Psychology Major — B.A.

The psychology B.A. program combines a strong focus in psychology with breadth of study across the traditional liberal arts fields. Through our curriculum, students are introduced to the broad discipline of psychology and its applications to real-world problems. In our program, students learn to communicate empirical and theoretical information effectively with different audiences and in different modes, develop scientific reasoning and problem solving skills, and become well prepared for further education and other professional pursuits. The psychology B.A. program provides numerous opportunities for students to engage in authentic engagement with and contributions to communities through hands-on learning, collaborative/interdisciplinary research, internships, and independent study.

One of the defining features of the psychology B.A program is the three-semester research team experience, which involves collaboration on original research with other students under the direction of a faculty member in one of a variety of fields in psychology. The interaction of students and faculty in actual research helps shape students’ perceptions of psychology as a social-intellectual activity rather than as a body of static knowledge to be passively assimilated.

Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions in industry, government, and private human service organizations, as well as for graduate study in psychology and related fields.

A student in the Department of Psychology typically may take no more than 12 credits of any combination of research team, independent study or independent research, internship, and honors work with the same faculty member.


Psychology B.A. Major Requirements42
Integrative Core Curriculum Requirements 129-41
Total Credits120

 See Integrative Core Curriculum requirements, with information about the H&S CLA requirement.

Degree Requirements 

PSYC 10300General Psychology3
PSYC 11300Introduction to Research in Psychology2
PSYC 20100Proseminar in Development 13
or PSYC 20500 Life-Span Development: A Cross-Cultural Perspective
PSYC 20200Proseminar in Motivation3
PSYC 20700Statistics in Psychology4
PSYC 30800Research Methods in Psychology3
PSYC 30900Methods of Testing and Assessment3
PSYC 31100Behavioral Neuroscience3
PSYC 31600Social Psychology3
PSYC 32000Personality3
or PSYC 32100 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 33000Cognition3
PSYC 302xxFirst Semester Research Team2
PSYC 303xxSecond Semester Research Team2
PSYC 304xxThird Semester Research Team2
PSYC 492xxSenior Seminar in Psychology3
Total Credits42

PSYC 20100 or PSYC 20500 can be substituted with a relevant life-span development course approved by the department, if taken before declaring the major.