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NOTE: Psychology Major Changes

This page lists requirements for the NEW Psychology major, effective as of August 1, 2012. Anyone who declared a PSY major prior to August 2012 should follow the previous major requirements. Students who are under the old major requirements have the option of electing to follow the new major requirements if they wish. To switch to the new major, contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Psychology Major – 36 hours

Honors Program – 42 hours

The 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 of honors research, and participation in Honors Seminars each semester. 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. Students who only take three semesters of Honors Seminar will need to take an additional elective course to fulfill their 42 hours.

Students who are majoring in psychology apply to the Honors 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 101, General Psychology
  • PSY 208, Experimental Design
  • PSY 209 or PSY 2101 (Peabody), Quantitative Methods
  • 4 Distribution Courses
  • PSY 295a and/or 295b (or PSY 2990-01) and both PSY 296a and 296b (or PSY 2990-02)
  • 3 Psychology Electives
    Students who only take three semesters of Honors Seminars will need to take an additional elective course to fulfill their 42 hours.

Further Details about Program Courses