Psychology Major with Concentration in Human Services (Bachelor of Science)

The Human Services Concentration is an additional component of the major designed for students who may pursue Bachelor’s-level or advanced degree careers in human services-oriented fields (e.g., counseling, clinical psychology, school psychology, etc.). These courses focus on developing the knowledge and skills necessary for counseling and behavioral modification.

This page reflects the requirements of the major effective Fall 2013. Previous versions of Psychology Major requirements are presented in the older course catalogues, and can be accessed here​.

Psychology Major with Concentration in Human Services (Bachelor of Science)

The major consists of at least 37 credits, including:
  1. Required Courses: Take all of the following:

    PSY 110: Introduction to Psychology
    PSY 200: Research Methods in Psychology
    PSY 300: Statistics for Psychologists

  2. Core Content: Choose at least one course from each of the following four domains:

    Developmental and Social Domain:
    PSY 260: Introduction to Developmental Psychology
    PSY 320: Social Psychology

    Individual Variation Domain:
    PSY 351: Abnormal Psychology

    Biopsychological Domain:
    PSY 325: Physiological Psychology
    PSY 330: Perception

    Cognition and Learning Domain:
    PSY 331: Cognitive Psychology
    PSY 375: Learning

  3. Human Services: Take all of the following courses:

    PSY 350: Psychological Assessment
    PSY 401: Introduction to Counseling and Psychotherapy
    PSY 402: Practicum in Counseling and Psychotherapy
    PSY 480: Applied Theories of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

  4. Capstone Experience: Choose at least one of the following:

    PSY 400: Advanced Research Methods in Psychology
    PSY 490: Seminar: Topics in Psychology

* Due to high demand, PSY 402 and PSYC 480 are filled by waiting lists. You need to sign up in the Psychology Main Office at least one year in advance of taking these courses. Enrollment priority is given to Human Services Concentration majors, to students graduating in that semester, and students who have completed PSYC 350, PSYC 351, and PSYC 401.

Suggested Course Sequence for the Psychology Major with HS Concentration

Year One

Fall Semester (Total 15 credits)
General Education / Electives . . . 15 cr

Spring Semester (Total 15 credits)
INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY (PSYC 110) . . . 3 cr
General Education / Electives . . . 12 cr

Year Two

Fall Semester (Total 15 credits)
RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY (PSYC 200) . . . 3 cr
General Education / Electives . . . 12 cr

Spring Semester (Total 15 credits)
STATISTICS FOR PSYCHOLOGISTS (PSYC 300) . . . 4 cr
CORE CONTENT PSYCHOLOGY COURSE (PSYC 260 or 320) . . . 3 cr
General Education / Electives (or Courses for a Minor or a Second Major) . . . 8 cr

Year Three

Fall Semester (Total 15 credits)
ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY (PSYC 351) . . . 3 cr
CORE CONTENT PSYCHOLOGY COURSE (PSYC 325 or 330; PSYC 331 or 375) . . . 3 cr
General Education / Electives (or Courses for a Minor or a Second Major) . . . 9 cr

Spring Semester (Total 15 credits)
CORE CONTENT PSYCHOLOGY COURSE (PSYC 325 or 330; PSYC 331 or 375) . . . 3 cr
HUMAN SERVICES PSYCHOLOGY COURSE (PSYC 350 or 401) . . . 3 cr
General Education / Electives (or Courses for a Minor or a Second Major) . . . 9 cr

Year Four

Fall Semester (Total 15 credits)
HUMAN SERVICES PSYCHOLOGY COURSE (PSYC 350 or 401) . . . 3 cr
APPLIED THEORIES OF BEHAVIORAL AND COGNITIVE THERAPIES (PSYC 480) . . . 3 cr
General Education / Electives (or Courses for a Minor or a Second Major) . . . 9 cr

Spring Semester (Total 15 credits)
PRACTICUM IN COUNSELING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY (PSYC 402) . . . 3 cr
CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE IN PSYCHOLOGY (PSYC 400 or 490) . . . 3 cr
General Education / Electives (or Courses for a Minor or a Second Major) . . . 9 cr

Notes:

  • There are many other possible sequences to complete the Psychology major.
  • 37 credits are required for the Psychology major with the Human Services Concentration. Interested students may take more courses in Psychology than required for the major.
  • The above outline assumes the first Psychology class is taken in the student’s first year. It is possible to complete the major beginning in the student’s second or third year by taking more Psychology classes than the number indicated above.
  • Psychology majors can fulfill GE requirements and the courses needed for another major or minor by taking more than 15 credits each semester or classes in summer, interim, and winterim.