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New Psychology Concentrations & Curriculum Changes

There are some exciting changes to the Psychology curriculum that will go into effect in this August. 

Research Skills and Experience

For those of you interested in developing your research skills and credentials, there are two new courses you'll want to consider:  PSY 399 Research Development Skills I and PSY 419 Research Development Skills II. 

In PSY 399 you will work with a faculty supervisor to design an independent research project and complete a formal research proposal.  In PSY 419 you will carry out the research developed in PSY 399, learn alternative data management and analyses techniques, prepare oral and written presentations of research.

PSY 399 will satisfy the Skills category in the B.S. degree requirements and is the prerequisite for PSY 419.  PSY 419 will be replacing PSY 401 Senior Thesis and can be used to meet the Capstone category requirement.  You will not be able to enrol in PSY 419 unless you have successfully completed PSY 399.  PSY 401 has been dropped from the curriculum. 


Concentrations in a degree program allow students to explore specialized topics within a discipline.  Beginning in the fall semester, Psychology majors will be able to pursue a Concentration in one of seven areas: General Psychology, Substance Abuse Studies, Developmental Disabilities/Autism, Forensic Psychology, Child and Family Psychology, Brain and Cognitive Science, and Psychology of the Workplace.  Concentrations appear on your transcript and demonstrate to potential employers and graduate/professional schools that you have completed a focused course of studies in addition to the basic Psychology curriculum.  A Concentration does not add any hours or cost to your degree program. 

Information about the new curriculum will be included in the 2014-15 edition of the Handbook for Psychology Majors (available in the Department office in early July) and posted on the Psychology Department homepage.

If you have questions about PSY 399/419 or about the new Concentrations, talk with your advisor or Dr. Brubaker.  Both require some advanced planning on your part so it's a good idea to talk with your advisor as soon as possible.  Don't wait until the fall advising period.

Contact Information

Dr. Robert Brubaker

Published on June 11, 2014

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