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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 foreign language
Computer technology course

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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