2024-2025 Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog

Psychological Science, B.A.

A minor is required with this major.

Requirements: (42 credits)

Required Courses:

PSY 112Introduction to Psychology


PSY 113Exploring Psychology


PSY 136Life-Span Development


PSY 301Research Methods in Psychological Science I


PSY 302Research Methods in Psychological Science II


PSY 330Abnormal Psychology


PSY 490History & Systems of Psychology


One course is required from each of the following categories:


PSY 371Personality Psychology


PSY 372Social Psychology



PSY 441Sensation and Perception


PSY 450Biopsychology



PSY 200Learning & Memory


PSY 281Cognitive Psychology



PSY 420Cross-Cultural Psychology


PSY 430Intergroup Relations


PSY 412Diversity of Latino/a Psychology


and 9 credits of psychology electives

Accelerate Central Program in Psychological Science


Students apply in the Spring of their third year of full-time study and must meet the requirements specified below:  

  1. Completed 83 earned credit hours by the end of the Fall semester of their third year of full-time study.  At least 30 credits must have been earned at CCSU.
  2. Completed PSY 301 and PSY 302 (research methods) with at least a B.
    *Student who have completed 
    PSY 301 but still need to complete PSY 302 may be conditionally admitted. Students that earn lower than a B in PSY 302 will not meet the qualifications for the Accelerate Central graduate program and will be dismissed.
  3. Have at least a 3.3 cumulative grade point average.
  4. Have at least a 3.0 grade point average in Psychological Science courses.

Eligible students can apply for admission to the Accelerate Central B.A./M.A. in the Spring of their third year of full-time study.  Selected students may be able to complete a B.A. in Psychological Science and a M.A. in Psychology in as few as 5 years of full-time study.  For accepted students, three graduate courses will double-count as three undergraduate Psychological Science elective courses. In addition, students may take a fourth graduate course during their final undergraduate year; this course will be excluded from the student’s B.A. program and transferred into the student’s M.A. program.


How to Apply

Students will submit Change of Major form, a personal statement*, and one recommendation letter from a CCSU Psychology professor to their undergraduate advisor by February 10th of their junior year. The documents will go through the proper parties for review and approval, including the Graduate Program Director. Once the form has been approved by all required parties, the Registrar’s Office will change the student’s undergraduate curriculum to note the Accelerate Central program.   

 *The personal statement should present the applicant's professional goals and any specific experiences that helped prepare applicant for the M.A. Psychology program, such as relevant employment, research or training, internships, etc.


Note: After acceptance, students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

In addition, in order to graduate, students must complete the Psychology Exit Survey. The Exit Survey will be administered by the department every semester.

Note: PSY 112 (C- or higher) and STAT 215 (C- or higher) are prerequisites for PSY 301.