PSP Track, BA Degree (390006BA)

(Philosophy, Sociology, Psychology:  Understanding Ourselves and Others)

120 Total Credit Hours


General Education Requirement - 42 credit hours
A series of courses, required by all undergraduate students at the University of Akron, aimed at developing the ability to understand and express ideas effectively and to comprehend the processes involved in accurate thinking.

Foreign Language Requirement - 14 credit hours
Completion of the second year of a foreign language at the university level.

PSP Requirement - 54 credit hours
The 54 PSP credits must include a minimum of 15 credits in each of the following three fields:  Philosophy, Sociology, and Psychology.  By field, the 15 credit requirement must include:

Philosophy - Select 15 credits from the following courses
3600:101 or 120 Intro to Philosophy*(a) OR Intro to Ethics*(a) 3 credits
3600:371 Philosophy of Mind (e) 3 credits
3600:461 Neuroethics (e) 3 credits
3600:464 Philosophy of Science (d) 3 credits
3600:333 Philosophy of Science & Religion (d) 3 credits
3600:340 Eastern Philosophy (d) 3 credits
3600:424 Existentialism (f) 3 credits
3600:426 Phenomenology (f)

3 credits

3600:455 Philosophy of Feminism (e) 3 credits
3600:480 Seminar (on consciousness) (f) 3 credits
3600:481 Philosophy of Language (e) 3 credits
Sociology - Select 15 credits from the following courses:
3850:100 Introduction to Sociology* (a) 3 credits
3850:315 Sociological Social Psychology (f) 3 credits
3850:320 Social Inequalities (a) 3 credits
3850:340 The Family (b or c) 3 credits
3850:421 Racial and Ethnic Relations (f) 3 credits
3850:428 The Victim in Society (b or c) 3 credits
3850:433 Sociology of Deviant Behavior (b and/or c) 3 credits
3850:435 Sociology of Love (f) 3 credits
3850:447 Sociology of Sex and Gender (d) 3 credits
Psychology - Select 15 credits from the following courses:
3750:100 Introduction to Psychology* (a) 3 credits
3750:230 Developmental Psychology (a) 4 credits
3750:340 Social Psychology (b and c) 4 credits
3750:320 Biopsychology (b) 4 credits
3750:335 Dynamics of Personality (a) 4 credits
3750:345 Cognitive Processes (b and c) 4 credits
3750:420 Abnormal Psychology (a) 4 credits
3750:435 Cross-Cultural Psychology (f) 4 credits
3750:474 Psychology of Women (c) 4 credits

* This course can also be used to help meet a General Education requirement.
** Psychology electives:  students may select from other electives if deemed appropriate for the major (e.g., selected Special Topics in Psychology, 3750:480) and approved by a program advisor.

(a)  Course offered every semester.
(b)  Course offered every Fall semester.
(c)  Course offered every Spring Semester.
(d)  Course offered every 3rd semester.
(e)  Course offered every 2 years.
(f)  Course offered periodically.

The remaining 9 credits of electives (to complete the total minimum PSP requirement of 54 credits) can be taken in any one (or a combination) of the departments of Philosophy, Sociology, or Psychology.

College of Arts & Sciences requirement - 120 total credit hours
Of the 120 total credits required to graduate, 40 must be earned at the 300/400 level.
These 40 upper level credits cannot include Workshop credits.


The Department of Philosophy has the lead advising role for the PSP program.
To schedule an appointment contact:
   Philosophy:  Dr. Dimitria Gatzia, Department Chair,
For questions about courses offered by the other participating departments contact:
   Sociology:  Dr. Rebecca Erickson, Department Chair,
   Psychology:  Dr. Paul Levy, Department Chair,