Psychology Major Curriculum

Our Upside-Down Curriculum allows you to explore the field in your first year; in the first two years of the program, you will be immersed in a strong disciplinary foundation through a range of Psychology courses.

All of your upper-level courses will include experiential learning. You'll participate in internships as part of your studies, so you'll build real experience in professional work and research. In your third and fourth years, you'll have the flexibility to choose a minor in another discipline like Environmental Policy, Law, Global Studies, Business Administration, among others—or dig deeper into a specific area of Psychology.

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

Psychology Major Curriculum 2020–2021


First Year

First Semester

Introduction to Psychology
(PSY 100)

The Learning Curve
(PSY 105)

Introduction to Applied Psychology
(PSY 110)

Making Connections
(EHS 100)

Navigating Higher Education in a Global Context
(COR 101)

FYI: Reading, Writing, & ____
(COR 102)

Second Semester

Positive Psychology
(PSY 180) or
General elective

Cognitive Psychology
(PSY 210)

Developmental Psychology
(PSY 220)

Navigating Your Information Landscape
(COR 103)

FYI: Making, Doing, & ____
(COR 104)


Second Year

EHS 210 may be taken in either semester.

First Semester

Introduction to Statistics
(MTH 180)

Research Methods & Analysis I
(PSY 201)

Abnormal Psychology
(PSY 205)

Social Justice Intensive
(EHS 210)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Second Semester

Research Methods & Analysis II
(PSY 202)

Social Psychology
(PSY 240)

Introduction to Human Biology
(SCI 115)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Talk to your Advisor and/or the Office of International Education about possible curriculum adjustments in order to create a semester abroad in your third year.


Third Year

In the third year, students must take COR 310, COR 320, and two COR 330 courses. COR 310 and COR 320 must be taken together, and the two COR 330 courses must be taken together. Either pair may be taken in either semester.

First Semester

Behavioral Neuroscience
(PSY 340)

Choose a 300-level PSY course
(PSY 3XX)

Choose a 300-level PSY course
(PSY 3XX) or
General elective

The Global Condition
(COR 310)

Human Rights & Responsibilities
(COR 320)

Second Semester

Choose a 300-level PSY course
(PSY 3XX)

Choose a 300-level PSY course
(PSY 3XX) or
General elective

General elective

Choose a Local Contexts, Global Connections course
(COR 330)

Choose a Local Contexts, Global Connections course
(COR 330)


Fourth Year

First Semester

Applied Psychology: Internship I
(PSY 490)

Choose a 400-level PSY course
(PSY 4XX)

Choose a 300- or 400-level PSY course
(PSY 3/4XX)

Choose a 300- or 400-level PSY course
(PSY 3/4XX) or
General elective

General elective

Second Semester

College Capstone: Psychology
(CCC 410PSY)

Choose a 400-level PSY course
(PSY 4XX)

General elective

General elective