Jan 26, 2022  
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Psychology

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(248) 370-2300
Fax: (248) 370-4612

Department Website: oakland.edu/psychology


Chairperson: Todd K. Shackelford

Professors emeriti: Edward A. Bantel, Jean S. Braun, Daniel N. Braunstein, Harvey Burdick, Christine Hansen, Ranald Hansen, Algea Harrison, Lawrence Lilliston, Ralph Schillace, David W. Shantz

Professors: Kevin Corcoran, Dean G. Purcell, Todd K. Shackelford, Robert B. Stewart, Jr.

Associate professors: Andrea T. Kozak, Mary B. Lewis, Debra McGinnis, Lakshmi Raman, Cynthia Sifonis, Jennifer Vonk, Keith L. Williams, Virgil Ziegler-Hill

Research associate professor: Kerry E. Vachta

Assistant professors: Melissa McDonald, Scott Pickett, Michele Parkhill Purdie,  Kanako Taku, Lisa Welling

Chief adviser: Mary B. Lewis


The Department of Psychology offers undergraduate programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree. The psychology curriculum is structured to meet the needs of four types of students interested in majoring in psychology: students who plan to find employment after obtaining the bachelor’s degree, students who plan to go to graduate school in psychology, students who plan to enter a field other than psychology that requires further formal training and students who have a general interest in psychology. A pamphlet, ”Majoring in Psychology at Oakland University,” is available in the department office. Students planning to major in psychology should obtain a copy of this pamphlet, which offers suggested programs of study.

Coursework more than 10 years old is not automatically accepted for credit toward the major. The department reserves the right to review such courses before accepting them for credit toward the major. An examination may be required to demonstrate proficiency in the areas covered by such courses.

Departmental Honors

Departmental honors may be awarded to graduates who have taken a 400-level research methods course (or equivalent), or who have done honors-level work resulting in a tangible product in PSY 494  or in PSY 483 , PSY 484 , PSY 485 , PSY 487 , PSY 488 , PSY 489  and achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or above in psychology courses. The student must have completed at least six psychology courses at Oakland University. It is also the student’s responsibility to file an “Application for Departmental Honors in Psychology” form.

Schedule of classes

Specific offerings for each semester may be found in the Schedule of Classes: sail.oakland.edu.



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