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Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Psychology


The interdisciplinary program in Sociology/Psychology, leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree, is administered jointly by the Departments of Sociology and Psychology. The degree was developed to provide a complementary course of study for students interested primarily in social and human service fields, as well as those wishing to pursue graduate training in social work leading to a master’s degree in that field.

Course Requirements

The Sociology/Psychology major requires 42 semester hours of coursework split evenly between the two fields. Three courses in Sociology plus an additional four courses in Sociology or Social Work are required.

For Psychology the requirements are:


PSY211: General Psychology

PSY230: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

PSY260: Developmental Psychology

PSY354: Abnormal Psychology


Also, three additional courses in Psychology are to be chosen by the student in consultation with an advisor. Two of these last three courses must be numbered 300 or above. In addition, only three credits of PSY499: Supervised Field Experience or COOP468: Internship may be used to meet the requirements of the major.


Because the program is a Bachelor of Arts, there is an additional requirement that students demonstrate proficiency in modern language equal to four semesters of study. We have found that this level of skill is an advantage in finding employment and is a valuable adjunct to the major course requirements.


Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for this program are the same as those for admission to the university. To earn the degree, the student must have a minimum cumulative quality-point average (QPA) of 2.00 for all course work. Of the 120 credit hours required for the degree, 39 are normally at the 300-level or above.

Students who wish to transfer or who have completed an associate degree program at a regionally accredited community college, college, or university could submit as many as 75 credit hours in transfer toward this degree. A minimum of 45 hours must be completed through Clarion.



"As a Sociology/Psychology major at Clarion University, I was fortunate to obtain a liberal education. The program enabled me to expand my perspective on American society, difference between and across cultures, and gain a deeper understanding of society and human behavior. When I began this program, I started looking at my options for graduate school and what I wanted to earn my doctorate degree in. I decided that pursing a career in higher education as a professor would provide me with the opportunity to give back to other students, what was given to me. I have a desire to instill young minds with education as it was done for me."

-Geovanni Miller


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