Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behavior. Students interested in pursuing a career that focuses on the research and/or practice of educational and school psychology are attracted to Appalachian State University’s Psychology (BS) - Education Studies degree. Specifically, students who pursue this degree will gain a deeper understanding of the science of teaching and learning, as well as an appreciation of the systems and processes that shape modern education.
This degree’s curriculum provides a background for graduate work in school, educational, or counseling psychology. A majority of students in this concentration are pursuing a career in a helping/education profession and chose Appalachian because of the number of faculty in Department of Psychology with education interests and backgrounds.
Many students stay at Appalachian to pursue the Master of Arts and Specialist in School Psychology degree, which provides graduate students with the training needed to enter the field as a school psychologist. Additionally, rising seniors who are completing the Psychology (BS) - Education Studies degree are encouraged to consider Accelerated Admission to Appalachian’s school psychology graduate program, which allows students to enroll in graduate courses during their senior year that can fulfill both undergraduate and graduate course requirements toward the completion of a graduate degree.
Employment: Psychology majors are competitive for many bachelor’s entry-level jobs because of their ability to think critically, strong oral and written communication skills, and tendency to be concerned about real-world problems and ability to pull from scientific literature to solve them.
Graduate school: Many students from this major pursue master’s or doctoral level graduate education in school psychology, clinical psychology, developmental psychology, educational psychology, social work, counseling, higher education administration or counseling. Because these professional programs are highly competitive, students are advised to apply to many different programs in order to maintain their competitiveness.
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 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
The Education Studies concentration also requires students to take 21 semester hours of classes in the following fields of study: curriculum and instruction, special education, foundations of education, and special education. Selected courses in social work, sociology and recreation management can also be used to fulfill this requirement.
A minor is not required, but it is possible to complete with an Education Studies 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. It is open to students who complete nine hours of psychology courses 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 in this degree will have the opportunity to learn from faculty who are expert researchers and teachers.
- The Department of Psychology has a strong core of faculty with clinical psychology interests and backgrounds.
- The department has an active internship program in which approximately 20 students participate in an internship for class credit per semester.
- 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 houses a psychology clinic, operated by faculty and students, that provides assessment and psychotherapy services to individuals in the community.
- 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
Some of these jobs require education beyond a bachelor’s degree.
- School Psychologist
- School Counselor
- Guidance Counselor
- Educational Psychologist
- Social Worker
- Occupational Therapist
- Applied Behavior Analyst
- Educational Researcher
- College Counselor
- Higher Education Administration
Rose Mary Webb