Department ofPsychologyUndergraduate Programs 2017-2018Our Mission:Promote student personal and professional success byproviding the best possible academic experiencein and out of the classroom.MTSU is an equal opportunity, non-racially identifiable, educational institution thatdoes not discriminate against individuals with disabilities. AA275-0501(last updated August 2017)

Dear Student,As the Chair of the Department of Psychology, I am happy to provide you with this packet of informationabout our undergraduate psychology programs here at Middle Tennessee State University. I also want to extenda personal invitation for you to contact me with any questions you might have about our department and itsacademic offerings. The enclosed information presents you with specific information about the majors andminors that are available in psychology, as well as suggested plans for meeting all of your degree requirements.I’m also providing a link to our website ( – and I believe that you will find thissite especially useful as you continue to think about your academic future and the opportunities that psychologyat MTSU has to offer. I encourage you to examine the faculty, their academic specializations, and researchinterests. You will receive instruction from highly trained scholars, many of whom have achieved nationalrecognition within their respective field of study. The Department of Psychology at MTSU boasts a variety ofacademic courses and programs that rival the offerings of some of the best universities in the country. I want youto know that your experience in the Department of Psychology will be as rich and rewarding as you want it to be –faculty routinely involve students in their research, and there are many opportunities for you to work under thesupervision of faculty as you perform your own individual readings and research or participate in experiences inapplied settings. The Psychology Club and Psi Chi (the national honorary in psychology) also offer studentssocial and leadership opportunities, as well as a variety of enriching experiences outside the classroom. I ammore than happy to visit with you should you have any additional questions or concerns about our undergraduatepsychology program.Cordially,Greg Schmidt, Ph.D.Department ChairDepartment of Psychology615-898-27292

Table of ContentsPsychology Faculty and Staff4I.6Goals of the Psychology ProgramII. Advising6III. Declaring a Major in Psychology6IV. Candidacy Requirements for Psychology Majors (effective Fall 2014)6V. Registering for Classes7VI. Taking Honors Courses7VII. Majors Offered:1. The Psychology Major2. The Pre-Graduate Psychology Major3. The Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology Major7778VIII. Minors Offered:1. Psychology2. Industrial/Organizational (IO) Psychology3. Neuroscience4. Lifespan Development5. Mental Health Services6. Behavioral Research (Interdisciplinary)8889910IX. MTSU Graduation Requirements10X. Student Organizations and Honor Societies10XI. Program Curriculum (2017-2018) :1. Major: Psychology2. Major: Psychology: Pre-Graduate Psychology concentration3. Major: Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology111213XII. Academic Maps1. Major: Psychology2. Major: Psychology: PreGraduate Psychology concentration3. Major: Industrial/Organizational (IO) Psychology141517XIV. Undergraduate Psychology Major Checklist18This handbook contains important information for students interested in psychology as a major or minor.You will findinformation about courses which should be taken to meet career goals in psychology, as well as information about careersin psychology. Please read this program description very carefully. It is your responsibility to be aware of theprocedures, requirements, and options of the MTSU undergraduate psychology program for the catalog year you are using.3

