Program Requirements

Majors must take a minimum of 10 courses in Psychology. 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 in Psychology—Psychology 201). In the third year, students explore the historical and philosophical roots of psychology by taking History and Theory of Psychology (Psychology 205).

Majors are also required to explore fundamental areas of the discipline by completing one course from each of the four following categories: Biological Psychology (Physiological Psychology, Evolution of Behavior, or Learning), Cognitive Psychology (Sensation and Perception, Cognition and Memory, Psychology of Language, or Cognitive Neuroscience), Developmental Processes (Developmental Psychology, Psychology of Adolescence, Psychology of Aging, or Culture and Development), and Individual and Social Processes (Abnormal Psychology, Personality, or Social Psychology). Additionally majors must take at least one advanced-level course in psychology and an elective. 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 fulfill the college’s common requirement in the social sciences by taking at least one social science course outside the Psychology Department. Similarly, majors must fulfill the common requirement in the natural and mathematical sciences by taking 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.