Department of Psychology

The Department of  Psychology offers undergraduate courses leading to the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Psychology. The Psychology curriculum is designed to expose students to various areas of specializations in psychology, such as clinical, cultural,  developmental,  experimental, industrial/organizational and social. Students are closely advised to help them make knowledgeable decisions regarding their professional direction. Particular focus is placed on developing the student’s research and analytical skills while developing understanding of cultural influence in psychology. The rigorous nature of this program will prepare students to become competitive for entry into graduate school or various professional career paths.

The Master of Science (MS) degree in Juvenile Forensic Psychology is a unique program in the State of Texas, and probably the only degree of its kind in the world. Its creation is in keeping with the intent of the timely and insightful action of the Texas Legislature in its determination to focus on children in the creation of the Texas Juvenile Crime Prevention Center at Prairie View A&M University.

Students in the graduate program of Juvenile Forensic Psychology at Prairie View A&M University will study psychological theories of behavior, misbehavior, and deviance.

The Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Clinical Adolescent Psychology offers education and training that will emphasize the scientist/practitioner model in areas of clinical service delivery, teaching and research in clinical psychology. The academic course work, clinical practica and other educational and training experiences will support acquisition and application of knowledge in a broad range of theoretical intervention models, clinical and research skills, and professional roles that can prepare students for current and future practice of psychology.

The interdisciplinary curriculum is organized around competency areas fundamental to the practice of psychology, including theories of cognitive and personality development, neuropsychological mechanisms associated with behavior, development of professional relationships, cognitive/academic and personality assessment, empirically-based intervention models, as well as research and statistical methods. Attention to issues of cultural and individual diversity is an integral part of this curriculum. Each student will be evaluated throughout his/her program of study to determine demonstration of targeted competencies as they proceed through course work and clinical practica training.

Instructional Organization 

Program Degree Offered
Juvenile Forensic PsychologyMS
Clinical Adolescent PsychologyPhD

Departmental Requirements

Only courses passed with grades of "C" or higher may be applied to hours constituting major requirements and psychology electives.

Psychology Degree Program Requirements

University Core Curriculum 142
College Requirement6
Foreign Language (must take 6 hours in the same language)
Major Requirements
PSYC 1113General Psychology3
PSYC 2423Developmental Psyc3
PSYC 2513Personality3
PSYC 3223Abnormal Psychology3
PSYC 3433Experimental Psyc3
PSYC 3533Socio Cult Psyc3
PSYC 3543Hist Sys Psyc3
PSYC 3613Stat For Psyc II3
PSYC 4443Research Methods3
PSYC 4613Physiological Psyc3
PSYC 4843Senior Paper3
Psychology Electives in Psychology
Select six (6) of the following:18
Psychology of Learning
Social Psychology
Human Diversity
Health Psychology
Introduction to Forensic Psychology
Psychology of Terrorism
Indust Org Psyc
Cognitive Psyc
Clinical Psych
Special Topics in Psychology
Psychology Internship Supervision 2
Psychology Internship 2
Sensation Perception
Reading & Research
Psychology Research 2
Support Area Requirements
BIOL 1054Anatomy and Physiology I4
Unrestricted Electives17
Total Hours120

Total Requirements to Graduate

University Core Curriculum Requirement 142
College Requirement6
Major Requirements33
Psychology Electives in Psychology18
Support Area Requirement4
Unrestricted Electives17
Total Hours120

PSYC 2613, one of the Mathematics core options, is a required course for all Psychology majors.


 Courses may be repeated for academic credit totaling six (6) credit hours.

Minor in Psychology

Each student is responsible for ensuring that all of the minor requirements of 21 credit hours are met. Only courses passed with grades of "C" or higher may be applied to hours constituting minor electives for psychology.

