UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS ("NEW" REQUIREMENTS: CATALOG TERM FALL 2012 OR LATER)
THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING ACCEPTANCE APPLICATIONS FOR THE Fall 2014 SEMESTER IS FRIDAY, September 19.
SEE ACCEPTANCE TO THE MAJOR TO FIGURE OUT IF YOU'RE ELIGIBLE FOR ACCEPTANCE.
The Psychology Department offers three major courses of study. These lead to a degree in psychology, psychology with a specialization in mental health, or psychology with a psychology specialization in research. Students with the appropriate prerequisites may take offerings from any specialization, including field practicum and data gathering courses. The degree offers preparation for graduate training in all areas of psychology, meeting the basic entrance requirements of M.A., Ph.D., and Psy.D. programs.
The following applies to students under a catalog term of Fall 2012 or later. (see Which Requirements Do I Follow?)
Requirements for the Major
In order to graduate with a degree in Psychology, a student must be accepted into the Psychology major. Students must be accepted in the program in order to receive permission to take PSY 300, which is a prerequisite for required upper-level courses and must have a grade of “C” or better in courses counted toward the major.
A student may apply for acceptance when all of the following requirements are met:
- An overall GPA of at least 2.80*
- At least 39 overall university credits (including transfer credits)
- At least 12 credits taken for a grade at SCSU
- A Psychology GPA of at least 2.80.
- At least 6 credits taken at SCSU toward the PSY major beyond PSY 100.
- The Psychology GPA is calculated using only PSY courses that count towards the major and were taken at SCSU.
- PSY courses only count toward the major if they are listed in the major requirements and if the student has received a grade of C or higher.
* Students who fall short of the minimum 2.80 overall GPA may be eligible for acceptance under an alternative set of criteria. Under these criteria, the student is allowed to recalculate their GPA with one semester removed. The alternative criteria are:
- An overall GPA of at least 2.90, with one semester removed
- At least 39 overall university credits, with one semester removed
- At least 12 credits taken for a grade at SCSU, with one semester removed
- A Psychology GPA of at least 2.80, including courses taken during the removed semester
- At least 6 credits taken at SCSU toward the PSY major, including courses taken during the removed semester.
Transfer students who transferred multiple Psychology courses to SCSU should talk to their advisor about applying some of those courses towards acceptance.
Declaring Psychology vs. Being Accepted
When a student initially declares Psychology as their major, s/he is listed as "Pre-Psychology" for the major concentration. Once a student is accepted into the major, s/he selects one of the three programs of study, listed below.
- B.A. in Psychology (General)
- B.A. in Psychology: Specialization in Mental Health
- B.S. in Psychology: Specialization in Research
If you are interested in either the Mental Health or Research specializations, there are specific courses you should take early on. Let your advisor know and they will give you specific advice. You should also make an appointment to meet with the director of the specialization:
- Director of Mental Health Specialization: Dr. Kraemer, email@example.com
- Director of Research Specialization: Dr. Carroll, firstname.lastname@example.org
Students who declared Psychology but have not yet been accepted into the program ("Pre-accepted" majors) are required to attend a group advising session to receive their registration code. See Advising for more information.
Plan of Study
All three of programs of study are designed so that a student can reasonably expect to graduate in four years, if the student takes a full course load (30 credits/year) every year and makes steady progress in completing requirements. The following are possible plans of study for each of the three programs. You do not need to follow the plans exactly as they appear; there is plenty of flexibility in the order that certain classes can be taken (particularly the LEP courses) and which courses you select for certain requirements.
- B.A. in Psychology (General) plan of study
- B.A. in Mental Health plan of study
- B.S. in Research plan of study
If your current GPA is below the required minimum of 2.80 to be a Psychology major, click here use the GPA Calculator to find out what grades you will need to earn to raise your GPA to 2.80.