Hiram College


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 sport 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. At least 50% of major courses are to be completed at Hiram College. For full course descriptions, see the Course Catalog.

I. Core Psychology Courses (13 credits)

All four courses are required. Students must earn a C or better in all the core psychology major courses to progress forward in the major. Students having earned a 3 or better on the AP Psychology exam may waive the PSYC 10100 requirement.

  • PSYC 10100 – General Psychology
  • PSYC 21000 – Research Design and Analysis (SM)
  • PSYC 20100 – Careers in Psychology
  • PSYC 48000+48010 – Senior Capstone & Integrated Research

II. Psychology Area of Concentration and Breadth (18-24 credits)

Students are to choose a minimum of four courses from one of the two following areas of concentration, and a minimum of two courses from the other area to represent breadth in the discipline. Of this total of six courses, at least three are required to be at the 300-level.

  • Applied Health and Disability Studies
    • PSYC 25300 – Health Psychology
    • PSYC 25500 – Abnormal Psychology
    • PSYC 2xxxx – Sport and Exercise Psychology
    • PSYC 2xxxx – Human Variability
    • PSYC 36100 – Introduction to Counseling and Clinical Psychology (ES)
    • PSYC 36700 – Drug Use and Abuse
    • INTD 32650 – Exploring Ability and Disability Through Performance: Autism Spectrum Disorders
    • INTD 3xxxx – Gimpy Geezers
  • Applied Social and Behavioral Studies
    • PSYC 21800 – Personality Psychology
    • PSYC 22500 – Psychology and Film (ES)
    • PSYC 24000 – Animal Cognition
    • PSYC 2xxxx – Applied Behavior Analysis
    • PSYC 31600 – Learning Theory, Methods, and Application
    • PSYC 32700 – Biopsychology
    • PSYC 34400 – Social Psychology
    • PSYC 43200 – Stereotyping and Prejudice (UD)

III. Social Science Breadth (6-8 credits)

Students are to choose a minimum of any two (3-4cr each) courses from the following list to represent breadth in the knowledge and methodology of the social sciences. These courses were chosen to provide opportunities for contemporary intersections with applied psychological questions. Note that some courses may have prerequisites within their department.

  • Biomedical Humanities, Public Health, and Nursing (recommended for students interested in health care)
    • BIMD 34000:ES Health and Social Justice
    • BIMD 35000:IM Autobiography, Illness, and Embodiment
    • BIMD 35600:ES,SL How We Die
    • BIMD 37500:ES Issues in Women’s Health
    • PSYC/NURS 25000 Development Across the Lifespan (note, taught by Nursing)
    • PUBH 20100:MM Epidemiology & Biostatistics
  • Communication (recommended for students interested in counseling)
    • COMM 22000:CA Interpersonal Communication
    • COMM 22100 Group Interaction Processes
    • COMM 22300:CA Family Communication
    • COMM 22500 Nonverbal Communication
    • COMM 32400:CA Gender Communication
    • COMM 28000 Intro to Health Communication
  • Education (recommended for students interested in school psychology)
    • EDUC 20900/20910:UD Universal Design
    • EDUC 23100:UD Human Growth and Development and Learning Theory
    • EDUC 29000:ES Ethics of Collaboration
    • PSYC/EDUC 32400:UD Exceptionality
    • EDUC 38700 Pedagogy and Instruction
  • Integrative Exercise Science (recommended for students interested in sport psychology)
    • IES 10100 Foundations of Exercise Science
    • IES 21000 Fitness and Health Promotion and Management
    • IES 31300 Physiology of Aging
  • Sociology (recommended for students interested in social work and related areas)
    • SOAN 20100 Social Problems
    • SOAN 23900:UD Sex and Gender in Society
    • SOAN 24500 Social Movements and Collective Behavior
    • SOAN 32000 Social Deviance, Theoretical Perspectives
    • SOAN 35100 Stratification and Health
    • SOAN 35600 Sociology of Mental Health and Illness
  • Interdisciplinary
    • INTD 20200:tt Science and Culture of Sleep
    • INTD 21500 Pushing Up Daisies: Western Perspectives on Death and Dying
    • INTD 29700:ES,tt Obligations to Others
    • INTD 29900 What is Human?
    • INTD 30120 Aging Sex, and the Body
    • INTD 30210:tt Narrative Bioethics
    • INTD 39600:tt Engaged Citizenship
    • INTD 39700:tt Money, Markets, and the Mind
  • Other Social Science Course Options
    • BIOL 32800 Animal Behavior w/ lab
    • MGMT 21800 Organizational Behavior

IV. Experiential Learning (1-4 credits)

Students are to choose at least one of the following opportunities to apply their developed psychology skill set (1-4 credits). This experiential learning will connect with the Senior Capstone course, either informing or applying your capstone topic. Regardless of the option chosen, students must request departmental approval to count towards this requirement to ensure it meets the goals of the major.

  • PSYC 49800 – Internship
  • PSYC 48100 – Independent Research
  • Study Abroad/Away – must be Psychology or health field based. Examples include, but are not limited to:
    • INTD 25000:EW,tt Comparative Issues in Zambia
    • INTD 30130:EW,tt Invading Oz
    • INTD xxxxx Ireland
  • Service Learning

Departmental Honors

Majors will be encouraged by their mentor/advisor to do an internship or a research project. To be considered for departmental honors, a student must complete a minimum of 3 credit hours of internship (PSYC 49800) or independent research (PSYC 48100) under the supervision of a faculty member, and the experience and/or results must be presented to a public audience (e.g., regional conference, Sugar Day). Hours may be combined from multiple internships and/or independent research studies to reach the 3 credit hour criteria, and courses may also be taken P/NC. Any exceptions to these requirements must be discussed and agreed to by the departmental faculty.

Additional Special Opportunities

We encourage students to assist with faculty research projects or to develop their own projects. The Hiram psychology department belongs to the Ohio Consortium for Undergraduate Psychology Conferences which meets every spring. We encourage students to present their research at this and other conferences.

The department has contacts with many social service agencies in the area. Students may arrange internships or field placements which provide an opportunity to work with youth, older adults, and special populations. These human services experiences can be arranged in many different contexts, from the criminal justice system to residential or out-patient treatment facilities.

Hiram is also a member of Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology, offering students opportunities to apply for various grants to support their scholarship and leadership in the field.

Minor in Psychology

A minor in psychology consists of five courses: PSYC 10100, PSYC 21000, and a minimum of 3 additional PSYC courses, 2 in an area of concentration and 1 in the other area. At least one course must be at the 3xxxx level. Students minoring in Psychology must pass PSYC 10100 and PSYC 21000 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.