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2023 - 2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023 - 2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Psychology, B.S.

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The study of psychology recognized as a STEM discipline, provides knowledge regarding the causes of behavior and psychological methods of investigation. A background in psychology promotes within an individual a sense of competence and efficiency through a better understanding of development, learning, cognition, and emotion. Therefore, a fundamental effort in the Psychology Program is to impart to students a thorough knowledge of the practical, scientific, and theoretical/philosophical factors associated with the study of human behavior.

Psychology is a far reaching discipline with seemingly endless career options for majors based on their interests such as mental health, human services, education, business, computer programming, environmental science, neuroscience, military, rehabilitation, occupational therapy, social work; and working with families, elderly, children, animals, criminals, different sociocultural groups, nonprofit and faith based organizations etc. Undergraduate degree in psychology provides a solid educational base for other fields such as medicine (MCAT has a major section on psychology), dentistry, nursing, law, data analysis, correctional facilities management, marketing or advertising to mention a few.

The program offers a major and a minor in Psychology.

Mission & Objectives

In concert with the overall mission of Elizabeth City State University, the Psychology program endeavors to develop in undergraduate students a better understanding of the social, biological, and environmental factors that impact the human experience from a global, overall perspective. Students are presented the opportunity to prepare for graduate study in psychology, marketing, law enforcement, social work and education to name a few. The program’s objectives can be translated into specific purposes/goals relevant to obtaining the Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology at ECSU. These objectives are as follows:

  • Enhance student ability to think critically and quantitatively;
  • Provide relevant and rigorous academic coursework, the successful completion of which results in a Bachelor of Science degree;
  • Provide students with the knowledge, skills, and academic preparation necessary for the pursuit of advanced degrees in graduate and professional schools, thereby facilitating viable employment opportunities; and
  • Provide students with a broad understanding of the types of problems in local, national, and international communities which can be addressed via the application of knowledge obtained from the study of psychology.

Psychology Degree Program

The degree of Bachelor of Science with a major in psychology shall be conferred upon students who complete major requirements as indicated in the curriculum plan for those majoring in psychology. It should be noted that both the Major and the Minor (for majors in any discipline) are offered in psychology. Each student pursuing the Psychology major is encouraged to declare a minor (any field other than Psychology) as the first-time seeker of the baccalaureate degree.

For a Major or Minor status in psychology, the student must evidence an overall GPA of 2.25 or better and must have earned grades of “C” or better in the courses identified as “Psychology” (PSY); and proficiency in APA writing format. Earning grades of “C” or better in Psychology (PSY) courses is a requirement for graduation. Failure to maintain the required GPA will result in the student being placed on probationary status as a Major/Minor in Psychology until the necessary GPA is achieved. The appropriate course sequence along with curriculum-guide summaries appear below.


Students must receive a C or better in all Major Requirements (core courses and core electives).

General Education Core (36 hours)

General education requirements for Major or Minor in Psychology include 36 hours of general education core courses. The students can select courses from various general education sections as per general education core curriculum instructions except the listed courses that are required for Major or Minor in Psychology.

Major Requirements (45 hours)

Subtotal: 24

Core Electives: (Select seven** courses) 21 hours

Select two courses from Group 1, two from Group 2, and three from Group 3 for Psychology Major requirements. For Minor in Psychology, select any two courses from the offered Psychology core electives from two different groups.**Select two for Minor
Group 1: Experimental/Physiological

Directions:  Select 6 credit hours from the courses below.

Group 2: Personality/Social

Directions:  Select 6 credit hours from the courses below.

Group 3: Applications & Specialties

Directions:  Select 9 credit hours from the courses below.

Related Area Requirements (15 Hours)

Related Electives I (3-4 Hours)

Directions: Select one of the following courses:

Related Electives II (6 Hours)

Directions: Select two (2) consecutive courses in a language other than English that may include Sign Language and do not satisfy GE requirements.

  • XXX Foreign Language I Credits: 3
  • XXX Foreign Language II Credits: 3

Related Electives III (6 Hours)

Directions:  Select 6 credit hours from the courses below.

Selected courses should not satisfy general education, Psychology core elective, or related area requirements.

Free Electives/Minor (24 hours)

Subtotal: 120

Suggested Curriculum Guide for Majors in Psychology

Freshman Year

Subtotal: 16

Second Semester

Subtotal: 15

Sophomore Year

First Semester

Subtotal: 15

Second Semester

Subtotal: 15

Junior Year

First Semester

  • Credits: 3
  • Core Elective GP 2 - PSY 260/320/330/380 Credits: 3
  • Core Elective GP 3-PSY296/340/407/410/420/480 Credits: 3
  • Related Area 3 Elective Credits: 3
  • Minor/Free Electives Credits: 3
Subtotal: 15

Second Semester

  • Credits: 4
  • Core Elective GP 1 - PSY 370/375/390/400 Credits: 3
  • Core Elective Grp 3 Credits: 3
  • Physical Education Activity Credits: 1
  • Minor/Free Electives Credits: 3
Subtotal: 14

Senior Year

First Semester

  • Core Elective GP1 - PSY 370/375/390/400 Credits: 3
  • Core Elective GP 3-PSY 296/340/407/410/420/480 Credits: 3
  • Minor/Free Electives Credits: 3
  • Minor/Free Electives Credits: 3
  • Minor/Free Electives Credits: 3
Subtotal: 15

Second Semester

Subtotal: 15

Subtotal: 120

NOTE: PSY 212 - General Psychology  which fulfills a General Education requirement occurs as a prerequisite to all other courses in psychology. The following PSY courses must be taken in sequence: PSY 212 , PSY 221 , PSY 301 , PSY 311 , PSY 351 . PSY 450  and PSY 490  can be taken together.

Humanities and Fine Arts B: ART132/MUS136/216/THEA221                       
Humanities and Fine Arts A: SPCH 200/COM 200/201…..                  
Related Area 1 Elective:BIOL102/215/PHS110/210/CHEM101                       
Core Elective GP 1 - PSY 370/375/390/400   
Core Elective GP 2 - PSY 260/320/330/380  
Core Elective GP 3 - PSY 296/340/407/410/420/480             

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