Bachelor of Arts Degree
Arts and Sciences
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What Is Psychology ?
Psychology is the scientific study of the behavior of animals and humans. Psychology majors develop strong research and analytical skills while exploring all phases of human life. They study behavior of individuals and groups, both the well-adjusted and the dysfunctional. Students of psychology are interested in conducting research to discover patterns of human behavior, as well as in applying psychological principles and techniques to solving social and individual problems.
Psychology is a very broad discipline involving research and application in every aspect of living beings (human and animal). Skills that make for excellence in some aspect of psychology include: developing and carrying out empirical research (both applied and theoretical), interpreting results, communicating to others, listening, engaging, involving, showing an interest in others, observing and many more.
A BA in psychology can be a pre-professional degree, leading to graduate study in psychology, followed by a career as a psychologist. The master's degree is generally the minimum professional degree for licensing or certification of psychologists who work in education, business, hospitals, clinics, prisons and private practice.
In addition, the Psychology Department also offers several areas of concentration that lead to other professional futures. The psychology-criminal justice program uses courses from the Department of Criminal Justice to prepare students for professional careers in the criminal justice system at the bachelor's degree level. The strong critical thinking skills, along with the abilities to research, write and understand human behavior, developed in a general psychology major are highly valued in a wide range of positions in industry, business, law and social services.
Career possibilities (some of which will require completion of graduate programs) include:
- Clinical, research or school psychologist
- College or university professor
- Mental health worker
- Research psychologist
Majoring in psychology demands that students acquire the ability to research a subject by gathering evidence and analyzing data using statistical methods. Students might employ these skills to research and analyze various subjects in a number of professional and academic settings.
During their first year in the program, freshmen complete the Introduction to Psychology sequence in order to acquire a general understanding of the discipline. These courses provide a historical overview of the study of psychology and its experimental methods, as well as a general understanding of clinical and social psychology.
All psychology majors must complete three courses in statistics and research methods, typically taken during the second year. Specifically, students must complete Introduction to Methods and Statistics (201 and 202, 4 credit hours each) and Research Methods in Psychology Laboratory (281, 3 credit hours). These courses give students the ability to perform research. After obtaining the ability to gather evidence and analyze results, students move into advanced psychology courses and apply their skills in various topics.
During the third and fourth years in the program, students take upper-level courses in various topics of psychology. As students' interests develop, they choose advanced courses on various topics. Students intending to enter a graduate program in psychology will work closely with members of the faculty to conduct guided research in their area of interest. Students planning to pursue careers in other areas should complete coursework in topics related to their intended focus and further develop their analytical research skills.
For questions regarding the major requirements and options, please contact the undergraduate advisor in 4130J Edwards, 513-556-5579.
McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) offers flexible degree requirements that allow for and highly encourage multiple areas of study. Free electives allow for enough credits for students to pursue a minor, certificate program or even complete a second major. Some of the most common pairings are listed below.
- Africana studies
- Asian studies
- Organizational leadership
- Political science
Minor DetailsThe minor in psychology requires a total of 30 credit hours. Students must complete the sequence of Introduction to Psychology, PSYC 101-102-103, for 9 credits. In addition, students must complete 21 credits of coursework in psychology at the 200 level or above.
This curriculum information is intended as a general information guide for students considering enrollment in this major. These online tools are designed to assist you, but are not a substitute for planning with an academic or faculty advisor.
If you are currently enrolled at UC, you can audit your degree online. If you are considering transferring to this major from another school use the course applicability system (CAS) to see how credits you have earned will apply to this major at UC. For course descriptions by college, click here.
This is a suggested plan to complete the program in four years. Students will take required courses at different times depending upon their choice of options and the combination of the major with a minor or other program.
