The Catholic University of America

Current Students

The Psychology Major

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. 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.

Majors must take a total of 12 courses in Psychology (and no more than 14), including required courses in General Psychology, Introductory Statistics, General Research Methods, and Senior Seminar, and 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.
Students can also earn course credit for hands-on research assistant experience with faculty, and are encouraged to seek out career-related internships during the junior or senior year.  


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