The Psychology major presents psychology as a science and requires of each student an understanding of research findings as well as their principal applications and ramifications. Each student is required to develop skills in the critical evaluation of systems employing psychological principles or procedures. The students are encouraged to acquire an appreciation of a broad range of psychological disciplines ranging from physiological studies to socially organized behavior. The curriculum is designed to prepare graduates for study towards advanced degrees, or as entry level professionals in psychology.
The B.S. program provides a broad-based preparation in psychology and adds a more intensive quantitative and research orientation. Thus, it is designed to prepare graduates for entry into more research-based graduate programs as well as other graduate programs and careers that emphasize quantitative and scientific methods. Requirements for this degree are 36 hours in psychology to include 201, 306, 310, 311, 312, 313, and 405. The student must earn minimum grades of B (3.0) in PY 201, PY 310, and PY 312 (or have the approval of the department), and have an overall GPA of 2.5 in psychology courses taken at Erskine. Additional requirements are BG 210, a choice of either BG 101 or BG 110, and a choice of either CH 105 or CH 101. Also encouraged are additional courses in biology, chemistry, information technology, and mathematics.