The Psychology Major curriculum is structured to ensure an exploration of the diversity of topics that compose the modern field of Psychology. It provides courses in which students can think deeply and critically about human behavior, mental life, and the nature of inquiry into the human condition. Furthermore, it is designed to provide students with a foundation in both the natural science and social science perspectives in Psychology with enough flexibility and depth to prepare undergraduates for any number of career paths.
Our discipline is a broad one in which we study human behavior from multiple perspectives, from the biological to the social/cultural. Our introductory course PSYC 100 Introduction To Psychology surveys the intellectual range of the field. Majors are then required to further sample this breadth in taking one course from each of Psychology’s fundamental areas (Biological Processes; Cognitive and Behavioral Processes; and Individual, Social, and Cultural Processes). Moreover, majors are required to take a two-semester sequence of courses—Statistics (PSYC 200 Statistics) and Research Methods PSYC 201 Research Methods)—in which they learn the methodological tools that psychologists use to investigate psychological phenomena. Majors further investigate specific areas within the discipline with three developing interest courses (four electives, one of which must be an advanced course). The department also provides students with ample opportunity to work independently under the individual direction of their professors, including courses for advanced study (PSYC 470 Directed Readings ) and research (PSYC 480 Research Projects). Our faculty is actively engaged in research on a variety of topics, including the neurobiology of learning and memory, cognitive development in children, interpersonal coordination, face perception, the neuropsychological basis of attention, social and cultural psychology, emotional dysregulation and eating disorders, and stigma. Many of the department’s majors have presented papers at regional and national undergraduate and professional meetings and have published their work in professional journals.
Department Advanced Placement Policy
Students with AP credit in psychology (a score of 4 or 5) are awarded advanced placement in the curriculum and forfeit that credit if they take Psychology 100, Introduction to Psychology. AP credit counts toward the minimum number of courses required in the major. Students with AP credit in Psychology should contact the department chair to discuss enrollment in an appropriate 200-level course.
The Psychology Major changed in 2019. For previous versions of this major, visit the Archives.
Majors must take a minimum of 10 courses in psychology as well one mathematics or natural science course and one social course outside of Psychology.
|Introduction To Psychology|
|Select one course in each of the following areas:|
|Physiology and Behavior|
|Evolution of Behavior|
|Cognitive and Behavioral Processes:|
|Cognition & Memory|
|Psychology of Language|
|Judgment and Decision Making|
|Individual, Social, and Cultural Processes:|
|Personality and the Life Story|
|Psychology of Adolescence|
|Three electives at any level including the following courses or any non-required course (e.g., any fundamental area or advanced course):|
|Developmental Science & Educ|
|Food Nutrition & Health|
|One elective at the 300 level:|
|History & Theory|
|Science, Medicine & the Holocaust|
|Biology of Mental Disorders|
|Drug Abuse: Brain and Behavior|
|Neuroanatomy & Behavior|
|Cognition Across Cultures|
|Processes in Psychotherapy|
|Eating and Its Disorders|
|Substance Use, Misuse and Abuse|
|Consciousness & Control|
|Seminar: Gender-Role Development|
|Seminar: Face Perception|
|Rational Choice/Irrational Mind|
|Seminar: Language Thought and Culture|
|Psychology of Stigma|
|Seminar: Resilience and Development|
|Stress & Neuroplasticity|
|Mind, Body, Health & Medicine|
|One social science course outside of Psychology.|
|One natural science or mathematics course outside of Psychology.|
Note: Academic advisors can assist students in selecting courses that help provide a coherent, well-integrated program of study.