Academic Catalog 2022-2023 
    Oct 01, 2023  
Academic Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology, B.S.

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Requirements for the Major:

The following major requirements apply to students in the class of 2024 and onward, until further notice.

1. Three Foundational Courses

2. Area Course Requirement

At least one Area Course from each of the following four content areas. Additional courses from each Area may serve as Free Electives:

3. Laboratory Course Requirement:

One Laboratory Course from the following. Additional Laboratory Courses may serve as Upper-Level Electives or as Free Electives.

5. Upper-Level Elective

One additional course numbered PSY 310 through PSY 451. This requirement may be satisfied by completing an additional Lab Course, an additional Seminar Course, or any course with an appropriate course number.

Note that this requirement applies to the Classes of 2024, 2025, 2026 and later. It does not apply to the Classes of 2023; these students will complete three free electives from any level.

6. Two Free Electives

Any two additional psychology courses.

Note that majors in the classes of 2024, 2025, 2026, and beyond may not use cognate courses to satisfy psychology requirements as specified in previous catalogs.

7. Senior Writing Requirement:

Psychology majors typically fulfill the College’s “WS” Writing requirement by completing a Psychology Seminar.  Although the requirement is called a “Senior Writing” requirement, it need not be taken in the senior year.

Senior theses or senior projects, which are not required of Psychology majors, may also be used to satisfy the College’s WS Requirement. 

Please note that although a Seminar is required, (See Requirement #4) a Thesis or Senior Project is optional.  Completing a thesis does not satisfy the Seminar requirement.

Requirements for Honors in Psychology:

In addition to meeting College-wide requirements, honors in psychology requires:


1. A psychology grade point average of 3.40 or higher

3. A two-term thesis with a grade of “A” or “A minus”

4. An oral presentation of the student’s work (usually at the Steinmetz Symposium)

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