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Psychology Combined Majors

An undergraduate degree in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences requires that a student complete at least 120 credit hours in courses. Typically, a student will dedicate about 40 hours to a major, about 35 credit hours to courses in the core curriculum, and the remaining 45 credit hours to other, "elective" courses. This provides a student with several options:

  • The student may use all 45 credit hours to sample courses in a broad range of fields, thus contributing to the student's general education.
  • The student may use about 20 of these credit hours to complete a minor in a second discipline, leaving about 25 truly elective credit hours.
  • A student may use almost all of these 45 credit hours to complete a second major, specializing in two disciplines, but leaving little opportunity for a broader education.

The Combined Major provides a fourth option—one that may be preferable to any of those above. Combined majors require more coursework than a regular major, but less coursework than completing a major in each subject area separately (i.e., double majoring). Students completing a combined major receive one degree in a combination of disciplines rather than two degrees in different disciplines.

A student in a Combined Major completes about 30 credit hours—the most important courses—in each of two disciplines. A student with such a degree is often more appealing to a prospective employer or graduate program than a student with a major in one discipline and a minor in the other (even though the Combined Major requires the same number of credit hours as a major in one field and a minor in the other).

For course descriptions, visit the online Class Search.

Psychology and Anthropology

Psychology (27 hours)

  • SW 250, Psychological Inquiry
  • PS 210, Research Methods/Statistics I
  • PS 211, Research Methods/Statistics II
  • PS 310, Advanced Statistics in Psychology
  • PS 320, Life Span Developmental Psychology
  • PS 350, Social Psychology
  • PS 440, Psychology of Personality

Two of the following:

  • PS 202, Learning
  • PS 235, Biological Bases of Behavior
  • PS 385, Cognitive Process

Anthropology (27 hours)

  • SW 215, Being Human
  • AN 101, First Year Seminar
  • AN 350, Anthropological Methods
  • AN 352, Ethnography
  • AN 390, Development of Anthropological Thought
  • Five additional  courses at 300-level or higher

Program elective (3 hours)

  • Any Psychology or Anthropology course at the 300-400 level

(Each department may determine acceptable substitutions.)

Psychology and Criminology

Psychology (30 hours)

  • SW 250, Psychological Inquiry
  • PS 202, Learning
  • PS 210, Research Methods/Statistics I
  • PS 211, Research Methods/Statistics II
  • PS 235, Biological Bases of Behavior
  • PS 310, Advanced Statistics in Psychology
  • PS 320, Life Span Developmental Psychology
  • PS 350, Social Psychology
  • PS 440, Psychology of Personality
  • Select one Seminar or Thesis:
    • PS 412, Advanced Applied Neuroscience
    • PS 413, Neuroscience of Drugs
    • PS 415, Psychological Testing
    • PS 420, History of Psychology
    • PS 475, Advanced Seminar in Cognitive Psychology
    • PS 476, Advanced Seminar in Biopsychology
    • PS 477, Advanced Seminar in Social Psychology
    • PS 478, Advanced Seminar in Developmental Psychology
    • PS 479, Advanced Seminar in Applied Psychology
    • PS 499, Honors Thesis

Sociology (30 hours)

Core Requirements (12 cr hrs)

  • SW 200-SO Understanding Society
  • SO 391 Social Theory Seminar (WAC; prereq:  SW200-SO, two sociology courses, Junior standing)
  • SO 393 Social Research seminar (prereq:  SW 200-SO, SO 293 or PS 211, one sociology course,Junior Standing)
  • SO 486 Senior Research Seminar (SAC; prereq: SO 391, SO 393, Senior)

(Note:  SO 499 honors Thesis may be completed in place of SO 486.)

Required Courses (12 credit hours)

A. Two required courses:

  • SO 321 Crime and Society (prereq of SW 200-SO and Junior standing)
  • SO 345 Deviance and Social Control (prereq of SW 200-SO and Sophomore standing)

B. Inequality-One from the following:

  • SO 326 Gender, Race and Crime
  • SO 323 Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SO 317 Gender and Society
  • SO 329 Sociology of Racism

C. Transnational-One from the following:

  • SO 355 Interantional Crime
  • SO 331 Latin American Societies (SL)
  • SO 334 Immigration

Criminology Electives (6 credit hours)

  • SO 311 Law and Society or SO 351 Punishment and Society
  • SO 326 Gender, Race and Crime
  • SO 339 Violence, Media and Culture
  • SO 352 Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System
  • SO 353 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency (SL)
  • SO 355 International Crime

Community Engagement Requirement

Students must complete and internship (SO 484, SO 485) or a service learning course (SL).

