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Bachelor of General Studies in Psychology

In the Psychology program you will learn the methods and skills that enable you to evaluate published research and think critically about your own ideas and those of others. You will be prepared to apply these methods to the problems of community and of the larger society. You will be capable of tolerance for the views of others and able to appreciate the value of diversity.

With skilled mental health professionals in increasing demand as practitioners, the Psychology program at RWU prepares you to pursue graduate study in Psychology and other fields, or to enter any number of careers where these skill sets are applicable, including human resources, management, marketing, education and the mental health professions.

Program Description

Our student learning outcomes center encourages development of a deep and broad knowledge base in the discipline of Psychology. We also provide a foundation to develop skills needed to design and evaluate research, foster critical thinking, enhance appreciation of diversity, promote awareness of ethical issues in Psychology, and prepare you for success in a wide range of careers, including graduate study. In addition to other requirements for the baccalaureate degree, students pursuing the Psychology program must complete the core curriculum requirements, eight courses, and sufficient electives for a total 120 credits.

Total Major Credits (24 credits)

Program Objectives

  • To encourage the development of a deep and broad knowledge base in the discipline of Psychology
  • To help you develop the skills needed to design and evaluate research
  • To foster critical thinking
  • To enhance appreciation of diversity
  • To promote awareness of ethical issues in Psychology
  • To prepare you for success in a wide‐range of careers, including graduate study



Required Courses (9 credits)

PSYCH 100 Introduction to Psychology
PSYCH 240 Quantitative Analysis
PSYCH 340 Research Methods

Major Electives (15 credits)

Select five courses in Psychology.

Core Curriculum (30 credits)

Includes two writing courses (Expository Writing, Critical Writing for the Professions); a Mathematics skills course; Effective Speaking Across Audiences; and at least one approved course from each of the following categories: Natural Science, Humanities, Fine Arts, Social Science; and additional liberal arts electives for a total of 30 credits. 

Electives (66 credits)

Total Credits required to graduate (120 credits)

Course Descriptions

PSYCH 100 – Introduction to Psychology
Fulfills a course requirement in the Psychology Core Concentration Introduction to the basic conceptual approaches through which psychology derives its intellectual form. Emphasis is placed upon the nature of scientific inquiry and its role in obtaining an understanding of human behavior. Exposure to various psychological theories, including Freudianism, behaviorism, social learning, and humanism. (3 credits) Fall, Spring

PSYCH 240 – Quantitative Analysis
Prerequisite: PSYCH 100, MATH 124 or higher and Sophomore standing Discussion of inferential and descriptive statistics. Provides some computer experience with statistical packages and a comprehensive study of methodological models, and presentation of outcomes in the professional journals.
(3 credits) Fall, Spring

PSYCH 340 – Research Methods
Prerequisites: PSYCH 100, 240, and junior standing Required of all students majoring in Psychology. Students will be exposed to the wide range of research methods and designs used in Psychology, including observational methods, survey research, as well as correlational and experimental designs. Students will learn to prepare psychological research reports using the style required by the American Psychological Association. (3 credits) Fall, Spring