Major

A major in psychology begins with Introduction to Psychology, in which students study empirical approaches to psychological questions, including basic processes of learning and motivation; complex individual differences in intelligence, personality, and abnormal behavior; and social influences on aggression and attraction. Majors then select at least one intermediate-level course reflecting the diversity of psychological topics. Options include:

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Psychology of Women
  • Maturity and Old Age
  • Animal Cognition
  • Human Neuropsychology

Early in their study of psychology, majors obtain experience in planning and conducting research and in writing about their findings — skills necessary for independent research in their junior and senior years.

Before psychology majors take more advanced courses, they are required to take a course in statistics and experimental design. Here, they learn the basic principles of descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, and experimental design. In the upper-level writing-intensive courses, students apply this knowledge to intensive study of such areas as learning and motivation, memory and cognition, and developmental psychology.

In addition to the required courses, majors may also select from a broad range of non-laboratory courses, including neuroscience, clinical methods, and psychological testing.

The major in Psychology consists of ten courses:

  • PSYC 100: Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 250: Statistics and Experimental Design [Q]
  • One 200-level Psychology elective
  • One 300-level Psychology lab course drawn from PSYC 321, 322, 323, 324, 335
  • One 300-level Psychology lab course drawn from PSYC 325, 326, 327, or 330
  • Any three 300-level Psychology electives
  • Two semesters of Senior Independent study

The minor in Psychology consists of six courses:

  • PSYC 100: Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 250: Statistics and Experimental Design [Q]
  • One 200-level Psychology elective
  • One 300-level Psychology lab course drawn from PSYC 321, 322, 323, 324, 335
  • One 300-level Psychology lab course drawn from PSYC 325, 326, 327, or 330
  • One 200-level or 300-level Psychology elective

In addition to the major and minor in Psychology, a major in Cognitive Behavioral Neuroscience is also available. Offered as a track under the Neuroscience major, this concentration allows interested students the option to explore the nervous system under an interdisciplinary lens. Information about the Neuroscience major can be found here. Please note that Cognitive Behavioral Neuroscience majors may not double major with Psychology or Biology. In addition, no minor in Neuroscience is offered.

A graphical representation of the major can be found here: Psychology Major

A representation of the minor can be found here: Psychology Minor