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I. Goals of the Psychology ProgramApplications can be obtained from the PreGraduateConcentration advisor after (a) candidacy has been achieved,(b) 45 hours of coursework has been completed, and (c) G.P.A.requirements for the program have been met. Transfer studentsmay only apply for this program once they have completed atleast one semester at MTSU, even if candidacy has beenapproved. Students may not use the online change of majorprogram to change to the PreGraduate Concentration orotherwise self-select this program.The undergraduate psychology program at MTSU is designed toserve students who have varied career goals. Thus, thecurriculum is arranged with several purposes in mind:a. to provide, as part of a liberal education, some familiarity withthe principles, methods, findings, and theories of psychologyand to offer valuable background for students preparing towork in a variety of professions and jobs, such as medicine,law, business, teaching, engineering, mass communications,political science, criminal justice, etc.;b. to provide the knowledge and skills necessary for advancedstudy in psychology at the graduate level;c. to provide academic work and technical skills that will preparestudents to pursue careers in such facilities as mentalhospitals, mental health agencies, schools, communityagencies, psychological research laboratories, businesses,industries, etc.IV. Candidacy Requirements for Psychology MajorsBeginning with the 2014-2015 Academic Year, all new students,including new transfer students, are required to apply and beadmitted to candidacy to earn a degree from the PsychologyDepartment. When applying for candidacy, students can chooseeither the Psychology or Industrial/Organizational Psychologymajor. Students who wish to pursue the PreGraduateConcentration in Psychology must complete a separateapplication form after 45-60 hours, once candidacy has beenachieved.Curriculum is designed to meet the APA Guidelines for theUndergraduate Major: Version 2.0 adopted August 2013.These goals include:(1) Knowledge base in psychology;(2) Scientific inquiry and critical thinking;(3) Ethical and social responsibility in a diverse world;(4) Communication;(5) Professional developmentTo apply for candidacy, a student must have:a) Completed at least 30 hours of coursework (not toinclude learning support courses)1;b) Completed the following general educationrequirements: ENG1010; ENG1020; MATH1530,17104, 1730, or higher; and a science course(preferably a biology course)2 with a minimum 2.00G.P.A.;c) Completed the following psychology courses:PSY1410; PSY20002; and PSY2210 or PSY 23002 witha minimum 2.00 G.P.A.3II. AdvisingBeginning Fall 2014: New students to the major (incomingfreshmen, transfer students, change of major students) will beassigned to one of three department advisors based on thestudent’s last name (check Pipeline). Students must apply andbe admitted to candidacy to earn a degree from the PsychologyDepartment. Department advisors will advise pre-candidacystudents in their first 30 hours or until they have achievedcandidacy. After admission to candidacy, students will also beassigned a faculty advisor based on their area of interest (asspecified on the candidacy form), career goals, or major. Allstudents will continue to have a department advisor. Visit to make an appointment witha department advisor. Advising is strongly recommended everysemester to ensure that paperwork such as the upper divisionform and intent to graduate form are submitted on time.1Studentsshould follow the recommended sequence of courses for thefreshman year on the Academic Map at the back of this handbook. Transferstudents should follow the Academic Map for the year corresponding to theirhours earned.2Doesnot apply to I/O Psychology students/is not required for the I/OPsychology major.3Agrade of C- or better is required in PSY1410, PSY2210, & PSY2300 for allpsychology majors.4Studentswho may ultimately plan to pursue graduate education in psychologyare strongly encouraged to take MATH1710, MATH1730, or higher in order tohave a strong mathematical background.III. Declaring a Major in PsychologyBeginning Fall 2014, students may change their major toPsychology or Industrial-Organizational Psychology using theonline change of major program. All new students to psychology,however, will be required to apply for candidacy before beingfully accepted as a psychology major, and they will haveadvising holds on their accounts for registration every semesteruntil they have achieved candidacy.Candidacy to the major is granted continuously as applicationsare received. The application for admission to candidacy is anonline application form available on the Department ofPsychology website. Applications should be submitted thesemester after completing the above requirements. It is stronglyrecommended that students complete the form with theassistance of their department advisor to ensure that the form iscompleted correctly and submitted successfully.Student who are interested in the PreGraduate Concentration inPsychology must apply to be accepted for this concentration.6

V. Registering for ClassesRegistration information, including deadlines and a courseschedule guide, can be found online at the website of the Officeof Records and Scheduling ( Although itis not required, it is strongly recommended that all psychologymajors meet with their department advisor and/or the facultyadvisor prior to registering for classes each semester to plan aschedule. Effective Fall 2014, students will be required to see adepartment advisor every semester for advising until candidacyhas been achieved. See the Academic Maps section later in thishandbook for detailed information about course sequencing andfinishing the psychology major coursework/pre-candidacycoursework in a timely manner. 3 hours Honors independent research, UH 4950The Psychology Department offers three majors:(1) Psychology; (2) Psychology: Pre-Graduate Schoolconcentration; and (3) Industrial/Organizational (IO) Psychology.1. The Psychology MajorThe Psychology major at MTSU is designed for studentsprimarily interested in a liberal arts education or in a backgroundfor other professions. This is a 38-hour major. The required coreclasses in this major meet the recommendations of the AmericanPsychological Association for best practices in undergraduateeducation. Electives in psychology and additional courses in thearts, sciences, humanities, and preprofessional curricula shouldbe chosen to correspond with interests and career goals. Forexample, students interested in law should take relevant coursesin clinical psychology, economics, business, criminal justice, andpolitical science. Two minors are required of all students.Students have the option of choosing a specialty psychologyminor for 1 of their minors, but this is not required. Students maynot choose two minors that are housed in the PsychologyDepartment (e.g., mental health services & lifespandevelopment). We encourage students to choose minors thatcomplement their career goals and to choose minors andcourses that will lead them to be well-rounded citizens.To be admitted to the University Honors College as an enteringfreshman, a student must have a high school GPA greater thanor equal to 3.5 and an ACT composite score greater than orequal to 25 (SAT greater than or equal to 1160). There is noessay to write or separate admission form to complete (with theexception of the Buchanan Fellowship). Transfer students orestablished MTSU students who have completed at least 12semester hours are eligible to enroll in Honors courses providedthat their cumulative GPA is greater than or equal to 3.25.Eligible students are encouraged to enroll in Honors courseseven though they may not plan to graduate from the UniversityHonors College. Priority registration is granted after attending aworkshop.2. The Pre-Graduate Psychology ConcentrationFor students who are interested in pursuing a graduateeducation in psychology (and in particular the Ph.D. inpsychology), the department offers a 41-hour preparatoryconcentration. Students also must satisfy the requirements for 1minor from outside the department.To graduate from the University Honors College, students arerequired to maintain a cumulative GPA equal to or greater than3.25 and to successfully complete a minimum of 31 semesterhours including a thesis as outlined below. The 31 semesterhours required for graduation from the Honors College are partof the required 120 hours.4 hours upper-division Honors courses (3000- and4000-level courses)1 hour thesis tutorial, UH 4900VII. Majors OfferedBecause honors courses are smaller than regular courses,students work more closely with their professors, and theseprofessors can write more detailed letters of recommendation.Hence, honors courses can give you an edge in a highlycompetitive job market. Honors course work is required forgraduating from the University Honors College; completing anhonors thesis and honors course work will look impressive onyour resume. Ms. Laura Clippard serves as the advisor forstudents in the Honors College. Admissions information, as well as orientation and registrationinformation, can be found in the University Honors CollegeStudent Handbook and on the Honors College website( courses provide smaller class sizes (no more than 15-20students), a more challenging intellectual environment, and afreer exchange of ideas than larger classes. The departmentcurrently offers a number of honors sections of required corecourses. A list of currently offered honors courses can be foundon the department website.20 hours lower-division Honors courses (1000- and2000-level courses)3-hour Honors interdisciplinary seminarIn addition to the above requirements, students must submit a“Statement of Intent to Graduate” through the University HonorsCollege. The intent form should be completed at the beginning ofthe semester in which the student plans to graduate.VI. Taking Honors Courses Students who are interested in this program should apply afterachieving candidacy, sometime during the sophomore or junioryear (no earlier than 45 hours). Because G.P.A. is an importantconsideration for admission to a graduate program, studentswho apply to this program should have the potential to becompetitive applicants for the Ph.D. or a selective mastersprogram. The following are required for admission to thisconcentration: (a) a minimum 3.25 overall G.P.A.; (b) a 3.507

