Program Description

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 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 both 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 21500 is a minimum grade of C in PSYC 10100. PSYC 21400 and/or PSYC 21500 mayalso required prior to enrolling in any of the Psychology Content Courses.

I. Psychology General courses

PSYC 10100 – General Psychology
PSYC 21400 -- Descriptive Methods and Statistics
PSYC 21500 – Experimental Methods and Statistics


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

a. Psychology of Behavior

PSYC 31600 – Learning:Theory, Methods and Application
PSYC 32700 – Biopsychology

b.  Developmental Psychology

PSYC 21600 – Psychology of Childhood
PSYC 26200 – Psychology of Adolescence and Early Adulthood

c.  Social/Cognitive Psychology

PSYC 34400 -- Social Psychology

PSYC 36600 -- Cognitive Psychology

d.  Abnormal Psychology

PSYC 25500 -- Abnormal Psychology

III. Psychology Elective courses

Students choose a minimum of three (3-4 hour) psychology courses.  One of these courses must be advanced (30000-40000 level).

IV. PSYCH 48000 – Senior Seminar

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 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: Psychology 10100, 21400, 21500 and three additional courses, one of which must be a content area course. Content area courses are Learning:Theory, Methods and Application (PSYC 31600), Biopsychology (PSYC 32700), Psychology of Childhood (PSYC 21600), Psychology of Adolescence and Early Adulthood (PSYC 26200), Social Psychology (PSYC 34400), Cognitive Psychology (PSYC 36600) and Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 25500). Students minoring in Psychology must pass both Psychology 10100, 21400 and 21500 with a minimum grade of C. One type of minor could be a specialization in one of the content areas.  We recommend you discuss your selection of courses with a faculty adviser from the department.

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Department Courses:

  • General Psychology
  • Descriptive Methods and Statistics
  • Experimental Methods and Statistics
  • Learning: Theory, Methods, and Application
  • Industrial Psychology
  • Psychology of Creativity
  • Animal Cognition
  • Development Across the Life Span
  • Health Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Psychology of Childhood
  • Psychology of Adolescence and Early Adulthood
  • Program and Policy Evaluation
  • Exceptionality
  • Biopsychology
  • Animal Behavior
  • Social Psychology
  • Positive Psychology
  • Introduction to Counseling and Clinical Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Drug Use and Abuse
  • Junior Seminar
  • Stereotyping and Prejudice
  • Personality
  • Senior Seminar
  • Field Experience/Internship
  • Independent Research