Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology has seven basic components:

  1. General Education & Institutional Requirements
  2. Foreign Language Requirement 
  3. Core Psychology Requirements
  4. Bachelor of Arts Requirements
  5. Writing Intensive Depth Requirements
  6. Psychology Elective Requirements
  7. Electives: college-level courses from any prefix to meet Graduation Requirements

DSU General Education & Institutional Requirements

All DSU General Education and Institutional requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to DSU’s minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

Institutional Requirement in Computer Literacy
Computer Literacy0-6
General Education Core Requirements
English3-7
Information Literacy0-1
Mathematics3-5
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences 3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Laboratory Science0-1
Fine Arts3
Literature/Humanities3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5
Two (2) Global & Cultural Perspectives Courses0-6
Bachelor of Arts: Foreign Language Requirement3-16
Complete one of the following:
- Complete 16 credits in a single foreign language, through earned credit (grade C or higher), credit by examination, or vertical credit from the courses listed on the GE Foreign Language Requirement page 1
- Complete a 2020 or higher foreign language course (grade C or higher)
- Complete a 3060 foreign language course listed below (grade C or higher)
- Receive 16 transfer credits for GEFL 1000 (8) and GEFL 2000 (8) in a single foreign language (grade C or higher)
OR
Complete a 1020 course listed below in a second foreign language (grade C or higher) AND one of the following:
1. In a language not taught at DSU, receive 12 FLATS exam credits for FLAT 1000 (8) and FLAT 2000 (4)
or
2. In a language not taught at DSU, receive 12 transfer credits articulated as GEFL 1000 (8) and GEFL 2000 (4) (all grade C or higher)
OR
Available only to students who are nonnative English speakers, complete one of the following:
- Complete 16 credits of ESL courses listed below (grade B or higher)
- Complete ESL 2750 or ESL 2760 (grade B or higher).
- Submit one of the following test scores required for unconditional DSU admission: TOEFL (61 iBT, 173 CBT, or 500 PBT); or Michigan (70); or USU-IELE equivalent score. Other tests may be accepted for admission to DSU but will not fulfill this requirement. Official scores must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.
Total Hours3-16
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General Education Foreign Language Classes may be found on the General Education page.

Core Psychology Requirements
MATH 1040Introduction to Statistics (meets GE Mathematics requirement)3
PSY 1010General Psychology (meets GE Social & Behavioral Sciences requirement)3
PSY 1100Human Development Through Lifespan (meets GE GLOCUP requirement)3
or FSHD 1500 Human Development Lifespan
PSY 2000Writing in Psychology: APA Style3
PSY 3120Cognitive Psychology3
PSY 3400Psychology of Abnormal Behavior3
PSY 3410Social Psychology3
Bachelor of Arts Requirements
PSY 3020Applied Research Methods in Psychology3
PSY 3460Health Psychology3
PSY 4000History of Psychology3
PSY 4920Capstone Seminar in Psychology3
Writing Intensive Depth Requirements
Complete one (1) course each from at least three (3) categories
Developmental:
PSY 3200Development in Infancy & Childhood3
or PSY 3220 Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood
or PSY 3230 Adult Development & Aging
Cognitive:
PSY 3712Human Learning & Memory3
or PSY 4140 Cognitive Neuroscience
or PSY 4150 Sensation & Perception
Clinical:
PSY 3320Survey of Clinical Psychology3
or PSY 3440 Child & Family Mental Health
or PSY 4300 Introduction to Counseling & Psychotherapy
or PSY 4350 Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy
Social:
PSY 3420Psy of Culture & Diversity3
or PSY 3700 Personality Theory
or PSY 4200 Psychology of Morality
Applied:
PSY 3480Psychology of Sports & Exercise3
or PSY 4440 Addiction
or PSY 4510 Industrial-Organizational Psychology
Psychology Electives
Complete a minimum of 6 credits of additional PSY courses; (3 credits must be upper-division)

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above).
  3. Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at DSU for institutional residency.
  4. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.
  5. Grade C or higher in each Core Discipline, Research Area, and Psychology Elective course.
Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
PSY 1001 FYE: Psychology/Social Science 1
PSY 1010 General Psychology meets General Education (Social & Behavioral Sciences) 3
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
LIB 1010 Information Literacy 1
MATH 1000 Transitional Mathematics II 3
Foreign Language 1010 4
 Hours15
Spring Semester
PSY 1100 Human Development Through Lifespan (GLOCUP) 3
CIS 1200 Computer Literacy 3
ENGL 2010 Interm Writing Selected Topics: 3
Foreign Language 1020 4
General Elective 1
 Hours14
2nd Year
Fall Semester
PSY 2000 Writing in Psychology: APA Style 3
MATH 1040 Introduction to Statistics 3
General Education (Fine Arts) 3
General Education (Literature / Humanities) 3
Foreign Language 2010 4
 Hours16
Spring Semester
PSY 3120 Cognitive Psychology 3
PSY 3400 Psychology of Abnormal Behavior 3
General Education (Life Sciences) 3
General Education (American Institutions) 3
Foreign Language 2020 4
 Hours16
3rd Year
Fall Semester
PSY 3020 Applied Research Methods in Psychology 3
PSY 3410 Social Psychology 3
PSY Writing Intensive Depth Req. 3
General Elective 3
General Education (Physical Sciences/Lab) 4
 Hours16
Spring Semester
PSY 3460 Health Psychology 3
PSY Writing Intensive Depth Req. 3
General Education (Exploration) 3
General Education (GLOCUP) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
4th Year
Fall Semester
PSY 4000 History of Psychology 3
PSY Writing Intensive Depth Req. 3
Psychology Elective: Upper Division 3
Upper Division Elective 3
Psychology Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
PSY 4920 Capstone Seminar in Psychology 3
Upper Division Elective 3
Upper Division Elective 1
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours13
 Total Hours120