.

Foreign Language


A student must complete 6 hours at the sophomore level or above in a single language. The prerequisite for all sophomore language courses is credit for the freshman level. This credit can be determined through a credit by examination. The score attained on the exam will determine whether the student is placed in a second-year course, a 5-hour review course, or in some cases the first or second semester of a beginning (first-year) language course. See Arts and Sciences General Degree Requirements  for further explanation.