VIII. Minors OfferedGPA for the last 30 hours; and (c) a 3.50 major G.P.A. A subcommittee of Psychology faculty will screen all applicants.Students who are interested in finding out more about thisconcentration should consult with their department advisor or theprogram advisor. Applications for this concentration can beobtained from the program advisor, Dr. Michelle BoyerPennington. All students should be advised before applying forthis program.The Psychology Department offers a general minor inpsychology, as well as four specialty minors and aninterdisciplinary minor.1. PsychologyThe minor in psychology requires 15 semester hours. Coursework should include: (1) PSY 1410 General Psychology; (2) 3additional lower division hours; and (3) at least 6 hours at theupper division level (3000- or 4000-level). Effective AY20132014, a minimum of 6 psychology hours, to include 3 hours ofpsychology upper division coursework, must be taken at MTSUto satisfy this minor.Students interested in pursuing graduate school in psychologyare strongly encouraged to gain research experience orpractical experience by working closely with a faculty member.A desirable research goal is to co-author a paper presented at ascientific meeting and/or to co-author a published paper. Thefaculty are quite willing to assist students with this portion of theirtraining but are not obligated to work with unqualified students.Credit for such work usually takes the form of enrollment inIndependent Research in Psychology (PSY3990) or an honorsthesis.2. Industrial/Organizational PsychologyThe minor in I/O psychology requires 15 semester hours.Students who also are pursuing a B.S. degree inPsychology may select I/O Psychology as 1 of their 2minors; however, courses may not count toward both themajor and minor. Effective AY 2013-2014, a minimum of 6psychology upper division hours must be taken at MTSU tosatisfy this minor.Students interested in pursuing graduate education inpsychology are also encouraged to obtain a firm foundation inmath and science. Courses in biology, chemistry, andmathematics provide such a background and can be used tomeet the MTSU general education requirements. Students whodo well in these courses will have a better chance of:a. scoring higher on the Quantitative section of the G.R.E.,b. being accepted into a graduate program, andc. doing well in a graduate program.Required Courses (9 hours):PSY 3320 Intro. to IO PsychologyPSY 4270 Personnel Selection & Placement ORPSY 4330 Industrial/Organizational Training & Dev.PSY 4360 Organizational Psychology3. The Industrial/Organizational Psychology MajorIndustrial/Organizational Psychology deals with a variety ofpersonnel and organizational issues, such as employeeselection, training, job analysis, and employee motivation. Thismajor is designed to (a) prepare students for entry-levelpositions in personnel departments of business and industries,and (b) provide a background for students wishing to pursuegraduate work in Psychology, I/O Psychology, or related fields.Elective Courses (Choose 2: 6 hours):PSY 4270 Personnel Selection and Placement*PSY 4290 Wage and Salary AdministrationPSY 4330 Industrial/Organizational Training and Dev*PSY 4