Department of Psychology and Philosophy

BA in Philosophy | BS in Psychology | Course Descriptions


Chair: Christopher Wilson   (936) 294-3052

Website: http://www.shsu.edu/~psy_www/

Mission

The Department of Psychology and Philosophy supports the Mission Statement of the University and that of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The Department is committed to providing a quality educational environment conducive to scholarship and the acquisition of knowledge and applicable skills. We recognize that this ideal requires the effective use of faculty expertise and creativity, a sensitivity to needs of university and community, as well as a genuine concern for the abilities and goals of students.

Philosophy Program

Coordinator of Philosophy Program: Frank Fair    

Faculty: Maria Botero, Diana Buccafurni, Alan Clune, Richard Cording, Frank Fair, Carol Gardosik, West Gurley, Glenn Sanford

Information:  (936) 294-1509; CHSS 365

Website: http://www.shsu.edu/~psy_www/

Academic Programs

Highlights

  • Opportunities for collaborative scholarly research.
  • Texas Gamma Chapter, the local chapter of Phi Sigma Tau, the National Honor Society in Philosophy offers networking opportunities with undergraduate students and faculty

Suggested Minors

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Criminal Justice
  • English
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Career Opportunities

A Philosophy major is an excellent preparation for law school. Other careers pursued by Philosophy majors include theology, teaching, systems analysis, and medicine.

Student Organizations and Activities

Texas Gamma Chapter, the local chapter of Phi Sigma Tau, the National Honor Society in Philosophy

Scholarships

  • Richard A. Cording Endowed Scholarship
  • Thomas W. Satre Endowed Scholarship. The fund is established in memory Dr. Thomas W. Satre, Professor of Philosophy at Sam Houston State University.

Please refer to the on-line ScholarX program for information regarding all scholarship opportunities in this Program, in the Department, and at the University.

Program Specific Requirements

The Philosophy Major requires 30 semester hours of course work in Philosophy. All majors are required to take PHL 364 <PHIL 3364>: Ancient and Medieval Philosophy and PHL 365 <PHIL 3365>: Modern Philosophy. In addition, all majors are required to take either PHL 262 <PHIL 2303>: Critical thinking or PHL 362 <PHIL 3362>: Introduction to Contemporary Logic. Philosophy majors must also choose an approved minor of at least 18 semester hours, 6 of which must be advanced. It is suggested that students visit with their advisors in choosing a minor.

Minors in Philosophy take a minimum of 18 hours including PHL 262 <PHIL 2303> or PHL 362 <3362>, and 6 hours advanced. Consult the Program Coordinator for additional information. Please note that, as of Fall 2009, only grades of C or above in Philosophy Program courses (those with the prefix PHL/PHIL) will count toward the major in Philosophy.

Note: Students should use elective and/or minor hours to satisfy the 42 advanced hour requirement.

Curriculum

Bachelor of Arts
Major in Philosophy

3 Digit to 4 Digit Crosswalk

Bachelor of Arts - Major in Philosophy
SHSU Course Number Hours Recommended Sequence
Core Curriculum
Component Area I (Communication) 6
Component Area II (Mathematics) 3
Component Area III (Natural Sciences) 8
Component Area IV (Humanities/Visual/Performing Arts) 9 PHL 261 <PHIL 2361>, PHL 263 <PHIL 2306>
Component Area V (Social/Behavioral Sciences) 15 PHL 262 <PHIL 2303>
Component Area VI (Institutionally Designated Option) 1
Degree Specific Requirements
Foreign Language first two courses 8 Freshman
Foreign Language second two courses 6 Sophomore
Three additional hours of Fine Arts credit 3 PHL 366 <PHIL 3366>
Major Core
PHL 364 <PHIL 3364> and PHL 365 <PHIL 3365> 6
Major
Philosophy electives 12
Minor (required) 18
Electives 25 World History, World Literature, PSY 131 <PSYC 1301>
Total:                                                                                         120
Notes:
PHIL 3366 satisfies the B. A. degree specific requirement in addition to counting toward the Philosophy major.

