Undergraduate Degrees Offered
The Psychology Department offers both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree option at the undergraduate level.
These programs are distinguished by the inclusion or absence of a foreign language. For the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, students must take 9 hours of one foreign language. For the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree, the student is not required to take a foreign language and, instead, completes additional general electives for those 9 hours. Except for this distinction, the same basic requirements must be met for both degree programs (124 credit hours and the minimum GPA requirement of 2.0).
The BA and BS degrees are also offered on the Gulf Coast campus: https://www.usm.edu/gulfcoast/education-psychology/undergraduate-programs
Requirements for the BA/BS in Psychology
To earn an undergraduate degree in psychology, students must fulfill requirements of The University of Southern Mississippi and the Department of Psychology. A total of 124 hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 are needed to graduate. At least 62 hours must be earned from a senior college and 45 of these hours must be in courses numbered 300 or 400. The last 32 hours of course work must be earned from The University of Southern Mississippi. The student must earn at least 12 hours in the major area of study from The University of Southern Mississippi.
The best source of information regarding basic college requirements as they apply to you is the USM Undergraduate Bulletin. Since the requirements change from year to year, select the Bulletin of your catalog year.
Minor in Psychology
Students pursuing a minor in psychology must complete PSY 110 and 18 hours of additional courses (200 level and above), with the exception of PSY 301, 462, 463, 492, 493, and 498.
The psychology major at The University of Southern Mississippi is based on the assumption that all psychology majors are expected to learn general areas of knowledge and skills. Operating within a liberal arts tradition, the Psychology BS/BA program introduces students to the content and methods of psychological science while providing strong training in writing, speaking, and critical thinking. Student learning outcomes follow the recommendations of the American Psychological Association for undergraduate programs (APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major, 2007) and include:
- Knowledge Base of Psychology: Students demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, and empirical findings in psychology.
- Research Methods: Students understand and apply basic research methods, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
- Critical Thinking Skills: Students use critical thinking and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems.
- Application of Psychology: Students apply psychological principles to a variety of issues.
- Values in Psychology: Students weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.
- Technological/Information Literacy: Students demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers in their psychology major
- Communication Skills: Students communicate effectively in variety of formats.
- Sociocultural/International Awareness: Students understand and respect diversity.
- Personal Development: Students develop insight into behavior and mental processes and apply self-improvement strategies.
- Career Planning and Development: Students emerge from the major with well-developed plans for career or postgraduate education after graduation.