Class of 2024 and Forward
Requirements for Psychology Majors
Psychology’s courses are organized into four categories:
Foundation courses (100-level).
Students are exposed to major perspectives and multiple areas of psychology.
Breadth courses (200-level).
Students are introduced to specific subfields within psychology.
Depth courses (300-level).
Students study a specialized sub-field of psychology.
Mastery courses (400-level).
Students engage in in-depth study at an advanced undergraduate level in these seminars and capstone experiences.
Students majoring in Psychology are required to complete a total of twelve 3-credit courses, two 4-credit, and one 1-credit course, adhering to the below specifications. Where there is choice, students should consult with their Major Advisor to discuss which courses might best support their progress towards their career goals. For example, students interested in graduate school in the practice of clinical or counseling psychology will likely take Psychopathology, Social Psychology, and Intro to Counseling (for counseling psychology). Students interested in a research career and/or a Ph.D. should consider taking additional research courses.
- Foundation (take a minimum of 1)
- PY 101: Introductory Psychology is required of every major. Other 100-level courses (if offered) can count as electives.
- Breadth and Depth (take a minimum of 6)
- These courses move students towards competency in the knowledge of psychology theory and content, Learning Aim 1: Knowledge.
- Selected breadth/depth courses must include a) at least one course from each of the Breadth and Depth groups, b) and include at least one breadth course (200-level) and at least one depth course (300-level).
- Information and Quantitative Literacy (take a minimum of 2)
- The courses with this designation emphasize information and quantitative literacy and help students develop skills in consuming and producing research. These courses encourage students’ progress towards Learning Aim 2: Research; they help students understand and apply research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and reporting of findings. Information and Quantitative Literacy courses cannot be used to fulfill the Breadth/Depth courses requirement.
- Diversity, Ethics, and Justice (take a minimum of 1)
- Courses that provide a special emphasis on human diversity, ethics, and justice encourage students to engage deeply with themes that are cross-cutting in psychology. Through these courses, students make progress towards Learning Aim 5: Diversity, Ethics, and Justice and learn how to weigh evidence, think critically, act ethically, and recognize and understand the complexity of individual and societal diversity, all in the spirit of promoting social justice. Courses in this group cannot be used to fill the Breadth/Depth course requirement.
- Professional Readiness (take a minimum of 1)
- Courses in this category encourage professional development and support students’ abilities to communicate effectively in psychology and support students’ progress towards Learning Aim 3 - Communication. These courses expose students to the myriad professions and day-to-day pursuits of individuals who study psychology. PY 200, Professional Development, a 1-credit course, fulfills this requirement.
- Mastery (take a minimum of 2)
- 400-level courses are capstone courses designed to encourage high impact teaching practices that occur towards the end, or near end, of a students’ progression through degree requirements. These courses may solidify understanding of the science of psychology by integrating knowledge from multiple courses, may provide intensive study on one area of psychology, and/or may be defined by experiential learning through research projects or semester-long internships. These courses emphasize Learning Aim 4: Application of Psychology and Learning Aim 3 - Communication as well as at least one other learning aim specified in the course description.
- Electives (take a minimum of 2)
- Students must complete two additional courses of their choosing from any group at the 200, 300, or 400-level.
In addition to these courses, Psychology majors are required to complete statistics 110, 210, or 265; as well as either BL 105 or BL 121. A recommended (not required) core math/science course is CS 105.
Courses marked with an asterisk are required for all Psychology Majors.
PY 101: Introductory Psychology*
Breadth and Depth
Learning, Cognition, & Behavioral Neuroscience
PY 205: Educational Psychology
PY 221: Psychology of Learning
PY 222: Cognitive Psychology
PY 223: Biopsychology (PY 331)
PY 224: Sensation and Perception (PY 333)
PY 225: Sleep, Circadian Rhythms, and Behavior (PY 334)
PY 332: Human Neuropsychology
PY 422: Special Topics in Learning, Cognition, & Behavioral Neuroscience
PY 244: Life Span Development
PY 341: Child Development (PY 241)
PY 342: Adolescent Development (PY 242)
PY 343: Adult Development (PY 243)
PY 445: Aging and Society (PY 245)
PY 423: Special Topics in Developmental Psychology
Social and Personality Psychology
PY 201: Social Psychology
PY 203: Psychology of Personality
PY 262: Industrial/Organizational Psychology
PY 265: Forensic Psychology (PY 421)
PY 351: Interpersonal Behavior
PY 352: Group Process
PY 424: Special Topics in Social & Personality Psychology
Clinical, Counseling, and Health Psychology
PY 202: Psychopathology
PY 261: Introduction to Health Psychology
PY 250: Introduction to Counseling (PY 323)
PY 325: Controlling Stress and Tension
PY 326: Substance Abuse: Diagnosis and Treatment
PY 430: Child Psychopathology (PY 420)
PY 425: Special Topics in Clinical, Counseling, and Health Psychology
Information and Quantitative Literacy
PY 291: Research Methods I (with Lab)*
PY 292: Research Methods II (with Lab)*
PY 305: Research Practicum
PY 310: Psychological Tests and Measurements (PY 413)
PY 401: Independent Study I (PY 300)
PY 402: Independent Study II (PY 400)
PY 414: Advanced Statistics with Computer Applications
PY 418: Research Seminar in Psychology I
PY 419: Research Seminar in Psychology II
PY 426: Special Topics in Information and Quantitative Literacy
Diversity, Ethics, and Justice in Psychology
PY 253: Multicultural Issues in Psychology
PY 270: Gender, Culture, and Madness
PY 354: Psychology of Religion (PY 255)
PY 355: Psychology of Gender (PY 256)
PY 356: Black Psychology (PY 257)
PY 410: Contemporary Issues in Psychology (PY 353)
PY 404: Ethics in Psychology
PY 415: Psychological Systems and Theories
PY 427: Special Topics in Diversity, Ethics, and Justice in Psychology
PY 200: Professional Development* (1 credit course)
PY 435: Field Experience in Psychology I
PY 436: Field Experience in Psychology II
Interdisciplinary Major in Psychology
Students may choose psychology as one component of an interdisciplinary major.
Eight 3- and 4-credit psychology courses and one 1-credit course are required to fulfill the psychology portion of the interdisciplinary major, specifically:
- PY 101 - Introductory Psychology*
- PY 200 - Professional Development in Psychology (1 credit)*
- PY 291 - Research Methods I (with Lab)*
- PY 292 - Research Methods II (with Lab)*
- Four other PY 200 or 300-level courses chosen with the guidance of the academic advisor
- One Mastery (PY 400-level) course
Interdisciplinary majors also take a statistics course-ST 110 (for B.A. students only) or ST 210 or ST 265-as a math core requirement, and Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (BL 105) or Organismal Biology (BL 121) as one of their core natural science requirements (except biology/psychology majors who take a specific set of biology courses, as detailed under Biology). The remainder of the major courses are selected according to the requirements of that discipline, and certain interdisciplinary combinations stipulate courses that must be taken.
The popular combination of biology/psychology is often chosen by those students who would like to eventually pursue medical school, graduate school in health psychology, or a career in research (see requirements under Biology).
Psychology/sociology majors may take SC 342/SC 383 to fulfill the PY 291 /PY 292 requirement. In this instance, students should select two additional PY courses to fulfill the eight course requirement for the interdisciplinary major. Students interested in pursuing a graduate program in psychology are advised to take PY 291/PY 292. Those interested in pursuing a graduate program in sociology are advised to take SC 342/SC 383.