The Psychology Department offers a BA degree and a minor in Psychology. The BA degree in Psychology requires 126 credit hours, 42 hours of liberal arts foundation courses, a foreign language through level 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 is similar to that of other major universities and colleges across the country. 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. Students have the opportunity to work individually with faculty on research or service projects as part of their studies.
Students who complete a major in psychology often pursue graduate study in psychology or in related fields. The psychology BA degree, coupled with an appropriate minor, can also lead to entry-level employment in Mental Health or Human Services fields, in Business and Industry or in Research-related occupations.
Declaring a Major in Psychology
In order to declare a major in psychology, an undergraduate must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and a grade of at least a "C" in PYSC 1000 or PSYC 1060. A faculty advisor 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 faculty adviser or the chairperson of the Department of Psychology to determine the most appropriate sequence of courses for the minor.
Undergraduate students majoring in psychology 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.