Department of Psychology, Philosophy, and Religious Studies
Dr. Gary E. Brown, Chair
325E Andy Holt Humanities Building
Gary E. Brown, Phil E. Brown, David H. Cooper, James F. Fieser, David A. Gibson, Norman S. Lillegard, F. Louis Mauldin, Michelle M. Merwin, Henry H. Parker, Jeremy G. Turner, William H. Zachry.
Majors and Minors
The department offers a broad range of courses and provides the kind of educational experience needed to prepare students for post-graduate study or a career in some psychology-related field. Advanced training at the master's or doctor's level is required in order for one to become a professional psychologist or a psychology professor in college.
Students who do not go to graduate school will find an undergraduate degree in psychology helpful if they seek employment in such areas as advertising, public relations, personnel work and the news media. Also, persons with bachelor's degrees in psychology are being hired to work under the supervision of doctoral level psychologists in such settings as state institutions, mental health clinics, counseling centers, youth guidance centers, testing centers and corrections work. Solid job opportunities are found in the State of Tennessee as well as the nation at large.
Philosophy Major and Religious Studies Concentration
Through their curricular and extracurricular programs the Philosophy and Religious Studies faculty introduce the student to a wide variety of influential philosophical and religious concerns and styles of inquiry in both Western and non-Western thought. Students are assisted in thinking critically and creatively about human existence, meaning, and the nature of reality, and can acquire increased capacity for logical analysis, appreciation of values, deepened self-knowledge, and an understanding and enjoyment of diverse ideas and systems.
The habits of mind developed through studies in philosophy or religion have ready applications in many different fields. They are of special value for those preparing for careers in law, public and governmental service, ministry, psychology, education, and writing. Persons educated in philosophy have been employed as technical consultants by computer firms, as consultants in business ethics by corporations, and as experts on biomedical ethics by hospitals and medical schools. A large variety of employment is available within the religious communities for those with expertise in religious studies and philosophy.
In addition, persons educated in philosophy and religious studies are well prepared for graduate training in philosophy and religion and for other types of graduate and professional studies. Impressive statistical data indicate that students with undergraduate majors in philosophy or their equivalents score higher in both the verbal and quantitative parts of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and in Law School (LSAT), Business School (GMAT), and Medical School Admissions tests than do students with other undergraduate majors (Economist; Medical School Admission Requirements; American Philosophical Association Proceedings).
Studies in philosophy and religion are also essential for seminary education in many cases. A Pre-Theological Advising Program is available for those persons who wish to pursue religious vocations and advanced seminary and theological education.
The department is housed in a comfortable, modern building. Exceptionally fine laboratory facilities are available to students for use in laboratory courses and in the conduct of individual research projects. One laboratory is compartmentalized for small group or child observation, interviewing and psychological testing. An animal laboratory provides research subjects and sophisticated behavioral and surgical equipment. A computer terminal is available to students for the purposes of statistical analysis, research simulation, and computer-aided instruction.
Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology, is available to psychology majors or minors who have completed nine hours of psychology and are currently registered for, or have already completed, at least three additional hours. A minimum psychology GPA of 3.2 and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 are required.
The Psychology Club is available to anyone interested in psychology. Field trips, speakers, and various other activities are provided for members.
Philosophy Forum (membership open to all) provides an opportunity for philosophical discussion, and seeks to promote interest in philosophical studies, to provide an opportunity for the publication of works in philosophy, to encourage friendship among persons of philosophical temperament, and to promote the ideals in philosophical education.
B.A. or B.S. Curriculum. A major in Psychology must complete one of the following two options. A minor is required for the B.A. curriculum but is optional for the B.S. curriculum.
Non-Graduate School Option. This option consists of the following courses: Psychology 110-120, 290, 295, 475, 480; at least one course from each of the following three groups: (a) Psychology 312, 313; (b) Psychology 320, 330, 470; (c) Psychology 350, 450; and one upper division psychology elective. No more than six upper division hours may be taken prior to completing 290 and 295 with a grade of C or better.
Graduate School Option. This option is for students wishing to pursue graduate study. The student must have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 and take the following courses: Psychology 110-120, 290, 295, 312, 313, 320, 350, 450, 470, 475, and 480. No more than six upper division hours may be taken prior to completing 290 and 295 with a grade of C or better.
B.A. or B.S. Curriculum. A minor consists of the following courses: Psychology 110-120 and 12 additional hours of upper division psychology courses.
B.A. Curriculum. A major consists of Philosophy 210, 401, and twenty-four (24) additional hours of upper division philosophy courses. The philosophy elective courses are to be selected in terms of the student's educational and career goals and with the approval of an advisor in philosophy. Philosophy 110-120 are prerequisites to the major and may be used to meet general education requirements for the B.A.
B.A. or B.S. Curriculum. A minor consists of the following courses: Philosophy 110-120 and an additional 12 hours of philosophy, at least nine hours of which must be courses numbered 300 or above.
B.A. or B.S. Curriculum. No major is offered. A minor consists of the following courses: Religious Studies 201 and 15 hours of upper division religious studies courses.
Description of Courses