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The Psychology program begins with an introductory course and a core of common courses that familiarize students with the many different theoretical and methodological approaches to psychology. In these courses, students survey a wide range of psychological subfields and explore the relevance of psychology to current social issues and everyday life.

In addition, students acquire a basic understanding of the principles of scientific research and critical thinking applicable not only to psychology, but to all the sciences. Psychology courses numbered 351-359 have a primary focus on basic research in psychology; courses numbered 361-379 integrate psychological research and theories with other disciplines or focus on applications of psychology. These courses help to engage in scientific psychological research; utilize psychological theory, methods and data in addressing applied questions; and think richly, systematically and critically about the personal experiences, interpersonal interactions, social issues and problems they will encounter throughout their lives.

General Education Requirements

The Department offers one course that meets the Quantitative Reasoning component of the Analytical Reasoning Requirement, PSYC 245; one course that fulfills the International component of the Perspectives on Diversity Requirement, PSYC 362; two courses that fulfill the Domestic component of the Perspectives on Diversity Requirement, PSYC 364 and 379; one course that fulfills the Writing Intensive Requirement, PSYC 343; and three courses that meet the Wellness Requirement, PSYC 368, 373 and 374.

The Major

Majors are required to complete:

  • PSYC 115 Introduction to Psychological Perspectives or PSYC 116 Behavior, Health Care and Society
  • PSYC 210 Social Psychology
  • PSYC 220 Adult Psychopathology
  • PSYC 230 Human Development
  • PSYC 245 Research Methods and Statistics
  • PSYC 250 Brain and Behavior
  • PSYC 440 Senior Capstone Experience
  • PSYC 486 Senior Comprehensive Research
  • One Psychology course from those numbered 351-359
  • One Psychology course from those numbered 361-379
  • One additional Psychology course from those numbered 351-379

A total of 35-37 credits is required for the Major.

The Minor

Minors are required to complete:

  • PSYC 115 Introduction to Psychological Perspectives or PSYC 116 Behavior, Health Care and Society
  • PSYC 245 Research Methods and Statistics
  • Three of the following courses:
    • PSYC 210 Social Psychology
    • PSYC 220 Adult Psychopathology
    • PSYC 230 Human Development
    • PSYC 250 Brain and Behavior
  • One Psychology course from those numbered 351-379