Psychology, B.A. - Concentration: M.A. Accelerated Pathway

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The B.A. in Psychology (Concentration: B.A. to M.A. Accelerated Pathway) provides high-achieving students with the opportunity to complete foundational graduate coursework during their senior year of undergraduate study in order to accelerate graduate degree completion. This competitive program allows admitted students the opportunity to complete their bachelor’s degree and the M.A. in Psychology (Concentration: Accelerated Pathway) in five years at Southern Connecticut State University. This program has a separate admission process and eligible students are encourage to apply no later than their junior year of undergraduate study. Please consult the admission requirements in the undergraduate catalog and below for more information.

Overall GPA of 3.0 Required
120 Overall Credits Required

APPLICATION PROCESS

Undergraduate freshmen and transfer applicants will select the appropriate degree program and accelerated pathway concentration for their particular discipline when applying through the Common App. Current students who are already matriculated in a program at Southern must be accepted into the undergraduate portion of the accelerated pathway through department permission via the Selection of Degree system. Undergraduate students must declare their intention to join an Accelerated Pathway Program no later than their junior year. Eligible students in the accelerated pathway program will then apply for early acceptance graduate admission no later than spring semester of their senior year. During the application process, students will select both the graduate degree for their specified discipline and the accelerated pathway concentration. Please note that acceptance into the undergraduate Accelerated Pathway does not automatically guarantee admission to the graduate Accelerated Pathway. Students should contact their faculty advisor regularly to ensure that they are meeting all requirements for graduate admission.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

New students seeking admission into Southern Connecticut State University should apply online through the Office of undergraduate Admissions website: https://www.southernct.edu/admissions/undergraduate   

Students must meet all of the university admissions criteria for acceptance into the program. Currently matriculated students must meet and maintain the following department requirements in order to be admitted to and remain in the program:

LIBERAL EDUCATION PROGRAM AND WRITING REQUIREMENTS

Liberal Education Program

Students must complete a comprehensive three-tiered Liberal Education Program (LEP). View all requirements of the tiers on the Liberal Education Program.  

While the choice of courses that fulfill the requirements is generally left up to students, courses in the major and/or cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements.  These shared courses are recommended below to fulfill both areas, although the course credits are only counted once towards the 120 credits required for graduation.

Tier 2 - Mind and Body
PSY 100 - Introduction to Psychology - (Group I)

Writing Requirements (“W-Courses”)

Three W-courses are required. These may not be taken until after a student has passed ENG 112 — Writing Arguments. W-courses may count toward LEP, major, or cognate requirements, as well as free electives. Course sections that meet this requirement are designated by section numbers ending in “W”.

Transfer students who enter with 60 to 89 credits are required to pass two W-courses, while transfer students who enter with 90 credits or more must pass one W-course.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

44 Credits Required
Acceptance to the major required.
'C' or better required in all PSY courses, except in PSY 100.

Psychology Requirements
38 Credits Required

Group 2: Two courses from the following (Prerequisites: Completion of PSY 100)
• PSY 210 - Infant and Child Development
 PSY 215 - Adolescent Development
• PSY 219 - Lifespan Development
• PSY 220 - Introduction to Mental Health
• PSY 227 - Social Psychology
• PSY 228 - Personality
• PSY 298 - Special Topics

Group 3: One course from the following (Prerequisite: Completion of PSY 210, 215, 219, 220, 227, 228 or 298.)
• PSY 306 - Understanding Intelligence
• PSY 318 - Emotional and Social Development
• PSY 320 - Abnormal Child Psychology
• PSY 321 - Abnormal Psychology
• PSY 332 - Human Emotions
• PSY 333 - Mysteries and Science of Sleep
• PSY 361 - Industrial and Organizational Psychology
• PSY 366 - Health Psychology
• PSY 370 - Educational Psychology
• PSY 371 - Educational Psychology for Early Childhood Education
• PSY 398 - Special Topics

Group 4: Required course: (Prerequisite: Completion of LEP Quantitative Reasoning)
• PSY 259 - Statistics in Psychology

Group 5: Required course: (Prerequisite: Acceptance to the major and departmental permission)
 PSY 300-The Psychology Major: Curriculum and Careers (1 credit) (Graded as Pass/Fail)

Group 6: Two courses from the following (Prerequisite: Completion of PSY 259 with a grade of 'C' or higher and PSY 300)
• PSY 303 - Perception
• PSY 311 - Learning
• PSY 313 - Cognition
• PSY 383 - Brain and Behavior

Group 7: Required course (Prerequisite: Completion of PSY 259 with a grade of 'C' or higher and PSY 300)
• PSY 393 - Experimental Methods

Group 8: Two courses from the following (Prerequisites: Completion of PSY 259 with a grade of 'C' or higher and PSY 300 and at least 3 credits from [PSY 303, 306, 311, 313, 318, 320, 321, 332, 333, 361, 366,370,371, 383 or 398]).