PSYC 1113General Psychology3
PSYC 2423Developmental Psyc3
PSYC 2613Fundamental of Statistics3
PSYC 4613Physiological Psyc3
Psychology Electives9
Total Hours21

Psychology Degree Program Sequence

Fall - Semester 1HoursSpring - Semester 2Hours
PSYC 11133PSYC 24233
PHSC 11233HIST 13233
HIST 13133BIOL 11133
PSYC 26133SOCG 10133
ENGL 11233ENGL 11333
Fall - Semester 1HoursSpring - Semester 2Hours
COMM 10033Unrestricted Elective #13
PSYC 25133PSYC 36133
POSC 11133POSC 11233
ARTS 228313COMP 12133
BIOL 10544PHIL 23033
Fall - Semester 1HoursSpring - Semester 2Hours
PSYC 32233PSYC 34333
PSYC 35433Unrestricted Elective #33
PSYC 46333PSYC 35333
PSYC 32333PSYC 39133
Unrestricted Elective #23PSYC 45133
Fall - Semester 1HoursSpring - Semester 2Hours
PSYC 44433Foreign Language II3
PSYC 46133PSYC 48433
PSYC 42533PSYC 48233
Unrestricted Elective #43Unrestricted Elective #53
Foreign Language I3Unrestricted Elective #62
Total Hours: 120

 ARTS 2283 or another course chosen from creative Arts curriculum.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements to the Graduate School described elsewhere in the catalog, students seeking admission to the M.S. degrees in  juvenile forensic psychology should meet the following requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university;
  • A minimum GPA of 2.75 with a GPA of 3.0 or higher preferred;
  • Three signed letters of recommendation from persons in the field of the applicant’s academic major or area of concentration.  At least two of the letters must be from professors with personal knowledge of the candidate’s skills and potential for master’s work.  Each letter must be printed on letterhead of the writer's agency or higher education institution of employment;
  • Official scores on the general component of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) which consists of verbal, analytical and quantitative scores. An unofficial copy may be used by the Master’s Admission Committee in initial screening;
  • Completion of liberal arts courses at the undergraduate level such as social sciences, behavioral sciences, college algebra, and statistics;
  • Completion of a 1000 word essay detailing the applicant’s reasons for pursuing the degree; and
  • Original transcripts for all academic work taken at the undergraduate level.
  • International students from a non-English speaking country must submit official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) unless the student has a degree from an U.S.A. institution of higher education.

Program areas may establish additional admission requirements, for example required prerequisites for Juvenile Forensic Psychology are General Psychology, Personality, Abnormal Psychology, Statistics, Developmental and Research Methods.

Master of Science in Juvenile Forensic Psychology Program Information

The primary objectives of the Master of Science degree in Juvenile Forensic Psychology are to:

  • Enhance students’ knowledge of how psychology interacts with the law and the legal system;
  • Increase students’ knowledge of theoretical explanations of juvenile delinquency, juvenile crime, and juvenile aggression, especially from the viewpoint of psychological theories;
  • Provide students with skills in research methodology and statistics;
  • Enhance students’ knowledge of the cognitive and personality development of youth especially as it pertains to aggression in various stages;
  • Enhance students’ knowledge of the psychological dynamics of family violence such as child abuse, spouse abuse, incest, and other forms of inter-familial violence;
  • Provide students with knowledge and skills pertaining to the assessment, classification, and treatment of juvenile offenders; and
  • Provide students with skills in psychological assessment and evaluation.

The MSJFP Program requires the completion of 36 semester credit hours. Two options are available: thesis and externship. The thesis option is designed for students interested in research and a Ph.D. The externship option is designed for students who desire to work in the field of forensic psychology.

Transfer of Graduate Courses from Other Universities

A maximum of six (6) credits of psychology-related graduate coursework may be transferred from other accredited universities. A minimum grade of “B” is required in any such courses. The transferred class must be equivalent to a course not previously taken, from the list of courses offered in the MSJFP degree program. Transfer course work will not be considered that is more than six (6) years old at the time the MSJFP degree from the College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology is awarded. The student must gain transfer approval from their advisor, the Department Head, and the Dean’s office before taking the proposed transfer course. To transfer courses from the MSJJ program to the MSJFP, please refer to the MSJFP handbook.

The following procedure is recommended:

  1. Gather all information and credentials about the course. Each desired transfer course must be from a regionally accredited graduate program. Information and credentials include; syllabus, course description in the catalogue of the university where the class was taken (or will be taken), or a letter from the professor stating the subject matter covered in the class. The more information provided the better.
  2. The student provides his/her advisor with the information. The advisor reviews the information for adequacy. If the advisor feels that enough information has not been gathered, the student is told what information is needed. If the class(es) is/are transferable in the opinion of the advisor, a university transfer form will be completed by the advisor and forwarded to the Department Head for consideration by the Dean’s office. The transfer form states why the course should or should not be transferred. If the advisor feels that the course is not transferable, the student may write a letter of appeal to the Department Head.
  3. The Department Head will verify the transferability of the course and recommend approval or disapproval to the Dean of College. If disapproved, the student may appeal to the Graduate School.

