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NOTE: Psychology Major Changes

This page lists requirements for the old Psychology major, which applies to all students who declared their major prior to August of 2012. Anyone who declared a PSY major in August 2012 or later must follow the new major requirements.

General Program – 30 hours

The General Program is designed for students who desire a broad background in contemporary psychology but do not plan graduate research training in psychology or related disciplines.

Research Concentration – 36 hours

The Research Concentration program is designed to offer additional background for students whose career plans involve continued research in psychology or a related discipline. This program differs from the General Program by requiring additional (a) Research Skills & Tools courses relevant to psychological research and (b) Concentration Courses relevant to research in a specialized area of psychology. Both the Research Skills & Tools and Concentration Courses categories include many courses offered by other departments, reflecting the inter-disciplinary nature of contemporary psychology. Many different course options might be selected for a specific area of research concentration, depending on the student’s career plans. Students should meet with their major advisor (or honors supervisor) prior to selecting courses in the Research Skills & Tools and Concentration Courses categories. Research skills and experience are highly valued for admission to graduate training programs in psychology and other areas, and are relevant to the needs for creativity that arise in many professions. Students in both the General Program and the Research Concentration are strongly encouraged to obtain research skills and experience through Directed Study, in a summer internship, or as an undergraduate research assistant. Students should meet with their major advisor for advice on seeking research experience.

Research with Honors – 36 hours

The Research with Honors program is a two-year program that offers qualified majors the opportunity to conduct research projects in collaboration with faculty members. This research culminates in the writing and public presentation of a senior thesis. The Research with Honors program offers unusual opportunities for interested students, including special seminars and individual research projects in collaboration with faculty members. The program should substantially aid those intending to do graduate work. The program requires two years or honors research, and participation in Honors Seminars, PSY 295a and/or 295b, and both PSY 296a and PSY 296b. Under special circumstances (e.g., a semester abroad or student teaching), students may enroll in only three semesters of the Honors Seminars — provided they can complete the research project by extra work during three regular semesters and/or a summer, and provided that this arrangement is acceptable to the faculty mentor and to the Director of the Honors Program. The program also requires two Concentration Courses. Students in the Research with Honors program must assure that their concentration area is consistent with the theme of their honors research, so the courses must be selected with the advice and consent of the faculty mentor for the honors project. Students who only take one semester of PSY 295 will need to take an additional elective course to fulfill their 36 hours. Students who are majoring in psychology apply to the Hon- ors Program at the end of their sophomore year if they have at least a grade point average of 3.2, both overall and in psychology courses. Students must also find a faculty mentor who is willing to sponsor them in the program. Students who complete the program successfully and have a final grade point average of 3.2 or higher will receive honors or highest honors in psychology.

  • PSY 295a and/or 295b and both PSY 296a and 296b Students who only take one semester of PSY 295 will need to take an additional elective course to fulfill their 36 hours.