With advisor support, this major allows students to prepare for graduate school in either psychology or expressive arts.

Psychology & Art or Music

This major requires a core set of Psychology courses specializing in counseling methodologies with a choice between a concentration in either Art or Music.


Interdisciplinary Studies Majors in Art or Music and Psychology:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the breadth of psychological theories and applications.
  2. Demonstrate a working knowledge of, and use of, specific tools and media of Fine Arts and/or Music.
  3. Synthesize and differentiate specific forms of expressive art therapy and articulate the principles inherent in them.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the historical evolution of styles, and the broad scope of cultural influence on the interplay between Music and/or Art and the healing traditions.
  5. Apply research in the field of expressive art therapy to real-life situations.
  6. Evaluate and assess psychological functioning on the level of cognitive, emotional, social, and cultural health and demonstrate the ability to accurately and thoughtfully match the needs of the individual to modalities of therapy.
  7. Integrate and communicate a command of the concepts associated with human psychological well-being, the principles of creative expressive arts, and make interdisciplinary connections between these fields.

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Katherine Zanto
Interdisciplinary Studies Program Chair
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Degree Requirements

Psychology Requirements
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
PSYC 202Human Development3
PSYC 240Social Psychology3
PSYC 291Introduction to APA Style2
PSYC 322Counseling and Clinical Psychology3
PSYC 351 or MUSC 351Art Therapy or Music Therapy3
PSYC 370Learning Theory and Cognitive Psychology3
PSYC 371Abnormal Psychology3
PSYC 415Research Methods4
PSYC 450Capstone in Psychology3
MATH 251Statistics4
Total Psychology:  34
Interdisciplinary Requirements
INTD 250Principles Interdisciplinary Studies3
INTD 300Service Learning3
INTD 493Senior Portfolio3
Total Interdisciplinary:  9
Choose either Art or Music:
Art Requirements
ARTH 110, 301, 302, 408Choose any Art History course3
DRAW 121Drawing Fundamentals3*
DESG 132Foundations of Visual Design3
PNTG 211, SCLP 210 or CERM 210Choose 2: Beginning Painting, Beginning Sculpture or Ceramics6
Studio ArtAny Intermediate or Advance Studio Art6
NWGNAny New Genres class3
Music Requirements
MUSC 310Survey of World Music3
MUSC 207Music Theory3
MUSC 225Music Appreciation3
MUINApplied Music (vocal or instrumental)9*
MUSC 390Music Internship3
MUSC 312 or MUSC 480Music and Mythology or Special Topics3
Total Art OR Music:  24
*Additional (3-4) courses suggested for a Psychology graduate school track include PSYC 325, PSYC 445 and a choice between PSYC electives (301, 303, 304, 330, 331, 335, 365, 425, 441)
*Satisfies a General Education Core Requirement
*Participation in the Junior Art Portfolio Review is recommended but optional. Please discuss with Chair of Fine Arts if interested.
Interdisciplinary Art/ Music Therapy Disciplines Requirements:67
General Education Core Requirements:30
Total Credits:  120

*Requirements listed above are based off the 2012-2013 Catalog, for other information check past catalogs or graduation requirements.