Feb 24, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Department of Psychology

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The Department of Psychology offers an undergraduate degree in Psychology that has been designed to provide students with a liberal arts and scientific education that emphasizes the biological, individual, social, and cultural aspects of behavior and mental processes. The bachelor’s degree prepares students for graduate and professional studies, as well as careers in various employment settings.

To achieve the program’s objectives, students are required to complete the University College Core Curriculum and at least 59 credit hours of course work in Psychology. In addition to the major courses, students are required to complete 23 credit hours through a combination of a minor and a set of free elective courses, or a set of free electives only. Students can also choose to complete the Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree with a concentration in Health Psychology or Work and Organizational Psychology by completing the required psychology courses in each concentration in lieu of 12 credit hours of psychology electives. The department also offers an 18 credit hour minor in psychology to students enrolled in other undergraduate degree programs at Fayetteville State University. 

Online Degree Completion

The department also offers an online degree completion (ODC) program; a student must first complete all University College Core requirements in order to qualify for the ODC program. Transfer students are eligible to be in the ODC program if their transfer credits fulfill FSU’s University Core requirements. 

Please see the Department of Psychology website for more information about our programs and career options. 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Scientific Literacy Skills (Empirical and Applied): Students will demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental content, concepts, theory, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology and identify applications of scientific principles to promote psychological well-being.
  2. Inquiry Skills: Students will formulate scientific and logical questions and hypotheses, retrieve relevant academic information and data, explore evidence, and evaluate or conduct research; interpret and report the results of observation and experimentation; they will demonstrate knowledge of empirical approaches used in psychology and/or analyze and evaluate research findings in psychology.
  3. Communication Skills (Written and Spoken): Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively express, produce, comprehend, and analyze spoken and written communication related to content, terminology, empirical findings, and theory in psychology and will be able to demonstrate proficiency in APA format writing.
  4. Global Literacy Skills (Diversity and Culture): Students will recognize, and respect the complex influence, global diversity, and shared humanity of culture, values and belief systems, gender, ethnicity, and resource disparities and differences.
  5. Reasoning Skills: Students will expand their critical, creative thinking, and abstract reasoning skills as they demonstrate the ability to accurately construct, communicate, and evaluate logic and evidence-based assertions, draw conclusions, tolerate ambiguity, employ skepticism, and solve problems related to psychology.
  6. Ethics and Civic Engagement (Ethics, Community Involvement, and Self-Discipline): Students will identify, reflect upon, and/or apply APA ethical standards; express commitment and effort to address community or social problems; promote psychological well-being; and employ self-discipline.



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