Undergraduate Program

Major Requirements

The psychology major leads to a BA degree and satisfies a social science divisional requirement.

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Pre-Major Requirements

PSY 101 or the equivalent must be completed before the student is accepted into the major.

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Major Requirements

One Statistics Course

One of the following:

Note: This course should be taken by the end of the sophomore year.

Two Natural Science Core Courses

Both of the following:

Two Social Science Core Courses

Two of the following:

Five Elective Courses

Five elective courses in PSY. No more than two can be independent study courses (numbered 39X).

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Transfer Courses

Students can transfer up to two psychology courses in addition to an Introduction to Psychology course and an acceptable statistics course. Transfer courses need to meet the College’s rules for acceptability.
Receiving college credit for a course does not automatically grant credit toward the major. In most cases, courses should be reviewed and approved by the instructors of the comparable courses. A course description will sometimes suffice, but often a syllabus or a copy of the table of contents of the text is needed to provide sufficient information for a judgment. The College has a Course Approval Form, and courses in your psychology program can be approved on this form in consultation with your psychology advisor.

To earn transfer credit, an introductory course must be taught at a college by regular college faculty. Courses taught in high school will not be granted transfer credit.

Note regarding credit for Introduction to Psychology: A score of 4 or 5 on the AP psychology test will result in 4.0 semester hours of credit and waiving the requirement for Introduction to Psychology. An AP score of 3 will carry no credit but will result in waiving the requirement for Introduction to Psychology.

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Upper-Level Writing Requirements

Writing courses stress formal writing, and may include literature review papers, research reports, and critical reviews of articles. The form of the document will vary among courses, but all writing should conform generally to the appropriate guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

The criteria for significant writing are the following minimum set of assignments and activities:

  1. At least three formal writing assignments. (These could be linked components of a larger document. If so, the separate parts must be clearly identified.)
  2. Each assignment is to be at least five pages in length.
  3. Revision of at least one assignment with the benefit of instructor comments.
  4. Meet quality standards of clarity, conciseness, and completeness.

Independent study, laboratory courses, seminars, and small lecture courses in psychology may often be negotiated with the instructor to be “W” courses and carry writing credit, although there will be exceptions. Many lecture courses have small tagalong writing sections that carry 0.5 credits and are designated as “W” sections.

Psychology majors can seek admission to tagalong writing sections in the first two weeks of the semester and enrollments will be allotted on need and first-come, first-served bases. Students are encouraged to consult with the individual faculty member regarding writing courses registration.

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