Psychology Program

Faculty: Brian Allen, Jeff Anastasi, Marcus Boccaccini, Michael Boyle, Jerry Bruce, Robert Cramer, James Crosby, Donna Desforges, Mary Alice Conroy, Richard Eglsaer, Marsha Harman, Craig Henderson, Lisa Kan, Thomas Kordinak, Gordon Lamb, Audrey Miller, Rowland Miller, David Nelson, Ramona Noland, T.C. Sim, Jorge Varela, Christopher Wilson

Information:  Contact the department at (936) 294-3552 or visit CHSS 390

Website: http://www.shsu.edu/~psy_www/

Academic Programs

Highlights

  • Faculty-student collaborative research opportunities.
  • Local Chapter of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society for Psychology and the Psychology Club offer networking opportunities with undergraduate and graduate students and faculty.
  • Psychology faculty publish in nationally recognized scientific journals.

Suggested Minors

  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Communication Studies
  • Criminal Justice
  • Philosophy
  • Statistics
  • Special Education

Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology is a useful and interesting program of study for liberal arts students and those desiring work in such areas as human services, public relations, correctional institutions, rehabilitation facilities, program development, and research to name just a few.

Student Organizations and Activities

  • Psi Chi Chapter, the National Honor Society for Psychology, Local Chapter
  • Psychology Club

Scholarships

John D. Symonds Scholarship. The fund is established in memory of Dr. John Dobie Symonds, Associate Professor of Psychology at Sam Houston State University. Dr. Symonds published and presented scholarly papers in several areas including sleep research, cross-cultural research, and social learning theory.

Please refer to the on-line ScholarX program for information regarding all scholarship opportunities in the Program, in the Department, and at the University.

Program Specific Requirements

The courses within the Psychology Program are divided into four blocks:

Required Courses: PSY 131 <PSYC 1301>, 332 <3332>, 234 <2302>/214 <2102>*, 387<3494>/317 <3301>* Experimental Block: PSY 333 <PSYC 3333>/313 <3133>, 336 <3336>, 337 <3337>, 382 <3382>, 391 <3391>, 432 <4332>, 492 <4392> Personality-Social-Developmental Block: PSY 365 <PSYC 3365>, 374 <3374>, 381 <3381>, 431 <4331>, 434 <4334>, 491 <4391> Clinical-Adjustment Block: PSY 237 <PSYC 2307>, 289 <2315>, 331 <3331>, 334 <3334>, 371 <3371>, 383 <3383>, 385 <3385>, 488 <4388>, 493 <4393>

In order to complete a major in Psychology, a student takes 14 hours from the Required Courses plus 6 hours from each of the three remaining blocks. Six hours of elective Psychology completes the 38 semester hours required for the major.

*Please note that majors must take PSY 234 <PSYC 2302>/214 <2102>and 387<3494>/317 <3301>in the Psychology Program once the student has enrolled at Sam Houston State University, unless the course has been transferred into the program. Also, please note that, as of Fall 2009, only grades of C or above in Psychology Program courses (those with the prefix PSY/<PSYC>) will count toward the major in Psychology.

Psychology majors choose an approved minor of 18 semester hours, 6 of which must be advanced.

Minors in Psychology take 18-24 hours. Courses required of minors are PSY 131 <PSYC 1301>, 3 hours from each of the remaining three blocks, plus 6 hours PSY electives. Of these hours, 6 must be advanced, taken in residence.

Note: Students should use elective and/or minor hours to satisfy the 42 advanced-hour requirement.

Bachelor of Science
Major in Psychology

3 Digit to 4 Digit Crosswalk

Bachelor of Science - Major in Psychology
SHSU Course Number Hours Recommended Sequence
Core Curriculum
Component Area I (Communication)1 6
Component Area II (Mathematics) 3
Component Area III (Natural Sciences) 8
Component Area IV (Humanities/Visual/Performing Arts) 9
Component Area V (Social/Behavioral Sciences) 12
Component Area VI (Institutionally Designated Option) 1
Degree Specific Requirements
Natural Sciences; PHL 372 <PHIL 3372>; PHL 262 <PHIL 2303>; COM <COMS> 17
Major Core
Core 32
Major
Psychology Electives 6
Minor ( required) 18-24
Electives 8
Total Hours for Graduation:                                                                                             120

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