Major in Psychology (B.A. and B.S.)

Requirements for a major in Psychology (both B.A. and B.S.)

Students must take 10 full classes, including the following specifications.


2 Required courses:

        Psyc 100 or Psyc 101: Introductory Psychology

        Psyc 251: Research Methods and Data Analysis

3 courses with the Core attribute

1 course with the Advanced Laboratory attribute

2 courses with the Seminar attribute

Comprehensive Examination


Note: Courses in psychology without any of the above attributes may count toward the total requirement of 10 courses in the major.


Courses in Psychology

 Psyc 201: Personality (Core)

Psyc 202: Abnormal (Core)

Psyc 203: Social Psychology (Core) [cannot take both Psyc 203 and Psyc 356]

Psyc 206: Industrial Psychology (Core)

Psyc 208: Cognitive Psychology (Core) [cannot take both Psyc 208 and Psyc 358]

Psyc 213: Comparative Sexual Behavior

Psyc 214: Eating Disorders and Obesity

Psyc 218: Psychology of Violence

Psyc 221: Adolescence (Core)

Psyc 222: Adult Development & Aging (Core)

Psyc 223: Positive Psychology (Core)

Psyc 224: Developmental Psychopathology

Psyc 225: Cognitive Neuroscience (Core)

Psyc 226: Psychology of Creativity

Psyc 227: Health Psychology (Core)

Psyc 230: Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia

Psyc 250: Anxiety Syndromes and Treatment Methods

Psyc 254: Intro to Behavioral Neuroscience (Core)

Psyc 280: Psychology of Human Diversity (Core)

Psyc 217: Motivation and Cognitive Control

Psyc 349: Drugs and Behavior

Psyc 355: Affective Neuroscience (Advanced Lab)

Psyc 356: Research in Social Psychology (Core; Advanced Lab) [cannot take both Psyc 203 and Psyc 356]

Psyc 357: Child Development (Core; Advanced Lab)

Psyc 358: Cognitive Psychology w/ Lab (Core; Advanced Lab) [cannot take both Psyc 208 and Psyc 358]

Psyc 359: Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience w/ Lab (Advanced Lab)

Psyc 363: Topics in Advanced Research (name changing pending CAPC approval)

Psyc 402: Community Psychology (Seminar)

Psyc 403: Psychology and Popular Culture in the U.S. (Seminar)

Psyc 408: Seminar in Abnormal Psychology (Seminar)

Psyc 410: Cognitive Illusions (Seminar)

Psyc 411: Judgment and Decision Making (Seminar)

Psyc 412: Psychology of Gender (Seminar)

Psyc 413: The Self-Concept and Self-Esteem (Seminar)

Psyc 414: The Social Brain (Seminar)

Psyc 415: Relationships and Health (Seminar)

Psyc 416: Attachment Theory (Seminar)

Psyc 417: Seminar in Developmental Psychology: Human Development in Context (Seminar)

Psyc 418: Psychology of Happiness and Meaning in Life (Seminar)

Psyc 419: Addiction (Seminar)

Psyc 420: Consciousness and Unconsciousness (Seminar)

Psyc 421: Sex, Brain, and Behavior (Seminar)

Psyc 444: Independent Study

Sewanee-at-Yale Courses

Psyc 480: Language, Literacy, and Play

Psyc 481: Introduction to Cognitive Science

Psyc 482: Emotional Intelligence

Psyc 483: Cognitive Neuroscience

Psyc 484: Autism and Related Disorders

Psyc 485: Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Neurological Diseases

Psyc 490: Principles of Neuroscience

Psyc 491: Neurobiology of Emotion

Psyc 492: History of Modern Neuroscience

Psyc 493: Research Topics in Emotion and Cognitive Control

Psyc 498: Research Methods Seminar

Psyc 499: Directed Research

 Comprehensive Examination: The comprehensive examination in psychology consists of a paper that integrates material from three areas of psychology. Ordinarily, several possible questions are distributed in January with a mandatory outline submitted in February. The paper is due during the second comprehensive examination period for the Easter semester.

2019 Comprehensive Exam Guidelines

2019 Comprehensive Exam Questions