Requirements: (circle those completed and fill out grid on other side for those to be taken)
- Psych 100 (or AP Psych with score of 4 or 5 or a score of 5 or above on the IB Psych exam), by end of sophomore year; students who place out of Psych 100 must still complete 9 psychology courses.
- Psych 122 (or AP Stats with score of 4 or 5; Math 130; or Econ 360), by end of sophomore year; students who place out of Psych 122 must still complete 9 psychology courses.
- Psych 200 (Methods) or one of the following lab classes, by the end of junior year: Memory (201); Psychology of Play (206); Psychology of Good & Evil (207)
- Distribution course in Biological Psychology (212 - Behavioral Neuroscience; 226 - Intro Neuroscience)
- Distribution course in Cognitive/Developmental Psychology (227 – Developmental; 233 – Cognitive; 236 – Aging)
- Distribution course in Social/Personality/Clinical Psychology (220 – Social; 221 – Personality; 228 - Abnormal)
- A seminar in at least TWO of the groups below:
- Area 1: Biological: Psychopharmacology (PSYC 325), Neurophysiology of Motivation (PSYC 356), Consciousness (PSYC 361)
- Area 2: Clinical: History of Psychiatry (PSYC 357), Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology (364), Psychology of Attachment (PSCY 365), Psychopathology (PSYC 371)
- Area 3: Cognitive: Music Cognition (PSYC 366), Autobiographical Memory (PSYC 368)
- Area 4: Personality: Personality and Political Leadership (338), Psychological Assessment (PSYC 353)
- Area 5: Social: Stereotypes and Prejudice (PSYC 337), Close Relationships (PSYC 354), Psychology and the Law (PSYC 363)
- Area 6: Developmental: Adolescence (PSYC 332), Development of Nonverbal Communication (PSYC 362)
Note: Each of these seminars has a distribution area course as a prerequisite that must be taken prior to enrolling in the seminar.
- One additional course (of any type, including special topics/honors work – see complete list at: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/psychology/major)
Note: Psychology classes taken at the other Five Colleges or on a study abroad program may count towards the major. Talk to your adviser to get specific information about how a particular class could be included in the major.