• PSY 401 - Seminar in History and Systems of Psychology
• PSY 406 - Language
• PSY 412 - Psychology of Women
• PSY 414 - Psychology of Spirituality
• PSY 415 - Topics in Development
• PSY 431 - Tests and Measurements
• PSY 461 - Data Gathering Techniques: Assessment
 PSY 462 - Data Gathering Techniques: Instrumentation
• PSY 465 - Seminar in Psychological Counseling and Therapy
• PSY 474 - Seminar in Behavior Theory and Practice
 PSY 484 - Comparative Animal Behavior
• PSY 487 - Psychopharmacology
• PSY 490 - Seminar for Psychology Majors
• PSY 492 - Psychology and Law
• PSY 494 - Seminar in the Human Nervous System and Behavior

Group 9: One course from the following (specific course prerequisites apply)
• HON 495 - Honors Thesis
• PSY 210 - Infant and Child Development
 PSY 215 - Adolescent Development
• PSY 219 - Lifespan Development
• PSY 220 - Introduction to Mental Health
• PSY 227 - Social Psychology
• PSY 228 - Personality
• PSY 298 - Special Topics
• PSY 303 - Perception
• PSY 306 - Understanding Intelligence
• PSY 311 - Learning
• PSY 313 - Cognition
• PSY 318 - Emotional and Social Development
• PSY 320 - Abnormal Child Psychology
• PSY 321 - Abnormal Psychology
• PSY 332 - Human Emotions
• PSY 333 - Mysteries and Science of Sleep
• PSY 361 - Industrial and Organizational Psychology
• PSY 366 - Health Psychology
• PSY 370 - Educational Psychology
 PSY 371 - Educational Psychology for Early Childhood Education
• PSY 383 - Brain and Behavior
• PSY 398 - Special Topics
• PSY 463 - Field Practicum in Psychological Research
• PSY 467 - Laboratory Practicum in Psychological Research
 PSY 499 - Independent Study

Group 10: One course from the following (specific course prerequisites apply)
• PSY 303 - Perception
• PSY 306 - Understanding Intelligence
• PSY 311 - Learning
• PSY 313 - Cognition
• PSY 318 - Emotional and Social Development
• PSY 320 - Abnormal Child Psychology
• PSY 321 - Abnormal Psychology
• PSY 332 - Human Emotions
• PSY 333 - Mysteries and Science of Sleep
• PSY 361 - Industrial and Organizational Psychology
• PSY 366 - Health Psychology
• PSY 370 - Educational Psychology
 PSY 371 - Educational Psychology for Early Childhood Education
• PSY 383 - Brain and Behavior
• PSY 398 - Special Topics
• PSY 401 - Seminar in History and Systems of Psychology
• PSY 406 - Language
• PSY 412 - Psychology of Women
• PSY 414 - Psychology of Spirituality
• PSY 415 - Topics in Development
• PSY 431 - Tests and Measurements
• PSY 461 - Data Gathering Techniques: Assessment
 PSY 462 - Data Gathering Techniques: Instrumentation
• PSY 465 - Seminar in Psychological Counseling and Therapy
• PSY 474 - Seminar in Behavior Theory and Practice
 PSY 484 - Comparative Animal Behavior
• PSY 487 - Psychopharmacology
• PSY 490 - Seminar for Psychology Majors
• PSY 492 - Psychology and Law
• PSY 494 - Seminar in the Human Nervous System and Behavior


Concentration in BA to MA Accelerated Pathway
6 Credits Required

Graduate courses require a grade of 'C' or higher

• PSY 500 - Design and Analysis in Psychology
• PSY 589 - Thesis Seminar

COGNATE REQUIREMENTS

No cognates are required for this program.

FREE ELECTIVES

Remaining credits to reach Overall Credits Required (listed above).