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2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Psychology Major, B.A. (General Psychology Concentration)

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Department Information

Department of Psychology
PO Box 70649
Phone: (423) 439-4424
Web Address: www.etsu.edu/cas/psychology

The primary goals of the Department of Psychology are to encourage and support the scientific investigation of behavior and mental processes. The department’s undergraduate curriculum provides general and intensive courses of study within psychology, with concentrations in general psychology, clinical psychology, child psychology, and health professions. All programs of study provide a well-rounded education within psychology, both for students interested in pursuing post-baccalaureate employment in psychological and human service related professions, and for students interested in pursuing postgraduate study in psychology and related fields. The Health Professions concentration prepares students for medical school applications. 

In addition to the requirements listed, a student majoring in psychology must complete requirements for the General Education Core and the College of Arts and Sciences requirements for the B.A. or B.S., listed in this catalog under the College of Arts and Sciences. Students are expected to read the catalog to determine requirements for the degree they are seeking. Students are responsible for knowing the program requirements.


Contact the Center for Advisement and Student Excellence (CASE) to schedule an appointment with your advisor. Visit the CASE website (https://www.etsu.edu/cas/case/) or call (423) 439-5602.

Transfer Students

Transfer students majoring in psychology should contact a CASE advisor for advising as soon as possible. This will ensure that the student’s previous work will be coordinated efficiently with ETSU requirements.

Graduate Study

The Department of Psychology offers a Ph.D. in psychology with concentrations in clinical psychology and experimental psychology. Further information on graduate programs is provided in the Graduate Catalog. 

Degree Requirements: 120 credits

Compass Core Curriculum

41-42 credits
Major Total Requriement 38 credits
     Major Core    (32 credits)
     Concentration    (6 credits)
Minor 18-24 credits
Free Electives 16-23 credits
TOTAL 120 credits

Suggested Four-Year Program of Study: PSYC-BA (PSYG)  

College of Arts and Sciences : Visit link to view the complete list of B.A. degree requirements.

  • Completion of a foreign language course numbered 2020 or above with a grade of C- or better. Students may be required to take courses numbered 1010, 1020 and/or 2010 based on a placement test or equivalent.
  • Non-U.S. History (3 credits)
  • MATH 1530  or MATH 1910  

Compass Core Curriculum     

These requirements include earning 40-43 credits in Strengthening Foundations, Understanding Natural and Social Worlds, Exploring Connections, Cultivate Artistic Awareness, and Growing as an Individual and Global Citizen categories.

Major Specific courses listed in Compass Core Curriculum courses:

Total Requirements for Psychology Major: 38 credits

Grade Requirement: No grade of C- or below will be accepted in the Psychology major courses that begin with the PSYC prefix.

Psychology Major Core Requirement: 32 credits

General Psychology Concentration: 6 credits

  • PSYC Electives (6 credits)

Minor: 18-24 credits

Free Electives: 16-23 credits

Major Field Test

A major field test is required for graduating students. Please see advisor for more information.

Additional Information

Click here to view Degree and Graduation Requirements  for all ETSU students.

CSCI 1100  or Proficiency exam: Must be completed to meet Bachelor’s Degree Requirements. CSCI 1100  has arequired lab course, CSCI 1150 .

Most minors range from 18-24 credits. Those few minors with more than 24 credits may affect the number of free electives allowed.

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