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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Psychological and Social Sciences

Abington College (PSSBS)

PROFESSOR DAVID RUTH, Head, Division of Social Sciences

Building on the interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary strengths of Penn State Abington, the Psychological and Social Sciences B.S. 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 degree program 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 B.S. provides a broad theoretical foundation in social and psychological theory as well as the opportunity to engage in supervised field experience. In addition, the B.S. degree emphasizes quantitative research skills and requires the completion of a senior thesis. 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.S. degree in Psychological and Social Sciences, a minimum of 121 credits is required.

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

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(7-8 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(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: 12-17 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 66-70 credits[1]
(This includes 7-8 credits of General Education courses: 3-4 credits of GN courses; 4 credits of GQ courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (17 credits)
MATH 110 GQ(4), PSYCH 100 GS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
ANTH 045 GS;US;IL(3) (Sem: 1-4)
PSYCH 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 3-4)
SOC 471(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (29 credits)
BIOL 110 GN(4) or BIOL 141 GN(3) and BIOL 142(1) (Sem: 1-4)
SOC 001 GS(3) or SOC 005 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
HD FS 129 GS(3) or PSYCH 212 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
PSYCH 301W(4) or HD FS 312W(3) (Sem: 3-4)
BB H 301(3) or HD FS 301(3) (Sem: 3-6)
CAS 352(3) or CAS 455 US(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 3 credits of ANTH 495(1-18), HD FS 495C(3-8), PSYCH 495(1-15), or SOC 495(1-18) (Sem: 7-8)
Select 3 credits of ANTH 494(1-12), HD FS 494(1-12), PSYCH 494(3-6), or SOC 494(1-12) (Sem: 7)
Select 4 credits of ANTH 494(1-12), HD FS 494(1-12), PSYCH 494(3-6), or SOC 494(1-12) (Sem: 8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (21 credits)
(at least 12 credits must be at the 400 level)
Select 6-15 credits from the following HD FS and PSYCH courses:
HD FS 229 GS(3), HD FS 239 GS(3), HD FS 249 GS(3), HD FS 250 US(3), HD FS 315 US(3), HD FS 432(3), HD FS 433(3), HD FS 445(3), HD FS 468(3), PSYCH 221 GS(3), PSYCH 281 GS(3), PSYCH 407(3), PSYCH 412(3), PSYCH 415(3), PSYCH 416(3), PSYCH 420(3), PSYCH 422(3), PSYCH 423(3), PSYCH 424(3), PSYCH 426(3), PSYCH 438(3), PSYCH 441(3), PSYCH 470(3), PSYCH 478(3), PSYCH 479 US(3), PSYCH 481(3), PSYCH 484(3), PSYCH 485(3), PSYCH 496B(3), PSYCH 497(1-9) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6-15 credits from the following SOC and ANTH courses:
ANTH 002 GS(3), ANTH 011 GS;IL(3), ANTH 022 GN(3), ANTH 040(3), ANTH 146 GS;US(3), ANTH 197(1-9), ANTH 199 IL(1-12), ANTH 216 GN;GS(3), ANTH 321W(3), ANTH 380(3), ANTH 395(1-18), ANTH 448(3), ANTH 464(3), SOC 003 GS(3), SOC 030 GS(3), SOC 035(3), SOC 103 US(3), SOC 109(3), SOC 110 GS;US(3), SOC 309(3), SOC 403(3), SOC 405(3), SOC 406(3), SOC 409 US(3), SOC 416 US(3), SOC 429(3), SOC 430(3), SOC 455(3), SOC 456(3), SOC 462(3), SOC 471(3), SOC 497(1-9) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 0-9 credits from the following other social sciences courses:
BB H 302 US(3), BB H 315 US(3), CAS 352(3), CAS 415(3), CAS 455 US(3), CN ED 404(3), CN ED 407(3), COMM 100 GS(3), COMM 120(3), COMM 411(3), EDPSY 014(3), WMNST 471 US(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.

Lasted Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2014

Blue Sheet Item #: 42-06-002

Review Date: 04/08/2014

UCA Revision #1: 8/31/06

Dept head revised by Publications: 4/23/07

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