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Psychological and Social Science (PSSBA) - ARCHIVE

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Begin Date: Summer Session 2000
End Date: Fall Semester 2006 -UCA

Psychological and Social Sciences - ARCHIVE

Abington College (PSSBA)

PROFESSOR JAMES F. SMITH, Head, Division of Social Sciences

Building on the interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary strengths of Penn State Abington, the Psychological and Social Sciences B.A. is designed to respond to the demand for a program emphasizing the social and behavioral sciences leading to an understanding of human behavior and its influence upon society as well as the influence of social forces on individuals. The program is distinguished by its interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary course work and required field experience. The B.A. provides a broad theoretical foundation in social and psychological theory as well as the opportunity to engage in supervised field experience. The major offers students a choice of course clusters focused on specialized areas such as social psychology, developmental studies, organizational behavior and leadership, bio-behavior and diversity, and counseling. The major is designed to prepare students for a variety of career fields including human resources, business administration, mental health, and social work as well as for continued study in graduate or professional school.

For the B. A. degree in Psychological and Social Science, a minimum of 121 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 5-6 credits

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(3 of these 24 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR, GENERAL EDUCATION, or ELECTIVES and 0-12 credits are included in ELECTIVES if foreign language proficiency is demonstrated by examination.)
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in front of Bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 46-47 credits[1]

PRESCRIBED COURSES (10 credits)
PSY 002 GS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
ANTH 045 GS;US;IL(3) (Sem: 1-4)
PSY 015(4) (Sem: 3-4)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (15-16 credits)
SOC 109(3) or PSY 238 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
HD FS 129 GS(3) or PSY 213 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
PSY 201W(4) or HD FS 312W(3) (Sem: 3-4)
BB H 301(3) or HD FS 301(3) (Sem: 3-6)
Select 3 credits of ANTH 495(1-18), HD FS 495C(3-8), PSY 495(1-15), or SOC 495(1-18) (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (21 credits)
Select 12 credits from one of the following areas
Select 9 credits from a second area
(at least 15 credits must be at the 400-level):
a. Organizational Relations
CAS 352(3), PSY 231 GS(3), PSY 451(3), PSY 475(3), MGMT 341(3), MGMT 441(3), SOC 455(3), SOC 456(3), CAS 455 US(3) (Sem: 5-8)
b. Social Psychology
SOC 003 GS(3), PSY 217 GS(3), PSY 417(3), PSY 477(3), SOC 403(3) (Sem: 5-8)
c. Developmental Studies
EDPSY 014(3), HD FS 229 GS(3), HD FS 239 GS(3), HD FS 249 GS(3), HD FS 315 US(3), HD FS 433(3), HD FS 445(3)/PSY 445(3), PSY 425(3), PSY 426(3) (Sem: 5-8)
d. Media and Society
CAS 415(3 per semester), COMM 100 GS(3), COMM 120(3), COMM 411(3), SOC 462(3) (Sem: 5-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2000

Blue Sheet Item #: 28-03-002

Review Date: 06/20/05

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