Psychology majors must take a minimum of 10 psychology courses. A maximum of 14 may be taken.
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 Judgment and Decision Making), 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.
- PSYC 100: Introduction to Psychology
- PSYC 200: Statistics
- PSYC 201: Research Methods
- PSYC 305: History and Theory
3 Fundamental Area Courses
1 course in Biological Processes
- PSYC 220: Perception and Social Neuroscience
- PSYC 221: Physiology and Behavior
- PSYC 235: Cognitive Neuroscience
- PSYC 253: Evolution of Behavior
1 course in Cognitive and Behavioral Processes
- PSYC 223: Learning
- PSYC 225: Developmental Psychology
- PSYC 236: Cognition and Memory
- PSYC 237: Psychology of Language
- PSYC 238: Judgement and Decision Making
1 course in Individual, Social, and Cultural Processes
- PSYC 226: Personality
- PSYC 227: Social Psychology
- PSYC 228: Psychology of Adolescence
- PSYC 229: Psychopathology (formerly Abnormal Psychology)
Developing Interests Courses
- 3 Elective Courses, at least one of which must be an advanced (i.e., 300 level) course
- Social Science Course outside the psychology department
- Natural Science Course outside the psychology department
Advanced Placement Credit
Students with AP credit in psychology are awarded advanced placement in the curriculum and forfeit that credit if they take PSYC100 Introduction to Psychology. AP credits count toward the minimum number of 10 of courses required in the major.