B.A. in Psychology - College of Mount Saint Vincent
Department of Psychology

B.A. in Psychology

Degree Requirements

The B.A. in Psychology degree provides students with the opportunity to prepare for a variety of careers as well as graduate study.

College Core Requirements 46 credits*
Psychology Major 30 credits
Major Foundational Courses 12 credits
     PSYC 103 Introduction to Psychology I (3 credits)
     PSYC 104 Introduction to Psychology II (3 credits)
     PSYC 205 Psychological Statistics (3 credits)
     PSYC 315 Research Methods I (3 credits)
PSYC 450 Capstone Senior Seminar (3 credits)
Five courses from the Major Content Areas of Psychology and Psychology Electives which meet the following criteria:
a) Three courses are selected from three different major content areas
b) No more than one course is at the 200 level
c) At least one course must be at the 400 level (This requirement cannot be fulfilled with PSYC 475 )
15 credits
Open Electives 44 credits
TOTAL 120 credits

*Three core credits in Social Sciences may be satisfied with major requirements.

Sample Program

B.A. in Psychology (120 credits)

Year 1

FYE 101 The First-Year Experience 1 credit
ENGL 110 Writing in Context I (fall) 3 credits
ENGL 120 Writing in Context II (spring) 3 credits
Freshman Seminar 3 credits
Modern Language and Literature Core 6 credits
Core Courses 6 credits
PSYC 103 Core: Introduction to Psychology I 3 credits
PSYC 104 Introduction to Psychology II 3 credits
Open Elective 3 credits
TOTAL 31 credits

Year 2

Core Courses 15 credits
PSYC 205 Psychological Statistics 3 credits
PSYC 3XX Psychology Course 1 – Content Area 1 3 credits
PSYC 3XX Psychology Course 2 – Content Area 2 3 credits
Open Electives 6 credits
TOTAL 30 credits

Year 3

Core Courses 6 credits
PSYC 315 Research Methods in Psychology (WE) 3 credits
PSYC 3XX Psychology Course 3 – Content Area 3 3 credits
PSYC XXX Psychology Course 4 – Elective at any level 3 credits
Open Electives 15 credits
TOTAL 30 credits

Year 4

Core Course 3 credits
PSYC 4XX Psychology Course 5 – 400 level course 3 credits
PSYC 450 Capstone Seminar 3 credits
Open Electives 20 credits
TOTAL 29 credits

Total Credits for Graduation – 120