May 23, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Psychology

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

Department Website


Chairperson: Todd K. Shackelford

Professors emeriti: Jean S. Braun, Daniel N. Braunstein, Harvey Burdick, Christine Hansen, Algea Harrison, Theodore Landau, Ralph Schillace, David W. Shantz

Distinguished professor: Todd K. Shackelford

Professors: Kevin Corcoran, Dean G. Purcell, Robert B. Stewart, Jr., Jennifer Vonk, Virgil Zeigler-Hill

Associate professors: Martha Escobar, Andrea T. Kozak, Mary B. Lewis, Debra McGinnis, Michele Parkhill Purdie, Lakshmi Raman, Cynthia Sifonis, Kanako Taku, Lisa Welling, Keith L. Williams

Assistant professors: Melissa McDonald, Matthew McLarnon

Chief adviser: Rebecca Malatesta


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 in psychology are based on the following criteria:

  • Overall grade point average of 3.2 or above and 3.5 or above in psychology courses
  • Completion of PSY 2500  and PSY 2510  and at least two 3000-level courses with a grade of B+ or above in each class
  • Completion of PSY 4510  with a grade of B+ or above
  • Completion of PSY 4998  and PSY 4999 , Honors Thesis

The Application for Departmental Honors in Psychology form must be filed to be considered for honors.

Further information is available on the departmental website or from the department chair, chief adviser, or director of Undergraduate Studies.

Schedule of classes

Specific offerings for each semester may be found in the Schedule of Classes.



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