Jun 18, 2018  
2009-2010 Academic Catalog 
    
2009-2010 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Psychology (B.A.)


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Professor Emerita: O. Farrag, N. Ciaccio
Associate Professor: E. Coker (on leave)
Assistant Professors: M. Amer, H. Henry, A. Justus, J. Simons-Rudolph
Visiting Assistant Professor: B. Settlage

Psychology is the multifaceted scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. The program at AUC emphasizes physical, cognitive, emotional, personal, and social development from infancy to adulthood. This development is studied against a background of major theoretical and applied domains of psychology, concentrating on important aspects of individual, group, and cultural dynamics.

Bachelor of Arts

The aim of psychology at AUC is to provide students with a solid background in the current major areas of the discipline. It will give them insights which can be of personal as well as of practical value in many other occupations. In addition, the program will prepare students wishing to continue further studies leading to a professional career.

Students who intend to seek the Psychology degree must have taken PSYC 201 and have obtained a grade of “B” or higher. In addition, they must have taken MACT 100 or be currently registered in MACT 100. Overall GPA must be at least 2.5 for consideration. Based on the availability of space, a limited number of students who have successfully completed these requirements will be accepted in the major. The requirements for continuing in the major are that the student takes PSYC 207 and an additional course in psychology in the semester following their declaration, and registers for at least one psychology course every semester following their declaration.

A total of 120 credit hours is required for the bachelor’s degree in psychology:

Core Curriculum (34-46 credits)


Students must take one of the following for the science requirement:

Additional Requirements


  • One additional 300-level psychology course
  • Three additional 400-level psychology courses (not including PSYC 402)

Collateral Requirements (24 credits)


Six courses to be approved by the adviser in addition to:

Electives (1-13 credits)


Interdisciplinary Specialization in Community Development


The teaching and application of the principles of community development and community organizing prepares students to work in development agencies.  The required curriculum includes hands-on community-based learning experiences to initiate the students’ professional development in an applied setting.  Students learn about the relevance and role of community and personal empowerment in response to population needs.  The practicum model is designed with a broad educative focus meant to provide students not only with skills and techniques, but also opportunities for inquiry, for trying and testing new ideas within collaborative relationships, and for engaging community development in new ways.

Students majoring in anthropology, psychology or sociology can choose this specialization in place of the collateral requirements required for their respective majors.

Academic Advising is provided through the Anthropology, Sociology and Psychology units of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology and Egyptology on behalf of an interdisciplinary group of faculty.

Declaration Requirements:

  1. Must be an anthropology, psychology or sociology major
  2. Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5

Course Requirements:

24 credits, including the following:

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