The specific and unique role of the Psychology Department is to provide knowledge of psychology as a human science and as a natural science, founded both on solid philosophical reflection and scientific rigor. The curriculum is designed to provide a basic knowledge and understanding of human experience and behavior and the methods psychologists use to gain such knowledge and understanding. A psychology major is ideal for students who plan a career in any field that deals primarily with people (such as nursing, teaching, social work, guidance, and human resources, to name only a few), or for students who plan to work as professional psychologists and thus need a sound preparation for graduate study.
General Program Requirements
Entry into the psychology major requires a 2.75 grade point average for incoming freshmen and a 2.75 grade point average for transfer students and for those transferring majors within the University.
All psychology majors (BS and BA, with and without honors) may not register for pass/fail (P/F) in the courses listed under departmental requirements; courses graded P/F may not apply to major or Core requirements. Up to 10 credits of courses graded CR may apply towards the major. All majors must obtain a minimum grade of C in all required courses: PSYC 1200 , PSYC 2050, PSYC 3030, PSYC 3050, PSYC 3700, and PSYC 4890 . In the bachelor of science and bachelor of science with honors programs, PSYC 2400, PSYC 4030, and the two required electives (selected from PSYC 3040, PSYC 3440 and PSYC 4160) also must be graded C or higher. All psychology majors must complete at least 30 credits in the major at Seattle University. PSYC 2050, PSYC 3030, PSYC 3050, and PSYC 4890 must all be completed at Seattle University.
A psychology major cannot count more than a total of 10 credits in independent study and/or practicum toward the credits required for the major.
Psychology majors may choose any minor but are not required to do so.