Department of Psychology

Degree Requirements

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Undergraduate Psychology Curriculum

Avila’s Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology offers a choice of three areas of concentration:

  • Mental Health: This concentration is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career working with people in the field of mental health.
  • Research: This concentration is designed for students interested in pursuing doctoral-level work in the field, or any research-intensive employment.
  • General: This option is for students who want a flexible curriculum.

Core Requirements

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Psychology Major Requirements

  • PY 101 General Psychology
  • PY 102 Orientation Seminar in Psychology
  • PY 208 Life Span & Development or PY 326 Child & Adolescent Psychology
  • PY 216 Social Psychology
  • PY 224 Psychology of Communication
  • PY 261 Psychological Statistics & Research Methods I
  • PY 262 Psychological Statistics & Research Methods II
  • PY 425 Senior Seminar
  • Upper-level Psychology elective

Mental Health Concentration

  • PY 201 Personality Psychology
  • PY 210 Abnormal Psychology
  • PY 332 Health Psychology or PY 383 Human Behavior and Addiction
  • PY/IS 350 Behavior and the Brain or PY 371 Cognitive Psychology
  • PY 485 Psychology Field Experience

Research Concentration

  • PY 297/497 Research Experience I & II (2 credits)
  • PY 333 Topics in Applied Research Methods
  • PY/IS 350 Behavior and the Brain
  • PY 371 Cognitive Psychology
  • PY 498 Senior Thesis (6 credits)

General Track

  • PY 485 Psychology Field Experience
  • 12 additional credit hours psychology electives (6 hours must be 300+ level)
Related Requirements
  • EN 112 Rhetorical Argument
  • 3 credit hours of foreign language

See the course catalog for more details.

Students desiring a minor in Psychology are required to complete PY 101 General Psychology plus 15 elective hours (6 hours must be 300+ level).

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