Leave of Absence

Students in the MSJFP program who have not completed their formal course requirements are expected to enroll continuously in the program during all consecutive long semesters after initial registration. Students who do not expect to be enrolled should notify the Department Head in writing.

During a leave of absence, a student cannot make use of the University or College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology resources, nor can a student attempt comprehensive exams or defend a thesis.

Good Academic Standing

Students remain in good standing when they maintain a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 for graded coursework. An average of “B” must be maintained by the student in all graduate coursework. Only grades earned in the College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology will be used to calculate a student’s GPA. If a student receives a total of two grades of “C” in any combination of courses, his/her graduate status is reviewed by a committee of the graduate faculty. The committee will consider the advisability of continued enrollment in the program, termination or remedial work. Any grade lower than “B” in a required core course will require the student to retake the course and pass it with a grade of “B” or higher. If the student receives three grades of “C”, his/her work as a graduate student is automatically terminated. Obtaining grades higher than “C” in a repeated course does not remove the original two “C” grades and will be counted against the student toward the three “C” limit. If the student receives a grade of “D” or F” in any course, he/she is automatically dismissed from the program. In any of the above scenarios, the student may appeal to Department Head for a review. Although appeals are handled in a timely manner it is likely that a final decision on an appeal may occur during a subsequent semester. The above requirements apply to all courses taken while enrolled.

Time Limit

A student must complete all requirements for the MSJFP degree within six (6) consecutive calendar years after the first date of enrollment. Any exception must be petitioned to the Head of Department, the Dean of the College and the Dean of the Graduate School.

Professional Externship

Students are required to complete 400 hours of professional externship. The process of validation of the externship hours requires the completion of a Master of Science in Juvenile Forensic Psychology Externship form. The Externship Coordinator will ensure the externship is at an acceptable site.

Financial Aid

The University offers various forms of financial aid, from scholarships to work-student arrangements and loans. Scholarships are usually in very short supply. Those interested in financial aid are encouraged to visit the Financial Aid website.

Graduate Assistantships

The College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology offers a limited number of graduate assistantships to eligible students. Research assistants are required to work with a faculty member or members on ongoing research projects for 20 hours per week. Responsibilities will vary but may include data input, questionnaire distribution, and data analysis. Student’s work may be incorporated into a Master’s thesis or a Texas Juvenile Crime Prevention Center project.


A thesis is an empirically-driven investigation of a substantive issue in the field psychology. As an original research project, the thesis is expected to contribute to the base of knowledge in the field of psychology.  Students that choose the thesis option must select a thesis committee of three among the faculty of the College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology.  The members of the committee are normally chosen for their expertise in the proposed topic. Committee chairs may be chosen among any full-time graduate faculty among the College of Juvenile Justice & Psychology.  A thesis packet should be obtained from the Graduate Secretary.   Where a student is unable to assemble a complete committee, the Masters Program Coordinator shall appoint members as needed from the faculty.
The thesis committee may be changed at the student's discretion. The student should consult the Masters Program Coordinator about such changes as soon as possible, and forward a new letter requesting approval of the new committee. Students are cautioned, however, that changes to the committee may also result in changes to the thesis with a corresponding extension of writing time.
Faculty members may also elect to withdraw from a committee. Before doing so, the faculty must meet with the student and the Masters Program Coordinator to discuss reasons for withdrawing. In the event that the Chair of the Thesis Committee is the Masters Program Coordinator, the student and the Coordinator should meet with the Dean.
After selecting a committee, the student should consult with the Chair and determine the process to be followed in completing the thesis. Formal requirements include IRB approval, an oral defense of the prospectus, and an oral defense of the thesis. Beyond these requirements, individual chairs and committees may determine how and when chapters are to be submitted and approved, and the procedure to be used in the defense. A successful defense of the thesis requires that two of the three committee members vote to pass.

