Psychology

Psychology Major Requirements

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  1. At least 11 units in psychology, including:
    1. Psychology 121 and 122.
    2. Four of the following eight "core" courses: Psychology 322 (Social Psychology), 333 (Behavioral Neuroscience), 351 (Psychopathology), 361 (Developmental Psychology), 366 (Cognitive Processes), 373 (Learning), 381 (Sensation & Perception), 393 (Psycholinguistics).
    3. Psychology 348 (Research Design and Data Analysis).
    4. Thesis (Psychology 470).
      All students must take the junior qualifying examination before entering the senior year. Ordinarily, the qualifying exam is taken in the second semester of the student’s junior year. Students are eligible to take the Qualifying Exam only if they have already completed five units in Psychology, at least two of which are core courses (listed in “b” above).
  2. Six units in an allied field selected from the fields below, approved by the adviser when the major is declared. Students can petition the department for exceptions to the allied fields requirement. Cross-listed courses taught by psychology faculty may not be used to meet this requirement. Students can see an advisor for more details.
    1. Arts and Literature—six units in the following allied disciplines, to include at least two units from each of two separate disciplines: art, creative writing, dance, Humanities (210, 220, 230), music, literature, theatre. No more than four applied courses (i.e. studio art, creative writing, applied courses in dance and music, acting and design courses in theatre) may be counted.
    2. Biological, Physical, and Computational Sciences—six units in the following disciplines, to include at least two units from each of two separate disciplines: biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, economics.
    3. Cognitive Science—six units in the following disciplines, to include at least two units from each of two separate disciplines: philosophy, linguistics, biology, anthropology, computer science courses in mathematics.
    4. Cross-Cultural Studies—six units to include a foreign language at the 200-level plus four additional units. The language requirement can be met by placement exam, in which case six additional units are required. Students should select from courses with an ethnic or international focus in history and social sciences or in literature and languages, Humanities 230, religion, a second foreign language at the 200-level (cannot be met by placement exam).
    5. History and Social Sciences—six units in the following disciplines, to include at least two units from each of two separate disciplines: anthropology, economics, history, Humanities (210, 220, 230), political science, religion, sociology.