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Requirements

The department of psychology has changed the requirements beginning with the class of 2019 and subsequent. Students in the class of 2017 and 2018 please refer to the advising worksheet below. The description below reflects the requirements for the class of 2019 and beyond.

Psychology majors must take a minimum of 10 psychology courses.

The first course taken by majors is Introduction to Psychology (Psychology 100).

Then, typically in their second year, students begin an in-depth examination of the process of psychological inquiry by taking a course in statistics (Statistics—Psychology 200) and a course in methodology (Research Methods—Psychology 201).

In the third or fourth year, students explore the historical and philosophical roots of psychology by taking History and Theory (Psychology 305).

Majors are also required to explore fundamental areas of the discipline by completing one course from each of the following three categories: Biological Processes (Physiology and Behavior, Evolution of Behavior, Cognitive Neuroscience, or Perception and Social Neuroscience), Cognitive and Behavioral Processes (Cognition and Memory, Psychology of Language, Developmental Psychology, or Learning), and Individual, Social, and Cultural Processes (Abnormal Psychology, Personality, Social Psychology, or Psychology of Adolescence).

Additionally, majors must take at least one advanced-level course in psychology and two additional electives. These courses should be chosen in accordance with a student’s own developing interests and curricular needs. An advanced course is any 300-level course, including seminars and lab classes. An elective course is any non-required course.

Note that majors must take at least one social science course outside the psychology department. Similarly, majors must take at least one natural science or mathematics course outside the psychology department. Academic advisors can assist students in selecting common requirement courses that help provide a coherent, well-integrated program of study. For a complete list of Psychology courses please see the College Catalog.