General Psychology B.S.
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The B.S. in Psychology with a General Psychology concentration provides students with an examination of many of the diverse subfields within the discipline. Students who choose this path can work with faculty mentors to tailor their studies to best meet their academic and career needs. For example, they can focus on forensic psychology, child or gender psychology, psychology of adjustment, or related topics in other academic programs.

Interested students in this course of study may be eligible for the Early Law School Admission Program.

Contact Information

Kathryn Dennick-Brecht, Ed.D. 
Department Head, Social Sciences
brecht@rmu.edu
412-397-5419 

Stephen T. Paul, Ph.D. 
Professor of Psychology 
paul@rmu.edu
412-397-5416

4-Year Course Plan

Freshman Year, Fall

  • CSEN1020 ARGUMENT & RESEARCH
  • HUMA1010 HUMANITIES ART & MUSIC
  • HIST1200 U.S. HISTORY II
  • MATH1050 MATH REASONING & APPLICATIONS
  • PSYC1010 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY

Freshman Year, Spring

  • CSCM1030 PUBLIC SPEAKING & PERSUASION
  • INFS1020 FUNDAMENTALS OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
  • PSYC2800 APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY
  • SOCI1010 PRINCIPLES OF SOCIOLOGY
  • STAT2110 STATISTICS

Sophomore Year, Fall

  • CSCM2040 PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATIONS
  • ECON1010 SURVEY OF ECONOMICS
  • PSYC3600 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
  • PSYC3700 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY
  • SCI CORE COURSE

Sophomore Year, Spring

  • CSCM2050 INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATIONS
  • PSYC3200 PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY
  • PSYC3450 COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
  • RESTRICTED ELECTIVE
  • OPEN ELECTIVE

Junior Year, Fall

  • PSYC3250 SENSATION & PERCEPTION
  • PSYC3580 PERSONALITY PSYCHOLOGY
  • RESTRICTED ELECTIVE
  • OPEN ELECTIVE
  • OPEN ELECTIVE

Junior Year, Spring

  • PSYC3100 METHODS IN BEHAVIORAL RESEARCH
  • PSYC3530 OR PSYC3535 OR PSYC3550
  • ELIT CORE COURSE
  • RESTRICTED ELECTIVE
  • OPEN ELECTIVE

Senior Year, Fall

  • PSYC4813 PRACTICUM
  • PSYC4833 PSYCHOLOGY THESIS I
  • RESTRICTED ELECTIVE
  • RESTRICTED ELECTIVE
  • OPEN ELECTIVE

Senior Year, Spring

  • PSYC3810 INDUSTRIAL PSYCHOLOGY
  • PSYC4843 PSYCHOLOGY THESIS II
  • RESTRICTED ELECTIVE
  • OPEN ELECTIVE
  • OPEN ELECTIVE
Practicum Information

All traditional undergraduate students majoring in the social sciences must complete a practicum their senior year. This involves 120 hours of documented experience at an internship related to the student's field that has been pre-approved by the student's faculty mentor and the department head.

Participation in professional activities allows students to experience the work environment in their chosen field, make informed career choices, and enhance their employment credentials. These experiences reinforce the connection between professional and liberal learning through the application of classroom theories to actual occupational problems. 

Completing the practicum involves keeping a journal with daily entries and weekly reflections and a timesheet signed by the supervisor and writing a 12-page paper comparing and contrasting their experiences in the practicum with the theories and information presented in the social sciences coursework which was completed at RMU. It should also explain why the site was selected for the practicum and give any recommendations for future social sciences students about the practicum experience.

More details are available here.

Sample Courses:

These are some of the classes for students in this academic program:

Abnormal Psychology
Methods in Behavioral Research
Psychological Assessment
Major Credits
60
Psychology, Statistics
Core Credits
39
Communication Skills, Economics, Humanities, History, Sciences, etc.
Elective Credits
21

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