Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behavior. Appalachian State University’s Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree prepares students with a general knowledge of psychology, critical thinking skills, communication and writing skills, and data analysis – all of which can be applied to entry-level employment or graduate education. Careers are found in industrial and government agencies, business, job analysis, corrections and social service agencies.
The Psychology (BA) requires students to complete a foreign language and a minor. You will have the opportunity to learn from faculty throughout the Department of Psychology who are expert researchers and teachers. Students often participate with faculty in research projects and are encouraged to pursue an internship, two opportunities that offer practical experience.
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 go on to receive advanced degrees in psychology, counseling, clinical psychology, experimental psychology and social work. Schools include Wake Forest, Appalachian, UNC-Chapel Hill, and UNC-Wilmington.
This degree requires students to complete a minor and a language requirement. Core courses are divided into eight main 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
A minor is required. Popular choices include:
- Foreign Language
- Criminal Justice
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 per semester.
- The Department of Psychology offers four graduate degrees in clinical, school, experimental psychology, and industrial/organizational-human resources management.
- Students are encouraged to pursue an internship with the help of the department’s internship coordinator.
- 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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