Field Work Externship Experience

Externship experience is critical in providing students opportunities to apply classroom knowledge of relevant theory, intervention models, psychological assessment and professional and ethical behaviors in various clinical settings with diverse clinical, ethnic and age populations.  Enrollment in the initial Field Work externship can begin the semester after completion of appropriate clinical coursework and both psychological assessment courses have been completed with a passing grade of ‘B’. The externship course is taught by the Clinical Training Director, who can an identify proper externship sites to which prospective externship students can apply before the beginning of the semester they are allowed to start this training experience. Application to externship includes sending a curriculum vita (CV), approved by the Director of Clinical Training or Externship Coordinator to various externship site supervisors who are requested by the student to review the CV and consider the student for an interview. Following an invited interview, the student will receive notification from the Externship site supervisor regarding approval for training at the site. Subsequently, the student must provide the supervisor with proof of student liability insurance obtained by the student who is expected to apply (at or call Trust at 800-477-1200) and other documentation required by externship site supervisors (i.e., proof of recent TB test results, agreement to submit to the state public safety department to determine possible criminal record). Finally, the student and externship site supervisor will discuss training activities in which she or he will participate and negotiate an agreement regarding specified training activities and the work schedule (i.e., days and number of weekly hours). Typically, master’s level externship supervisors require a minimum of 20 hours of work per week at the externship site. Enrollment at the externship will be made official with completion of an externship contract in which identified training activities, along with work days and hours of attendance are stipulated. The contract is signed by the student, the primary externship training supervisor and other supervisors who participate in the student’s training. The primary supervisor for master’s externship training must be a licensed psychologist who has expertise in a variety of clinical services provided at the site.  The contract is the responsibility of the student to complete and turn in to the Director of Clinical Training or Externship Coordinator.

Using a weekly work activity log, the student is expected to maintain a detailed account of his or her training experiences with documentation of hours spent in each training - related activity for each day of attendance at externship training. The primary externship site supervisor will review and sign each weekly work activity log. The student is required to keep copies of each work activity log and submit copies of the same to the Director of Clinical Training.  Typically, a student works at an externship site at least two semesters. The externship site supervisor will complete a student performance evaluation form and submit it to the Director of Clinical Training at the mid-point and near the end of the externship training experience. The student, in turn, is required to complete an evaluation form near the end of the externship training experience in which feedback is provided to their externship supervisor regarding his/her training experience at the externship site.  The externship site supervisor will review the evaluations with the student and areas of strengths and weaknesses are discussed. A remediation plan and contract are explored and implemented by the externship site supervisor or Externship Coordinator for persistent areas of weakness.  Questions are addressed and both parties sign the documents. At the final evaluation, the primary externship site supervisor will assign a letter grade related to the student’s overall performance. The primary externship site supervisor will fax the mid-year and end-of-year completed evaluation forms to the Director of Clinical Training; submission of these forms by the student is not acceptable.

The Externship Coordinator coordinates all externship training placements and maintains regularly scheduled externship class meetings with all externship students for purposes of providing supplementary clinical training.  The students will participate in class discussions regarding psychological assessments, individual therapy cases, as well as address questions related to quality of training, professional ethics and other work related concerns. The externship site supervisor and Externship Coordinator will maintain regular contacts regarding each student’s progress and/or problem areas. The externship site supervisor is expected to alert the Externship Coordinator about persistent areas of difficulty exhibited by the student (i.e., in areas of professional, ethical and interpersonal behavior problems, or expected progress in development of specific skills) due to unsatisfactory change through the typical supervision process. Subsequently, the site supervisor will develop a remediation plan and contract (detailing a description of the target behaviors, the responsibilities of the supervisor and the student, the specific remediation strategy to be used and the time interval in which the positive outcomes of the plan are expected to be demonstrated by the student).  A copy of the plan will be submitted to the student and Externship Coordinator. If the student is unable to respond appropriately to the remediation plan, the externship supervisor can choose to terminate externship training with the student.

