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A major in psychology enables students to pursue a variety of post-baccalaureate activities. Many psychology majors continue their studies in graduate school, where they may specialize in such areas as clinical, counseling, developmental, experimental, physiological, social, or sports psychology. Others enroll in a variety of professional programs such as law, medicine, education, speech pathology, rehabilitation, or social work. Some enter directly into careers such as management, human services, rehabilitation, data analysis, or recreational supervision. Some of our majors obtain employment as a direct consequence of an undergraduate internship.

Psychology Major

Students considering psychology as a major or minor are encouraged to seek a mentor/adviser in the department before making any final decision. Acceptance as a major is contingent on a student passing General Psychology (PSYC 10100), Descriptive Methods and Statistics (PSYC 21400), and Experimental Methods and Statistics (PSYC 21500), with a minimum grade of C. A prerequisite for enrolling in PSYC 21400 or 21500 is a minimum grade of C in PSYC 10100. PSYC 21400 and/or PSYC 21500 may also be required prior to enrolling in any of the Psychology Content Courses. At least 50% of major courses are to be completed at Hiram College.

I. Psychology General courses (17 credits)

  • PSYC 10100 – General Psychology
  • PSYC 21400 – Descriptive Methods and Statistics
  • PSYC 21500 – Experimental Methods and Statistics
  • PSYC 20100 – Careers in Psychology
  • PSYC 39000 – Junior Seminar

II. Psychology Content courses (must take one from each pair: other can count as elective) (16 credits)

  • Psychology of Behavior (pre-req. PSYC 21500)
    • PSYC 31600 – Learning: Theory, Methods and Application
    • PSYC 32700 – Biopsychology
  • Developmental Psychology (pre-req. PSYC 10100)
    • PSYC 21600 – Psychology of Childhood
    • PSYC 26200 – Psychology of Adolescence and Early Adulthood
  • Social/Cognitive Psychology (pre-req. PSYC 21400 & 21500)
    • PSYC 34400 – Social Psychology
    • PSYC 36600 – Cognitive Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology (pre-req. PSYC 21400)
    • PSYC 25500 – Abnormal Psychology

III. Psychology Elective courses (6-8 credits)

  • Students choose a minimum of two (3-4 hour) psychology courses.

IV. Senior Capstone (4 credits)

  • PSYC 48000 – Senior Seminar
  • PSYC 48010 – Integrated Research in Psychology

Departmental Honors

Many majors will be encouraged by their mentor/adviser to do an internship or a research project. In order to be considered for departmental honors, a student must complete a minimum of 3 hours in either an internship or independent research under the supervision of a faculty member. Any exceptions to these requirements must be discussed and agreed to by the departmental faculty.


We strongly recommend that majors enrich their background with an introductory course in computer programming, a field experience (29800) or internship (49800), an independent research project (48100) or special topics courses (28000, 28100).

Minor in Psychology

A minor in psychology consists of six courses: PSYC 10100 and a minimum of five additional courses within a “track” that contains at least one methods course and at least one content area course (outlined below). Students minoring in Psychology must pass PSYC 10100 and PSYC 21400/21500 with a minimum grade of C. Students must have a minor faculty advisor in Psychology to discuss additional course selections. At least 50% of minor courses are to be completed at Hiram College, and must include at a minimum one content course. (*=students wishing to take both content courses within a track may use the second as one of their elective courses)

  • Psychobiology of Behavior track
    • PSYC 21500
    • PSYC 31600 or PSYC 32700
    • 3 electives*
  • Developmental Psychology track
    • PSYC 21400 or PSYC 21500
    • PSYC 26100 or PSYC 26200
    • 3 electives*
  • Social/Cognitive Psychology track
    • PSYC 21400
    • PSYC 21500
    • PSYC 34400 or PSYC 36600
    • 2 electives*
  • Abnormal track
    • PSYC 21400
    • PSYC 25500
    • 3 electives

Departmental Elective Course Options:

  • Personality
  • Psychology and Film
  • Psychology of Creativity
  • Animal Cognition
  • Exceptionality
  • Health Psychology
  • Positive Psychology
  • Introduction to Counseling and Clinical Psychology
  • Drug Use and Abuse
  • Stereotyping and Prejudice
  • Field Experience/Internship
  • Independent Research

For full descriptions, see the Course Catalog.