Major in Psychology

Majors are required to complete 41 units in psychology and 10 units in prerequisite courses with a grade equivalent of 2.00 in all courses. No “Pass” grades are accepted for the 41 units in psychology (32 units of required psychology courses and 9 units of psychology electives). Of the 32 required psychology units, 14 units, consisting of the following courses, are required: PSYC 101 or PSYC 102, PSYC 203 or PSYC 204, PSYC 212 or PSYC 213, and PSYC 314 or PSYC 313. The remaining 18 required units are to be completed by taking one upper-level course in each of the six topical areas: Human Development, Clinical, Social, Biopsychology, Learning-Cognition, and Diversity.  All students must satisfy the relevant prerequisites for individual psychology courses taken.

Required Lower-Level Prerequisites
BIOL 120
120L
PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY [LECTURE]
and PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY [LAB] (or an equivalent general biology course with laboratory)
4
ENGL 102WRITING FOR A LIBERAL EDUCATION3
or ENGL 190 HONORS WRITING SEMINAR
MATH 111FINITE MATHEMATICS (or higher, excluding MATH 204)3
Required Courses
PSYC 101INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY3
or PSYC 102 HONORS INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY
PSYC 203HUMAN DEVELOPMENT3
or PSYC 204 HONORS HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
PSYC 213RESEARCH DESIGN AND STATISTICAL ANALYSIS IN PSYCHOLOGY I 14
or PSYC 212 BEHAVIORAL STATISTICS
PSYC 313RESEARCH DESIGN AND STATISTICAL ANALYSIS IN PSYCHOLOGY II 14
or PSYC 314 RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY
Topical Areas
Human Development (PSYC 203 is a required prerequisite)3
Select one of the following:
INFANT AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT
ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY
PSYCHOLOGY OF AGING
MIDLIFE DEVELOPMENT
Clinical3
Select one of the following:
PERSONALITY
ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY 2
TESTS AND MEASUREMENTS
SYSTEMS AND TECHNIQUES OF PSYCHOTHERAPY
Social3
Select one of the following:
SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY 2
INDUSTRIAL PSYCHOLOGY
GROUP DYNAMICS
Biopsychology3
Select one of the following:
PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY
SENSATION AND PERCEPTION
ETHOLOGY AND COMPARATIVE PSYCHOLOGY
PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY 2
Learning-Cognition3
Select one of the following:
PSYCHOLOGY OF LEARNING
MOTIVATION
COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY 2
Diversity3
Select one of the following:
DIVERSE PERSPECTIVES IN PSYCHOLOGY
CROSS-CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY
SEX DIFFERENCES: PSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES
INTRODUCTION TO THE EXCEPTIONAL CHILD
Electives
Select any 200-, 300- or 400-level psychology courses with a MINIMUM of 3 units (of the required 9 units) completed at the 300- or 400-level. Electives include: 9
Any other course(s) within a given topical area beyond the one required to fulfill the topical area requirements
Any other psychology courses listed in the catalog with the exception of PSYC 230 or PSYC 383
Total Units51

Additional Options in Psychology

The Department of Psychology offers undergraduates two options beyond the completion of the general undergraduate concentration: a Clinical Psychology Area of Focus and an Honors Thesis in Psychology option. More specific information about each option is provided below. Admission to each of these options is competitive; for full consideration, applications must be made to the appropriate program director by the third week in October of the student’s junior year. Application packets may be obtained in the Psychology department office.

In addition to the requirements of these options, students must also complete the Core Curriculum requirements of the university and any additional requirements of the Psychology major.

Clinical Psychology Area of Focus

The Clinical Psychology Area of Focus offers more extensive training in Clinical Psychology beyond that gained by completion of the Psychology major. The area of focus provides a three-term course sequence (14 units), beginning in the spring term of the junior year. Courses are organized around practicum experience with extensive supervision so that there is continuity between theory and practice of clinical skills.

Following are the Clinical Psychology Area of Focus:

Term 1 (spring of junior year)
PSYC 439THE INITIAL INTERVIEW3
PSYC 433GROUP PSYCHOTHERAPY INTERNSHIP3
Term 2 (fall of senior year)
PSYC 454INTERNSHIP IN PSYCHOTHERAPY4
Term 3 (spring of senior year)
PSYC 454INTERNSHIP IN PSYCHOTHERAPY4

For a student to be admitted to the Clinical Psychology Area of Focus, the following criteria must be met by the spring term of the junior year:

  1. Completion of PSYC 205 and PSYC 361 with a grade of “B” (3.00) or better in both courses
  2. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.40 and a Psychology GPA of 3.60
  3. Submission of a writing sample, a letter of recommendation from a TU faculty member (preferably from Psychology) or employer who has observed the applicant’s interpersonal skills, maturity and professionalism, and an interview with the program director to determine the student’s suitability to complete the Clinical Psychology Area of Focus

Honors Thesis in Psychology

The Department of Psychology offers an undergraduate honors thesis option that provides students an opportunity to learn in-depth about the research process in psychology. Students complete an independent thesis in close collaboration with a faculty mentor, while taking a series of advanced courses on research methods, data analysis, thesis preparation and professional presentation. The three-term program (11 units) culminates in the student’s senior year with the completion of the thesis and presentation of the findings in a symposium format.

The honors thesis option begins during the spring term of the student’s junior year and continues throughout the student’s senior year. The option is open to both native Towson students and transfer students entering the Psychology major in the beginning of their junior year.

Following are the specific courses that all honors thesis students must take:

Term 1 (spring of junior year)
PSYC 486ADVANCED EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN3
Term 2 (fall of senior year)
PSYC 497HONORS SEMINAR IN PSYCHOLOGY3
Term 3 (spring of senior year)
PSYC 498HONORS CAPSTONE PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 499HONORS SENIOR THESIS IN PSYCHOLOGY3

For a student to be admitted to the Honors Thesis in Psychology option, the following criteria must be met by the spring term of the junior year:

  1. Completion of PSYC 212/PSYC 213 and PSYC 313/PSYC 314 with a “B” grade or better
  2. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.40 and a Psychology GPA of 3.60
  3. Identification of a Psychology faculty member who will supervise the thesis
  4. Submission of a personal statement and writing sample and interview with the program director

Students who successfully complete the honors option will receive the designation Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Psychology on their diploma. Departmental Honors will also appear on the student’s transcript.

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences will probably vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate elective choices.

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
Core 1 (or Core 2)3Core 2 (or Core 1)3
Core 43BIOL 120
120L (Core 7)
4
MATH 111 (Core 3)13Core 53
PSYC 101 or 102 (Core 6)3Core 103
Elective3Elective3
 15 16
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
PSYC 203 or 2043Upper-Level PSYC Topic Area 13
PSYC Elective3PSYC Elective3
Core 113Core 83-4
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15-16
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
PSYC 212 or 2134PSYC 314 or 313 (Core 9)4
Upper-Level PSYC Topic Area 23Upper-Level PSYC Topic Area 43
Upper-Level PSYC Topic Area 33Core 133
Core 143Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 16 16
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
Upper-Level PSYC Topic Area 53PSYC Upper-Level Elective3
Upper-Level PSYC Topic Area 63Upper-Level Elective3
Upper-Level Elective3Upper-Level Elective3
Core 123Elective3
Elective3 
 15 12
Total Units 120-121
  1. Understand and apply basic research methods in Psychology, including research design, data analysis and interpretation.
  2.  Use critical thinking, skeptical inquiry, and the scientific approach to evaluate claims related to behavioral and mental processes.
  3.  Demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology toward an understanding of Psychology.
  4.  Communicate effectively in a variety of formats.