2022-2023 Catalog 
    Jun 16, 2024  
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology Major

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The psychology major is designed for students who desire to learn the fundamentals of behavioral science within the context of a traditional liberal arts education. Students receive a comprehensive exposure to the foundations of psychological theory and application, and are introduced to laboratory and field research. The psychology major prepares students for a wide variety of professional and business careers, and it provides the necessary foundation for graduate study in psychology or related disciplines.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology
  • Respect and use critical thinking, skeptical inquiry and a scientific approach to understanding human behavior and psychological processes
  • Understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation
  • Apply psychological theory, methodology and findings to develop a greater understanding of the whole person, as an individual and as a member of a large community, society, and culture
  • Be able to communicate psychological information effectively in a variety of formats
  • Recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity

Major Requirements (48 units)


Students must obtain at least a “C” grade in each required course in the major. Courses that receive a grade of C- or below will not count toward the Psychology Major or Minor Programs. Students may retake no more than one course applied towards the Psychology major. The Pass-Fail option is not allowed for courses required by the Major or Minor.

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