Feb 15, 2019  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin

Psychology (B.A.)

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Program: B.A.
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.

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

IPFW General Education Requirements Credits: 33

General Education Requirements    

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

English Writing and Speaking

Foreign Language

Distribution (not in PSY)

Cultural Studies

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.

Additional requirements:

  • Completion of the FOCUS career guidance tool and a Career Services session to review the results (during PSY 14000)
  • Completion of a Career Services session to review resume or curriculum vitae (during junior year)
  • Completion of a Career Services session focused on cover letter review, personal statement review, or mock interview (during senior year)
  • Successful completion of the Exit Exam in Psychology

General Elective Courses

Sufficient additional credits to bring the total to 120.

Total Credits: 120

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