Dr. Jane Wong,
Department Head
Department of Psychology
Phone: 912.344.2762
Fax: 912.344.3484
Department of Psychology

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Psychology is the study of human and non-human animal behavior (normal and abnormal) and the cognitive, emotional, social, and biological processes related to that behavior. Majoring in psychology can prepare a student for a number of different roles - teacher, researcher, service provider, administrator, or consultant. Psychology is a diverse field with room for students with many different interests and abilities.

Studies have shown that psychology graduates have strengths in five major areas related to success:
: :    Interpersonal skills - dealing well with a variety of people.
: :    Written communication - writing effective letters, reports and documents.
: :    Oral communication - presenting one's ideas in one-to-one and group settings.
: :    Problem solving - seeking solutions and making effective decisions.
: :    Critical thinking - formulating and testing ideas and applying
        previous experience to unique situations.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
The Bachelor of Arts with a major in psychology offers students a traditional liberal arts education with an emphasis on the science of behavior and mental processes. This degree option prepares students to enter the workforce soon after graduation or, alternatively, can help prepare students for careers in other professions, such as law, health sciences and business. In order to earn the B.A. in psychology, students need to complete an approved senior internship in the community so that they are exposed to at least one work setting for which their education has prepared them and also a sequence of two courses in either a foreign language or accounting to help them develop marketable skills. Indeed, surveys conducted by the American Psychological Association's Research Office have found that "nearly 40 percent of psychology majors from four-year schools opt for immediate full-time employment."

Bachelor of Science in Psychology
The Bachelor of Science degree in psychology emphasizes the research skills and experiences that prepare students for rigorous graduate programs in a variety of areas of psychology including clinical, social, developmental and industrial-organizational. B.S. students complete at least two, but preferably more, research projects that involve data collection, statistical analysis and professional presentation of the project. Students work closely with the department's faculty members to design, carry out, write up, present and potentially publish their research projects. Students have the opportunity to present their research at conferences including the Carolinas Psychology Conference, Georgia Psychological Association, Southeastern Psychological Association and Association for Psychological Science.

Career Opportunities

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
A four-year Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology means that a student graduates with a strong general education and preparation for entry-level employment in many career fields which are open to those who hold liberal arts degrees. Students can enhance their employability by using the undergraduate years as a time of exploration: interviews with people in various careers, internships, volunteer work and part-time jobs. A national survey showed that one-year after graduation, 50 percent of psychology majors were employed in business and industry, 17 percent in science and engineering, 15 percent in educational institutions, 10 percent in nonprofit organizations and 8 percent in government. Fields that bachelor's degree graduates in psychology have entered include administration, employment interviewing, gerontology, marketing and public relations, technical writing, sales, personnel, child-care, health services, probation and parole and casework.

Bachelor of Science in Psychology
The Bachelor of Science degree in psychology is strongly based in the scientific tradition, and the students are trained to use the tools of science through multiple experiences in original, independent research. Students discuss and conduct research with faculty who are trained in their areas of interest. Graduates of Armstrong State University have been conspicuously successful in graduate and professional schools. Students who plan on further study should work closely with faculty in meeting entrance criteria. These include better than average grades and GRE scores, letters of recommendation and research experience.

Program Features

The opportunity to interact with faculty is a hallmark of the department and we encourage our psychology students, particularly those in the B.S. track, to collaborate with professors in their areas of research.

We encourage students to be involved in The E.B. Twitmyer Society, Armstrong's psychology club. The group schedules speakers for workshops and luncheons, along with social events and community service projects. The university also has been chartered to sponsor a chapter of Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology.

Course of Study

Students in the Psychology B. S. program must complete at least 32 semester hours of credit in psychology courses numbered 3000 or above. Students in the Psychology B.A. program must complete at least 30 semester hours of credit in psychology courses numbered 3000 or above. In addition, courses in introductory biology, introductory computer science/information technology, and elementary statistics are required of all students. Students in the B.A. program must also complete an approved internship and a sequence of courses in either a foreign language or accounting.