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 courses chosen from the list below
At least 2 must be cognitive psychology or neuroscience courses chosen from the list below
At least 1 must be a cross-cutting or integrative course chosen from the list below
At least 1 must be an upper-level research course chosen from the 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 351-0 may count as a related course

Personality, Clinical, or Social Psychology Courses

Course Title
PSYCH 204-0Social Psychology
PSYCH 215-0Psychology of Personality
PSYCH 303-0Psychopathology
PSYCH 306-0Introduction to Clinical Psychology
PSYCH 315-0Special Topics in Social/Clinical/Personality
PSYCH 326-0Social and Personality Development
PSYCH 357-0Advanced Seminar in Personality, Clinical, or Social Psychology
PSYCH 371-0Personality Research
PSYCH 375-0Psychological Tests & Measures
PSYCH 376-0Cognitive Behavior Therapy
PSYCH 377-0Child Psychopathology
PSYCH 384-0Close Relationships
PSYCH 385-0Psychology of Attitudes
PSYCH 386-0Stereotyping & Prejudice

Cognitive Psychology or Neuroscience Courses

Course Title
PSYCH 212-0Introduction to Neuroscience
PSYCH 228-0Cognitive Psychology
PSYCH 312-1Selected Topics in Neuroscience and Psychophysiology
PSYCH 312-2Selected Topics in Neuroscience and Psychophysiology
PSYCH 316-0Special Topics in Cognition/Neuroscience
PSYCH 321-0Neuroscience & Behavior Laboratory
PSYCH 324-0Perception
PSYCH 333-0Psychology of Thinking
PSYCH 334-0Language and Thought
PSYCH 335-0Decision Making
PSYCH 336-0Consciousness
PSYCH 346-0Psychology of Instructional Design and Technology
PSYCH 358-0Advanced Seminar in Cognition or Neuroscience
PSYCH 361-0Brain Damage and the Mind
PSYCH 362-0Cognitive Development
PSYCH 363-0Images of Cognition
PSYCH 365-0Brain and Cognition
PSYCH 368-0Human Memory
COG_SCI 210-0Language and the Brain
COG_SCI 211-0Learning, Representation & Reasoning

Cross-Cutting or Integrative Courses

Course Title
PSYCH 218-0Developmental Psychology
PSYCH 245-0Presenting Ideas & Data
PSYCH 248-0Health Psychology
PSYCH 249-0Buddhist Psychology
PSYCH 314-0Special Topics in Psychology
PSYCH 323-0Deception: Processes and Detection
PSYCH 332-0Native Americans and Environmental Decision Making
PSYCH 339-0Psychology of Gender
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 351-0Advanced Statistics & Experimental Design
PSYCH 352-0Psychology and Food
PSYCH 355-0Social, Cultural, and Affective Neuroscience
PSYCH 359-0Advanced Seminar in Psychology
PSYCH 381-0Children & the Law
PSYCH 387-0Consumer Psychology and Marketing Research

Upper-level Research Courses

Course Title
PSYCH 321-0Neuroscience & Behavior Laboratory
PSYCH 326-0Social and Personality Development
PSYCH 334-0Language and Thought
PSYCH 335-0Decision Making
PSYCH 351-0Advanced Statistics & Experimental Design
PSYCH 352-0Psychology and Food
PSYCH 355-0Social, Cultural, and Affective Neuroscience
PSYCH 357-0Advanced Seminar in Personality, Clinical, or Social Psychology
PSYCH 358-0Advanced Seminar in Cognition or Neuroscience
PSYCH 359-0Advanced Seminar in Psychology
PSYCH 362-0Cognitive Development
PSYCH 363-0Images of Cognition
PSYCH 368-0Human Memory
PSYCH 371-0Personality Research
PSYCH 375-0Psychological Tests & Measures
PSYCH 377-0Child Psychopathology
PSYCH 381-0Children & the Law
PSYCH 386-0Stereotyping & Prejudice
PSYCH 387-0Consumer Psychology and Marketing Research
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.