Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Students who major in Psychology are encouraged to participate in the Psychology Honors Program, Psychology Majors Association, and Honor Societies for Psychology majors, including Psi Chi and Phi Beta Kappa.

The Psychology Honors Program

A main goal of the Psychology Honors program is to provide each student with an individualized experience that will prepare them for psychological research in the future. This program is designed as a two-year study that begins with critical thinking, writing, and the study of methodology. Grade requirement is a 3.5 GPA across all courses. Upon completion of this program, students will have produced a senior thesis and presented their work at a student poster session. Some students present research at regional or national meetings. 

Students earn Distinction in Major upon completion of the Psychology Honors program.

For more information, refer to the Psychology Honors Program section of the Psychology Undergraduate site.

PSY 2991Honors Research I4
PSY 3991Honors Research II3
PSY 4991Honors Research III3
Select one from:4
Honors Capstone
Honors Research Problems

The Undergraduate Psychology Majors' Association

The goal of the Psychology Majors' Association (PMA) is to provide opportunities for students to apply their appreciation of psychology through activities outside of the classroom. PMA also promotes networking between students and faculty members within the psychology department. PMA members participate in a variety of opportunities including volunteer work, field trips, workshops on graduate school, and current topics in psychology, and career development. More information is available at Psychology Majors Association.

Psi Chi - The National Honor Society in Psychology

Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology, has an active chapter at Temple University. The minimum requirements for membership in Psi Chi are a 3.20 cumulative GPA and a 3.50 GPA in Psychology courses. Psi Chi members are given opportunities for growth and development within the field of psychology. Psi Chi encourages students to engage in research opportunities within psychology as well as continue their education in graduate studies. For more information, contact psichi@temple.edu.

Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest honor society in the United States. It was developed to foster and recognize excellence in the humanities and sciences. More information about Phi Beta Kappa requirements and activities is available at Honor Societies.

Summary of Degree Requirements

University Requirements:

  • MATH 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or ENG 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. The specific courses required for this major are PSY 3096 Conducting Psychological Research and one of the following capstone courses: PSY 4496, PSY 4596, PSY 4696, PSY 4796, PSY 4996.
  • Students must complete requirements of the General Education (GenEd) Program. See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for more details.

College of Liberal Arts Requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 123 credits, including:
    • 90 credits in CLA/CST courses;
    • 45 credits of which must be at the upper level (numbered 2000-4999).
      • For Social Science majors, 6 upper level credits (numbered 2000-4999) must be taken in Humanities Subject Areas: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek (Ancient), Greek and Roman Classics, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Philosophy, Religion, Russian, and Spanish in the College of Liberal Arts, Art History in the Tyler School of Art, or any department in the College of Science and Technology.
    • A minimum GPA of 2.0, cumulatively, in CLA/CST coursework, and in the major.
    • Only courses in which a student receives a grade of at least C- can satisfy GenEd, major, minor, or CLA Foreign Language and Global Studies requirements.
    • Professional Development Requirement
      • All students in the College of Liberal Arts are required to take a 1 credit seminar in professional development. PSY 1002 Careers in Psychology is the appropriate course option for this major. Other courses that fulfill this requirement are ENG 1801 Career Seminar and CLA 1002 Professional Development for Liberal Arts Majors.
    • Foreign Language/Global Studies Requirements:
      • All students must complete or test out of the first and second levels of a foreign language - these courses are numbered 1001 and 1002;
      • All students must complete at least one course from the GenEd Global/World Society category; and
      • All Bachelor of Arts students must complete one of the following options:
        • Third semester of a foreign language;
        • Demonstrated proficiency beyond the third semester in a foreign language (placement exam or certification from the language department);
        • Take one Global Studies course from the list on the CLA College Graduation Requirements page;
        • Study Abroad at an approved program; or
        • Take a second General Education Global/World Society course.
      • Notes on Foreign Language Study
        • The third level of language is numbered 1003 in French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese and numbered 2001 in all other foreign language subjects.
        • Students are strongly encouraged to take the third level of a foreign language as it is the minimum required for election to the prestigious honor society Phi Beta Kappa. (Taking the course does not guarantee admission but not taking it guarantees exclusion.)
        • See the College of Liberal Arts Policies section of this Bulletin for more information on the Foreign Language Placement, Regression in Coursework, and guidelines for students' other experiences with language.

General Electives are typically one-third of a student's program of study and can be focused on a second major, a minor, or towards some other personal enrichment or professional goals. See an academic advisor for assistance in developing an academic plan for these courses.

