2020-2021 Catalog

Psychology

Mission Statement

The mission of the Psychology program is to provide students with transformative learning experiences that foster academic achievement in the psychological sciences, instill ethics and values, promote service, and lead to post-graduate success.

The Bachelor of Science in Psychology Program at Cumberland University offers students a chance to explore the many fascinating topics in the field of Psychology, while also having the option to add emphasis to a particular area of interest in more depth. These areas include:

Clinical Psychology - The practice, application, and techniques of counseling and psychology.

Developmental Psychology - The stages of life development from a mental health perspective.

Experimental Psychology - The physiological, cognitive, and behavioral research that most contributes to the field.

Applied Psychology - The study of prejudice, aggression, attraction, and altruism in human interactions.

The ultimate goal of Cumberland's Psychology program is to graduate students with an in-depth understanding of the field, experiential opportunities (in academia, research, and clinical practice), professional connections in their personal areas of interest, and an eagerness to begin their careers. It prepares undergraduate students for careers in area such as social work, personnel training, administration, nursing/physician assistant, top and mid-level management, sales and marketing. The program also prepares students for graduate study in fields such as law, business, and various areas of psychology, including counseling, clinical, school, industrial/organizational, and or experimental specializations. Advanced courses at this University allow students to become some of the most competitive applicants for further educational experiences within the field.

Psychology faculty members are dedicated to providing learning experiences that inspire student achievement, foster academic excellence, instill ethics and values, promote service, and facilitate lifelong learning. Courses are approached in an array of styles, from lectures and collaborative assignments to experiential activities and discussion forums.

Degree Requirements

Area I – Foundation Skills - 3 hours

FSL 101Foundations of Scholarship and Learning

3

FSL 101 is required for all new and transferring freshmen with less than 24 credit hours. Students must earn a "C" or higher in FSL 101.

Area I - Rhetoric and Communication - 9 hours

ENG 101English Composition I

3

ENG 102English Composition II

3

BUA 251/ENG 251Business Communications

3

or

ENG 225Spoken Word and Public Performance

3

or

SPEE 220Fundamentals of Speech

3

Students must earn a "C" or higher in ENG 101 and ENG 102.

Area I - Mathematics - 3 or 4 hours

Choose one from the following:
MATH 110Mathematics for the Liberal Arts

3

MATH 111College Algebra

3

MATH 119Precalculus

3

MATH 121Calculus I

4

Students must earn a "C" or higher in MATH 110, MATH 111, MATH 112, MATH 119, or MATH 121.

Area I - Computer Literacy - 3 hours

Choose one from the following:
CIS 170Intro to Microcomputer Applications

3

or

ED 190Introduction to Computers for Instruction

3

Area II - The Arts - 3 hours

Choose one from the following:
ART 191Enhancing Art Understanding

3

ENG 210Introduction to Film Studies

3

MU 129Music Listening

3

THR 100Introduction to Theatre

3

Area II - Literature in English - 3 hours

Choose one from the following:
ENG 215Introduction to Literature

3

ENG 216Topics in Literature

3

Students must earn a "C" or higher in ENG 215 or ENG 216.

Area II - Social Science - 6 hours

PSY 201General Psychology

3

PSY 211Psychology of Human Growth & Development

3

Students must earn a "C" or higher in PSY 201 and PSY 211.

Area II - History - 6 hours

Choose one sequence from the following:
HIS 111History of Western Civilization I

3

and

HIS 112History of Western Civilization II

3

or

HIS 191World Civilization to 1500

3

and

HIS 192World Civilization since 1500

3

or

HIS 201History of the United States I

3

and

HIS 202History of the United States II

3

Area II - The Natural Sciences: Biology - 7-8 hours

Choose one from the following:

BIO 100Principles of Biology

4

BIO 111General Biology I

3

Students must earn a "C" or higher in BIO 100 or BIO 111.

AND choose one from the following:

ASTR 100Introduction to Astronomy

4

CHEM 103Fundamentals of Chemistry

3

and

CHEM 103LFundamentals of Chemistry Lab

1

CHEM 111General Chemistry I

3

and

CHEM 111LGeneral Chemistry I Lab

1

PHY 201College Physics I

4

PHY 210General Physics I

4

PS 100Physical Science

4

SCI 105Special Topics in Science

4

Required Psychology Core Courses - 33 hours

PSY 101Introduction to Psychology

3

PSY 205/MATH 205Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

3

PSY 300/SOC 300Social Psychology

3

PSY 375Junior Seminar

3

PSY 420Abnormal Psychology

3

PSY 430History and Systems of Psychology

3

PSY 451Advanced Psychological Research

3

Choose one Clinical Psychology course:

PSY 321Introduction to Counseling

3

PSY 400Theories of Personality

3

PSY 415Psychological Testing

3

Choose one Developmental Psychology course:

PSY 311Child Growth and Development

3

PSY 340Psychology of Adolescence

3

PSY 461Psychology of Adulthood and Aging

3

PSY 463Psychology of Death and Dying

3

Choose one Experimental Psychology course:

PSY 315Physiological Psychology

3

PSY 320Human Learning and Cognition

3

PSY 444/SPE 444Applied Behavior Analysis

3

Choose one Applied Psychology course:

PSY 325Organizational Psychology

3

PSY 335Psychology of Health and Wellness

3

PSY 345Criminal Psychology

3

PSY 410Environmental Psychology

3

Students must earn a "C" or higher in all Psychology courses.

Psychology Electives - 9 hours

Choose nine hours from psychology at the 300 level or higher.

Students must earn a "C" or higher in Psychology electives.

General Electives - 38-43 hours

Select sufficient courses from any academic discipline to bring the total hours for graduation to a minimum of 120.

Total GEC Credit Hours (40-45 hours)
Total Psychology Core Requirements (33 hours)
Total Psychology Electives (9 hours)
Total General Electives (38-43 hours)

120 minimum hours required for graduation.