Degree Essentials

Psychology

Faculty

Professor Harry Heft, Chair

Professor Harry Heft; Associate Professors Nida Bikmen, D. Cody Brooks, Seth Chin-Parker, Gina A. Dow, Frank Hassebrock, Sarah L. Hutson-Comeaux, Susan L. Kennedy, Nestor Matthews, David P.J. Przybyla, Robert Weis; Assistant Professors Erin Henshaw, Rebecca Rosenberg; Visiting Assistant Professor Andrea Lourie; Academic Administrative Assistant Jill Uland

Departmental Guidelines and Goals

Some of the major goals of our course offerings in the Department include:

  • Presenting overviews of contemporary psychology, thus providing students with a knowledge of what psychologists do;

  • Stimulating interest and curiosity about human and animal phenomena;

  • Indicating applications of psychology to personal and social issues. Some examples of these applications concern study techniques and academic performance, the effects of anxiety or stress on performance, and the role of prejudice in society;

  • Developing an understanding of the nature of scientific inquiry and methodology;

  • Facilitating and encouraging the discovery of connections between psychology and other disciplines. Some examples of the connections include concerns of psychology and biology (e.g., neuroscience), computer science, and philosophy (e.g., cognitive science), psychological questions raised in the humanities and arts, and psychological assumptions in political, social, and economic theories;

  • Fostering the formulation of a personally meaningful and sophisticated psychological perspective.

The first priority for all majors should be to obtain a firm foundation in the basic topic areas of psychology and in research methodologies. For this reason, psychology majors are urged to select a broad range of courses in addition to those offerings that are particularly relevant to their primary interests. Students of psychology should aim for both breadth and depth of knowledge in the discipline. The requirements for a major in psychology at Denison are relatively flexible in order to provide students with the opportunity to select those courses and experiences that best complement their personal goals. At the same time, however, the flexibility of these requirements requires that psychology majors work closely with their academic advisors to develop an appropriate plan of study.

Psychology Majors

Degree Alternatives: The B.A. and the B.S. Students may obtain either a Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) in Psychology at Denison University.

Requirements for the B.A. in Psychology The B.A. in Psychology requires 38-semester hours of credit in Psychology. Required courses for the B.A. include:

  • Introduction to Psychology 100 (4 hours). Please see note regarding transfer credit.

  • Research Methods in Psychology 200 (4 hours).

  • Two Psychology Topical/Research Course combinations. Research courses must be taken concurrently with their accompanying topical courses. The FIRST research course taken must be a 200-level course; the SECOND research course taken must be a 300-level course; PSYC 200 is a prerequisite for any research course. The specific courses that fulfill the topical/research course combinations are listed below. (14 hours).

  • Electives (8 hours) selected from regular course offerings at the 200, 300 or 400 level. Normally, Senior Research (451-452), Individual Work for Honors (461-462), Directed Studies (361-362) and Independent Studies (363-364) will not count toward the 38-hour minimum requirement.

  • One 300-level Seminar course for juniors/seniors (4 hours).

  • History and Systems of Psychology 410 (4 hours).

NOTE ON TRANSFER CREDIT: Students may waive the PSYC 100 requirement with an approved PSYC 199 credit for an Introductory Psychology transfer college course. PSYC 199 does NOT fulfill a Y (Science) GE and does NOT count toward the credit hours for the major/minor; thus, students with PSYC 199 credit will need to complete 4 additional PSYC elective credit hours to meet the required hours for the degree. If a student with PSYC 199 credit elects to take PSYC 100, his or her PSYC 199 credit hours will be forfeited. Students scoring a 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement Psychology test will be granted credit towards graduation only; such credit does not allow PSYC 100 to be waived.

