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(Div. II, with some exceptions as noted in course descriptions)


Professors: CRAMER***, FEIN***, GOETHALS***, HEATHERINGTON, KASSIN, KAVANAUGH, KIRBY*, P. SOLOMON, ZIMMERBERG. Associate Professors: M. SANDSTROM, SAVITSKY, ZAKI*. Assistant Professors: N. SANDSTROM*, A. SOLOMON, Senior Lecturer: ENGEL. Visiting Assistant Professors: J. CHANG, SCINTA, SUNDERMEIER.


For the degree in Psychology, students must complete a minimum of nine courses as outlined below:

1) Psychology 101 Introductory Psychology

2) Psychology 201 Experimentation and Statistics

3) Three 200-level courses, with at least one from each of the following groups.

Group A Psychology 212 Neuroscience

Psychology 221 Cognitive Psychology*

Psychology 222 Cognitive Science*

Group B Psychology 232 Developmental Psychology

Psychology 242 Social Psychology

Psychology 252 Psychological Disorders

Psychology 272 Psychology of Education

* Either Psychology 221 or 222, but not both, can count towards the three required 200-level courses.

4) Three 300-level courses from at least two of the areas listed below:

Area 1: Behavioral Neuroscience (courses with middle digit 1)

Area 2: Cognitive Psychology (courses with middle digit 2)

Area 3: Developmental Psychology (courses with middle digit 3)

Area 4: Social Psychology (courses with middle digit 4)

Area 5: Clinical Psychology (courses with middle digit 5)

Area 7: Educational Psychology (courses with middle digit 7)

At least one of these courses must be from among those carrying the format designation Empirical Lab Course.

5) Psychology 401 Perspectives on Psychological Issues

Students who place out of Psychology 101 are still required to take nine courses to complete the major.

The department recommends that students take Psychology 201 in their sophomore year. The department requires that 201 be completed by the end of the junior year.


Students who are candidates for honors need take only two 300-level courses from two different areas, but they must enroll in Psychology 493-W31-494 and write a thesis based on original empirical work. Presentation of a thesis, however, should not be interpreted as a guarantee of a degree with honors. Guidelines for pursuing the degree with honors are available from the department.


As is the case in all departments, the first digit of a Psychology course number indicates the relative level of the course. Where appropriate, the second digit corresponds to the Areas listed above.