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Undergraduate Bulletin 2010-2011 [Archived Catalog]

Psychology (B.A.)


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Program: B.A.
Department of Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences

Neff Hall 388 ~ 260-481-6403 ~ www.ipfw.edu/psyc


The student learning outcomes for the degree are as follows:

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the major theoretical approaches, findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to understand the major research methods in psychology, including ethical standards, design, data analysis, and interpretation.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to think critically and to use the scientific approach to understand behavior.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to apply concepts, information, and skills learned in psychology courses to their lives and work.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively locate and evaluate sources of information.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to express themselves effectively in the discourse of the discipline.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to understand people from a diverse range of backgrounds and varying demographic characteristics such as age, race, disability, sexual orientation, class, ethnicity, religion, and cognitive abilities. 
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to make decisions about future employment or graduate education.

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in psychology is for the person seeking a career in psychology or a closely related field. The degree program provides a liberal-arts education in psychology as well as preparation for graduate school. A current IPFW student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 to declare psychology as a major. After two consecutively-enrolled semesters in which a psychology major’s cumulative GPA falls below 2.0, the student will no longer be eligible to be a psychology major. Two subsequent consecutive semesters with the cumulative GPA at or above 2.0 will permit a student to petition for reinstatement as a psychology major.

To earn the B.A. with a major in psychology, you must fulfill the requirements of IPFW (see Part 8 ) and the College of Arts and Sciences (see Part 4 ), in addition to fulfilling the following requirements:

IPFW General Education Requirements


Area I—Linguistic and Numerical Foundations


Area II—Natural and Physical Sciences Credits: 6


See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

Area III—The Individual, Culture, and Society


See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

  • Additional credits in Area III Credits: 3

Area IV—Humanistic Thought Credits: 6


See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

Area V—Creative and Artistic Expression Credits: 3


See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

Area VI—Inquiry and Analysis (not in PSY) Credits: 3


See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements


English Writing


Foreign Language


Distribution (not in PSY)


Cultural Studies


Three of the following: Credits: 9


Additional credits in psychology at the 200 level or above Credits: 9


3 credits must be taken at IPFW

Successful completion of the Major Field Test in Psychology

General Elective Courses


Sufficient additional credits to bring the total to 124.

Total Credits: 124


Honors in Psychology


A student may earn an honors degree in psychology by completing all of the requirements toward the B.A., achieving an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher, and conducting a two-semester independent research project. In the first semester of independent research the student is to complete three credits of PSY 49800 or PSY 59000. In the second semester, the student is to complete an honors thesis, PSY 49900. As part of the honors thesis, an oral presentation to the department is required.

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