Name: Dr. Fennoyee A. Thomas
Interim Chair and Associate Dean
Phone: 713.313.1037


The mission of the Department of Psychology is to contribute to the development of an individual who will assume a productive role in society upon completion of a liberal education. To fulfill its mission, the Department of Psychology imparts 1) knowledge, skills, and values related to the science and application of psychology; and 2) knowledge, skills, and values consistent with a liberal arts education that are further enhanced by the discipline of psychology. After successful completion of the curriculum plan in psychology,

  1. students will demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology;

  2. students will understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation;

  3. students will value and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes;

  4. students will understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues;

  5. students will be able to weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.

Students wishing to pursue either the B.A. in Psychology or an undergraduate minor in Psychology must satisfy the ASSET requirements and remediate identified deficiencies, and must petition the Department for admission by completing the appropriate form available through the Department Office. Students applying to declare either major or minor in Psychology must present evidence of having an overall GPA of 2.25 or better, must submit official copies of their transcripts, must have completed PSY 131 (General Psychology) as a prerequisite to all other Psychology courses with a grade of “B” or better, and must have their petitions reviewed by the department. Students are notified of the departmental decision within thirty (30) days after submission of their petitions. Upon admission to the Department, students are each assigned an official advisor, and they are expected to keep the Department Office informed of changes in contact information including home and mailing addresses and telephone number up to graduation.

To reiterate, students must gain admission to the University; must satisfy ASSET requirements; and must fulfill prerequisites noted above.  Once all University requirements have been fulfilled, students can apply to the Department to declare an undergraduate major (or minor) in Psychology.  The admission of eligible students into the Psychology major (or minor) is subject to the approval of departmental and college administration. Once admitted, each student is assigned an official advisor who provides comprehensive advisement that is on-going as he or she progresses toward the successful completion of the degree plan or minor requirements in Psychology.

For the B.A. degree in Psychology, students must declare a minor in another academic discipline (as first-time seekers of an undergraduate degree) at the University and must earn grades of “C” or better in all Psychology and minor courses undertaken. (Grades of “C-” are unacceptable in these courses.) In selecting a minor, psychology majors should seek detailed advisement from their designated advisors, because the selection of a minor having representative courses in the core curriculum of study could impact the total number of credits required. In no case will students qualify for graduation at the undergraduate level with fewer than 120 semester credit hours satisfactorily completed. Prior to graduation, candidates for the B.A. degree in Psychology must also complete an exit examination in the Department.

For a minor in Psychology, twenty-one (21) semester credit hours are required through enrollment in six specified courses (credit values indicated) and one elective course. The specified courses are as follows: PSY 231 (3 credits), PSY 234 (3 credits), PSY 235 (3 credits), PSY 331 (3 credits), PSY 433 (3 credits), and PSY 435 (3 credits). The elective course may be selected from one of the following three-credit courses: PSY 332, PSY 333, PSY 336, PSY 432, PSY 434, PSY 436, PSY 439, PSY 461, and PSY 463. Students must earn grades of “C” or better in the seven (7) courses constituting the minor. As is the case for the major in Psychology, minor courses completed by a Psychology Major in another academic discipline must be completed with grades of “C” or better, where grades of “C-” are unacceptable.
For further information regarding the Psychology major or minor requirements, contact the Department Office at 713-313-7344.

The Department of Psychology is located in the College of Liberal Arts and Behavioral Sciences in Suite 302 on the third floor of the Mickey Leland/Barbara Jordan Building.