Psychology is the scientific study of the psychological, biological and contextual determinants of human behavior. Here at UW Tacoma, we see Psychology as a liberal art as well as a rigorous social science.
Our program is ideal for students who plan to work as professional psychologists and need a sound preparation for graduate study. This major is also for students who plan a career in fields dealing with people, such as nursing, teaching, social work, guidance and human resources, and those who want to understand human behavior as part of a well-rounded education.
In our program, you will gain understanding in core areas such as abnormal/personality and developmental psychology. Our courses emphasize human diversity and/or focus on contemporary cultural issues.
Our advanced courses integrate traditional psychology education with applied topics that emphasize the intersectionality of Psychology with different approaches to understanding and working with social problems.
Psychology Degree Requirements
For more questions or concerns regarding courses in the Psychology degree please contact your advisor or the division or the Psychology major coordinator, Associate Professor Hyoung Lee.
Completing the following lower-division prerequisites (100- or 200-level) are necessary before declaring the Psychology major. A minimum grade of 2.0 is required for each prerequisite course.
One general or introduction to psychology course (TPSYCH 101 or equivalent)
Two psychology foundation courses chosen from more than one of the following areas:
Upon completion of your degree, students in the Psychology major should:
Be familiar with the major theoretical approaches and historical trends in psychology.
Understand the core concepts and methodologies of psychology, including what scientific psychology is, the contributions and limitations of different methods of empirical research and be able to apply research methods, including design, data analysis and interpretation.
Be able to read and interpret psychological research verbally and in writing.
Understand that human behavior may have some common determinants and also great diversity including individual differences and variations based on differences such as culture, ethnicity, social class, gender and sexual orientation. Maintain awareness and sensitivity to diverse populations.
Be able to synthesize theories and methodologies across disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.
Understand the application of psychological principles to the understanding of social issues.
A BA in Psychology prepares students to pursue careers in human services, community service, mental health and social services, psychology, nonprofits, business, and human resources.