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BIS Concentration in Psychology

The Psychology Concentration provides students with foundational knowledge and competencies in the field of psychology and creates a pathway for BIS students seeking professional opportunities in psychology and related fields such as mental health, social work, child care, and counseling. It is also be suitable for those who plan to pursue graduate study in psychology, counseling, social work, or other fields.

To be admitted to the Psychology Concentration, students must have completed Introduction of Psychology or its equivalent.

Those focusing in Psychology complete 18 credits of concentration courses. Students are also required to take two ISLS courses and ISIN 4510 Special Topics in Conduct of Inquiry: Social Sciences and ISIN 4520 Special Topics in the Conduct of Inquiry: Humanities, 24 credits of degree electives, Capstone I and Capstone II.

Degree elective courses must be outside of the Psychology Concentration. These vary by semester and may include courses in disciplines such as anthropology, art, art history, architectural history, business, classics, drama, economics, history, information technology, music, philosophy, politics, religion, and sociology.  

Below are the required courses for the Psychology Concentration:

  • ISSS 3410 - Abnormal Psychology: Disorders and Treatment
  • ISSS 3411 - Personality Psychology: Theory and Application
  • ISSS 3416 - Social Psychology in Modern Society
  • ISSS 4430 -Topics in Developmental Psychology
  • ISSS 4431 - Cognitive Psychology: Theory and Experiment
  • ISSS 4432 - Interpersonal Communication: Research and Practice

* The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. 

* The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements.

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