Degree Program Requirements

Required Courses (Completion means passing with at least a grade of "B")
JPSY 5113Psychology and the Juvenile Law3
JPSY 5123Psychology of Crime and Delinquency3
JPSY 5763Developmental Psychology3
Other Requirements27
Select the Thesis or Externship option below
Total Hours36
Thesis Option
JPSY 5943Research Methods3
JPSY 5963Applied Statistical Methods and Computing3
JPSY 5983Thesis (Empirical)3
Elective Courses
Select six of the following:18
Substance Abuse
Violence and Aggression
Domestic and Family Violence
Psychology and Treatment of the Juvenile Offender
Behavior Modification and Learning Theory
Conflict Mediation/Resolution
Group Dynamics and Group Treatment
Childhood Psychopathology
Introduction to Neuropsychology
Social Psychology and the Legal System
Psychology Seminar in Selected Topics
Personality Assessment I
Personality Assessment II
Clinical Interviewing
Field Work in Psychology
Total Hours27
Externship Option
JPSY 5843Personality Assessment I3
JPSY 5853Personality Assessment II3
JPSY 5973Field Work in Psychology3
Elective Courses
Select six of the following:18
Substance Abuse 1
Violence and Aggression
Domestic and Family Violence 1
Psychology and Treatment of the Juvenile Offender
Behavior Modification and Learning Theory
Conflict Mediation/Resolution 1
Group Dynamics and Group Treatment
Childhood Psychopathology
Introduction to Neuropsychology
Social Psychology and the Legal System
Psychology Seminar in Selected Topics
Ethics 1
Clinical Interviewing
Research Methods 1
Applied Statistical Methods and Computing 1
Total Hours27

 Web-based and face-to-face or cross-listed with Juvenile Justice.


Completion means passing with at least a grade of “B”

Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Adolescent Psychology Program Information

Admission Requirements

  1. The minimum requirement for admission is Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with at least 24 semester hours of psychology coursework in all of these domains: abnormal; developmental; experimental or research methods; learning or cognition; personality; psychophysiology; statistics; and social psychology.
  2. The Division of Graduate Studies requires a minimum GPA of 3.00 (4.00 scale) on the applicant's most recent level of coursework. The applicant must provide official transcripts of all post-secondary academic work sent from institutions directly to the Admissions committee.
  3. The program does not use specific GRE cut-off scores in the admissions process, however, submission of GRE scores prior to the application deadline is required. The GRE subject test in Psychology is also preferred but not required. Scores from GRE administrations prior to 1/15/2004 will not be accepted. The applicant must provide an official copy of GRE test scores sent from ETS directly to the Review Committee.
  4. Completion of the Clinical Adolescent Psychology Doctoral Program Application.
  5. A vita or resume must be submitted to the Admissions Committee
  6. Three letters of recommendations from individuals qualified to assess the application's academic and professional potential must be submitted directly to the Admissions Committee. A minimum of two letters must be written by faculty members or faculty mentors familiar with your academic performance; the third letter may be written by qualified individuals who have supervised any previous clinical or research work. Please send no more than four letters.
  7. Applicants who are currently enrolled in a degree program must submit additional letters from their program director certifying that the applicant is in good standing and will complete all program requirements leading to graduation prior to August 15, 2016.
  8. Applicants who have been enrolled in a graduate program that was not completed must submit an additional letter from their program director explaining the circumstances surrounding the non-completion. The letter must also certify that the applicant is eligible to return to the program as a student in good standing.
  9. An acceptable score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must be submitted if applicable.


In the event the initial committee decision is favorable, applicants will be invited by the Doctoral Committee for a preferably, face-to-face interview focused on assessment of academic/professional promise and interpersonal competence. In extenuating circumstances, such as hardship due to long travel distance or other work/personal obligations, an interview by telephone conference call with the Committee will be acceptable. The student may pass or fail the interview based on the criteria established by the faculty. Professional promise, interest that match Department faculty research interests, clearly articulated clinical psychology career goals and interpersonal skills are priority decision criteria. However, a positive qualifying score and interview do not automatically result in admission to the Ph.D. program.

Program Requirements

The program requires a minimum of 76 semester credit hours for the Ph.D. Of these, 37 are course work hours, 15 are practica hours, 12 are dissertation hours, and 12 are internship hours. Students will be provided a wide range of settings to do their practica and internships.

Transfer of Graduate Courses from Other Universities

A maximum of six (6) units of doctoral-level course work may be transferred from other accredited universities. A minimum grade of “B” is required in any such courses. Transfer credit is granted by petition to, and approval by, the Doctoral Committee, with final approval by the Dean of the College. It is the student’s responsibility to initiate the petition and justify the acceptance of the courses.

Continuous Enrollment

Continuous enrollment defines the minimal level of academic activity needed to remain enrolled in the program. A Ph.D. student on an assistantship is considered to be continuously enrolled when he or she is registered for at least 9 hours of the spring, fall, and 6 hours in the summer.


