Welcome to the Department of Psychology
Psychology is an exciting and interesting scientific field that concerns why people think and behave the way they do. It is a tremendously varied field and a discipline with a bright and promising future. Though relatively young, psychology is an expansive discipline that incorporates topics from other disciplines such as biology, business, engineering, and education.
Studying psychology requires students to solve problems, reason verbally and quantitatively, organize material, think critically, communicate clearly, and work effectively with others. At UAH, the Psychology Department is small and very student-centered. Students may take courses in clinical, experimental, social, developmental, cognitive, perceptual, biological, engineering, industrial, and animal psychology. In particular, students are required to gain an appreciation of the methods and tools used by psychologists to perform research. Our capstone course in supervised research allows majors to demonstrate those skills working with individual faculty members.
Our research interests cover the primary components of experimental psychology, including developmental, cognitive, human factors, physiological, and social/personality psychology. We pride ourselves on being a department that interacts a great deal with our students, both undergraduate and graduate.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Psychology majors at UAH earn a Bachelor of Arts degree comprised of general education requirements, the psychology major itself, and a minor in some area other than psychology.
Our program is designed to develop scientific thinking about psychology. Psychology majors are first introduced to each of the variety of disciplines within psychology in a two-course sequence (PY 101 and 102). Then, in addition to courses required for the major, students are encouraged to select courses they find interesting in consultation with a faculty advisor. Students may select courses within both the social and natural science aspects of psychology.
After meeting the requirements for the major, students participate in a capstone course – PY 498 – that brings together all that they have learned as a psychology major. In this course, students work in small groups directly with a faculty member on an original research project. The results of these research projects are published in the Department’s Journal of Human Research.
For a full list of courses for the Psychology major, visit the UAH Catalog.
A minor in psychology consists of 21 semester hours of psychology courses of which 12 semester hours must be numbered 300 or above.
Master of Arts in Psychology
The Master of Arts in Psychology emphasizes an understanding and appreciation of the scientific basis of behavior. The focus is general-experimental with coursework in applied experimental, biological, cognitive, developmental, human factors, industrial/organizational, and social psychology. Students will have the opportunity to gain hands-on research experience working side by side with faculty members in their labs.
Two of our courses are available through Online Learning: PY 502 Industrial/Organizational Psychology and PY 503 Human Factors. As with our basic M.A. program in Experimental Psychology, two tracks are available: the Thesis option (30 hours) and the Non-thesis option (33 hours).
Students in the program may choose to specialize in Industrial/Organizational psychology, which is expected to be the fastest growing occupation over the next ten years.
This program is directed primarily toward students whose goal is the continuation of scholarly study, research, and writing. It is also appropriate for those who want to apply their skills and knowledge for use in the professional workplace.
This program is not designed to qualify students for licensure or private practice, or to enable them to provide therapeutic psychological services without further advanced education.
For a full list of courses for Master of Arts in Psychology, visit the UAH Catalog.
Pre-requisites for the M.A. program are a bachelor’s degree in psychology, including coursework in experimental design and statistics. Prospective students who do not yet have these pre-requisites can take the necessary pre-requisites in our undergraduate curriculum; students should contact the Chair of the Psychology Department to discuss this possibility.
Documents for Graduate School
- Official transcripts: From all colleges and universities attended (minimum GPA accepted 3.25)
- GRE scores for the general exam: Minimum scores Verbal + Quantitative = 300, with no scores below 150. Ideally, the percentile rank will be 50 or above for each section of the exam.
Documents for Department of Psychology
- Three letters of recommendation: From university professors; at least two from psychology professors
- Letter of intent: A description of why you want to study experimental psychology at UAH and with which faculty member you would potentially like to work
- Empirical research report: An APA-formatted research paper describing data you have collected and analyzed. If this is not a paper you completed for a class but a publication that you completed with other authors, the applicant must be first author on the paper