Major Requirements (minimum 44 credits; 40 credits in Psychology plus 4 credits in a designated science area):

Introductory Courses Required
PSY 1001Introduction to Psychology3
or PSY 1901 Honors: Introduction to Psychology
PSY 1002Careers in Psychology1
PSY 1003Statistics for Psychology3
PSY 1004Critical Thinking in Psychology3
Psychology Science Requirement
Select one of the following:4
Human Biology
General Biology I
Introduction to Chemistry I
and Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory I
Applications of Chemistry
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Laboratory I
Introduction to General Physics I
Introductory Geology
Physical Geology
Developmental/Clinical/Social (DCS) Foundation Courses 1
Select two of the following:6
Foundations of Psychopathology
Foundations of Developmental Psychology
Foundations of Social Psychology
Foundations of Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Foundations of Health Psychology
Brain and Cognitive Sciences (BCS) Foundation Courses 1
Select two of the following:6
Foundations of Cognitive Psychology
Foundations of Learning and Behavior Analysis
Foundations of Sensation and Perception
Foundations of Behavioral Neuroscience
Foundations of Cognitive Neuroscience
Required Methods Course
PSY 3096Conducting Psychological Research3
Advanced Courses (3000-3620)
Select three of the following: 29
Advanced Undergraduate Statistics
Affective Neuroscience
Neurobiology and Evolution of Social Behavior
Direct Applications of Behavioral Principles
Experimental Psychopathology
Research Methods in Perception
Visual Recognition
Clinical Psychology: Research and Practice
Child Psychopathology and Treatment
Phases of Development: Infancy
Psychological Testing: Measuring IQ, Thoughts, Feelings, and Attitudes
Personality, Social and Emotional Development
Cognitive and Language Development
Neuroscience of Development and Aging
Theories of Development
Social Cognition
Psychological Studies of Social Issues
Personnel Psychology
Human Performance Improvement
Psychopharmacology
Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
Advanced Topics in Health Psychology
Social Health Psychology
Clinical Neuropsychology
Clinical Applications of Health Psychology
Psychology Elective
One additional course at the Foundation Level or the Advanced Level (2000-3620).3
Capstone Course 3
Select one of the following:3-4
Capstone: History of Psychology
Capstone: Fields of Psychology
Capstone in Psychology
Capstone: Research
Honors Capstone
Total Credit Hours44-45
1

Foundation courses are prerequisites for the advanced (3000-level) areas.

2

Select three from any of the advanced courses (3000-3620) for which you have completed the prerequisite foundation course. These courses cover specialty areas within particular fields of psychology.

Note: PSY 3096 does not count toward the requirement.

3

Seniors only - minimum of 90 credits completed and completion PSY 3096.

See the "About" tab for more information on combining the various programs offered by Psychology and Neuroscience. Some programs cannot be combined; others permit a degree of overlap. All restrictions are listed in detail on that page.

Individual Study Courses

Permission of the instructor is required to register for these courses. For all Psychology majors and minors.

PSY 4182
PSY 4282
Independent Study in Cognitive Neuroscience I
and Independent Study in Cognitive Neuroscience II
6
Select one of the following:1-4
Collaborative Research I
Collaborative Research II
Collaborative Research III
Collaborative Research IV
PSY 3785Psychology Internship3
PSY 3787Practicum3

Distinction in Major

Students earn Distinction in Major upon completion of the Psychology Honors program.  

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

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

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
Foreign Language 1001 - first level4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
IH 0851 or 0951Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I [GY]3
Foreign Language 1002 - second level4
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
PSY 1001 or 1901Introduction to Psychology3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
IH 0852 or 0952Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II [GZ]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
PSY 1002Careers in Psychology11
PSY 1003Statistics for Psychology3
Select one of the following:3
Foreign Language - third level
 
GenEd Global/World Society course
 
Internationally Focused Course From Approved List
 
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
PSY 1004Critical Thinking in Psychology3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
CLA/CST 2000+ Humanities/CST Course3
One Psychology Science course from approved list4
One Psychology 2000-level BCS Area Foundation Course3
One Psychology 2000-level DCS Area Foundation Course3
One Psychology 2000-level DCS or BCS Area Foundation Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
CLA/CST 2000+ Humanities/CST Course3
PSY 3096Conducting Psychological Research [WI]3
One Psychology 2000-level DCS or BCS Area Foundation Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
Psychology 3000-3620 - One Advanced Course3
Psychology 3000-3620 - One Advanced Course3
Psychology 2000-3620 - One Foundation or Advanced Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
Psychology 3000-3620 - One Advanced Course3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
One 0800-4999 Elective in Any School or College3
One 0800-4999 Elective in Any School or College3
Select one of the following:3
Capstone: History of Psychology [WI] 
Capstone: Fields of Psychology [WI] 
Capstone in Psychology [WI] 
Capstone: Research [WI] 
Honors Capstone [WI] 
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 123
1

PSY 1002 Careers in Psychology completes the CLA Professional Development requirement.