Students must establish course work residency before being admitted to candidacy. The residency requirement is considered to be met when a student has been continuously enrolled on campus for three consecutive semesters (including the summer semester).

Leave of Absence

Graduate students who have not completed their formal course requirements are expected to enroll continuously in the program during all consecutive semesters after initial registration. Students who do not expect to be enrolled should request a leave of absence in a letter to the Head of the Department. A leave of absence is granted at the discretion of the Dean of the College.

This provision includes students who have completed their formal course requirements and are writing the dissertation away from the campus. During a leave of absence, a student cannot make use of the University or College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology resources, nor can a student attempt comprehensive exams or defend a dissertation.

Good Standing

Ph.D. students remain in good standing when they maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for graded courses in the doctoral program. Only grades of “B” or better count toward required course work and dissertation hours. Any grade lower than “B” in a required area course will require the student to retake the course and pass it with a grade of “B” or higher. While one elective grade of “C” may be counted toward the Ph.D., only grades of “B” or better indicate satisfactory completion of courses required.

Comprehensive Examination

Before students can be admitted to doctoral candidacy, they must successfully complete the required doctoral comprehensive examination, which consists of written and oral parts. The examination provides an assessment of general knowledge, the ability to effectively integrate and synthesize information in the field, and competent skills for engaging in independent research necessary for completion of the doctoral dissertation. Students who fail any portion of the comprehensive examination must consult with the Department Head and the Doctoral Committee to determine the required remediation steps for re-taking the comprehensive exam. Two consecutive failures on any examination will result in the student’s dismissal from the Doctoral Program.

Advancement to Candidacy

Following successful completion of the comprehensive examinations, it is the student’s responsibility to petition for advancement to candidacy. To be advanced to candidacy, students must have completed all of the following requirements and/or procedures:

  1. Achieved a cumulative grade-point average no lower than 3.0 in program course work and a minimum grade of “B” in all required area courses.
  2. Completed all program course work with no more than one grade lower than “B” (unless the student successfully petitions his or her dismissal and retakes a second “C” course with a grade of “B” or higher).
  3. Successfully passed all comprehensive examinations.

Following approval of the student’s application to candidacy, the student may enroll in Dissertation hours.


Following approval of the student’s application to candidacy, he/she may enroll in dissertation hours. Two attempts at passing the dissertation prospectus and dissertation defense are permitted. Having met other requirements for the degree, students who successfully defend their dissertation proposal will be eligible for applying to pre-doctoral clinical internship sites through the national APPIC Match process.

Completion requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Clinical Adolescent Psychology is determined solely through the province of the program faculty and the Department Head.

Financial Assistance

The Graduate Programs of the College offer a limited number of graduate assistantships to qualified full-time students at the doctoral Degree level. All full-time doctoral students will be eligible for assistantships. Student loans are available to graduate students at Prairie View A&M on the basis of need. For more information about loans and other sources of aid, contact the Office of Student Financial Services, Memorial Student Center, third floor, Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX 77446 (936) 261-1000.

Degree Program Requirements

General Core Requirements
CPSY 7703Cognitive Psychology3
CPSY 7713Social Psychology3
CPSY 7783Developmental Psychology3
CPSY 7953Statistical Methods in Psychology3
CPSY 7963Advanced Statistical Techniques3
Clinical Course Requirements
CPSY 7623Biological Bases of Behavior3
Professional Issues in Clinical Psychology (CPSY 7631) 26
CPSY 7743Professional Ethics3
CPSY 7753Systems of Psychotherapy3
CPSY 7793Personality Psychology3
CPSY 7803Psychological Assessment I3
CPSY 7813Psychological Assessment II3
CPSY 7823Practicum I3
CPSY 7833Practicum II3
CPSY 7843Practicum III3
CPSY 7853Practicum IV3
CPSY 7863Practicum V3
CPSY 7873Individual Psychotherapy3
CPSY 7883Psychopathology3
CPSY 7893Multicultural Issues in Clinical Psychology: Theory, Research and Practice3
CPSY 7933History & Systems of Psychology3
Electives (select from one of the options below in consultation with advisor)6
Option 1 1
Thesis I
Thesis II
Any CPSY 7000 level course
Option 2
Any 2 CPSY 7000 level courses
Research Requirement
CPSY 7943Research Methods and Design in Clinical Psychology3
Dissertation (Repeat appropriate course as necessary, must consult with advisor)18
Dissertation I
Dissertation II
Dissertation III
Dissertation IV
CPSY 7970 Comprehensive Project (decided in consultation with advisor) 30
CPSY 8941 Internship I1
CPSY 8951 Internship II1
CPSY 8961 Internship III1
Total Hours96

Honor Societies, Clubs, and Service Organizations

Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology. Membership is open to graduate and undergraduate students who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests, and who meet the minimum GPA qualifications. Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Psychological Society (APS).

