Plan for Completing the Psychology Major - 2018-19

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Requirements: 9 classes in psychology, including the following:

Psych 100 (students who scored a 4 or 5 on the AP Psych exam or a 5 or higher on the IB Psych exam may not take Psych 100, but must still take 9 courses in psychology to complete the major)

Psych 122 (or AP Stats with score of 4 or 5; Stat 111 or 135; Math 130; or Econ 360; students must still take 9  courses in psychology to complete the major)

Psych 123 (Methods) or a lab class in psychology (Psych 201: Memory; Psych 206: Psychology of Play; Psych 207:  Psychology of Good & Evil) by end of junior year

To provide a thorough understanding of fundamental areas within psychology, students must choose at least one intermediate course from each of the three areas below:

Distribution course in Biological Psychology (Psych 212 - Behavioral Neuroscience; Psych 226 - Intro Neuroscience)

Distribution course in Cognitive/Developmental Psychology (Psych 227 – Developmental; Psych 233 – Cognitive; Psych 236 – Aging)

Distribution course in Social/Personality/Clinical Psychology (Psych 220 – Social; Psych 221 – Personality; Psych 228 - Abnormal)

To provide vertical depth in the major, students must also choose one seminar from at least TWO of the following six areas (Note: each of these seminars has a distribution area course as a prerequisite that must be taken prior to enrolling in the seminar):

  • Area 1Biological: Psychopharmacology (PSYC 325), Neurophysiology of Motivation (PSYC 356), Consciousness (PSYC 361)
  • Area 2Clinical: History of Psychiatry (PSYC 357), Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology (PSYC 364), Psychology of Attachment (PSYC 365), Psychopathology (PSYC 371)
  • Area 3Cognitive: Music Cognition (PSYC 366), Autobiographical Memory (PSYC 368)
  • Area 4Personality: Personality and Political Leadership (PSYC 338), Psychological Assessment (PSYC 353)
  • Area 5Social: Stereotypes and Prejudice (PSYC 337), Close Relationships (PSYC 354), Psychology and the Law (PSYC 363), Psychology of Globalization (PSYC 321)
  • Area 6: Developmental: Adolescence (PSYC 332), Development of Nonverbal Communication (PSYC 362)

Students may complete the required number of courses by taking additional distribution courses, lab classes, seminars and/or by taking any of the following electives: Psychology of Food and Eating Disorders (PSYC 217), Intergroup Dialogue on Race (PSYC 224), Sport Psychology (PSYC 235), Health Psychology (PSYC 247). Special Topics classes (PSYC 490) and thesis work (PSYC 498/499D) also count as elective courses towards the 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.