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University of Rhode Island — Psychology
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Description of the Major

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at URI requires 120 credits for graduation. It is comprised of 32 credits (maximum 47) in psychology courses. Once 47 credits in psychology courses are taken, additional psychology credits will not count toward the 120 total credits required for graduation. The courses must be completed in the appropriate sequence in order to graduate in four years. Freshman year courses start the foundation of a solid theoretical basis in personality development, social behavior, and behavioral science. The first psychology course, General Psychology (PSY 113), introduces students to the major concepts, language, and critical thinking skills necessary for understanding human and non-human behavior.

Throughout the curriculum, psychology majors will achieve skills in critical thinking and reasoning from working with quantitative information in statistics, and from understanding the rationale and methods of research design and their strengths and limitations.

Psychology majors should achieve a more in-depth knowledge of several of the content areas within psychology such as health psychology or behavioral psychology. They should be familiar with the facts, theories, and questions of historical and current interest within these content areas. They should be able to understand the discourse of the discipline used in textbooks and scientific journals. Students should read current texts and original sources in each of these courses. They should be able to present written arguments in support of a chosen position on controversial topics within the content areas.

Psychology majors should achieve some knowledge of the application of psychological theory, facts, and methods to the practical needs of individuals, organizations, and society. Students should be able to monitor their own behavior and be sensitive of differences in people of differing backgrounds, race, ethnicity, culture, age, class, lifestyle, and disability status.

Psychology majors should achieve some experience in applying psychology. Depending on their areas of interest, students should participate in one or more of the basic and applied research opportunities or service-delivery opportunities available through the department's course offerings. Students should gain experience in the application of principles learned in the classroom to the point where they will be recognized by potential employers/graduate programs as having prior experience in their areas of interest.

Psychology majors have the opportunity to enrich their knowledge of the theoretical foundations of psychology by taking additional, elective psychology courses within their major to add to or expand their knowledge and experience in the areas of Intermediate Perspective, Topic Areas, Applied Knowledge, and Practica/Internships. These courses will allow them to become better educated in the areas they see as important to their individual objectives and interests.

Students majoring in psychology typically go on either to pursue a career at the bachelor's level or study for an advanced degree. In both cases, students should consult the Psychology Department's Website and their academic advisors to select appropriate courses for the interests and goals.

Review the information in the other curriculum tabs, on the left, to learn about degree requirements, course schedules, and the honors program. Refer to the URI Catalog as the official source for degree requirements.