ABPsi Student Circle is a member of The Association of Black Psychologists, founded in San Francisco in 1968 to actively address the serious problems facing Black psychologists and the larger Black community. The Student Circle of the Association of Black Psychologists was founded in 1993 to serve as a mentoring program and establish a collective voice for the next generation. ABPsi Student Circle emphasizes community research and outreach and the need to prepare current students for future leadership roles in the field of psychology. The aim is to promote mentorship relations between professionals and psychology students and to aid in the struggle to improve the emotional well-being of people of African descent wherever possible. Membership is extended to students who major or minor in psychology.

The Psychology Club is a recognized student organization designed to provide an intellectual and social atmosphere for students. The purpose is to engage students in the exchange of information concerning the field of psychology, encourage student research and scholarship ideas, and to pursue excellence for entering into graduate school.


PSYC 1113 General Psychology: 3 semester hours.

Introduction to fundamental psychological concepts derived from the application of scientific method to the study of behavior.

PSYC 2423 Developmental Psyc: 3 semester hours.

This course surveys the content, theories and methods used by developmental psychologists to study child and adolescent development. Topics covered will include conception, genetics, prenatal development and physical, motor, perceptual and social development from infancy to early adolescence. Theories of social and cognitive development will be covered.
Prerequisites: PSYC 1113.

PSYC 2513 Personality: 3 semester hours.

Personality theories, major concepts, methods and problems in the field of psychology. Analysis of theories of personality, with emphasis on personality development in the normal population. Evaluation of theories in the field of psychology. The development of personality as a pattern of strivings manifested in interpersonal relations. The coverage of constitutional, psychological, social and cultural factors in the development and adjustment of the normal individual.

PSYC 2613 Fundamental of Statistics: 3 semester hours.

Introduces basic statistical concepts and the relevance of statistics in the every day life. Explores the fundamentals of descriptive statistics, elementary probability and sampling methods, and distributions. The student will be introduced to computer applications such as Statistical Package for the Social Sciences.

PSYC 3223 Abnormal Psychology: 3 semester hours.

Disorders in personality and behavior are emphasized. Examines organic and functional types of psychological abnormality. Some emphasis is given to the ways in which personality may become disordered. Evidence and theories on causation are considered together with the challenges of treatment.

PSYC 3233 Testing: 3 semester hours.

Study of human learning with particular attention to applications in the classroom. Includes laboratory experience in the use of the standardized school tests and practice in devising teacher-made tests. Emphasis is on original research literature and on individual projects.
Prerequisites: PSYC 2613.

PSYC 3313 Psychology of Learning: 3 semester hours.

This course will introduce you to the experimental analysis of learning and behavior. This course will examine the importance of basic learning mechanisms in understanding animal and human behavior, as well as the application of learning theory to real-world examples, will be stressed.
Prerequisites: PSYC 1113.

PSYC 3323 Social Psychology: 3 semester hours.

This course provides students with a survey of the topics covering the social bases of behavior. This course will examine some of the historical and philosophical foundations of social psychology, as well as theories and models of various social phenomena.
Prerequisites: PSYC 1113.

PSYC 3433 Experimental Psyc: 3 semester hours.

Principles of experimental design, evaluation of research procedures, training in the use of standard apparatus, and repetition and extension of selected classical experiments in psychology.

PSYC 3513 Human Diversity: 3 semester hours.

Examines psychological explanations of the major dimensions of human diversity including race, ethnicity, culture, gender, age and sexual orientation.
Prerequisites: PSYC 1113.

PSYC 3533 Socio Cult Psyc: 3 semester hours.

A study of cultural comparisons of psychological processes with focus on societal, social influences of family, mass media, and socio-economic classes.

PSYC 3543 Hist Sys Psyc: 3 semester hours.

