Majors and Minors

Psychology Major | Psychology Minor

General Distribution Requirement

All courses in psychology count toward the general distribution requirement in social science except PSYC 172 or those that are largely biological (PSYC 180, PSYC 244, PSYC 246, PSYC 248) or topical (PSYC 194, PSYC 294, PSYC 394, PSYC 494, PSYC 488) or are independent projects, internships or preceptorships. PSYC 180, PSYC 244, PSYC 246, PSYC 248 count toward the mathematics and natural science requirement.

General Education Requirements

Courses that meet the general education requirements in writing, quantitative thinking, internationalism and multiculturalism will be posted on the Registrar’s web page in advance of registration for each semester.

Additional information regarding the general distribution requirement and the general education requirements can be found in the graduation requirements section of this catalog.

Honors Program

The psychology major participates in the honors program. Eligibility requirements, application procedures and specific project expectations are available from either the department office or the Director of Academic Programs.

Further Preparation

Students concentrating in psychology, particularly those considering graduate work in psychology or related fields, may wish to take courses in the social sciences, biology, mathematics, neuroscience studies, and philosophy. Members of the department can help students decide which courses best meet their academic and vocational interests.

Topics Courses

PSYC 194, PSYC 294, PSYC 394, PSYC 494

Topics courses change annually with course descriptions available at the time of registration. The course description will give the prerequisites and whether the course will count toward the Group A, Group B, or Underrepresented Populations, Paradigms, and Perspectives (UP3) major requirements. (4 credits)

Independent Study

The department offers independent study options in the form of tutorials, independent projects, internships, and preceptorships. For more information contact the department and review the Curriculum section of the catalog.

Psychology Major

Major Requirements

The major in psychology consists of eleven courses. The distribution of courses presented for a major should conform to the following pattern:

  • One other psychology course.

No more than one independent project, internship or preceptorship can count towards the major. The capstone requirement in psychology is satisfied by  PSYC 300 - Directed Research in Psych.

Due to the high degree of potential overlap between major plans in Psychology and Neuroscience Studies, students seeking to complete both majors must list, on each plan, at least four courses that do not appear on the other plan.

Psychology Minor

Minor Requirements

Students who wish to complete a minor in psychology must complete the introductory course PSYC 100, a statistics or research methods course (MATH 155, MATH 254 or PSYC 201), and four additional courses beyond the introductory level, selected in consultation with a member of the department. At least one of these courses must be an upper level course (numbered 301 or above). Independent projects, internships and preceptorships may be included in the minor only with departmental permission.