The following are frequently asked questions of Loyola's Department of Psychology:
However, there are several things that your Psychology Faculty Advisor CAN NOT help you with including:
- approval of attending courses at another college or university
- audit a course
- register for over 18 hours or less than 12
- repeat a course
- take a course pass/fail
Please DO NOT contact your faculty advisor for any of these things. Only your First and Second Year Advisor and your CAS Advisor can help you with these things. You can see who your advisors are by signing into LOCUS. For more information on please see Psychology Undergraduate Advising.
Your requirements for the Psychology Major are set by when you originally declared the major. Look in LOCUS under the Academic Progress Tile and click My Academic Requirements to find your Requirement Term (or Catalog Year) for the Psychology Major.
If you Requirement Term (or Catalog Year) for the Psychology Major is:
- Fall 2021 or newer then you fall under Psychology Major 2021-22
- Before Fall 2021 then your fall under Psychology Major 2020-21
If you declared your major under an earlier catalog and would like to switch to the current requirements please consult with your University or CAS advisor to make the change.
Psychology majors are to abide by Academic Council's double-dipping policy which instructs that not more than three courses offered by one department may count towards two different majors.
There are two notable exceptions for the Psychology Department:
Co-Majoring in Neuroscience
The following courses may be used to satisfy the requirements of the psychology major even though they may also be used to satisfy the requirements of the biology major and/or the neuroscience major/minor:
- PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology
- NEUR 101: Introduction to Neuroscience
- PSYC 240/BIOL 240: Psychology and Biology of Perception
- PSYC 250: Cognitive Psychology
- PSYC 251: Learning and Memory
- PSYC 276: Philosophy of Mind
- PSYC 279: Judgment and Decision-Making
- PSYC 304: Statistics
- PSYC 306: Research Methods in Psychology
- PSYC 311/BIOL 313: Lab in Psychobiology
- PSYC 312: Laboratory in Cognitive Neuroscience
- PSYC 314: Lab in Experimental Psychology - Cognition
- PSYC 316: Lab in Experimental Psychology - Sensation & Perception
- PYSC 332: Affective Neuroscience
- PSYC 350: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
- PYSC 352: Neuropsychology
- PSYC 355: Neuroethics
- PSYC 369/370: Honors in Psychology
- PSYC 382/BIOL 284: Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience
- PSYC 387: Seminar in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience
- PSYC 397: Independent Research
Co-Majoring in Social Work
Social Work Majors may count PSYC 101 and 304 and any other three PSYC classes approved by the School of Social Work towards both the Psychology and Social Work Majors.
- Participation in a study abroad program. To receive transfer course credit for classes you may take abroad please follow the procedures found here.
- You may also pre-apply to receive credit for psychology classes you may take at another school not as a part of a study abroad program. The university procedures on this policy may be found here. First, the course MUST NOT be offered at Loyola at the time you want to take it at the other school (Fall, Spring, Summer). It doesn't matter if you plan not to be on campus at that time, you may not take the course elsewhere if we offer it here. To be eligible to receive credit for the class you must obtain preapproval before the other class starts. Please do this by filling out the form here and sending: 1) the name of your CAS advisor, 2) a copy of the syllabus of the course you would like to take (or a URL of the course description) and, 3) a list of any other transfer classes that you have already received psychology credit for to the Psychology Undergraduate Program Director. This is the procedure only for receiving credit for psychology classes. For courses in other majors you need to follow the same procedure and send the completed form to that department Chair or Undergraduate Program Director.
- Internship in Psychology (PSYC 390) - must apply at the beginning of the semester BEFORE you intend to take it. Also counts for the university engaged learning requirement. MORE INFO
- Independent Research (PSYC 397) - typically faculty expect you to already be volunteering in their lab before they will agree to mentor you for this course. Faculty approved application due the first week of the semester you are taking the course. Also counts for the university engaged learning requirement. MORE INFO
- Honors in Psychology (PSYC 369/370)— two semester sequence requiring advanced application and a minimum GPA requirement. Also counts for the university engaged learning requirement. MORE INFO
- Take a second Advanced Lab Course: see here for the options. DOES NOT count towards the university engaged learning requirement.
Absolutely! Study Abroad is a great way to experience another culture and also take advantage of the unique course offerings provided by each university. There are a couple of things to keep in mind however.
- Try to complete at minimum PSYC 101, 201, 304, 306 and your quantitative requirements BEFORE leaving to study abroad.
- If at all possible complete a minimum of 2-3 of your pillar courses BEFORE leaving to study abroad.
- Decide on how you will complete your capstone requirement (Internship, Independent Research, or second Advance Lab) BEFORE going on study abroad. You don't need to take these courses, but make a plan. Knowing who your researh mentor will be and perhaps where you might do an internship are good first steps to settle before you leave.
- Try to take at least one psychology or neuroscience course that we do not offer at Loyola when you are abroad. Its likely that this course may count towards one of your requirements or at least as an elective. The Study Abroad Office maintains a large database of course equivalencies. When you connect with their office you will have access to this database to check courses and also to request additional equivalencies. Please DO NOT contact the Psychology Department directly to ask for this information, it is handled through the Study Abroad Office.
Most of all enjoy your study abroad experience!
The Study Abroad Office maintains a large database of course equivalencies. When you connect with their office you will have access to this database to check courses and also to request additional equivalencies. Please DO NOT contact the Psychology Department directly to ask for this information, it is handled through the Study Abroad Office.