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Department of Psychology and Philosophy

BA in Philosophy | BS in Psychology | Course Descriptions


Chair: Christopher Wilson   (936) 294-3052

Website: https://www.shsu.edu/~psy_www/

Mission

The Department of Psychology and Philosophy supports the Mission Statement of the University and that of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The Department is committed to providing a quality educational environment conducive to scholarship and the acquisition of knowledge and applicable skills. We recognize that this ideal requires the effective use of faculty expertise and creativity, a sensitivity to needs of university and community, as well as a genuine concern for the abilities and goals of students.

Philosophy Program

Coordinator of Philosophy Program: Frank Fair    

Faculty: Maria Botero, Thomas Brommage, Diana Buccafurni-Huber, Charles Carlson, Alan Clune, Richard Cording, Kim Diaz, Frank Fair, West Gurley, Glenn Sanford

Information:  (936) 294-1509; CHSS 365

Website: https://www.shsu.edu/~psy_www/

Academic Programs

Highlights

  • Opportunities for collaborative scholarly research.
  • Texas Gamma Chapter, the local chapter of Phi Sigma Tau, the National Honor Society in Philosophy offers networking opportunities with undergraduate students and faculty

Suggested Minors

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Criminal Justice
  • English
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Career Opportunities

A Philosophy major is an excellent preparation for law school. Other careers pursued by Philosophy majors include theology, teaching, systems analysis, and medicine.

Student Organizations and Activities

Texas Gamma Chapter, the local chapter of Phi Sigma Tau, the National Honor Society in Philosophy

Scholarships

  • Richard A. Cording Endowed Scholarship
  • Thomas W. Satre Endowed Scholarship. The fund is established in memory Dr. Thomas W. Satre, Professor of Philosophy at Sam Houston State University.

Please refer to the on-line ScholarX program for information regarding all scholarship opportunities in this Program, in the Department, and at the University.

Program Specific Requirements

The Philosophy Major requires 30 semester hours of course work in Philosophy. All majors are required to take PHIL 3364: Ancient and Medieval Philosophy and PHIL 3365: Modern Philosophy. In addition, all majors are required to take either PHIL 2303: Critical Thinking or PHIL 3362: Introduction to Contemporary Logic. Philosophy majors must also choose an approved minor of at least 18 semester hours, 6 of which must be advanced. It is suggested that students visit with their advisors in choosing a minor.

Minors in Philosophy take a minimum of 18 hours including PHIL 2303 or PHIL 3362, and 6 hours advanced. Consult the Program Coordinator for additional information. Please note that, as of Fall 2009, only grades of C or above in Philosophy Program courses (those with the prefix PHIL) will count toward the major in Philosophy.

Note: Students should use elective and/or minor hours to satisfy the 42 advanced hour requirement.

Curriculum

Bachelor of Arts, Major in Philosophy

3 Digit to 4 Digit Crosswalk

Psychology Program

Faculty: Brian Allen, Jeff Anastasi, Marcus Boccaccini, Michael Boyle, Jerry Bruce, Robert Cramer, James Crosby, Donna Desforges, Mary Alice Conroy, Richard Eglsaer, Marsha Harman, Craig Henderson, Lisa Kan, Thomas Kordinak, Gordon Lamb, Audrey Miller, Rowland Miller, David Nelson, Ramona Noland, T.C. Sim, Jorge Varela, Christopher Wilson

Information:  Contact the department at (936) 294-3552 or visit CHSS 390

Website: https://www.shsu.edu/~psy_www/

Academic Programs

Highlights

  • Faculty-student collaborative research opportunities.
  • Local Chapter of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society for Psychology and the Psychology Club offer networking opportunities with undergraduate and graduate students and faculty.
  • Psychology faculty publish in nationally recognized scientific journals.

Suggested Minors

  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Communication Studies
  • Criminal Justice
  • Philosophy
  • Statistics
  • Special Education

Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology is a useful and interesting program of study for liberal arts students and those desiring work in such areas as human services, public relations, correctional institutions, rehabilitation facilities, program development, and research to name just a few.

Student Organizations and Activities

  • Psi Chi Chapter, the National Honor Society for Psychology, Local Chapter
  • Psychology Club

Scholarships

John D. Symonds Scholarship. The fund is established in memory of Dr. John Dobie Symonds, Associate Professor of Psychology at Sam Houston State University. Dr. Symonds published and presented scholarly papers in several areas including sleep research, cross-cultural research, and social learning theory.

Please refer to the on-line ScholarX program for information regarding all scholarship opportunities in the Program, in the Department, and at the University.

Program Specific Requirements

The courses within the Psychology Program are divided into four blocks:

Required Courses: PSYC 1301, PSYC 3332, PSYC 2302/PSYC 2102*, PSYC 3494/PSYC 3301*

Experimental Block: PSYC 3333/PSYC 3133, PSYC 3336, PSYC 3337, PSYC 3382, PSYC 3391, PSYC 4332, PSYC 4392

Personality-Social-Developmental Block: PSYC 3365, PSYC 3374, PSYC 3381, PSYC 4331, PSYC 4334, PSYC 4391

Clinical-Adjustment Block: PSYC 2307, PSYC 2315, PSYC 3331, PSYC 3334, PSYC 3371, PSYC 3383, PSYC 3385, PSYC 4388, PSYC 4393

In order to complete a major in Psychology, a student takes 14 hours from the Required Courses plus 6 hours from each of the three remaining blocks. Six hours of elective Psychology completes the 38 semester hours required for the major.

*Please note that majors must take PSYC 2302/PSYC 2102 and PSYC 3494/PSYC 3301 in the Psychology Program once the student has enrolled at Sam Houston State University, unless the course has been transferred into the program. Also, please note that, as of Fall 2009, only grades of C or above in Psychology Program courses (those with the prefix PSYC) will count toward the major in Psychology.

Psychology majors choose an approved minor of 18 semester hours, 6 of which must be advanced.

Minors in Psychology take 18-24 hours. Courses required of minors are PSYC 1301, 3 hours from each of the remaining three blocks, plus 6 hours PSYC electives. Of these hours, 6 must be advanced, taken in residence.

Note: Students should use elective and/or minor hours to satisfy the 42 advanced-hour requirement.

Bachelor of Science, Major in Psychology

3 Digit to 4 Digit Crosswalk


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