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What are Psychology Major Requirements?

A bachelors' degree in psychology incorporates a substantial number of core courses, as do all baccalaureate programs. Those courses are meant to provide the student with education in disparate fields that result in a widened perspective of the world.

The State University of New York (SUNY) campuses require 124 semester hours, or credits, for graduation. That's an average of 15.5 credits per semester. Of those, 54 are devoted to general education requirements that include English, math, a foreign language, American history, a social science, an earth science (such as biology), and a field devoted to other cultures such as anthropology.

Forty semester hours must be devoted to the psychology program requirements. These classes focus on the history of psychology, cognitive behavioral theory, possibly anatomy, clinical practices, specialties in the field such as child psychology, and so forth.

Thirty credits are allocated to elective courses. These can include areas of personal interest such as art history, or they can be extensions of your psychology study in disciplines such as sociology.

Capella University offers an accredited online psychology degree that includes 45 quarter credits with at least six credits from each of four categories: communication, humanities, natural science, mathematics, and social science. Most classes are six credit courses.

An additional 21 quarter credits should be drawn from these divisions - some of which can be core courses for the major, such as Introduction to Psychology or English. There are nine courses devoted to the psychology major, and an additional two courses that are psychology electives. A "Capstone Project" is the final requirement at Capella.

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