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Thomas Harriot College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Psychology

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Psychology Undergraduate Program

The Department of Psychology offers both a major (BA) and a minor in Psychology. The BA degree requires 120 total credit hours, with 42 hours of liberal arts foundation courses, 12 hours of a foreign language (1001 to 1004), 35 hours in the study of Psychology, a minor, and general electives. The Psychology minor requires 24 hours of study in Psychology. The Psychology curriculum at ECU is similar to that of other major universities and colleges across the country. Specifically, it provides the student with a background in the various areas of study in psychology and the research techniques used in the scientific study of behavior and thought.

We encourage students to work closely with psychology faculty during their studies at ECU. Doing so provides students with the opportunity to work to further enhance their education via individual interaction with faculty members while working on research and service projects.

Students who complete a major in psychology often pursue graduate study in psychology of in other related fields. The psychology BA degree, coupled with an appropriate minor, can also lead to entry-level employment in Mental Heath and Human Service Fields, Business and Industry, or Research-related occupations.

Declaring a Major in Psychology

In order to declare a major in psychology, an undergraduate must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3,
  • have at least 40 hours of completed college credit,
  • have completed at least one semester at ECU, and
  • have earned a grade of at least a "C" in PSYC 1000 or PSYC 1060.

A faculty adviser will be assigned to each student to aid in planning an overall program. A student desiring to minor in psychology should consult the major department or the chairperson of the Department of Psychology to determine the most appropriate sequence of courses for the minor.

All undergraduate students majoring in psychology are required to complete a minor. They are encouraged to minor in biology, business, chemistry, child development and family relations, mathematics, philosophy, or sociology, or to take a composite minor approved by the faculty adviser and chairperson. For detailed course requirements, check the online course catalogs.

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Undergraduate Program Outcomes

Graduates of our program leave ECU:

  • knowing how to predict and understand individual behavior;
  • understanding the use and interpretation of data;
  • evaluating the legitimacy of claims about behavior;
  • knowing how learning and memory function;
  • having insight into problematic behaviors;
  • demonstrating the capacity to adapt to change;
  • understanding and operating effectively in an organization;
  • managing difficult situations and high stress environments;
  • executing projects with limited information or experience;
  • and exhibiting persistence in challenging circumstances.
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Psychology as a Career

"Employers need people with communication skills; the ability to collect, organize, analyze and interpret data; and an understanding of human behavior. Psychology graduates may work in human resources or communications, while further education will open paths toward clinical practice and research." (American Psychological Association)

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