You are fascinated by why people think the way they do, or you are intrigued by what affects their behavior. You want to help people, or you want to help processes that impact people. You like solving problems, or you like being creative. Or maybe you love all of this and more.
Psychology is the study of the mind, brain and behavior and is practiced in every conceivable setting from businesses to schools to criminal justice systems. Basically, wherever there are people, there are psychologists at work, so we invite you to explore the breadth of what is available in this field. Our interactive, engaging and practical courses incorporate the most up-to-date data and theories with hands-on research and clinical work in some incredible real-world experiences!
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This flexible degree program allows you to choose courses to suit your interests and the needs of your future career path. View the detailed degree requirements PDF to see all courses included in the program.
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B.S., B.A. or MINOR
Ouachita offers two degree tracks for psychology majors as well as a minor for those interested in the field. To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, you must choose a minor or second major from the Patterson School of Natural Sciences. This is a great option if your future plans include a professional school such as medical school, occupational therapy or physical therapy. If your interests lie another direction, the Bachelor of Arts option is for you. The psychology course requirements are the same for each option. A psychology minor requires at least 18 hours of psychology courses. See the academic catalog for details.
In their words
hear from a faculty member & student
"Every member of the Ouachita psych department goes far beyond the call of duty for their students. They encouraged my questions and creativity, while fostering my ability to research, strategize and think critically. Thorough writing requirements helped prepare me for grad school, and I can now verify that Ouachita’s research methods and statistics classes are leagues above average graduate-level classes in both clarity and applicability. I credit the care this department took with me for so much of the good in my life, and I apply their lessons daily. They will remain mentors and friends."
2019 graduate, currently pursuing a Master of International Affairs degree
BENEFIT FROM CONNECTED FACULTY
Our well-published faculty maintain research labs that will involve you on grant-funded research projects, several of which are collaborations with professional psychologists from around the country. They have even helped students gain exclusive access to professional research experiences or get published in peer-reviewed journals, a rare achievement at the undergraduate level. View Faculty.
TEST IT IN THE REAL WORLD
Serve as a peer mentor in Ouachita’s Autism Support Initiative for fellow college students on the autism spectrum. Apply for one of our clinical internship placements in mental health, child safety, or with adults or children with disabilities. Whichever you choose, you will have multiple opportunities to apply your classroom study in the field before you graduate.
WORKS WELL WITH OTHERS
Psychology is a wonderful complement to a variety of majors – and not just in terms of degree requirements. The valuable training you will receive is recognized in almost any profession, even those that do not seem directly related. Common double majors include pre-professional studies (pre-med, OT, PT), pre-law/political science, speech pathology, Christian studies and dietetics & nutrition.
UNHEARD OF UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES
As a psychology major, you will complete at least one original research project. Students have presented results from these projects at Ouachita’s annual Scholars Day, as well as at regional, national and international conferences like the Association for Psychological Science and the Arkansas Symposium for Psychology Students. Additionally, our meta-analysis class is the only one of its kind in the country for undergraduate students. These experiences will make you a highly competitive applicant for a variety of graduate programs and careers!
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