Social Psychology, BA

Psychologists and sociologists have long worked together in building social psychology. The Social Psychology BA is designed to highlight social psychology as a product of both parent disciplines through a sequence of 13 courses that emphasize the approaches and concerns that psychology and sociology have in common. These courses are drawn about equally from the two departments. In addition, the course sequence focuses on how social psychology can be applied to help understand and deal with a variety of social problems and issues. The joint major is expected to be of particular interest to students who:

− plan to enter helping professions such as social work or counseling, that call for a great deal of social-psychological expertise

− are interested in studying ethnic or minority relations

− are interested in studying medical sociology, community mental health, or other aspects of health care delivery

− are interested in studying organizational training and development

− are planning graduate study in social psychology.

Requirements for the Major in Social Psychology

Students are required to declare the joint major in Psychology and Sociology no later than the start of their junior year. Waiving or modifying any joint major requirement must be approved by both departments.

Foundational course sequence.  Seven courses are required:

PSYCH 100 or 101 (Introduction to Psychology)
SOCIOL 101 (Introduction to Sociology)
PSYCH 230 (Social Psychology) or SOCIOL 281 (Society and the Individual)
SOCIOL 341 (Elements of Sociological Theory)
PSYCH 201 (Intro to Behavioral Research) or SOCIOL 351L (Methods of Sociological Research)
PSYCH 370 (Psychological Statistics) or SOCIOL 350 (Social Statistics)
PSYCH 360 (Behavioral Neuroscience) or PSYCH 250 (Learning and Memory) or PSYCH 255 (Perception)

Elective courses. Choose between coursework in one of two concentrations below. Students must choose 3 Psychology courses and 3 Sociology courses in each concentration.

Systems and Social Influence Concentration:

PSYCH 234 (Psychology of Cross-Cultural Relations)
PSYCH 333 (Group Dynamics)
PSYCH 335 (Social Attitudes and Public Opinion)
PSYCH 338 (Community Psychology)
PSYCH 339 (The Psychology of Law)
PSYCH 403 (Gender, Culture & Health)
PSYCH 496/497 (Senior Honors Research)
SOCIOL 201 (Youth and Society)
SOCIOL 300 (Sociology of Media and Mass Communication)
SOCIOL 321L (Racial & Ethnic Relations)
SOCIOL 337 (Psychology and Sociology of Organizations)
SOCIOL 382 (Sociology of Gender)
SOCIOL 431 (Sociology of Religion)
SOCIOL 472 (Media and Violence)
SOCIOL 478/479 (Directed Study in Sociology)

The Individual in Social Context Concentration:

PSYCH 215 (Abnormal Psychology)
PSYCH 333 (Group Dynamics)
PSYCH 337 (Communication and Society)
PSYCH 241 (Infancy and Childhood Development) or PSYCH 342 (Adolescence)
PSYCH 250 (Learning and Memory) or PSYCH 255 (Perception)
PSYCH 415 (Psychological Trauma: Individual and Society)
PSYCH 430 (Internship in Psychology)
PSYCH 434 (Social Perception)
PSYCH 441 (The Family and the Child: A Psychological View)
PSYCH 477 (Experimental Social Psychology)
PSYCH 479 (Field Placement in Early Development)
PSYCH 496/497 (Senior Honors Research
SOCIOL 310 (Socialization)
SOCIOL 316 (Family Violence in America)
SOCIOL 346 (Self in Society: Studies of Autobiographies)
SOCIOL 362 (Juvenile Delinquency)
SOCIOL 368L (Alcoholism: Etiology and Epidemiology)
SOCIOL 386L (Sociology of Mental Health and Illness)
SOCIOL 460 (Internship in Urban Social Services)
SOCIOL 478/479 (Directed Study in Sociology)

Senior Capstone:
Any Psychology course in the list of electives above numbered 400 or higher fulfills the requirement. In addition, student may fulfill the Capstone requirement by taking any of the following courses in the Sociology Department. Students must achieve a C- or better to obtain capstone credit.

SOCIOL 460 (Internship in Urban Social Services)
SOCIOL 470 (Senior Seminar)
SOCIOL 473 (Senior Seminar: Diversity and Social Change)
SOCIOL 478/479 (Directed Study in Sociology

Any SOCIOL course numbered 600 or higher (with permission of the Graduate Program Director)

Additional notes:

  • A maximum of two Sociology courses (six credits) and two Psychology courses (six credits) may be transferred from other institutions.
  • One course within the major may be taken pass/fail, but it may not be the capstone.
  • Only one of the following courses may be counted toward the major: PSYCH 430, PSYCH 479, PSYCH 496/497, SOCIOL 460, SOCIOL 478/479.
  • PSYCH 496/497 or SOCIOL 478/479 may be counted as one course toward the major with permission of the faculty advisor to the Social Psychology major only, and only when it can be demonstrated that the research question pursued concerns a topic relevant to the theme of the student's chosen concentration.
  • PSYCH 250 or PSYCH 255 may be counted as one of the required Foundational courses OR as an elective in the Individual in Social Context Concentration. The same course cannot be counted in both areas.
  • Only one intermediate Psychology course (PSYCH 215, 241, 242, 250, 255) will be counted towards the electives in the Individual in Social Context Concentration.
  • Students double-majoring with Criminal Justice may double-count only two courses: SOCIOL 101 and SOCIOL/CRMJUS 351L.