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The Psychology Major
 

The Department of Psychology offers both a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychological and Brain Sciences. Students may declare a major in Psychology as incoming freshmen. All Psychology majors must maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA and earn grades of C- or better in all Psychology courses; no course in the major may be re-taken more than once.

B.A. in Psychology

Psychology majors are required to take a total of 12 courses (and no more than 14) in psychology, including General Psychology (PSY 201), Introductory Statistics (PSY 322 or HSSS 203, includes lab), General Research Methods in Psychology (PSY 350, includes lab), which are prerequisites for Senior Seminar (PSY 451). Additionally, psychology majors must successfully complete a Comprehensive Exam their senior year.

At least one psychology elective course must be selected from each of the following four major areas: experimental, clinical, developmental, and social/ personality.  

The remaining four departmental electives can either be chosen broadly, or to develop more in-depth expertise in one of the above areas.

Typically, students complete PSY 201, 322, 350, and at least one elective course in Psychology by the end of the sophomore year. Those who initially get below a grade of C- in two of the following courses (PSY 201, 322, 350), or do not successfully complete a required Psychology course after a second attempt, will be dismissed from the major.

Students have the opportunity to earn course credit for hands-on research experience (Research Apprenticeship, PSY 493) and for Psychology Internships (PSY 495) at numerous sites in the Washington, DC area. Juniors with at least a 3.7 GPA who are involved in ongoing research with a department faculty member may apply to do a Senior Thesis (PSY 496) with Department consent.

B.S. in Psychological and Brain Sciences

Majors in Psychological and Brain Sciences are required to take a total of 13 courses in psychology, including General Psychology (PSY 201), Introductory Statistics (PSY 322 or HSSS 203, includes lab), General Research Methods in Psychology (PSY 350, includes lab), which are prerequisites for Senior Seminar (PSY 451). Our BS includes a strong focus on the cognitive and neurological bases of behavior, and on research. Rather than one elective course each in experimental and clinical psychology, students must take four specific courses: Brain and Behavior (PSY 304), Sensation & Perception (PSY 371), Cognitive Psychology (PSY 376), and Clinical Neuroscience (PSY 345).

Out of the five remaining electives in psychology, two courses must be selected from the 300/400 level courses, one course must be in developmental psychology, and one course must be in social/personality psychology. Additionally, students are required to do three credits of research for the BS in Psychological Sciences.

The B.S. program in Psychological and Brain Sciences provides a strong foundation in the cognitive and neurological bases of behavior and a rigorous plan of math and natural sciences. The B.S. degree is an appealing option for students who are interested in following a pre-med or some other health sciences tracks, or pursuing a neuroscience related field.

 

Undergraduate Department Forms (Research Apprenticeship, Senior Thesis, Internship, etc.)

 

Psychology Undergraduate Handbook

Course Advice for First-Year Psychology Majors

Academic Honors and Awards

Senior Awards

Psi Chi (International Honor Society in Psychology)

Research and Internship Opportunities

Research Apprenticeships

Independent Study

Senior Thesis

Psychology Internships

 

 

 

Faculty at Psi Chi Induction

 

Who to contact

Marcie Goeke-Morey, Ph.D.

Director of Undergraduate Studies

phone: 202-319-5760

email: goekemorey@cua.edu