Requirements

  • Major and Minor in Psychology

    Requirements for the Major:

    To graduate  with a major in psychology, a  student must: (a) complete nine courses (as specified below), each with a grade of C- or better, (b) earn at least a C average (2.0) in all psychology courses selected to fulfill those major course requirements, and (c) take a comprehensive major exam in the senior year (described below).

    • Psychology 110: Introduction to Psychology
    • Psychology 221: Research Methods and Statistics I
    • Psychology 222: Research Methods and Statistics II
    • 2 of the following 4 courses:
      • Psychology 255: Social Psychology
      • Psychology 330: Motivation & Emotion
      • Psychology 350: Abnormal Psychology
      • Psychology 375: Personality
    • 2 of the following 4 courses:
      • Psychology 310: Sensation and Perception
      • Psychology 320: Learning
      • Psychology 360: Cognitive Psychology
      • Psychology 370: Neuroscience and Behavior
    • 1 additional Psychology course
    • The Senior Studies Requirement may be completed in either of the following ways:
      • 1 400-level Psychology course
      • Senior thesis

    Senior Majors’ Exam

    In the senior year, each major is required to take a comprehensive major exam. Its purpose is to provide an additional source of feedback to the Department of Psychology and to the individual student about the educational experience in psychology. Graduation with a major in psychology requires taking the exam at the scheduled time. Individual and group scores are reviewed annually by psychology department faculty for use in program evaluation. Each graduating senior receives an individual score report for self-evaluation.

     

    Requirements for the Minor

    To graduate with a minor in psychology, a student must: (a) complete six courses (as specified below), each with a grade of C- or better, and (b) earn at least a C average (2.0) in all psychology courses selected to fulfill the minor requirements outlined below.

    • Psychology 110: Introduction to Psychology
    • Psychology 221: Research Methods and Statistics I
    • Psychology 222: Research Methods and Statistics II
    • 1 of the following 4 courses:
      • Psychology 255: Social Psychology
      • Psychology 330: Motivation & Emotion
      • Psychology 350: Abnormal Psychology
      • Psychology 375: Personality
    • 1 of the following 4 courses:
      • Psychology 310: Sensation and Perception
      • Psychology 320: Learning
      • Psychology 360: Cognitive Psychology
      • Psychology 370: Neuroscience and Behavior
    • 1 additional Psychology course

     

    Additional Information on Curricular Planning:

    In addition to the requirements outlined here, the department asks students to consider the following issues:  

    Science and Mathematics

    Success in psychology is enhanced by substantial exposure to scientific and quantitative material. Therefore, psychology majors (especially those considering graduate work) are encouraged to take courses in other sciences and in mathematics.

    Research

    Psychology majors—especially those considering graduate study in psychology—are strongly encouraged to seek out additional research experiences. On-campus research opportunities include assisting a faculty member with his or her research, developing a research project in collaboration with a faculty member, and designing an independent project and conducting it under faculty supervision. Course credit may be granted for student-designed or collaborative research under the heading of a research project or senior thesis. Such projects sometimes result in student-faculty coauthored publications. Off-campus research opportunities are made available to students through research internships.

    Internships

    Off-campus internships in social service agencies, hospitals, research labs and other applied educational, organizational, or legal settings allow students to cultivate skills in counseling, teaching, research and other areas in preparation for later professional training or employment. Students’ practical experiences are put into perspective in weekly seminar discussions on campus with a faculty member and the other students who are completing internships that semester. All such internships in psychology are done within the framework of the practicum course, Psychology 380.

    Career Preparation

    Some Psychology courses are especially helpful for those considering  specific types of careers. Psychology 325 and Psychology 345 will help students prepare for careers in business or other organizations. Psychology 210, Psychology 318, and Psychology 320 are of special interest to those pursuing careers in education. Psychology 430 is of particular value to pre-law students, while pre-med students will benefit from taking Psychology 310, Psychology 370, and Psychology 450.