Psychology and Philosophy

Psychology (27 hours)

  • SW 250 Psychological Inquiry
  • PS 210 Research Methods/Statistics I
  • PS 211 Research Methods/Statistics II
  • PS 310 Advanced Statistics in Psychology
  • PS 385 Cognitive Processes
  • PS 440 Psychology of Personality

One of the following seminars or equivalent:

  • PS 412, Advanced Applied Neuroscience
  • PS 413, Neuroscience of Drugs
  • PS 415, Psychological Testing
  • PS 420, History of Psychology
  • PS 475, Advanced Seminar in Cognitive Psychology
  • PS 476, Advanced Seminar in Biopsychology
  • PS 477, Advanced Seminar in Social Psychology
  • PS 478, Advanced Seminar in Developmental Psychology
  • PS 479, Advanced Seminar in Applied Psychology

Psychology Electives:  Student must complete A and B (6 hours)

  • A.  Either PS 202 (Learning) or PS 235 (Biological Bases of Behavior)
  • B.  Either PS 320 (Lifespan Developmental) or PS 350 (Social Psychology)

Philosophy (21 hours)

  • PL 310, Introduction to Logic
  • PL 311, History of Ancient Philosophy
  • PL 313, History of Modern Philosophy
  • PL 343, Philosophy of Science
  • PL 346, Philosophy of Mind
  • PL 360, Ethics/Value Theory cause
  • PL 400, A 400-level philosophy course

Program Elective (3 hours)

  • Any philosophy or psychology course at the 400-level

Psychology and Political Science

Psychology (27 hours)

  • SW 250, Psychological Inquiry
  • PS 202, Learning
  • PS 210, Research Methods/Statistics I
  • PS 211, Research Methods/Statistics II
  • PS 235, Biological Bases of Behavior
  • PS 310, Advanced Statistics in Psychology
  • PS 320, Life Span Developmental Psychology
  • PS 350, Social Psychology
  • PS 440, Psychology of Personality

Program elective—ONE Seminar (3 hours)

  • Either a second semester of PO 490 or one of the following seminars:
    • PS 412, Advanced Applied Neuroscience
    • PS 413, Neuroscience of Drugs
    • PS 415, Psychological Testing
    • PS 420, History of Psychology
    • PS 475, Advanced Seminar in Cognitive Psychology
    • PS 476, Advanced Seminar in Biopsychology
    • PS 477, Advanced Seminar in Social Psychology
    • PS 478, Advanced Seminar in Developmental Psychology
    • PS 479, Advanced Seminar in Applied Psychology

Political Science (27 hours)

  • PO 201, Research and Analysis
  • Any TWO of the following:
    • PO 101, Introduction to Politics
    • PO 131, Introduction to US Politics
    • PO 141, Introduction to International Politics
    • PO 151, Introduction to Comparative Politics
    • PO 210, Basic Political Thought
    • PO 220, Community Mediation
  • 18 hours of PO courses at the 300-level or above, including at least one semester of PO 490

Psychology and Sociology/Social Work

Psychology (30 hours)

  • SW 250, Psychological Inquiry
  • PS 202, Learning
  • PS 210, Research Methods/Statistics I
  • PS 211, Research Methods/Statistics II
  • PS 235, Biological Bases of Behavior
  • PS 310, Advanced Statistics in Psychology
  • PS 320, Life Span Developmental Psychology
  • PS 350, Social Psychology
  • PS 440, Psychology of Personality
  • Select one seminar or thesis:

    • PS 412, Advanced Applied Neuroscience
    • PS 413, Neuroscience of Drugs
    • PS 415, Psychological Testing
    • PS 420, History of Psychology
    • PS 475, Advanced Seminar in Cognitive Psychology
    • PS 476, Advanced Seminar in Biopsychology
    • PS 477, Advanced Seminar in Social Psychology
    • PS 478, Advanced Seminar in Developmental Psychology
    • PS 479, Advanced Seminar in Applied Psychology
    • PS 499, Honors Thesis

Sociology (30 hours)

  • SW 200-SO Understanding Society
  • SO 205 Contemporary Social Issues
  • SO381 Social Work and Social Policy
  • SO 383 Social Work Methods
  • SO 385 Practice Skills in Social Work
  • SO 391 Social Theory Seminar (WAC; prereq:  SW 200-SO, two Sociology courses, Junior standing)
  • SO 393 Research Methods Seminar (prereq: SW 200-SO, SO 293 or PS 211, one Sociology course, Junior standing)
  • SO 486 Senior Research Seminar (SO 391W, SO 393, Senior standing) (3 cr. hrs.)

NOTE: SO 499 Honors Thesis may be completed in place of SO 486, Senior Research Seminar.

Select one course from the following:

  • SO 301 The Family and Gender Roles or SO 341 Self and Society
  • SO 323 Racial and Ethnic Relations or SO 329 Sociology of Racism
  • SO 326 Gender, Race & Crime or SO 347 Urban Community
  • SO 345 Deviance and Social Control or SO 353 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
  • SO 331 Latin American Societies or SO 335 Global Society
  • SO 370 Select Topics in Social Work or SO 380 Select Topics in Sociology (with permission of Department Chair)

Community Engagement (three hours to be applied toward major)

SO 484 (3 hours) or SO 485 (6 hours)

The information found on this website with respect to major/minor/program requirements is primarily directed at providing prospective students a general roadmap of the curriculum.  Current Butler students are expected to review their degree audit report at my.butler.edu and speak with their advisor regularly for detailed information regarding their specific degree requirements and their progress toward degree completion.