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2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Psychology

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

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Chairperson: Todd K. Shackelford

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

Professors: Ranald D. Hansen, Dean G. Purcell, Todd K. Shackelford, Robert B. Stewart, Jr.

Associate professors: Mary B. Lewis, Sylvie Adeline Lombardo, Debra McGinnis, Cynthia Sifonis, Keith L. Williams

Assistant professors: Andrea T. Kozak, Scott Pickett, Michele Purdie, Lakshmi Raman, Kanako Taku

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.

Course work 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 experimental 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.

Programs & Cores

Psychology, B.A. 

Psychology Minor 

Courses Descriptions

The department offers selected courses from this catalog as warranted by student needs and availability of faculty: Department of Psychology .

Schedule of Classes

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

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