Psychology Major

Psychology is the study of the mind and behavior. The Psychology major introduces students to the content and methods of the science of behavior and mental processes. Students survey the foundations of the field, learn about statistics and experimental design, and have an opportunity to pursue specific interests through upper-level seminars, applied internships, and supervised and independent research. The psychology major prepares students for graduate work in areas of psychology, or for work in related fields such as medicine, law, education, social work, and public policy. Students with a degree in psychology are also particularly well suited for any entry-level position that demands a solid liberal arts education.

Departmental requirements for a degree in Psychology are laid out below. While they provide a broad overview of the field, there are also opportunities both within and outside of the major to explore specific interests.

  • Students interested in cognitive and/or behavioral neuroscience should consider the Behavioral Neuroscience major, or they can focus on the Psychology courses that comprise the Behavioral Neuroscience concentration, along with Philosophy courses on philosophy of mind and of language, and Biology courses in genetics, animal behavior, physiology, and evolutionary theory.

  • Those with interests in mental health should consider Psychology courses on abnormal psychology, psychotherapy, psychological testing, neuropsychology, and learning, as well as Sociology courses on social work and the courses, drawn from a variety of departments that comprise the Health Studies minor.

For a 38-credit major in psychology, students complete the following:

PSYC 1010General Psychology3
PSYC 2810Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences4
PSYC 2820Research Methods in Psychology4
Select at least one course from each of the following five content areas: 115
Understanding Biological Processes
Behavioral Neuroscience
Drugs and Behavior
Understanding Developmental Processes
Developmental Psychology for Majors
Developmental Psychology for Majors with Lab
Understanding Cognitive and Learning Processes
Cognitive Psychology
Learning and Applied Behavior Analysis
Understanding Individual, Social, and Cultural Processes
Social Psychology
Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination
Personality Psychology
Understanding Clinical Processes and Applied Contexts
Abnormal Psychology for Majors
Human Neuropsychology
Psychological Testing
Select at least three elective courses from the content areas above or from the following:9
Experiential Learning
Internship in the Teaching of Psychology 2, 3
Supervised Research 2, 3
Neuroanatomy and Behavior
Internship in Applied Psychology
and Internship in Applied Psychology 3
Additional Electives
Psychology and the Law
Adult Development and Aging
Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Lifespan Development
Gender and Mental Health
Theories in Psychotherapy
Community Mental Health
Psychology of Diversity
Sensation and Perception
Drugs and Behavior
Special Topics (Shell)
Introduction to Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Select one Senior Seminar3
Total Credits38

Magis Core Curriculum

Beginning with the Class of 2023, all undergraduate students will be required to complete the Magis Core Curriculum. Please refer to the Curricula section of this undergraduate catalog for a detailed explanation of the Magis Core.

Concentration in Behavioral Neuroscience

Psychology majors may complete a concentration in behavioral neuroscience by completing the following, in the process of satisfying their major requirements:

PSYC 1610Behavioral Neuroscience3
Select four additional courses from the list below:12
Human Neuropsychology
Learning and Applied Behavior Analysis
Sensation and Perception
Drugs and Behavior
Special Topics (Shell) 1
Hormones and Behavior
Supervised Research 2
Senior Seminar: Current Issues in Behavioral Neuroscience
Neuroanatomy and Behavior
Special Topics: Senior Seminar 1
Independent Research 2
Total Credits15