Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Major in Psychology

Minimum required: 120 semester credit hours

General Requirements

  1. The general education core curriculum courses are listed in the degree plan below along with the statewide component code number. See the General Education Core Curriculum section of this catalog for the Texas State requirements and options in the core curriculum, including Honors courses.
  2. In addition to the general education core curriculum requirements, the Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) requires three additional hours of English literature, three hours of math/science/logic/computer science courses, six hours of 2000-level modern language courses and a minor.
  3. Majors must select a minor from the approved list of Undergraduate Minors. The minor in Forensic Psychology and the minor in Sport Psychology are not allowed with the B.A. major in Psychology.
  4. Majors must complete a minimum of 36 advanced hours (3000 or 4000 level courses). Of these, at least 18 advanced hours must be in Psychology. Sufficient courses from the minor and other electives must be selected to ensure a total of 36 hours of advanced coursework.
  5. Nine hours of writing intensive courses (not including ENG 1310 or ENG 1320) are required for graduation.
  6. The minimum number of hours required for this degree program is 120. The number of free elective hours a student will complete depends on the number of hours a student may need to achieve the required 120 total or 36 advanced hours.
  7. Students in the B.A. major in Psychology are required to complete at least one course from each of Groups A-C and to complete PSY 4391.

Course Requirements 

Freshman
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ENG 1310 (Communication Component Code 010)3ENG 1320 (Communication Component Code 010)3
US 11001POSI 2310 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3
PSY 130013HIST 1310 (American History Component Code 060)3
Modern Language 14104Modern Language 14204
Mathematics Component Code 0203COMM 1310 (Component Area Option Code 090/091)3
 14 16
Sophomore
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 030 select one of the following:3-4Life & Physical Sciences Component Code 030 select one of the following:4
  
  
Modern Language 23103Modern Language 23203
PHIL 1305 or 1320 (Language, Philosophy & Culture Component Code 040)3PSY 21001
HIST 1320 (American History Component Code 060)3PSY 2101
PSY 23011
4
POSI 2320 (Government/Political Science Component Code 070)3ENG Literature (Component Area Option Code 090/094)3
 15 15
Junior
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
PSY 340214BA ENG Literature3
PSY 332213PSY Group A3
BA Computer Science, Logic, Mathematics or science23ART 2313, DAN 2313, MU 2313, or TH 2313 (Creative Arts Component Code 050)3
Social & Behavioral Sciences Component Code 080 select one of the following:3Minor6
  
  
  
  
  
  
Minor3 
 16 15
Senior
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
PSY Group B3PSY 43913
PSY Group C3PSY ADV electives6
PSY elective3ADV minor or electives5
ADV minor6 
 15 14
Total Hours: 120
1
Foundation course for all serious study of psychology; much material covered in later courses depends on a thorough knowledge of topics in these five. These courses are required before students take Group C courses and PSY 4391. PSY 1300 is a prerequisite for all other PSY courses (except PSY 2311).
2

Majors are required to complete their BA Science requirement by taking one additional science and/or mathematics course, to be selected from the following disciplines: ANTH 2414 or ANTH 2415, any advanced Physical Anthropology or Archaeology course, biology (above 1421), chemistry, physics (including astronomy), mathematics (1317 and above), computer science (1319 and above), geology, PHIL 2330 (only), or GEO 1305 or GEO 2410 (only).

Group A - Human Development

PSY 3300Lifespan Development3
PSY 3312Adolescent Psychology3
PSY 3313Psychology of Adulthood and Aging3

Group B - Individual Differences/Social Behavior

PSY 3315Abnormal Psychology3
PSY 3316Personality Psychology3
PSY 3331Social Psychology3

Group C - Cognition and Learning

PSY 3321Sensation and Perception3
PSY 3341Cognitive Processes3
PSY 4342Learning and Memory3