PSYCHOLOGY - Dept. Code:  PSY
www.psy.miami.edu


INTRODUCTION

Psychology is the study of how individuals think, behave, feel, and relate to others.  Because of its broad and fundamental nature, the psychology major prepares students for graduate study and/or careers in a wide range of people-oriented professions (e.g., psychology, medicine, law, business, communication, etc.).  Psychology majors learn about human behavior and gain the analytical and critical thinking skills that are highly-valued in the workforce.


EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

The Department of Psychology seeks to provide students with exposure to and a fundamental understanding of psychological science bydelivering an integrative educational experience andpromoting interactions among faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students in basic and applied psychological inquiry, advising, mentoring, and community outreach.


DEGREE PROGRAMS

The Department of Psychology offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. 


MAJOR


The major in psychology requires 33 credits in PSY courses.


B.A.  Departmental Requirements

PSY 110 (3 credits)
PSY 290 (3 credits)
PSY 291 (3 credits)
9 additional credits in 200 level PSY courses (9 credits)
9 credits in 300 level PSY courses (9 credits)
6 credits in 400 or 500 level PSY courses (6 credits)


B.S.  Departmental Requirements

PSY 110 (3 credits)
PSY 290 (3 credits)
PSY 291 (3 credits)
PSY 390 (3 credits)
PSY 490 (3 credits)
9 additional credits in 200 level PSY courses (9 credits)
3 additional credits in 300 level PSY courses (3 credits)
6 additional credits in 400 and 500 level PSY courses (6 credits)
• Note: At least 3 of these credits must be in a 400 level PSY writing course.


Second Majors in Psychology
• Students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences who pursue a B.A. degree must follow the “B.A. Departmental Requirements” outlined above.
• Students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences who pursue a B.S. degree must follow the “B.S. Departmental Requirements” outlined above.
• Students enrolled in the School of Architecture, School of Business Administration, School of Communication, School of Education and Human Development, and Frost School of Music must follow the “B.A. Departmental Requirements” outlined above.
• Students enrolled in the College of Engineering, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, and School of Nursing and Health Studies must follow the “B.S. Departmental Requirements” outlined above.

Other Requirements
• Students must earn a minimum grade of C- in a PSY course to count it toward the major.
• Students must have a minimum 2.8 combined, UM, and psychology GPA to declare the major.
• Students are strongly advised not to continue with the major if they have less than a 2.5 psychology GPA after 15 completed credits in psychology.
• Students must earn a minimum 2.3 psychology GPA to graduate with the major.
• Students must complete all 300, 400, and 500 level psychology courses in residence, and only 6 of these credits may be taken through a UM Study Abroad Program with prior written approval.

Notes
• Students who declare the psychology major after they complete PSY 292 can use PSY 292 as a substitute for PSY 291.
• Only 6 credits of PSY 280, PSY 380, PSY 480, and/or PSY 581 may count toward the major; PSY 580 cannot count toward the major.
• The following courses do not count toward the major: PSY 106, PSY 190, PSY 206, and PSY 306.
• All psychology majors who pursue a B.A. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete a minor from the list of acceptable minors published by the College.
• All psychology majors who pursue a B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete a minor in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Geological Sciences, Mathematics, Microbiology and Immunology, or Physics.

 

 

MINOR

The minor in psychology requires 15 credits in PSY courses.

Departmental Requirements

PSY 110 (3 credits)
PSY 291 or PSY 292 (3 credits)
9 additional credits in 200 level PSY courses (9 credits)

Other Requirements
• Students must earn a minimum grade of C- in a PSY course to count it toward the minor.
• Students must earn a minimum 2.0 psychology GPA to graduate with the minor.
• Students must complete at least 9 of the 15 minor credits in residence, and only 3 of these credits may be taken through a UM Study Abroad Program with prior written approval.

Notes
• Only 3 credits of PSY 280, PSY 380, and/or PSY 480 may count toward the minor.
• The following courses do not count toward the minor: PSY 106, PSY 190, PSY 206, and PSY 306.

 


DEPARTMENTAL HONORS

Students can earn departmental Honors in Psychology by demonstrating excellence in their course work and completingSenior Honors Thesis in Psychology.

1) Excellence in Coursework – A minimum 3.3 combined GPA and a minimum 3.5 psychology GPA is required.

2) Senior Honors Thesis in Psychology – This is an independent empirical research project that is completed across two semesters (i.e., PSY 580 and PSY 581) under the supervision of a faculty mentor in the Department of Psychology.  At least one year of prior research experience with the faculty mentor is highly recommended.  Written approval from the faculty mentor and the Director of Undergraduate Academic Services is also required.

 


ADVISING

The office of Undergraduate Services for Psychology (UASP) provides comprehensive advising services to all students on a walk-in basis from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, in Flipse 508.  Appointments are only necessary during the official advising period for registration.

Freshmen and Transfer Students

All freshmen psychology majors in the College of Arts and Sciences are required to participate in the Department of Psychology’s year-long orientation, advising, and mentoring program, FACT FORUM (Freshmen Advising Contact Term and Faculty Overview of Research and Undergraduate Mentoring).  These courses are one credit general electives designed to enable students to take ownership of their education by familiarizing them with the academic rules and regulations of the University of Miami, helping them think critically about their curriculum, providing them with in-depth exposure to research, and preparing them to enter the professional world.

New transfer students are highly encouraged to participate in a similar one semester program called TUMS (Transfer to the University of Miami).  This course is specifically designed to ease the transition for new transfer students to the University of Miami.

Students who declare a psychology major after matriculation may be required to take part in an advising seminar prior to declaring the major.

Prerequisites

Students must adhere to all prerequisites.  They are also required to earn a minimum grade of C- in any PSY course that is to serve as a prerequisite.  Students who enroll in PSY courses without the specified prerequisites may be dropped.

Research Experience for Course Credit

Research experience is considered an integral part of the psychology major.  Students may earn course credit (i.e., PSY 280, PSY 380, and/or PSY 480) by working in the laboratory of a Department of Psychology faculty mentor.  Students can repeat PSY 280, PSY 380, and PSY 480 without penalty.  A minimum 2.8 combined and psychology GPA is required to earn research credit.  Written permission from a faculty mentor and UASP is also required.  Note: Students may volunteer in a research laboratory if they are unable to register for research credit.

Research Participation in PSY 110

As an introduction to behavioral science, all students enrolled in PSY 110 may be required to participate as subjects in research studies conducted by faculty and/or graduate students, or by reading selected research reports and writing article critiques.  Refer to the course syllabus for more details.  Note: This introductory research participation requirement is not sufficient for students interested in attending graduate school in psychology.

Senior Assessment

As part of the Department of Psychology’s accreditation plan, all seniors will be required to take part in a senior assessment that may last up to four hours.  Assessment scores will not affect the students’ graduation status.


Transfer Courses

Courses from other colleges or universities may be assigned PSY credit at UM with written approval by UASP.