Department of Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences
Neff Hall 388 ~ 260-481-6403 ~ ipfw.edu/psychology
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 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 an understanding of the values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a science (e.g., value of empirical evidence, tolerance for ambiguity, ethics in research, teaching, and practice).
- 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:
College of Arts and Sciences Requirements
Distribution (not in PSY)
Core and Concentration (Major) Courses
Three of the following: Credits: 9
One of the following: Credits: 3
The capstone course is a culminating experience in the senior year in which the student develops a major project (literature review, research proposal, empirical study, or service learning project) that demonstrates characteristics of critical thinking, including the ability to identify a problem, evaluate evidence, and use information to analyze existing conclusions, draw new conclusions, or contribute to real-world applications or understanding of larger issues.
1. Senior standing (90 credits) or completion of 33 credits in psychology.
2. Successful completion of PSY 20300 with a grade of C- or better.
Additional credits in psychology at the 200 level or above Credits: 9
In the case of courses which can be repeated for credit (e.g., PSY 39200; PSY 49600), more than one section of the same course number must have substantially different content, as approved by the department chair, if both are to be used toward meeting this requirement. Three 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 120.
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.