Psychology Curriculum

Our Upside-Down Curriculum allows you to begin taking your Psychology classes beginning in your first semester. In the first two years of the program, you will be immersed in a strong disciplinary foundation through a range of required courses, while still getting a strong background in liberal arts through the Core Curriculum.

All of your upper-level courses will be hands-on and more practical than those offered at our competitor schools and include professional and/or research internships. In your third and fourth years, you'll have the flexibility to choose a minor in another discipline like Environmental Policy, Legal Studies, Global Studies, Business Administration, among other minors - or dig deeper into a specific area of Psychology.

Interested in studying abroad for a semester? The Psychology faculty designed the curriculum so you can take a semester studying abroad without getting behind on required courses for your major.

Psychology Curriculum 2014-2015


First Year

First Semester

Introduction to Psychology
(PSY 100)

The Learning Curve
(PSY 105)

Introduction to Applied Psychology
(PSY 110)

Concepts of the Self
(COR 110)

The Rhetoric of Self
(COR 115)

Second Semester

Positive Psychology
(PSY 180)OR
General Elective

Cognitive Psychology
(PSY 210)

Developmental Psychology
(PSY 220)

Concepts of Community
(COR 120)

The Rhetoric of Community
(COR 125)


Second Year

First Semester

Introduction to Statistics
(MTH 180)

Research Methods and Analysis I
(PSY 201)

Abnormal Psychology
(PSY 205)

200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Second Semester

Research Methods & Analysis II
(PSY 202)

Social Psychology
(PSY 240)

Introduction to Human Biology
(SCI 115)

200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)


Third Year

First Semester

Behavioral Neuroscience
(PSY 340)

Choose PSY 3XX course
(PSY 3XX)

Examples of a PSY 3xx courses:

PSY 310: Attachment and Close Relationships
PSY 320: Personality Theories
PSY 330: Psychology and Law

Choose PSY 3XX course OR
General Elective

The Global Condition
(COR 310)

Human Rights & Responsibilities
(COR 320)

Second Semester

Choose PSY 3XX course
(PSY 3XX)

Examples of a PSY 3xx courses:

PSY 350: Sport Psychology
PSY 360: Media Psychology
PSY 370: Health Psychology
PSY 380: Multicultural Psychology

Choose PSY 3XX course OR
General Elective

General Elective

Local Contexts, Global Connections 
(COR 330)

Local Contexts, Global Connections
(COR 330)


Fourth Year

First Semester

Applied Psychology: Internship I
(PSY 490)

Choose one PSY 4XX course
(PSY 4XX)

Examples of PSY 4xx courses:

PSY 410: Applied Psychology: Community Activism
PSY 420: Applied Psychology: Forensic Practice
PSY 430: Applied Psychology: Healthy Aging

Choose PSY 3XX OR
PSY 4XX

Choose one PSY 3XX OR
PSY 4XX course OR
General Elective

General Elective

Second Semester

College Capstone
(CCC 410-07)

Choose one PSY 4XX course
(PSY 4XX)

Examples of PSY 4xx courses:

PSY 450: Applied Psychology: Counseling Skills
PSY 460: Applied Psychology: Healthy Organizations
PSY 491: Applied Psychology: Internship II

General Elective

General Elective


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