An overview of the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology is given in this section of the catalog.
The requirements for the graduate programs are extensive and tailored, to some extent, to the specific student and the specific graduate program in psychology. These requirements are also revised regularly to align with the relevant accrediting agencies, such as the American Psychological Association (for the clinical and counseling psychology Ph.D. programs) and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (for the experimental psychology concentration in human factors, with combined B.A.–M.A. and M.A.–Ph.D. options).
Students in the clinical and counseling psychology Ph.D. programs are only admitted for the doctoral degree, but they may elect to complete the requirements for the optional master's degree during their work toward the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology or the Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology.
Students in the experimental psychology graduate programs are typically admitted for the doctoral degree, although a small number may be admitted for a terminal master's degree or for a combined B.A.–M.A. degree. The combined B.A.–M.A. degree entails a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in experimental psychology, with a concentration in human factors. The Ph.D. in General Experimental Psychology offers concentrations in cognitive/applied cognitive psychology, human factors, and social psychology.
Extensive details are available at www.psychology.ttu.edu in the online handbooks for each graduate program. Application forms and instructions for the graduate programs are also available online.
The undergraduate psychology curriculum is designed to provide a core of knowledge of the subject matter in experimental, theoretical, and applied psychology. Sufficient curricular flexibility is provided to permit students to emphasize the acquisition of useful vocational and personal skills for later life and to prepare students for a graduate degree program in psychology, related fields, or both.
All undergraduate psychology majors must complete the following core program: PSY 1300, 2400, and 3401 (with 2400 as a prerequisite). All majors also must select at least one course from each of six groups:
The required number of hours for the major is 35, including two writing intensive courses in psychology. Courses designated as writing intensive are PSY 3301, 3318, 3401, 4300, 4310, 4320, and 4336. Other courses are designated as writing intensive on a rotating basis. The writing intensive courses must be taken at Texas Tech University. At least 21 hours of the total credits toward the major must be taken from 3000- or 4000-level courses. Transfer students who major in psychology must complete at least 9 credit hours in psychology at Texas Tech. All psychology majors must have a minor.
Minor – Students who are majoring in some field other than psychology and wish to minor in psychology must complete at least 18 credit hours in psychology, including PSY 1300 and at least three courses numbered at the 3000- or 4000-level. Transfer students who minor in psychology must complete at least 6 credit hours in psychology at Texas Tech.
Grades below C in psychology courses will not be acceptable for fulfilling major or minor requirements.
In addition to offering regularly structured courses, the department provides opportunities
to participate in various research and service activities of faculty members. These
are particularly valuable for the student who intends to pursue a career in psychology.
Interested students should confer with an advisor or any of the faculty. Such activities
may contribute to the completion of major and/or minor requirements through enrollment
in PSY 4000 during the junior and senior years. Six hours of PSY 4000 may be counted
toward the major and 12 hours may be counted toward the degree.
The American Psychological Association accredits the clinical and counseling psychology doctoral program. The accrediting association can be contacted at: American Psychological Association, Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First Street N. E., Washington, DC 20002-4242, 202-336-5979, 202-336-6123 (TDD/TYY) 202.336.5978 (fax). The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society accredits the experimental psychology graduate programs with a concentration in human factors.
The programs in clinical psychology and counseling psychology only admit students for the doctoral degree. During their pursuit of the doctoral degree, however, students may elect to earn an optional master's degree. There are not terminal master's degree admissions for clinical psychology and counseling psychology. A non-thesis master's degree in psychology typically requires successful completion of at least 36 credit hours of required coursework at Texas Tech, plus successful completion of other program requirements like the second-year research project and certain statistics courses. A doctoral degree in psychology has some variance in the required total hours because of such factors as the differences between doctoral psychology programs, diversity of student interests, range of academic backgrounds, and other practical issues. Doctoral students in psychology at Texas Tech typically earn approximately 90-120 credit hours of required coursework in their graduate program before successfully completing their doctoral degree. In addition, other doctoral program requirements must be completed successfully before the doctoral degree is awarded.
The doctoral program in experimental psychology does admit a few students for terminal master's degrees in experimental psychology, although the majority of students in this program are admitted for the doctoral program in experimental psychology. Doctoral students also complete requirements for a master's in experimental psychology as they pursue their doctorate in three concentration areas: cognitive/applied cognitive psychology, human factors, and social psychology. The human factors concentration is also available in a combined B.A.–M.A. version in which the bachelor's degree is awarded in psychology and the master's degree is awarded in experimental psychology with a concentration in human factors.
All the doctoral programs in psychology require courses specific to their own specialty, along with more general psychology courses that are department-wide requirements for graduate students, such as research methods, statistics, and some of the psychological bases of behavior (e.g., biological, cognitive, developmental, social, and historical bases of behavior). Courses in ethical and professional issues, multicultural issues and underserved populations, and supervision and consulting for the provision of psychological services are also required in some graduate programs (e.g., clinical psychology and counseling psychology).
All doctoral students are required to complete a second-year research project or its equivalent (e.g., an empirical master's thesis), doctoral qualifying exams specific to each doctoral program in the department, and a dissertation. Students in some of the programs, such as clinical psychology, counseling psychology, and the human factors concentration within experimental psychology, also complete numerous practicum courses and an approved internship. Interdisciplinary study with other relevant and cooperating departments/colleges on campus is also available. For example, some psychology doctoral students take elective human sciences courses such as child and adolescent development. Doctoral students with a human factors concentration in experimental psychology may choose engineering topics such as industrial, organizational, and computer engineering.
Application instructions and forms for psychology are available at www.psychology.ttu.edu. Deadlines for receipt of the complete application are December 1 for the clinical psychology doctoral program, January 1 for the counseling psychology doctoral program, and January 15 for the experimental psychology doctoral program.
Many graduate courses in psychology—and all graduate courses in psychology with a practicum component—are limited to full-time graduate students who are officially admitted and enrolled in one of the psychology degree graduate programs. Full-time graduate students from other degree programs must get written permission from the instructor before enrolling in a psychology graduate course.
Lee Cohen, Ph.D., Chairperson
John G. Skelton, Jr. Regents Endowed Professor: Morgan
Presidential Endowed Chair: Tang
Professors: Clopton, Cogan, Cohen, Delucia, Marshall, Richards, Taraban, Young
Associate Professors: Borrego, Cook, Cukrowicz, Epkins, Garos, Jones, Mumma, Robitschek, Serra
Assistant Professors: Alquist, Brown, Davis, Gorman, Hohman, Ireland, Klein, Littlefield, Parent, Piña-Watson, Talley, Van Allen