|First Year||Course Number||Credits|
|*English Composition||ENGL 101-102||6|
|*Foreign Language||see checklist||9-15|
|Introduction to Psychology||PSYC 101-102-103 (SS)||9|
|*Humanities (HU)||see offerings||3|
|*Natural sciences (NS)||see offerings||3|
|Free electives (recommended to count in a minor or other program)||see options||9-15|
|Total for first year||45|
|Second Year||Course Number||Credits|
|*Intermediate Composition||ENGL 289||3|
|*Foreign Language (if necessary)||see checklist||0-9|
|Introduction to Methods & Statistics in Psychology||PSYC 201||4|
|Intermediate Psychological Methods & Statistics||PSYC 202||4|
|Research Methods in Psychology (Laboratory)||PSYC 281||3|
|Psychology course in Natural Science||see major checklist||3|
|Psychology course in Social Science||see major checklist||3|
|*Historical perspectives (HP)||see offerings||9|
|*Natural sciences (NS)||see offerings||6|
|Free electives (recommended to count in a minor or other program)||see options||1-10|
|Total for second year||45|
|Third & Fourth Years||Course Number||Credits|
|Psychology courses in Natural Science||see major checklist||6|
|Psychology courses in Social Science||see major checklist||6|
|Psychology course in Interpersonal Skills||see major checklist||3|
|Psychology course in Social Issues||see major checklist||3|
|Courses in Psychology at 300 level or above||see major checklist||9|
|Courses in Psychology at 200 level or above||see major checklist||6|
|Psychology Capstone course||see major checklist||3|
|*Literature (LT)||see offerings||3|
|*Humanities, literature or fine arts (HU, LT or FA)||see offerings||3|
|*Social & ethical issues (if not already taken, SE)||see offerings||3|
|Free electives (recommended to count in a minor or other program)||see options||45|
|Total for third & fourth years||90|
*Needed to fulfill A&S college requirements.
Students in McMicken College of Arts and Sciences enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, tri-state location offers exciting opportunitites for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.
Variations from General Major
The Psychology/criminal justice track is a variation of the general major. This option is interdisciplinary in content, combining psychology with criminal justice outside A&S. Depending upon one's career goals, this track may provide better preparation for the competitive job market or for graduate school admission.
Qualified majors are automatically invited to participate in an honors program culminating in independent research. The department supports fieldwork and internships, as well as opportunities in research and teaching assisting. Students can also become involved in Psi Chi, the National Psychology Honor Society.
Admission criteria for this program vary based on the relative strength of test scores, class rank and GPA. Please see the Freshman Class Profile for this major in the Quick Facts sidebar on this page for the range of academic credentials typically accepted into this program. Test scores in the lower range may be acceptable with higher class rank and/or GPA. Freshmen applying to this program should also have completed the following state of Ohio articulation requirements with no more than two units missing:
- English (4 units)*
- College-preparatory mathematics (3 units)*
- Science (2 units)
- Social science (2 units)
- Foreign language (2 units)*
- Additional college-prep subjects (3 units)
*A&S does not allow units missing from these areas.
Applicants to A&S whose most recent enrollment was not in any of the UC colleges must apply through the Office of Admissions. Applicants in this category must submit transcripts for all secondary school and college-level work. A cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all college-level work is required for admission consideration. Admission to A&S is generally available for any off-campus applicants who have received an associate degree from an accredited college or university and whose cumulative GPA is 2.0 or higher.
University transfer scholarships are available to those who meet specific requirements and ANY admitted A&S transfer student might qualify for an A&S transfer scholarship. Deadlines and eligibility criteria are online via the previous links.
Changing Major Requirements
Applicants to A&S whose most recent enrollment was as a degree student in one of UC’s other colleges can apply directly to the A&S college office. Admission to A&S is generally available for any on-campus students who have:
- at least a 2.0 GPA in all college-level courses (both at UC and at other institutions),
- successfully completed two quarters of English composition or its equivalent, and
- gained credit for a college-level mathematics course.
A&S students must meet the college residency requirement of 45.0 hours which begins immediately upon matriculation in the college and consists of courses taught within A&S.
To graduate from McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, students must:
- Earn at least 180 credits. This can include transfer credit, AP credit, and free electives, but does not include preparatory coursework. Students who have met all other degree requirements must continue earning credit until the total number of their earned hours comes to at least 180.
- Attain a 2.0 grade point average for all courses taken at the University of Cincinnati.
- Be in good academic standing, that is, not on either academic probation or disciplinary probation or suspension.
- Complete the residency requirement by earning at least 45 credits after matriculating into the college. These minimum 45 credits must be taught within McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (15) and also must be completed after gaining admission to the college.
- Complete all of the requirements of at least one major (see major requirements above).
- Complete the College Core Requirements.
- Submit an application for graduation to the registrar's office by their posted deadline.
UC operates on a quarter system, with 10-week grading periods beginning in late September, early January, late March and mid-June. While midyear admission is possible, fall quarter is generally the best time to enter the college, since many course sequences begin in that quarter. Applicants to McMicken College of Arts and Sciences who are enrolled or who were previously enrolled as degree-seeking students in A&S or in other UC colleges should apply for admission directly to A&S (in French West, 2nd Floor). All other applicants who wish to earn an undergraduate degree from A&S should apply through the Office of Admissions (3rd Floor, University Pavilion).