College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department of Psychology

Curriculum Overview

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"The individual attention I received and the research opportunities available to me within the Butler University Psychology Department helped lay the foundation for my success in graduate school."

Amanda Kras, Class of 2004
Fourth Year Graduate Student in the Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Students may major (generally 39 credit hours) or a minor (generally 21 credit hours) in psychology. Students majoring in psychology earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. The links on this page will allow you to see the requirements for the psychology major and a suggested plan of coursework for completing the major in four years, as well as the requirements for the minor.

Students may also double-major in psychology and another discipline, or a combined major in psychology and another discipline.  To complete a double major, a student must complete, independently, all of the requirements for each major.  A combined major allows a student to re-allocate the credit hours necessary to complete a major in one discipline and a minor in another (about 60 credit hours) in a more balanced manner.  By allocating about 30 credit hours to each discipline in a combined major, a student covers the core material in each field and is able to pursue graduate studies in either discipline, or in a field that is associated with both disciplines.  For example, students who have completed the sociology-psychology combined major have had great success pursuing a career in social work. The Department of Psychology offers combined majors in conjunction with the programs in anthropology, criminology, philosophy, political science and sociology.  Students wishing to pursue a double major in a combined major should consult their academice adviser.