Psychology Major

Students must also complete the Undergraduate Registration Requirement and the degree requirements of their home school.

Course Title
Department Courses (11 units)
3 core courses:
Introduction to Psychology
Statistical Methods in Psychology (or approved substitute)
Research Methods in Psychology
8 additional courses:
At least 2 must be personality, clinical, or social psychology (PSYCH courses numbered 212-219, 300-319, 360-369, 390). See list below.
At least 2 must be cognitive psychology or neuroscience (PSYCH courses numbered 220-239, 320-339, 370-379, 391, or approved COG SCI courses). See list below.
At least 1 must be cross-cutting or integrative (PSYCH courses numbered 240-259, 340-359, 380-389, 392). See list below.
At least 1 must be upper-level research (PSYCH courses numbered 360-392, 397-2, 398-1,2,3). See list below.
At least 2 must be at the 200 level; COG_SCI 210-0 and COG_SCI 211-0 may count toward this requirement.
At least 3 must be at the 300 level.
A course may count toward more than one of these categories, but the total number of courses must be at least 8.
Related Courses (5 units)
2 200-level mathematics courses
3 additional units of credit chosen from the following:
Any 200-level mathematics course
Introduction to Cognitive Modeling
Introduction to Computer Programming
Fundamentals of Computer Programming
Tools and Technology of the World-Wide Web
Any course outside of psychology and cognitive science counting toward the WCAS Area I natural sciences requirement
AP credits in biology, chemistry, environmental science, and physics
With department consent, PSYCH 380-0 may count as a related course

Personality, Clinical, or Social Psychology Courses

Course Title
PSYCH 213-0Social Psychology
PSYCH 215-0Psychology of Personality
PSYCH 303-0Psychopathology
PSYCH 306-0Introduction to Clinical Psychology
PSYCH 308-0Cognitive Behavior Therapy
PSYCH 310-0Special Topics in Social/Clinical/Personality
PSYCH 311-0Psychology of Attitudes
PSYCH 313-0Relationship Science
PSYCH 317-0The Holocaust: Psychological Themes & Perspectives
PSYCH 360-0Personality Research
PSYCH 364-0Social and Personality Development
PSYCH 366-0Stereotyping & Prejudice
PSYCH 367-0Child Psychopathology
PSYCH 369-0Psychological Tests & Measures
PSYCH 390-0Advanced Seminar in Personality, Clinical, or Social Psychology

Cognitive Psychology or Neuroscience Courses

Course Title
PSYCH 221-0Introduction to Neuroscience
PSYCH 228-0Cognitive Psychology
PSYCH 320-0Intermediate Neuroscience
PSYCH 324-0Perception
PSYCH 325-0Selected Topics in Neuroscience and Psychophysiology
PSYCH 327-0Brain and Cognition
PSYCH 328-0Brain Damage and the Mind
PSYCH 330-0Special Topics in Cognition/Neuroscience
PSYCH 333-0Psychology of Thinking
PSYCH 336-0Consciousness
PSYCH 338-0Psychology of Instructional Design and Technology
PSYCH 370-0Cognitive Development
PSYCH 372-0Language and Cognition
PSYCH 373-0Decision Making
PSYCH 374-0Human Memory
PSYCH 378-0Images of Cognition
PSYCH 379-0Neuroscience & Behavior Laboratory
PSYCH 391-0Advanced Seminar in Cognition or Neuroscience
COG_SCI 210-0Language and the Brain
COG_SCI 211-0Learning, Representation & Reasoning

Cross-Cutting or Integrative Courses

Course Title
PSYCH 244-0Developmental Psychology
PSYCH 245-0Presenting Ideas & Data
PSYCH 248-0Health Psychology
PSYCH 249-0Buddhist Psychology
PSYCH 340-0Psychology and Law
PSYCH 341-0Positive Psychology: The Science of Well-Being
PSYCH 342-0Evolutionary Psychology
PSYCH 343-0Psychology of Beauty
PSYCH 344-0Cultural Psychology
PSYCH 348-0Psychology of Gender
PSYCH 350-0Special Topics in Psychology
PSYCH 354-0Deception: Processes and Detection
PSYCH 356-0Native Americans and Environmental Decision Making
PSYCH 380-0Advanced Statistics & Experimental Design
PSYCH 381-0Children & the Law
PSYCH 383-0Psychology and Food
PSYCH 387-0Consumer Psychology and Marketing Research
PSYCH 392-0Advanced Seminar in Psychology

Upper-level Research Courses

Course Title
PSYCH 360-0Personality Research
PSYCH 364-0Social and Personality Development
PSYCH 366-0Stereotyping & Prejudice
PSYCH 367-0Child Psychopathology
PSYCH 369-0Psychological Tests & Measures
PSYCH 370-0Cognitive Development
PSYCH 372-0Language and Cognition
PSYCH 373-0Decision Making
PSYCH 374-0Human Memory
PSYCH 378-0Images of Cognition
PSYCH 379-0Neuroscience & Behavior Laboratory
PSYCH 380-0Advanced Statistics & Experimental Design
PSYCH 381-0Children & the Law
PSYCH 383-0Psychology and Food
PSYCH 387-0Consumer Psychology and Marketing Research
PSYCH 390-0Advanced Seminar in Personality, Clinical, or Social Psychology
PSYCH 391-0Advanced Seminar in Cognition or Neuroscience
PSYCH 392-0Advanced Seminar in Psychology
PSYCH 397-2Advanced Supervised Research 2
PSYCH 398-1Senior Thesis Seminar
PSYCH 398-2Senior Thesis Seminar
PSYCH 398-3Senior Thesis Seminar

Honors in Psychology

Majors with strong academic records and an interest in pursuing honors should submit an application in spring of junior year. Course grades and research experience are both considered in selecting participants. Students typically enroll in PSYCH 398-1 in fall, PSYCH 398-2 in winter, and PSYCH 398-3 in spring of senior year and carry out a yearlong research project;  Senior Thesis Seminar credits may count toward requirements for the major. The senior thesis is a report on the research project.

Students whose theses and grades meet department criteria are recommended to the college for graduation with honors. For more information see the department website and Honors in the Major.