Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behavior. The Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a concentration in Social Science is ideal for students desiring broader study in the associated scientific fields of anthropology, sociology, criminal justice, geography and planning, philosophy and political science.
This degree’s curriculum provides a background for students who wish to pursue graduate work in a helping profession such as clinical or counseling psychology, social work or licensed professional counseling. Appalachian’s Department of Psychology has eight faculty members with PhD’s in clinical psychology who offer courses in the major (abnormal psychology, women’s health, applied behavior management, behavior change) and run research laboratories studying causes and treatments for many psychological disorders including ADHD, depression, substance abuse, obesity, eating disorders, anxiety, autism, learning disabilities and rural mental health issues.
Students 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 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: Many students from this major pursue master’s or doctoral level graduate education in clinical psychology, counseling, law or politics. 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 Social Science concentration also requires students to take 21 semester hours of classes in the following fields of study: anthropology, criminal justice, geography and planning, political science, philosophy and sociology.
A minor is not required, but it is possible to complete with a Social Sciences concentration.
Engagement Outside the Classroom
- Appalachian State University Chapter of Psi Chi - A chapter the national honor society in psychology sponsored by the American Psychological Association. It is open to students who complete nine 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.
- The Department of Psychology has a strong core of faculty with broad scientific and applied interests and backgrounds spanning experimental, learning, judgment and decision-making, clinical, developmental, school psychology and industrial/organizational psychology.
- 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 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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