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General Studies

The General Studies requirements for Chadron State College are available on a separate page for easy reference.

Mission

The mission of the psychology program at Chadron State College is to support the College, the Department of Counseling, Psychology & Social Work, & the larger community by providing learning experiences that inspire student achievement, instill ethics & values, promote service, & facilitate lifelong learning. Psychology students will develop the knowledge, understanding, appreciation, discipline, & skills that will enable them to function personally & professionally as informed & socially responsible citizens. Students will be prepared to pursue graduate training, careers within the disciplines, or careers in affiliated areas.

Student Learning Outcomes

The Psychology program at Chadron State College has adopted the student learning outcomes or goals suggested by the American Psychological Association (APA) for undergraduate programs in psychology. Individual students who have completed a psychology major should show progress toward the following learning goals:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, & historical trends in psychology. (Knowledge Base of Psychology)
  • Understand & apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, & interpretation. (Research Methods in Psychology)
  • Respect & use critical & creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior & mental processes. (Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology)
  • Understand & apply psychological principles to personal, social, & organizational issues. (Application of Psychology)
  • Value empirical evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, & reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a science. (Values in Psychology)
  • Demonstrate information competence & the ability to use computers & other technology for many purposes. (Information & Technological Literacy)
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of formats. (Communication Skills)
  • Recognize, understand, & respect the complexity of sociocultural & international diversity. (Sociocultural & International Awareness)
  • Develop insight into their own & other's behavior & mental processes & apply effective strategies for selfmanagement & self-improvement. (Personal Development)
  • Pursue realistic ideas about how to implement their psychological knowledge, skills, & values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings. (Career Planning & Development)

The Degree of Bachelor of Arts with a Subject Major in Psychology

Students majoring in Psychology are required to complete a minor in another subject area. Courses required for the major do not count for the General Studies Requirement (PSYC 421).

Number Course Title Hours
PSYC 131 General Psychology 3
PSYC 234 Cognitive Psychology 3
PSYC 238 Introduction to Behavioral Statistics 3
PSYC 331

PSYC 434
Social Psychology
or
Organizational Psychology
3
PSYC 332

PSYC 334

PSYC 336
Child Psychology
or
Developmental Psychology
or
Adolescent Psychology
3
PSYC 390 Internship in Psychology 3
PSYC 421 Culture & Psychology 3
PSYC 430 Intro to Physiological Psychology 3
PSYC 432 Research Design in Psychology 3
PSYC 433

PSYC 435
Abnormal Psychology
or
Theories of Personality
3
PSYC 438 Advanced Behavioral Statistics 3
PSYC 442 Modern & Historical Psyc Perspectives 3
Total hours 36

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Minors in Psychology

Psychology minors are designed for non-psychology majors.

Psychology Minor

Number Course Title Hours
PSYC 131 General Psychology 3
PSYC 234 Cognitive Psychology 3
PSYC 238 Introduction to Behavioral Statistics 3
PSYC 331 Social Psychology 3
PSYC 332

PSYC 336

PSYC 334
Child Psychology
or
Adolescent Psychology
or
Developmental Psychology
3
PSYC 432 Research Design in Psychology 3
* Upper level electives 3
Total hours 21
* Electives: May include any course with a Psychology prefix or a course approved by the student’s advisor & the Chair of the Department of Counseling, Psychology, & Social Work.

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Organizational Psychology Minor

Number Course Title Hours
PSYC 234 Cognitive Psychology 3
PSYC 238 Introduction to Behavioral Statistics 3
PSYC 331 Social Psychology 3
PSYC 432 Research Design in Psychology 3
PSYC 434 Organizational Psychology 3
PSYC 421 Culture & Psychology 3
PSYC 435 Theories of Personality 3
Total hours 21

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Social & Personality Minor

Number Course Title Hours
PSYC 234 Cognitive Psychology 3
PSYC 331 Social Psychology 3
PSYC 332

PSYC 334

PSYC 336
Child Psychology
or
Developmental Psychology
or
Adolescent Psychology
3
PSYC 421 Culture & Psychology 3
PSYC 433 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSYC 435 Theories of Personality 3
PSYC 437

PSYC 439
Case Mgmt & Interviewing Model
or
Group Processes
 
Total hours 21

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Psychology & the Legal System Minor

Number Course Title Hours
PSYC 234 Cognitive Psychology 3
PSYC 239 Introduction to Forensic Psychology 3
PSYC 331 Social Psychology 3
PSYC 421 Culture & Psychology 3
PSYC 433 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSYC 435 Theories of Personality 3
PSYC 449 Advanced Forensic Psychology 3
Total hours 21

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