A survey of the theories and research paradigms comprised of the foundations of psychology and the impact of culture on practice and theory.

PSYC 3603 Health Psychology: 3 semester hours.

This course will examine the theoretical and research foundations of behavioral health and illness from a biopsychosocial perspective. Students will be introduced to different medical disorders and diseases and the implications for the psychological health and impact on psychological functioning of individuals with these disorders.

PSYC 3613 Stat For Psyc II: 3 semester hours.

Applies statistical techniques in the field of psychology. Covers the use of large and small samples for statistical inference, linear and multiple regression, time series models and forecasting, nonparametric methods, the chi square test for cell probabilities, and contingency tables. Statistical packages for the social sciences will be studied in depth.
Prerequisites: PSYC 2613.

PSYC 3703 Introduction to Forensic Psychology: 3 semester hours.

The course will focus on general principles and applications of forensic psychology. Students will gain an understanding of how research and theory can deepen understanding of participants and basic psychological processes in the legal system.

PSYC 3713 Psychology of Terrorism: 3 semester hours.

This course is designed to assist students in becoming more aware of factors that may contruibute to the development of terroristic attitudes and behaviors. Students will learn how to define terrorism and distinguish different kinds of terroristic groups, which include juvenile terrorist groups, racial supremacist groups, and foreign terrorist groups. Students will also learn about environmental, cultural, familial factors related to terroristic activity.

PSYC 3913 Indust Org Psyc: 3 semester hours.

A survey of the development and application of psychological principles related to the workplace environment to include leadership, motivation, industrial and organizational influences on behavior drawing upon research methods and major theories.

PSYC 4253 Clinical Psych: 3 semester hours.

A survey of counseling and interview techniques and use of psychological test findings in support of counseling procedures.

PSYC 4333 Special Topics in Psychology: 3 semester hours.

The study of specialized areas in Psychology. Topics vary by semester. Course may be repeated for credit when topic varies.

PSYC 4411 Psychology Internship Supervision: 1 semester hour.

The Internship Course aims to provide students with an oppurtunity to acquire field experience with emphasis on psychological constructs and methodologies across diverse settings such as mental health services, community organizations, criminal justice venues, and business enterprises.
Prerequisites: PSYC 1113 and PSYC 2513 and PSYC 2613 and PSYC 3433.
Co-requisite: PSYC 3223.

PSYC 4413 Psychology Internship: 1-3 semester hour.

The Internship Course aims to provide students with an oppurtunity to acquire field experience with emphasis on psychological constructs and methodologies across diverse settings such as mental health services, community organizations, criminal justice venues, and business enterprises.
Prerequisites: PSYC 1113 and PSYC 2513 and PSYC 2613 and PSYC 3433.
Co-requisite: PSYC 3223.

PSYC 4443 Research Methods: 3 semester hours.

Work in designing and carrying on research projects both in laboratory and in more life-like situations. The use and understanding of appropriate statistical procedures are emphasized.
Prerequisites: PSYC 2613.

PSYC 4513 Cognitive Psyc: 3 semester hours.

This course is an overview of the theoretical and empirical aspects of cognition as they apply to knowledge acquisition, storage, transformation and use. Areas of study include visual and auditory recognition; attention and consciousness; working and long-term memory; mental imagery; language acquisition, production and comprehension and problem solving.
Prerequisites: PSYC 1113.
Co-requisite: PSYC 4613.

PSYC 4613 Physiological Psyc: 3 semester hours.

Neurophysiologic correlates and systems underlying behavior. Physiological processes underlying sensory-motor activity, motivation and learning.

PSYC 4633 Sensation Perception: 3 semester hours.

Examines the sensory processes, the relationship between physical stimuli and sensory/perceptual experience, and perceptual phenomena.
Prerequisites: PSYC 4613.

PSYC 4823 Reading & Research: 3 semester hours.

Offered when demand warrants. Seminar or projects on various topics in psychology.

PSYC 4843 Senior Paper: 3 semester hours.

An in-depth study of a specific research topic in psychology. An oral presentation is a requirement of the course.
Prerequisites: PSYC 2613 and PSYC 3433 and PSYC 3613 and PSYC 4443.

PSYC 4913 Psychology Research: 1-3 semester hour.

PSYC 4993 Independent Study: 3 semester hours.

Reading, research and/or field work on selected topics.