Psychology

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Have you ever wondered why people take risks when the odds of winning are small? Or why and how our beliefs, values, prejudices, stereotypes are formed or changed? What about why people fail or succeed after they set up new-year resolutions each year? Psychologists try to understand the answers to questions like these in order to improve the quality of human life.

Psychology is the study of the human mind and how it functions. A B.A. in psychology gives students access to the latest knowledge, cutting-edge research, and best practices in the study of human behavior. The psychology program curriculum provides students with the scientific knowledge and tools and the practical experience necessary for a successful career in psychology. The Department of Psychology offers courses ranging from applied to basic science content areas of psychology as well as a variety of specialty courses.

In studying the human mind and behaviors, psychology graduates develop a greater understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses. This personal and professional growth allows graduates to enter the workforce with more than just knowledge but also with the ability to contribute to the understanding and quality of the world in which we live.

Learn more about the path towards a degree and career in psychology from the Career Center’s Pathways.

Minor in Psychology

The minor in psychology requires 15 hours of psychology courses, including:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • 12 additional hours (with 9 hours either in Track A or Track B courses)
  • A C or better in each course

For more information about Psychology

Psychology Program Website


  • Dr. Peter Chen Professor and Department Head

  • pzc0020@auburn.edu
  • 226 Thach Hall
  • (334) 844-0639

Careers in Psychology

  • Administration
  • Adult Learning/Community Instruction
  • Advocacy
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Art/Music Therapy
  • Case Management
  • Community Relations
  • Counseling
  • Crisis Work
  • Customer Service
  • Data Analysis
  • Development/Fund Raising
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Grant Writing
  • Higher Education Administration and Student Support Services
  • Human Resources
  • Law Enforcement
  • Management
  • Market Research
  • Marketing
  • Mental Health Services
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Physical Health and Wellness
  • Psychotherapy
  • Public Relations
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Sales
  • Social Research
  • Teaching
  • Testing/Assessment

Curriculum in Psychology

 Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all major courses.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 1100 English Composition I3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
Foreign Language I (College Core)4Foreign Language II (College Core)4
Elective13Core History3
Core Mathematics3PSYC 2010/2013/2017 Introduction to Psychology3
 13 13
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Core Literature3Core History to complete sequence3
PSYC 2020 Orientation to Psychology Major1Core Social Science3
PSYC 2130 Analytics for Social and Behavioral Sciences or 2133 Analytics for Social and Behavioral Sciences4Core Science II4
Select one of the following:3PSYC 2140/2143 Research Methods in Psychology4
SOCY 1000 Sociology: Global Perspective
 LBAR 2010 Liberal Arts Careers Preparation2
ANTH 1000 Introduction to Anthropology
  
GEOG 1010 Global Geography
  
Core Science I4 
 15 16
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
Core Humanities 23Core Fine Arts3
Groups A and B Psychology Electives16Groups A and B Psychology Electives16
Electives18Electives18
 17 17
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
COMM 1000 Public Speaking33Group C Psychology Electives16
Group C Psychology Electives16Electives18
Electives16UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
 15 14
Total Hours: 120
1

Students should meet with the psychology adviser to determine approved course listings for psychology electives and other electives. It is recommended that students take foundational courses (those listed in Groups A and B) in their junior year and advanced electives (those in Group C) in their senior year.

2

If Literature requirement was completed prior to Fall 2013, Core Humanities must cover SLO 3.

3

COMM 1000 fulfills SLO 7.

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Last Updated: August 03, 2016