Requirements for Psychology Major
A total of 12 psychology courses plus two ancillary math/computer science/statistics courses are required. Students must take 101, 304, 306, 2 courses from Group A, 2 courses from Group B, 1 advanced laboratory course, and 1 capstone course as part of the 12-course major. The remaining courses may be any psychology course. Additional constraints may be found below.
When planning your course schedule with your Psychology Department Faculty Advisor, please consult the Psychology Major Checklist. The Course Offerings webpage or Psychology Course Matrix may also be of use in planning your course schedule.
Recommended sequence of psychology courses
Students are advised to take General Psychology (101) their first year. Two or three additional psychology courses (A, B &/or electives) might then be taken before beginning the required 304-306 sequence. Note that PSYC 304 (Statistics) is a prerequisite for PSYC 306 (Research Methods). Students may not take these courses at the same time. Electives may be any 200 or 300 level psychology lecture courses. Psychology 304 and 306 are prerequisites for all lab and capstone courses. Also, some A & B labs have additional prerequisites. (See other side.)
Recommended sequence of math courses
It is expected that students will have completed at least one, and preferably both ancillary math courses before beginning the PSYC 304-306 sequence. Thus, students should plan to take the ancillary mathematics courses during their two years. Assuming a strong background in math a computer science course is strongly recommended to prepare students for future academic and non-academic careers. Students should discuss with their advisor the ancillary math requirements as early as possible after deciding to major in Psychology.
All psychology majors must complete one capstone course. The options include a 2nd lab class; PSYC 370 (Honors Research); PSYC 390 (Internship in Psychology); and PSYC 397 (Independent Research). PSYC 370 in the honors sequence also counts as a capstone in psychology. PSYC 390, 397, and 370 also fulfill the university engaged learning requirement.
Independent Study Opportunties
- PSYC 390 (Internship in Psychology) is an intensive, work/academic experience that combines 100 hours (minimum) of supervised work at a psychology-related (e.g., human services) agency, arranged by the student prior to the start of the semester. Students participate in weekly class meetings that include class discussions and activities, reading and writing assignments, and an independent project. This is a unique and time-intensive opportunity that allows students to learn how psychology is applied in real-world settings. The course is open to psychology seniors; however, students should contact the internship coordinator during their junior year in order to learn more about this program and to apply for the course in advance. Admission to the internship course is by application only. Applications are due midway through the SEMESTER BEFORE the internship is to be taken.
- PSYC 397 (Independent Research) may be selected by seniors who are actively involved in a research project directed by a Psychology Department faculty member with prior permission of the faculty member and the Undergraduate Program Director. Students must arrange their research experience with a psychology faculty member before filling out the course contract and registering for the course. If a student takes both PSYC 397 and PSYC 399 (see below), only one will count towards the Psychology major.
- PSYC 399 (Special Studies in Psychology) provides students with the opportunity to do independent study under the supervision of a psychology faculty member. Prior permission form a sponsoring faculty member and the Undergraduate Program Director are required for PSYC 399. If a student takes both PSYC 397 (above) and PSYC 399, only one will count towards the Psychology major.
- PSYC 369/370 (Honors in Psychology Students able to maintain a 3.5 GPA have the option to do a 2-semester independent research project with a faculty member culminating in an writing an honors thesis. Additional information including the application may be found here.
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. Neuroscience Majors/Minors may count any psychology courses they take that count towards the Neuroscience Major/Minor towards both majors.
- 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.
Three courses of the major (or the minor) can be fulfilled with courses transferred into Loyola. Please consult with your CAS Advisor to ensure that you have received transfer credit for courses taken at other universities.
Core Course Exemptions for Psychology Majors
Psychology majors are exempt from the “Societal and Cultural Knowledge” and “Quantitative Literacy” areas of the core. Additional information about the Core can be found here.