The flexibility of these requirements places maximum responsibility upon the student to select a course of study most compatible with future goals. For example, PSYC 370 (Statistics for Behavioral Science) is helpful for many upper-level courses and is required for admission into most graduate schools, and either is a prerequisite for or must be taken concurrently with PSYC 451-452 (Senior Research) or PSYC 461-462 (Honors Research). Those contemplating graduate work also should consider courses in the natural sciences, computer science, and foreign languages, as well as opportunities to become involved in research activities in the department (for example, Directed Study, Senior Research, Research Assistant, Summer Scholar, etc.) All students are encouraged to work closely with their advisors in developing an appropriate program in the major.

200-Level Topical (4 hours) and Research Course (3 hours) Options

  • (210) Development in Infancy and Childhood and (211) Research in Development in Infancy and Childhood

  • (215) Adult Development and Aging and (216) Research in Adult Development and Aging

  • (220) Social Psychology and (221) Research in Social Psychology

  • (225) Environmental Psychology and (226) Research in Environmental Psychology

  • (230) Organizational Psychology and (231) Research in Organizational Psychology

  • (240) Theories of Personality and (241) Research in Personality Psychology

  • (245) Adolescence and (246) Research in Adolescence

  • (250) Abnormal Psychology and (251) Research in Abnormal Psychology

  • (270) Health Psychology and (271) Research in Health Psychology

300-Level Topical (4 hours) and Research Course (3 hours) Options

  • (310) Psychology of Learning and (311) Research in Psychology of Learning

  • (330) Cognitive Psychology and (331) Research in Cognitive Psychology

  • (340) Sensation and Perception and (341) Research in Sensation and Perception

  • (350) Biological Psychology and (351) Research in Biological Psychology

Requirements for the B.S. in Psychology The B.S. in Psychology requires 41 semester hours of credit in Psychology and 16 semester hours of credit in cognate courses from the Natural Sciences departments outside Psychology (not including Astronomy or Neuroscience). Required courses for the B.S. include:

  • Introduction to Psychology 100 (4 hours) Please see NOTE under B.A. degree above regarding transfer credit.

  • Research Methods in Psychology 200 (4 hours).

  • Three Psychology Topical/Research Course Combinations (rather than two required for the B.A.). Research courses must be taken concurrently with their accompanying topical courses. The FIRST research course taken must be a 200-level course; the SECOND and THIRD research courses taken must be at the 300-level. PSYC 200 is a prerequisite for any research course. The specific courses that fulfill the topical/research course combinations are listed above. (21 hours).

  • One 300-level Seminar course for juniors/seniors (4 hours).

  • Statistics for Behavioral Sciences 370 (4 hours).

  • History and Systems of Psychology 410 (4 hours).

  • FOUR courses in the Natural Sciences (outside of the Psychology Department) or Mathematics and Computer Science. This can be accomplished by taking TWO courses in two different departments or all FOUR may be in the same department. All courses must be courses that meet requirements for the major in that department. Computer Science and Mathematics courses are considered as being from separate departments. Courses offered by departments without a major (e.g., Astronomy and Neuroscience) are NOT eligible for this requirement. (16 hours).

Psychology Minor

Students with a major in one of a number of departments will find a minor in psychology to be a significant contribution to their education. In order to best complement the major area of study, students should carefully select those psychology courses that have the most direct relevance to that major. These choices should be made in consultation with the academic advisor, as well as a member of the psychology faculty. A psychology minor requires 27 semester hours of credit in psychology. The required courses are:

  • Introduction to Psychology 100 (4 hours) Please see NOTE under B.A. degree above regarding transfer credit.

  • Research Methods in Psychology (200) (4 hours).

  • One 200-level Psychology Topical/Research Course Combination. The research course must be taken concurrently with its accompanying topical course. PSYC 200 is a prerequisite for any research course. The specific courses that fulfill the topical/research course combinations are listed above. (7 hours).

  • Electives (12 hours) selected from regular course offerings at the 200, 300 or 400 level. Normally, Directed Studies (361-362) and Independent Studies (363-364) will not count toward the 27-hour minimum requirement.