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The Psychology major is designed for students to study the science of human and animal behavior. Departmental courses provide the student with the opportunity to gain a general understanding in three different areas:

  • Brain and Behavior
  • Society and Relationships
  • Development and Potential

Courses include hands-on laboratory and field work experiences for students to gain competency and skills within the field of Psychology.

Courses within the department are designed to prepare students for graduate studies in a variety of fields ranging from legal, medical, research or business and equip them with marketable skills for a complex, dynamic global workforce.

Student learning opportunities culminate in senior capstone experiences including a required senior research thesis and options for internships in a variety of legal, clinical, educational, political and business settings. Additional research or field experience can be achieved through Independent Study and/or Internship.

Major requirements include Psychology 101, 301, 302, 401.

Four additional Courses are required, at least one from each of the following areas: Brain and Behavior PY205, PY304, PY305, PY307, PY311, PY313, PY314, PY316; Society  and Relationships: PY201, PY207, PY208, PY209, PY211, PY308, PY312, PY315;  and Development and Potential: PY202, PY203, PY204, PY206, PY212, PY306, PY310.

One course must also be one of the following: PY317 Research Methods in Cognitive Psychology or PY318 Research Methods in Behavior and Brian Sciences; PY319 Research Methods in Applied Psychology, PY320 Research Methods in Personality and Social Psychology.

Psychology majors are expected to complete a research proposal that is either theoretical, applied or empirical in orientation either within a content course, a "Research Methods in..." course or as an independent endeavor. They must have a proposal in place prior to their registration for PY401 Advanced Research Seminar.

Course Sequence - Classes of 2015 - 2017

Please refer to the College Catalogue and consult with your academic advisor for recommended course sequencing. Revised graduation requirements for each graduating class can be found in the Guide to the Core Curriculum.

Course Sequence - Class of 2018 and Beyond

Freshman Year
Conversatio I Conversatio II
Language or Natural Science Language or Natural Science
Freshman English Core Elective
Psychology 101 Psychology Elective

In the sophomore year: Psychology majors generally take Behavioral Statistics and the Foundations in Research Methods courses. They may also want to begin their electives in one of the three content areas. Depending on their placement, they may also be finishing their language requirement and may choose to fulfill other core requirements.

In the junior year:  Psychology majors would be looking to take electives in the three content areas as well as the "Research Methods in.." course in one of the areas listed above. They would also be completing core requirements. Eligible juniors may look to complete their upper level research course, Advanced Research Seminar, depending on their readiness. The rest of their schedule would be filled with core requirements or electives.

In the senior year: Psychology majors would be completing their Advanced Research Seminar in one of the two semesters and may look to take Internship in one of the two semesters as well. It is expected they would complete their Psychology electives in the three content areas and the Research Methods area if not already completed. They would complete the rest of their schedule with electives.