Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behavior. Students who choose Appalachian State University’s Psychology (BS) - Business degree are typically interested in applying their degree toward graduate study in industrial-organizational psychology, or use their degree for employment in human resources and the corporate world of business using their writing, critical thinking and data analytic skills.
You will have the opportunity to learn from faculty in the Department of Psychology and faculty in the Walker College of Business who are expert researchers and teachers, since class requirements include courses from both areas. Students often graduate with a business minor. Students also participate with faculty in research projects and are encouraged to pursue an internship or a service-learning course using psychological principles to serve citizens in our local community.
Employment: Psychology majors are competitive for many bachelor’s entry-level jobs because of their ability to think critically, their strong oral and written communication skills, and their tendency to be concerned by real-world problems and ability to pull from scientific literature to solve them.
Graduate school: Students typically apply their degree toward graduate study in industrial-organizational psychology.
This degree requires students to complete psychology class requirements as well as a minimum of 21 hours of courses related to the concentration, and 15 hours of science and math requirements. The degree requirements are divided into sections:
- Introduction to Discipline classes – 3 credit hours
- Statistics class – 3-4 hours
- Research methods class – 4 credit hours
- Foundations of psychology classes – 12 credit hours
- Doing psychology – 3 credit hours of lab, field work and/or research courses
- Applied psychology – 6 credit hours of classes that cover specific aspects of psychology application including educational, organizational and behavioral psychology
- Capstone course – 3 hours
- Psychology Electives – 6 hours
- Science/Math requirements – 15 hours of math and science courses
The Business concentration requires a minimum of 21 hours that come from at least two of the following academic areas: accounting, business, computer information systems, economics, finance, management, marketing, health care management, political science and law.
A minor is not required but the General Business minor is possible to complete within the Business concentration.
Engagement Outside the Classroom
- Appalachian State University Chapter of Psi Chi - A chapter of the national honor society in psychology sponsored by the American Psychological Association (APA). It is open to students who complete 9 hours of psychology course and meet a cumulative GPA requirements.
- Students in the department are involved with research presentation days and competitions through the Council on Undergraduate Research, including the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.
- Southeastern Psychological Association - a regional psychological association affiliated with the American Psychological Association (APA).
Appalachian is committed to introducing students to different cultures and teaching them how to live and interact in a global society. Along with faculty-led study abroad programs, the Department of Psychology offers a study abroad program through Keele University in England.
Must complete at least 30 credit hours of Appalachian course work and complete freshman and sophomore English in order to be admitted into the major.
- Students at both the undergraduate and graduate level participate in research with faculty on a volunteer basis or for academic credit. Each semester, approximately 70-100 students participate in research.
- Business concentration students are taught by expert faculty in the Department of Psychology as well as the Walker College of Business.
- Students are encouraged to pursue an internship with the help of the department’s internship coordinator.
- The Department of Psychology offers four graduate degrees in clinical, school, experimental psychology, and industrial/organizational-human resources management.
- Scholarships are available through the department.
Number of Students
Approximately 900 undergraduates in the Department of Psychology
Method of Delivery
On campus only
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