Program Overview:

Major in Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior – how people perceive the world, think and act. In addition to the obvious benefits of an understanding of human behavior, the major in psychology emphasizes the development of critical thinking skills as well as practical experience in developing research ideas, analyzing data and communicating results. A bachelor's degree in psychology can lead in a variety of directions. While graduate study in psychology can prepare students for a career as a clinical psychologist, the subject also is a useful major for students planning careers in medicine, law or management. All students will find that the major provides knowledge about human behavior and methods of research that are valuable in a range of professions.

Program Goals

Graduates will be prepared to:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in psychology
  • Understand and apply basic research methods in psychology
  • Employ critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry and scientific approaches to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes
  • Write and communicate effectively
  • Exhibit quantitative literacy
  • Recognize the diversity of human experience through sociocultural analysis
  • Understand the ethics of psychological research and practice

Required Courses


  • PSYCH 110 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYCH 201 Statistical Methods in Psychology
  • PSYCH 205 Research Methods in Psychology
  • 5 300-level psychology courses
  • 2 additional 200- or 300-level psychology courses
  • 2 related courses chosen from 200-level mathematics, 300-level statistics or any biological sciences, chemistry, information systems or physics courses

Program Details

Students of psychology ask the question "why are people the way they are?” Psychology offers many ways to respond to that question. The psychology major reflects the richness of the field; courses focus on the primary areas of research and instruction—behavior and cognition, clinical, cognitive, personality and social. Core courses survey the field, statistical and research methodologies, and various sub-disciplines, while more advanced courses provide opportunities to explore specific topics in greater depth. Led by faculty who are active researchers, psychology courses at all levels combine the study of people with a focus on the analysis and interpretation of data.