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On Campus
Est. time to complete:

4 years
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Learn to see the world from other people's perspectives.
The Psychology department seeks to create an equitable and inclusive environment that encourages scholastic and personal growth among faculty and students. Our programs are designed to expose you to the various perspectives that make up modern, academic psychology: historical and theoretical perspectives; psychological development; and social, multicultural, clinical, cognitive and biological approaches.

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Why Earn a Psychology Degree?

Undergraduate courses are taught by faculty and graduate students accomplished in both theoretical and empirical research. Our goal is to educate undergraduates in the scientific basis of psychological knowledge and expose students to the many ways that knowledge is applied in everyday life.

You'll learn the many ways knowledge is applied to everyday life through the scientific study of emotions, thinking and behavior. The rigorous curriculum examines:

  • The history of psychology, the behavior of certain groups while learning the basic experimental procedures and techniques for interacting with patients or clients
  • Human relationships
  • Learning and memory
  • Mental illness
  • People's adjustment to different environments
  • Personality development
Marketable Skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Oral and written communication
  • Empirical analyses
  • Teamwork
  • Multi-cultural competencies

Psychology Degree Highlights

The Department's Psychology Thesis Course provides a limited number of qualified students intensive, hands-on research experience working closely with faculty mentors and graduate students.
Our faculty members are recognized as experts in their field and have received national awards for their work from the World Federation of Sleep Research Societies, American Psychological Association and the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.
A limited number of undergraduates may seek research assistantships with faculty members whose research interests them, such as stress and coping, anxiety and substance use, and complex trauma.
Undergraduate psychology students are actively involved in Department-run social and informational activities throughout the academic year.
The Psychology Department also hosts a Chapter of Psi Chi, the National Psychology Honor Society that organizes community service and internship opportunities for members while maintaining a strong emphasis on academic scholarship.
You can choose between the B.A. degree (14 core credit hours + 21 category elective credit hours) or the B.S. degree (14 core + 9 foundational + 18 elective), which is recommended if you plan to enter a graduate psychology program leading to a doctoral degree.

What Can You Do With a Psychology Degree?

A Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of North Texas can prepare you for an entry-level position in:

  • Community mental health facilities
  • Consumer advertising
  • Market research analysis
  • Personnel management
  • Public relations for large corporations

The degree can also prepare you to enter the medical profession, law or a seminary. To become a practicing psychologist, you'll need to earn a master's or doctoral degree. Some of our alumni with advanced degrees work:

  • As researchers studying psychological conditions associated with health and illness
  • As school psychologists, industrial or organizational psychologists for large corporations, or experimental psychologists
  • In behavioral medicine, helping people improve their health
  • In clinics, hospitals, community mental health agencies, universities or private practices

Psychology Degree Courses You Could Take

General Psychology I (3 hrs)
Nature of psychology with emphases on the study of personality development, decision making, reactions to frustration, mental health, and how the individual interacts with and is influenced by others.
Addictive Behaviors (3 hrs)
The etiology, theories, cognitive neuroscience, and psychological and behavioral effects of addictive behaviors, including substance use, gambling, and other behaviors being considered as potential addictions, such as binge eating, hypersexuality, and compulsive electronic media use. 
Psychology of Race in the U.S. (3 hrs)
Exploration of highly sensitive issues and concepts related to racial diversity and intersections of race/ethnicity/sex/gender identity/social class/nationality.
Psychology of Death and Dying (3 hrs)
Concepts and attitudes concerning death and dying from a psychological perspective; current research on death and dying; development of insights and understanding to prepare the student to interact effectively with people who are terminally ill and their family members.
Introduction Learning & Memory (3 hrs)
Explores the processes of acquiring and using knowledge. Basic principles in conditioning, concept learning and human behavior are taught as a foundation to the understanding of learning.
Psychology of the Offender (3 hrs)
Psychological processes related to the legal offender; dynamics involved in such activities as sexual deviancy, drug abuse, personal assault, including murder, and non-assaultive crimes; meaning of classification from courtroom to prisons and in release.

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