Required Courses:

 Course #  Credit Hours Course Name
____PSYC1903General Psychology*
____PSYC2203Human Development
____PSYC2603Statistics and Data Analysis*
____PSYC2953Human Sexuality
____PSYC3013Behavior Modification
____PSYC3603Research Methods
____PSYC4203Abnormal Psychology
____PSYC4953Seminar in Psychology
PLUS 15 hours of credit from the options listed below, so that a minimum of 39 credit hours in psychology is completed.
____PSYC2303Human Adjustment
____PSYC3023Perception & Cognition
____PSYC3153Introduction to Sports Psychology
____PSYC3303Industrial Organization Psychology
____PSYC3403Cyber Psychology
____PSYC3953Death and Dying
____PSYC4003Social Psychology
____PSYC4303Counseling Theories and Skills

Foreign Language: Two semesters of one modern foreign language are required. (See policy on placement in courses.)

Liberal Studies Program: As outlined on the appropriate Liberal Studies Check Sheet

* Indicates courses that also meet Liberal Studies requirements

Among requirements for graduation, the student must have a grade point average of 2.00 or higher in the major and have 120 college-level credit hours.

Preparing for a Career in Psychology

Graduates with a degree in psychology from Alderson Broaddus University are well prepared for graduate training in psychology or entry-level positions in social service fields. A degree in psychology will prepare you for pursuing a career as a psychologist with additional graduate training or a wide variety of social service positions in areas such as mental health, corrections, probation and parole, family services, welfare, or child protective services.

Personal and individual attention from experienced and caring faculty with excellent academic backgrounds and experience in the field of professional psychology are committed to creating a high-quality learning experience for the psychology student. Small class sizes allow faculty to create a supportive environment for learning, growing, and maturing. Faculty at AB take the time to get to know students on an individual basis. Students come to see the faculty as teachers, mentors, advisors, and friends.

Program of Study

The psychology major is one of the traditional liberal studies majors within liberal arts colleges. Combined with the strong liberal studies curriculum at AB, the psychology major is well suited for allowing students to discover their own interests and talents. Coursework within the major provides a basic foundation of knowledge, develops conceptual and analytic skills, encourages independent thinking and analysis of human systems and behavior, and emphasizes research experience through a sequence of courses supporting a senior research project.

The psychology program at Alderson Broaddus University is a demanding major. The coursework is designed to acquaint each student with in-depth fundamental knowledge of the discipline, it’s theoretical and methodical history and current practices, an extensive understanding of research and statistics, and experience in field placements. Each student is required to conduct and present a senior research project through a sequence of data analysis, research methods, and capstone courses.

Field Experience

Students are encouraged to obtain experience working in field placements as part of their programs of study. Many counseling or clinical graduate programs in psychology use students’ experience in field placements as criteria for selection or view them as indicators of students’ suitability and commitment to the profession. From our point of view, field placements are an important means to integrate information and activity in the classroom and to bring relevance to a student’s program of study and understanding of the practical aspects of the profession. Students can begin to develop a specialty by working with specific populations and certain social service systems.

Opportunities for Graduates

The objective of the psychology program is to prepare students to enter and complete graduate school successfully or to work in the social service field as bachelor’s level service providers. Most graduates aspire to enter graduate programs in clinical or counseling psychology and to become licensed professional psychologists. However, teaching and research at the college level and higher education administration are attractive options. Employment opportunities exist in mental health agencies, correctional facilities, psychiatric hospitals, juvenile facilities, and community programs as mental health case-managers, correctional counselors, psychiatric/psychology assistants, parole/probation officers, and children’s case-managers.

High-Quality Academics

The psychology faculty offer high-quality classroom instruction integrated with research projects, practical demonstration, and field experience. Small class sizes, emphasis on discussion and seminar format, use of computer technology, and access to electronic media and internet resources provide students an outstanding educational experience. Students receive in-depth exposure to the basic information of the field, are encouraged to conduct a critical examination of both historical and contemporary social and psychological issues, to acquire the methods and techniques of analysis, and to relate theory to practical application.