Majors

The Psychology Major allows students to choose one of five concentrations: General, Behavioral Neuroscience, Child, Clinical, or Cognitive.

For those entering ETSU in Fall 2010 and beyond, there are two degree types (the Bachelor of Arts [BA] and the Bachelor of Science [BS] degrees). For those entering ETSU prior to Fall 2010, there are three degree types (BA, BS, and the Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Social Science [BSss]). Regardless of when students entered ETSU, there are five major concentrations available. Most psychology departments do not have a wide variety of major concentrations and our Department is proud to offer such diversity. A student may choose a concentration other than General if he/she feels strongly about a likely career path or is just interested in a particular broad area of psychology.

It is best to be advised by a faculty member in the area of concentration if a concentration other than general is chosen. All major concentrations require the completion of a minor.  To change degree type (BA, BS), major concentration, and/or minor, use this form.

From a practical point of view, the primary differences among the concentrations are the required allied courses and the minors associated with the each concentration. The majors are described below and the associated check sheets are on the Forms Page.

General Psychology: This is the most common degree awarded in the country, and will be excellent preparation regardless for any career trajectory. Any minor offered by ETSU can be take with the General Psychology Concentration.  Selection of a minor can be strategic to combine a particular subject of study with Psychology, or can be something of interest.
BS General Psychology (Fall 2013 and later)
BA General Psychology (Fall 2013 and later)
BS General Psychology (2010 - Summer 2013)
BA General Psychology (2010 - Summer 2013)
BSss General Psychology (pre-2010)
BS General Psychology (pre-2010)
BA General Psychology (pre-2010)

Behavioral Neuroscience: This is a major area of study that concentrates on the biological bases of behavior, particularly the importance of understanding the central and peripheral nervous systems in appreciating human experience. Biology is the required minor and note that Biology for Majors (BIOL 1110/11) is required regardless of degree type. Chemistry courses are also required.
BS Behavioral Neuroscience Concentration (Fall 2013 and later)
BA Behavioral Neuroscience Concentration (Fall 2013 and later)
BS Behavioral Neuroscience Concentration (2010 - Summer 2013)
BA Behavioral Neuroscience Concentration (2010 - Summer 2013)
BSss Behavioral Neuroscience Concentration (pre-2010)
BS Behavioral Neuroscience Concentration (pre-2010)
BA Behavioral Neuroscience Concentration (pre-2010)

Child Psychological Science: This major is for those interested in early human development and/or those interested in working with children (either clinically or in educational or other settings). This concentration requires a minor in Early Childhood Education and Development.
BS Child Concentration (Fall 2013 and later)
BA Child Concentration (Fall 2013 and later)
BS Child Concentration (2010 - Summer 2013)
BA Child Concentration (2010 - Summer 2013)
BSss Child Concentration (pre-2010)
BS Child Concentration (pre-2010)
BA Child Concentration (pre-2010)

Clinical Psychological Science: This major is for those interested in pursuing careers in the helping professions (e.g., psychology, counseling, social work, medical professions). This concentration requires a minor in Sociology.
BS Clinical Concentration (Fall 2013 and later)
BA Clinical Concentration (Fall 2013 and later)
BS Clinical Concentration (2010 - Summer 2013)
BA Clinical Concentration (2010 - Summer 2013)
BSss Clinical Concentration (pre-2010)
BS Clinical Concentration (pre-2010)
BA Clinical Concentration (pre-2010)

Cognitive Science: This major is for those interested in the philosophy and mechanisms related to human information processing (e.g., decision making, memory, schema formation, interpretation of information).  This concentration requires a minor in Philosophy.
BS Cognitive Concentration (Fall 2013 and later)
BA Cognitive Concentration (Fall 2013 and later)
BS Cognitive Concentration (2010 - Summer 2013)
BA Cognitive Concentration (2010 - Summer 2013)
BSss Cognitive Concentration (pre-2010)
BS Cognitive Concentration (pre-2010)
BA Cognitive Concentration (pre-2010)

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Intensive Courses

Be aware that students enrolling at ETSU with fewer than 50 credit hours must take 4 Writing Intensive (WI) courses. At least 2 WI courses must be within the major or minor, and 2 must be at the 3000 or 4000 level.  Our Abnormal Psychology Writing Lab (PSYC 4321) counts as 1 in-major WI and our Principles of Psychological Research Lab (PSYC 3201) counts as the other, which takes care of the in-major and the 3000/4000 requirements.  At least 2 others must be taken. ENGL 1010 and 1020 do NOT count toward satisfying this requirement. Students entering ETSU with more than 50 credit hours must only take 2 WI courses.

Students  enrolling at ETSU with fewer than 50 credit hours must take 2 Oral Intensive (OI) courses, beyond the General Education Core Speech classes needed by everyone (SPCH 1300, 2300, or 2320, if you only take 1 of these, it will not count as an OI; you could take 2 of these and then 1 would count as an OI). At least one (1) OI course must come from within your major or minor, and PHIL 2040 currently satisfies that requirement as it is a required Allied Course of all majors, regardless of Concentration type. If you are in the BS or BSSS degree, SPCH 2320 meets both an OI requirement and an Arts and Sciences reasoning requirement. Students entering ETSU with more than 50 credit hours must only take 1 OI course. 

Lastly, students are required to take 1 Using Information Technology Intensive (TI) course and it has to be in a student’s major or minor. This is in addition to the CSCI 1100 course that everyone must have or test out of. Our Principles of Psychological Research Lab (PSYC 3201) satisfies that requirement (as does the elective course, PSYC 3344 Computer Methods).

For more info on Intensive Course Requirements, go to:

http://www.etsu.edu/reg/academics/intensivecourses.aspx

Some Minors have particular courses which are Intensives of one type of another, but you need to make sure you have all the Intensives you need. For a list of Courses that satisfy particular Intensive Requirements, go to:

http://www.etsu.edu/reg/documents/List_of_Intensive_Courses.pdf

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Senior Exit Exam

All graduating seniors are required to take an Exit Exam in the semester during which they will graduate. The Exit Exam is online and notice to take the exam is sent via email and mail to all eligible seniors.  The test is taken TOWARD THE END of the semester, and notice is sent AFTER fall/spring break.  DO NOT STUDY OR GIVE/RECEIVE HELP ON THE EXAM.  DO NOT REVEAL THE ITEMS OR TOPICS TO ANYONE.  You MUST take the exam, but it will NOT affect your GPA.  It is NOT graded on an individual level.  It is for INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY so the department is aware of what knowledge its graduating students have acquired in various areas.  A student need only take the exam once, which should take approximately 15 minutes (unless it is the year of the Major Field Test, which takes substantially longer, and all affected students are notified of this when it happens), provide his/her name, and the Graduation Office will be notified that the student has taken the exam and thus satisfied this graduation requirement.

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