Psychology and the Core
For complete information about Core requirements and courses, please see the Core Curriculum Website. The following points outline how the Core Curriculum impacts the psychology major:
- All psychology majors fulfill the Societal and Cultural Knowledge area of the Core Curriculum by taking the courses required for the B.A. in Psychology. Psychology majors are not required to take any additional courses in this area.
- Psychology majors in the natural sciences track fulfill the Scientific Literacy area of the Core Curriculum by taking the courses required for the natural sciences track. Psychology majors in the natural sciences track are not required to take any additional courses in this area.
- Psychology majors fulfill the Quantitative Literacy area of the Core Curriculum by taking PSYC 304 (Statistics) and two ancillary math courses. The courses that satisfy this requirement are:
- STAT 103
- MATH 108
- MATH 117
- MATH 118
- MATH 131
- MATH 132
- MATH 161
- MATH 162
- COMP 125
- COMP 170
- COMP 211
- PSYC 381
Psychology majors are not required to take any additional courses in this area. PHIL 174 and COMP 150, which satisfy the Quantitative Literacy requirement, will not count as psychology ancillary math courses.
Note: If you use PSYC 381 to satisfy the ancillary math requirement, it will not count as one of your 12 required psychology courses.
- Psychology majors in the social sciences and human servicestracks are required to take three ancillary social science courses. These courses must be from the following departments:
- Anthropology (ANTH)
- Criminal Justice (CRMJ)
- Economics (ECON)
- Political Science (PLSC)
- Social Work (SOWK)
- Sociology (SOCL)
Certain courses in management (MGMT), marketing (MARK), counseling psychology (CPSY) and education (CIEP, ELPS) will count, but please contact the psychology undergraduate program director, Dr. Anne Sutter, at: firstname.lastname@example.org for permission.
Note: Many of the courses that satisfy the Societal and Cultural Knowledge requirement of the Core Curriculum will not count as psychology ancillary social science courses (e.g., any LITR, PHIL, CLST courses).
- PSYC 101 counts as a Scientific Literacy course, so psychology majors in the social sciences and human servicestracks only need to take one more course to satisfy the Scientific Literacy requirement. The following courses will count toward both the Scientific Literacy requirement and the psychology ancillary social science requirement:
- ANTH 101
- ANTH 103
- ANTH 104
- ANTH 105
- ANTH 106
You can satisfy two requirements by taking one of these anthropology courses.
- These four psychology courses satisfy the Values requirement of the Core Curriculum:
Understanding Diversity in the U.S. or the World:
PSYC 238. Gender & Sex Differences and Similarities
PSYC 275. Social Psychology
Understanding and Promoting Justice:
PSYC 372. Psychology and Law
Promoting Civic Engagement or Leadership:
PSYC 390. Internship in Human Services