The Psychology Major
We offer three undergraduate degree programs in Psychology:
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology (General)
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology with a concentration in Mental Health
- Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology
Note: Prior to 2016, there was a B.S. in Psychology with a concentration in Research. Students who started at SCSU before 2016 can choose to follow either the older program requirements or the new ones.
To become a Psychology major, you need to declare Psychology as your major. All Psychology majors start as "Pre-Psychology" majors.
To graduate with a Psychology degree, you need to be accepted into the major. You can choose one of the three degree programs when you are accepted (although you can plan to follow one of the programs before acceptance)
Click on the tabs to learn more about each of the programs:
B.A. in Psychology: General
This program is designed for students who want to obtain a broad base of knowledge in Psychology. It provides training in the experimental methods of scientific psychology as well as the principles of behavior and mental processes. Students take a mixture of required courses and selections from specific groups of courses, and are encouraged to pursue opportunities to become involved in research, including for-credit research internships and thesis projects.Key points:
- The most popular and most flexible option for Psychology majors
- Includes mixture of required courses and selections from specific groups of courses, ranging from general-topic courses to specialized seminars.
- Has opportunities to get involved in research for course credit, including research internships and thesis projects.
- Enough free electives to allow for elective coursework outside of Psychology, including a minor in another field
- Plan to pursue graduate studies or a career in Psychology and have broad interests in the field
- Would like to complement their major in Psychology with a minor in another area
- Transferred to SCSU with a large number of credits, or are interested in changing your major to Psychology as a junior or senior
B.A. in Psychology: Concentration in Mental Health
Students who choose this concentration are provided with an introduction to issues, problems, and resources in the mental health field. This program consists of coursework more specific to the mental health field and is highlighted by a field practicum and seminar taken concurrently during the senior year. The supervised field placement consists of a minimum of 150 hours of experience in a mental health setting. The concentration provides background for graduate study leading to careers in school, counseling, or clinical psychology. Interest in the concentration should be explored during the second semester of the sophomore year or the first semester of the junior year.Key points:
- Designed for students who plan to pursue a career in behavioral/mental health.
- Includes a supervised field practicum (internship) in a professional mental-health setting during the senior year, taken with a senior-level seminar course.
- Includes focused upper-level coursework in areas such as psychological assessment, counseling, and psychotherapy
- Counseling Psychology
- Marriage and Family Therapy
- Social Work
- Clinical Psychology
- School Counseling
- School Psychology
During the senior year, students enroll in the field practicum simultaneously with a seminar:
- PSY 471 Seminar in Psychological Services
- PSY 472 Field Practicum in Psychological Services
The field practicum requires a minimum of 150 hours of field experience in a setting such as a mental health facility, day hospital, public school, group home, community mental health services, juvenile penal institution, residential facilities for children and/or adolescents. A special feature of this program is that the Seminar in Psychological Services (PSY 471) is taken concurrently with the Field Practicum in Psychological Services (472). The topics discussed in the seminar address contemporary issues including professional ethics, confidentiality, competency, and dual relationships, among other relevant topics. This arrangement of courses is intended to support and enhance the experience of students at their practicum sites. Field Practicum Sites, a listing of potential practicum sites, is available with the course instructor. Students are not limited to these sites and are encouraged to pursue practicum experiences at facilities which would allow them to develop their own interests. Approval of the site by the Mental Health Committee is required.
To receive a degree in Psychology with a Specialization in Mental Health from Southern Connecticut State University, students must complete the required program courses and the field practicum at SCSU. Prior internships are not accepted as fulfilling the field practicum requirement. Students who transfer to SCSU with a prior field practicum course or internship can apply prior academic credits towards their elective requirements, and all other courses similar to the specialization special courses must be pre-approved.
B.S. in Psychology (New program, effective Fall 2016)
The program is designed to prepare students for careers and graduate training in: Scientific research or technology (STEM) relating to the brain, the mind, and behavior; Quantitative assessment and testing in psychology; Applications of psychology to the workplace and public policy. The program is highlighted by a field or lab practicum, which consists of 150 hours of supervised experience. The program is structured to provide a firm foundation in psychological science along with flexibility in psychology and cognate course selections to allow students to focus on their specific area of interest.Designed for students with interests in:
- Scientific research or technology (STEM) relating to the brain, the mind, and behavior
- Quantitative assessment and testing in Psychology
- Applications of psychology to workplace and public policy
- Includes a supervised field practicum in a professional research setting during the senior year.
- Includes selected cognate courses outside of Psychology, to combine knowledge of psychology with other STEM fields
- Focused upper-level course in student's area of interest
1. Behavioral Neuroscience (BNS)
- For students interested in the biological basis of behavior
- Preparation for graduate training/careers in STEM fields such as neuroscience, biotechnology, or medicine.
- For students interested in topics such as language, reading, attention, neuropsychology, and cognitive and developmental disabilities
- Preparation for graduate training or careers in research psychology, technology, and communication disorders.
- For students interested in psychological testing and other professional applications of psychology.
- Course selection can be tailored to your specific interest
- Preparation for graduate training or careers in: School Psychology, Assessment & Quantitative Psychology, Industrial/Organizational & Human Factors Psychology, Health Psychology, and Public Policy
- Pursue graduate studies in Psychology with a research focus
- Apply to medical school
- Work in a research laboratory
- Work for a biotechnology company
- Pursue a career in Testing and Assessment, including School Psychology
Click here to see program requirements for older B.S. with specialization in Research
Comparison of Programs
Need to get a better sense of how the programs differ from each other, and which program best fits your interests?
Click here to see a table of the programs, and how they fit different post-graduate plans (graduate programs and professions)
Information on 2012 revision to the Psychology major:
The Psychology department revised the programs and the acceptance requirements in 2012. If any of the following apply to you, then you can follow the older requirements (although you have the option of following the newer requirements).
- You started at SCSU in Spring 2012 or earlier
- You started at SCSU in Fall 2012 with 9 or more transfer credits
- You started at SCSU in Spring 2013 with 25 or more transfer credits
- You started at SCSU in Fall 2013 with 61 or more transfer credits