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Catalog 2020-2021 
Catalog 2020-2021

Psychology B.A.

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To complete a major, students must take a minimum of ten courses in psychology. Only two courses may be taken at other institutions. Included among the ten courses are the following required core: PS 101 , PS 102 , PS 202 , and a Statistics Research Methods II course:  PS 303 PS 304 , PS 305B , PS 314 , PS 320 

 , PS 327 , PS 330 .

PS 101  is not waived for AP or IB psychology credit.

For students in the Class of 2019 and beyond: the Research Methods II course must be completed by the end of the junior year.

In addition to the Core, students must take three breadth elective courses, with at least one course from Group 1 and at least one course from Group 2.

Group 1: Perception/Cognition/Neuroscience

 PS 212A - Themes in Contemporary Psychology  
 PS 212B - Themes in Contemporary Psychology  
 PS 213 - Hormones and Behavior  
 PS 218 - Cognition  
 PS 219 - Health Psychology  
 PS 221 - Clinical Psychopharmacology  
 PS 223 - Evolutionary Psychology  
 PS 225 - Perception  
 PS 231 - Neuropsychology  
 PS 232 - Introduction to Cognitive Science  
 NS 101 - Neuroscience: Mind and Behavior  

Group 2:  Social/Developmental/Clinical/Applied

 PS 204 - Educational Psychology  
 PS 205 - Social Psychology  
 PS 206 - Developmental Psychology  
 PS 207 - Introduction to Child Development  
 PS 208 - Adolescent Development  
 PS 209 - Adult Development  
 PS 210 - Personality  
 PS 211 - Applied Psychology  
 PS 212A - Themes in Contemporary Psychology  
 PS 212B - Themes in Contemporary Psychology  
 PS 214 - Psychological Disorders  
 PS 234 - Developmental Disabilities and Autism  

Additional elective courses:

 PS 251 - Special Seminar Series in Psychology  
 PS 275 - Exploratory Research Experience in Psychology  

Students must take three 300-level courses, at least two of which must come from the following list of content-specific courses.

*If taken to fulfill the Experimental Methods II requirement, a different course must be chosen to fulfill the 300-level requirement.


*PS 304 - Physiological Psychology  
 PS 305A - Cognitive Development  
*PS 305B - Cognitive Development w/Lab  
 PS 307 - Advanced Personality  
 PS 312A - Advanced Study of Major Issues of Psychology  
 PS 312B - Advanced Study of Major Issues of Psychology 
 PS 313 - Psychology of Gender  
 *PS 314 - Psychology of Reading  
 PS 315 - Clinical Psychology  
 PS 317 - Psychological Testing  
 PS 318H - Advanced Statistics in Psychology  
 *PS 320 - Research Methods in Social Psychology  
 PS 321 - Motivation and Emotion  
 PS 323 - Psycholinguistics  
 *PS 327 - Computational Methods in Psychology and Neuroscience  
 PS 328 - Seminar in Clinical Psychology: Anxiety and Its Disorders  
*PS 330 - Research Methods in Memory  
 PS 331 - Psychology of Women  
 PS 332 - Seminar in Cross-Cultural Psychology  
 PS 333 - Sleep and Dreams  
 PS 334 - Psychology of Religion 
 PS 341 - Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience: Left Brain/Right Brain  

Additional elective courses (may count as one of the 300-level requirement courses):

 PS 329 - Clinical Psychology Field Experience  
 PS 371 - Independent Study in Psychology  
 PS 373 - Research Independent Study in Psychology  
 PS 375 - Senior Research Project I  
 PS 376 - Senior Research Project II  
 PS 378 - Senior Seminar  
 PS 399 - Professional Internship in Psychology  (this experience may count toward the 300-level requirement only if taken for 3 or 4 credits)

Additional elective courses:
PS 351 - Special Advanced Seminar Series in Psychology  

As they consider the choice of electives, students should consult the Psychology Department Web site and their advisors for information about potential pathways of interest through the major (Clinical, Developmental, Neuropsychology/Cognitive Neuroscience, Social/Personality).

A maximum of 5 credits taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis may count toward the major, including PS 102 , PS 329 , and PS 399 . None of the required core courses or any 300-level psychology courses except PS 102, PS 329, and PS 399 fulfilling the major may be taken on an S/U basis. The grade-point average for the courses presented toward the major must meet the minimum of 2.000. Of these courses, only one course may have been completed with a grade of D.

The grade-point average for the ten courses presented toward the major must meet the minimum requirement of 2.000. Of these courses, only one may have been completed with a grade of D.

In conjunction with the relevant department, the Psychology Department offers a major in neuroscience.

WRITING REQUIREMENT IN THE MAJOR: Students fulfill the writing requirement in the Psychology major by completing a minimum of two (2) writing enhanced (WE) courses and one writing intensive (WI) course within the major.

 Upon completion of the major, psychology students should be able to:
•Demonstrate competency in the various forms of writing within psychology ranging from lab-based empirical reports to more conceptual papers and reviews.
•Appreciate the differences between scientific writing and other forms of writing.
•Demonstrate an ability to write in an effective and persuasive manner. Effectiveness includes the ability to: (a) develop and present clear and logical arguments, (b) use correct grammar, (c) sufficiently elaborate and defend points, including backing up assertions with appropriate evidence, (d) appropriately evaluate the audience and point of view from which a paper should be written (including providing sufficient context and definitions of content-specific terminology), (e) justify conclusions, and (f) integrate information from multiple sources.
•Differentiate between types of source materials (e.g., original research, academic summaries, popular press) and the role that each can/should play in different types of writing assignments.
•Demonstrate competency in writing in the style of the American Psychological Association, which includes technical, grammatical, and stylistic conventions.

Writing intensive (WI) course in the major (cannot substitute for the All College Requirement of one WI course):


 Writing enhanced (WE) courses in the major:
 NS 101 
 PS 205 
 PS 207 
 PS 213 
 PS 224
 PS 305B 
 PS 321 
 PS 324
 PS 341 
 PS 376  

Recommendations and Advice: Those students who discover relatively early in their program of study an interest in research, and those who have completed

  or an equivalent course, are at a particular advantage when applying for external fellowship opportunities. The summer between the junior and senior year of study is an ideal time to seek this kind of opportunity. Faculty encourage students to distinguish between the minimum requirements for a major in psychology and the preparation necessary for graduate study in psychology. Those majors who plan to pursue graduate work in Ph.D. programs in psychology should seek significant research experience(s) beyond those experiences that are part of the minimum requirements for the major. Several opportunities for these kinds of extended research experiences are available to majors by way of advanced lab courses (e.g., PS 304 , PS 320 ), advanced statistics (PS 318H ), independent research experiences (PS 371B), directed studies (PS 371A), summer collaborative research experiences, and thesis capstone projects (PS 375 /PS 376  ).

Psi Chi: Psi Chi is the national honor society in psychology, founded in 1929 for the purpose of encouraging scholarship and advancing the science of psychology. Eligibility requirements include declaration of a major in psychology, completion of at least four psychology courses (or three psychology courses and NS 101 ), a GPA of 3.500 or higher in psychology as of the start of fall semester of the senior year, and a GPA of 3.300 in all college courses.


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