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Psychology Major


A major in Psychology offers a number of desirable skills and experiences. First, you receive sophisticated understanding of the complexities of human behavior and thinking. Second, you develop quantitative and research skills that allow you to appreciate and undertake the study of human behavior and thinking. Third, through group projects, research teams, and/or field training experiences, you gain interpersonal and professional skills that are useful well beyond the classroom. Fourth, you become part of a community of scholars that includes faculty, graduate students, and fellow undergraduate students.


The Psychology major curriculum was designed for several purposes. First, it was designed to prepare students for graduate study in psychology and related fields, both research and applied. Second, it serves as excellent preparation for professional school (e.g., medicine, law, and business). Third, the curriculum provides skills and knowledge that prepare for entry directly into the workforce.

Students should contact their adviser or go to the Psychology Department’s main office (Wister Building, Mezzanine level) to obtain a copy of the “Undergraduate Student Guide for Psychology Majors,” which outlines the requirements and opportunities in more detail.

The Psychology major requires 12 courses in total, none of which may be taken on a Pass/Fail basis:

5 courses are required:

  • MTH 150 or higher
  • PSY 155 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY 155 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY 311 Statistics II
  • PSY 330 Research Design I

7 courses are electives in Psychology, including three of the following:

  • PSY 410 Theories of Learning
  • PSY 415 Cognitive Psychology
  • PSY 420 Biological Psychology
  • PSY 425 Theories of Personality
  • PSY 430 History and Systems of Psychology


  • PSY 331 Research Design II
  • PSY 495-496 Internship in a research or clinical setting
  • Research experience with a faculty member and/or graduate student


  • All of what is recommended above for graduate study
  • PSY 340 Psychological Assessment
  • PSY350 Counseling Theories and Principles


  1. A faculty with a wide range of specializations within the science and practice of psychology
  2. A faculty adviser from the very beginning of your time in Department
  3. Strong foundation in scientific psychology
  4. Strong preparation for further graduate and professional study
  5. Full range of courses including distinct courses in sports psychology, health psychology, human sexuality, and forensic psychology
  6. Opportunities to be on research teams with faculty and graduate students
  7. Opportunities to perform and present research with faculty members
  8. Opportunities to explore career options by participating in internships
  9. The Annual Grimes Lecture, for over thirty years, an event that has brought leading psychologists to campus to share their research and ideas
  10. The Annual Showcase of the Science of Psychology, a poster session featuring the research of our undergraduate and graduate students