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General Education Courses

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Major Core Courses

The major in psychology requires a minimum of 48 credits.

PSY 209 The Helping Relationship
PSY 229 Child Development: Contexts for Growth
PSY 230 Adult Development: Perspectives on Human Flourishing
PSY 235 Research Methods in Psychology
PSY 350 Personality Theories: Frameworks of Understanding in Psychology
PSY 351 Abnormal Psychology: Explorations through Film
PSY 352 Community Psychology: Cultural and Global Perspectives
PSY 499 Capstone Portfolio: Self-Assessment and Reflection on Learning (culminating graduation requirement)
PSY 100/200/300/400 Independent Studies (1-4 cr.). Each may be taken up to two times.

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General education courses required for Psychology majors

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology (PSY 101 may be taken as a Social Systems and Behavioral Science general education course through Fall 2014.)
STAT 221 Statistics (STAT 221 Statistics may be taken as a Quantitative Reasoning general education course through Fall 2014.)

Students in a concentration track will select at least three electives from within their concentration area (see chart below). Most core courses in the major offer opportunities for individual learning projects. Students in a concentration area are encouraged to develop projects focused in their concentration area. Students in the general program may select electives from any of the concentrations.

Culminating Graduation Requirement

PSY 499 Capstone Portfolio: Self-Assessment and Reflection on Learning is the capstone course and final culminating graduation requirement (CGR) of the psychology major. With the support and advice of faculty, students select and revise key artifacts from previous courses that reflect their achievement of the Union Institute & University Learning Outcomes and Major Outcomes. A self-reflective process paper will accompany these materials and together they serve as the CGR for the major. The portfolio and process paper challenges students to integrate and reflect on the knowledge and skills they gained through their studies to create a document that demonstrates