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Why study psychology?

Because the understanding of mind, behavior, and the human experience is best achieved through the rigorous application of the scientific method.

Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate courses are designed as part of a general education, for students preparing for careers in professional fields, and for students majoring in psychology, including those anticipating graduate work. See the department website for the most current information on requirements and policies.

Preparation for Graduate Study

Students who plan to apply for graduate work in psychology should supplement their beginning course in methodology (PSYC 200/PSYC 201) and statistics (PSYC 210/PSYC 211) with a laboratory course (e.g., PSYC 618, PSYC 620, PSYC 622, PSYC 624, or PSYC 625). Methods (PSYC 200/PSYC 201) and Statistics (PSYC 210/PSYC 211) should be taken as early as possible in the undergraduate education. The laboratory course should be completed during the junior or senior year.

Why study psychology?

Because the understanding of mind, behavior, and the human experience is best achieved through the rigorous application of the scientific method.

Preparation for Graduate Study

Students who plan to apply for graduate work in psychology should supplement their beginning course in methodology (PSYC 200/PSYC 201) and statistics (PSYC 210/PSYC 211) with a laboratory course (e.g., PSYC 618, PSYC 620, PSYC 622, PSYC 624, or PSYC 625). Methods (PSYC 200/PSYC 201) and Statistics (PSYC 210/PSYC 211) should be taken as early as possible in the undergraduate education. The laboratory course should be completed during the junior or senior year.

Graduate Programs

The department offers a single doctoral degree in psychology, which may be earned in social, cognitive, quantitative, developmental, or clinical psychology. Students enter with the expectation of earning the Ph.D. The department does not admit students seeking the terminal master’s degree. The department cooperates with related departments in joint Ph.D. programs in clinical child psychology, behavioral psychology, and child language.

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