Bachelor of Arts in Psychological Studies

(College of Liberal Arts)

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychological Studies, which is offered only on the Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ), is awarded by the College of Liberal Arts.

The Psychological Studies major is designed to promote a broad understanding of human behavior and the affective and cognitive processes that underlie it from the perspective of psychology as a science and a profession. In addition to introductory courses, the study of statistics and research methodology will prepare students to deal with the wealth of research-based knowledge they will encounter as they develop a strong foundation in basic and applied areas of psychology. The research or internship option rounds out the Psychological Studies majors' experiences as they complete advanced electives. Unique to TUJ's Psychological Studies major is its focus on cross-cultural issues, with special emphasis on Asia and the U.S.

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

  1. University and College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Requirements
    • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. The writing-intensive courses required for this major are PSY 3096 and a Psychology course at the 4000 level, such as PSY 4696.
    • Students must complete the General Education curriculum.
    • Students must follow CLA requirements as specified in the CLA College Requirements section of the Undergraduate Bulletin.
  2. Major Requirements (Minimum 38 credits)
    Introductory Courses
    PSY 1001Introduction to Psychology3
    PSY 1002Careers in Psychology (should be taken in the students' freshman / sophomore year)1
    PSY 1003Statistics for Psychology3
    PSY 1004Critical Thinking in Psychology3
    Psychological Studies Science Requirement
    Select one of the following:4
    Human Biology
    General Biology I
    General Chemistry I
    and General Chemistry Laboratory I
    Introduction to General Physics I
    Developmental/Clinical/Social Foundation Courses (Group 1)
    Select one of the following:3
    Foundations of Psychopathology
    Foundations of Developmental Psychology
    Foundations of Social Psychology
    Foundations of Industrial and Organizational Psychology
    Brain and Cognitive Sciences Foundation Courses (Group 2)
    Select one of the following:3
    Foundations of Cognitive Psychology
    Foundations of Learning and Behavior Analysis
    Foundations of Sensation and Perception
    Foundations of Behavioral Neuroscience
    Foundations of Cognitive Neuroscience
    Psychology Foundation Elective Course
    Select an additional course from Group 1 or Group 23
    Required Methods Course
    PSY 3096Conducting Psychological Research3
    Advanced Courses
    In consultation with the Academic Advisor and/or Major Coordinator, select 2 psychology courses at the 3000 level or higher, one of which must focus on gender/culture.6
    Direct Applications of Behavioral Principles
    Experimental Psychopathology
    Clinical Psychology: Research and Practice
    Child Psychopathology and Treatment
    Topics in Psychology (focus on gender/culture)
    Internship / Collaborative Research / Clinical Practicum
    Must complete at least one internship, collaborative research or clinical practicum for at least 3 credits, with approval by the Major Coordinator.3
    Psychology Internship
    Practicum
    Collaborative Research I
    Collaborative Research II
    Senior Writing Seminar
    PSY 4696Capstone in Psychology3
    Total Credit Hours38

Suggested Academic Plan

Please note that this is a suggested academic plan. Depending on your situation, your academic plan may look different.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychological Studies

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
ENG 0802 or 0812Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
GenEd Breadth Course3
Foreign Language 1001 (first level)4
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
IH 0851Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I [GY]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Foreign Language 1002 (second level)4
PSY 1001Introduction to Psychology3
BIOL 1001Human Biology4
 Term Credit Hours17
Year 2
Fall
IH 0852Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II [GZ]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
PSY 1002Careers in Psychology1
PSY 1003Statistics for Psychology3
Select one of the following:3-4
Foreign Language (third level)
 
GenEd Global/World Society Course
 
Internationally Focused Course from Approved List
 
 Term Credit Hours16-17
Spring
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Psychology 2000-level Foundations #13
PSY 1004Critical Thinking in Psychology3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
Psychology 2000-level Foundations #23
Psychology 2000-level Foundations #33
One CLA/CST 2000+ Humanities/CST course3
One CLA/CST 2000+ course3
One Elective 0800-4999 in any School or College3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
PSY 3096Conducting Psychological Research [WI]3
One CLA/CST 2000+ Humanities/CST course3
One CLA/CST 2000+ course3
One CLA/CST 2000+ course3
One CLA/CST 2000+ course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
One 3000-3620 Advanced Psychology #1 course (Gender or Culture)3
One CLA/CST 2000+ course3
One CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
One CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
Select one of the following:3
Psychology Internship 
Collaborative Research I 
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
PSY 4696Capstone in Psychology [WI]3
One 3000-3625 Advanced Psychology #2 course3
One CLA/CST 0800-4999 course3
One CLA/CST 0800-4999 course3
One Elective 0800-4999 in any School or College3
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 123-124