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The Psychology Major

Psychology majors possess the methods and skills that enable them to evaluate published research and think critically about their own ideas and those of others. They are prepared to apply these methods to the problems of community and of the larger society. They are capable of tolerance for the views of others and able to appreciate the value of diversity. The psychology graduate is well prepared for advanced study in psychology and other fields. In addition, the psychology graduate has the skills useful for a wide range of careers, including human resources, management, marketing, and the mental health professions.

Degree Requirements

Majors pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in psychology must satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements, the College speech requirement, COMM 210; a mathematics course at the level of MATH 124 or above (MATH 124 is recommended); the courses listed below, and a sufficient number of electives to total 120 credits. Majors are encouraged to apply electives to a minor or second major.
PSYCH 100 Introduction to Psychology  
PSYCH 240 Quantitative Analysis  
PSYCH 340 Research Methods  
PSYCH 440 Experimental Psychology with Laboratory
PSYCH 446 Seminar in Psychology  
PSYCH 499 Applied Practicum in Psychology  

Alternate Courses

Students are allowed to substitute one of the following courses for PSYCH 499 Applied Practicum in Psychology. Please note that PSYCH 451 Senior Thesis has a prerequisite of PSYCH 450 Research in Psychology.
PSYCH 498 Research Practicum in Psychology  
PSYCH 451 Senior Thesis in Psychology  

Students must take one course from each of the following content areas. At least three courses must be at the 300-level or higher.


PSYCH 250 Introduction to Theories of Personality  
PSYCH 280 Introduction to Psychopathology  
PSYCH 315 Introduction to Clinical Psychology  
PSYCH 320 Forensic Psychology  
PSYCH 356 Counseling: Theory and Skills  


PSYCH 220 Psychology of Women  
PSYCH 230 Psychology of Men  
PSYCH 295 Introduction to Cross-Cultural Psychology  
PSYCH 360 Multicultural Psychology  
PSYCH 395 Themes in Cultural Psychology  
PSYCH 419 Psychology of Religion  


PSYCH 261 Introduction to Neuroscience  
PSYCH 303 Cognitive Psychology  
PSYCH 362 Animal Behavior  
PSYCH 365 Sensation and Perception  
PSYCH 367 Evolutionary Psychology  


PSYCH 211 Child Development  
PSYCH 311 Psychology of the Family  
PSYCH 312 Psychology of Adolescence  
PSYCH 313 Psychology of Infancy  
PSYCH 314 Psychology of Adulthood  


PSYCH 205 Psychology and Work  
PSYCH 255 Social Psychology  
PSYCH 310 Applied Social Psychology  
PSYCH 326 Health Psychology  
PSYCH 362 Legal Psychology  

Additional Six-Credits

Course Credits

Students take an additional six credits in psychology courses