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Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

The BA in Psychology degree is designed to provide students with sufficient background in psychology to pursue degrees in a variety of professions as well as graduate school in certain fields. Because the BA in Psychology consists of 33 credits, this degree also affords students the opportunity to specialize in other areas through minors, concentration, and Certificates of Undergraduate Studies (CUGS).

Program Guide for BA in Psychology

Sample Course Sequence for Psychology Majors who start as Freshmen Fall 2015

Sample Course Sequence for Psychology Major Transfer Students Fall 2015

Required General Education Courses

  • College Composition I (3 s.h.) OR Integrated College Comp I (4 s.h.)
  • College Composition II (3 s.h.)
  • Public Speaking (3 s.h.)
  • General Biology/Human Focus [recommended] OR Biology I: Diversity, Evolution & Adaptation (4 s.h.)
  • Any Math GE Elective (3 s.h.)
  • Any Science or Math GE Elective (3/4 s.h.)
  • Human Variation OR Cultural Anthropology OR Anthro Perspectives of Phys Growth & Dev (3 s.h.)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) elective 1 (3 s.h.)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) elective 2 (3 s.h.)
  • Intro to Philosophy OR Logic of Everyday Reasoning OR Phil of Science OR Phil of Mind OR World Phil I OR World Phil II (3 s.h.)
  • Literature (LIT) Elective (3 s.h.)
  • History, Humanities & Language (HHL) Elective 1 (3 s.h.)
  • History, Humanities & Language (HHL) Elective 2 (3 s.h.)
  • Arts and Creative Experience (ACE) Elective (3 s.h.)
  • Non-Program Electives - 12 semester hours (all courses except psychology courses fulfill this requirement)
  • Free Electives -30 semester hours (any course including psychology courses after program requirements are met fulfills this requirement)
  • All native freshman need a Rowan Seminar course to satisfy Rowan Experience requirements.

Foundation Course in Psychology (3 Credits)

  • Essentials of Psychology (3 s.h.)

Research Course Sequence in Psychology (9 Credits)

  • Psychology of Scientific Thinking (3 s.h.)
  • Research Methods in Psychology (3 s.h.)
  • Statistics in Psychology (3 s.h.)

Basic Core Areas of Psychology (10 Credits)

  • Lifespan Development (3 s.h.)
  • Learning and Behavior (3 s.h.) OR Cognitive Psychology (3 s.h.)
  • Social Psychology (3 s.h.) OR Personality (3 s.h.)
  • Physiological Psychology (3 s.h.) OR Perception (3 s.h.)
  • Abnormal Psychology (3 s.h.) OR Developmental Psychopathology (3 s.h.)
  • Psychology as a Profession and Practice (3 s.h.)

Note: Child Development and Adolescent Development cannot be applied to the major: if taken or transferred, they would count as Free Electives

Psychology Elective (3 Credits; See Below for Lists)

Students may take one of any of the following courses to satisfy this requirement.

  • African-American Psychology (M/G)
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Behavioral Assessment and Measurement
  • Consumer Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Environmental Psychology
  • History and Systems in Psychology
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Intake and Interviewing Skills in Psychology
  • Personnel Psychology
  • Psychology and Law
  • Psychology of Conflict and Conflict Resolution
  • Psychology of Ethnic Identity/Community in America (M/G)
  • Psychology of Human Sexuality
  • Psychology of Racism and Ethnocentrism (M/G)
  • Psychology of Women and Cultural Experience (M/G)
  • Psychological Tests and Measurement
  • Seminar in Psychology (various topics)
  • Field Experience in Psychology [This course requires the consent of instructor and separate application process.]
  • Independent Study in Psychology [This course requires the consent of instructor and separate application process.]


The Department of Psychology encourages all psychology majors to meet with their Psychology department advisor at least once a semester. The purpose of these meetings are to discuss course selection, progress towards graduation requirements, academic planning, graduate school and/or career plans. It is the student's responsibility to schedule these meetings to ensure that any deficiencies that would delay graduation are identified early enough to be corrected and not delay graduation. This is especially crucial with respect to the four course foundation courses (Psychology of Scientific Thinking, Research Methods in Psychology, and Statistics in Psychology), which must be taken in order, over a minimum of three semesters. For questions about the BA in Psychology or the Specialization in Behavioral Services please email psychadvising@rowan.edu

Transfer Credits

Transfer students may transfer a maximum total of 90 credit hours from other institutions. Transfer students, therefore, must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours at Rowan University to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree at Rowan University. All psychology majors are strongly urged to take the majority of their psychology courses at Rowan University. Students should consult with their advisor (see above) before taking courses at other institutions to insure the credits will be accepted by Rowan.

Pass/No Credit

Psychology majors make take up to 10% of their Rowan credit hours as pass/no credit including 6 credit hours in Psychology (students may not take Research Methods in Psychology, or Statistics in Psychology), nor their 400 level requirement courses as pass/no credit).

For questions about the BA in Psychology or the Specialization in Behavioral Services please email psychadvising@rowan.edu