Major in Psychology Requirements


All courses taken to satisfy the requirements for a major in psychology, including the mandatory statistics courses, must be passed with a grade of C- or above.


Courses taken under the undifferentiated grading option (pass/no pass) will not be accepted toward fulfilling departmental major requirements.


In addition to meeting the general university degree requirements, the student majoring in psychology must meet the following requirements in the Department of Psychology:



Credits Required





NB Stat 243 or SOC 396 - Social Statistics






NB Stat 244 or PSY 399 - Social Science Research Methods II






Psy 200






Psy 204






Psy 321






Psy Elective 410-498






Psy Elective 300/400

Additional Upper-Division elective credits (300 and 400 level), excluding courses numbered 399 to 409.

20 / 16 (For catalog on or after Fall 2019, due to Human Diversity Elective)





Psy Elective 200+






PSY Human Diversity Elective

*4 (For catalog on or after Fall 2019, please see below for a list of courses that can be used for this requirement)





Total (catalog year 2010 and after)

*60 (for Catalog on or after Fall 2010)







What is my catalog year? Why does it matter?

Your catalog year is the year and term you started taking college classes AFTER graduating high school, at any college, Portland State or otherwise. If you started taking college classes while in high school, you have to choose the term AFTER you graduated high school.


This is important because degree requirements may change from year to year. If you are already working toward a degree, these changes may not effect you. Make sure you know the degree requirements of your catalog year and choose the same catalog year each time you run your DARS and when you apply for graduation.


I’ve been told the psychology major at PSU is elective heavy. What does this mean?

What comes to mind when you think of psychology? A lot of people think therapist, psychiatrist or social worker. However, psychology is a diverse science as well as a helping profession. Because psychology is such a broad topic, the psychology major at PSU allows the students to explore psychology broadly and to focus on specific areas of psychology that interest them. Having a broad education in psychology is important no matter what field of psychology you plan to work in and the major at PSU aims to offer that diversity in the curriculum.


Are there specialized pathways, concentrations, or certificates in psychology that I can explore?

In pursuing elective coursework, choose among different Pathways Through Psychology that focus your studies on specific areas and applications of psychology, including Community Psychology, Education, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Research Methods, Neuropsychology/Neuroscience, and Social Psychology.

Why do I have to take Statistics?

Portland State University’s psychology major is research heavy. In order to understand psychological research methods, an applied understanding of statistics is necessary. Don’t worry, it’s sounds harder than it is and there are a lot of FREE! resources to help students who have a harder time with math and the new concepts introduced, like supplemental instruction and tutoring. Also, the psychology peer advisers can give you some quick, helpful tips! Visit us during our drop in hours at Cramer Hall 360 from 9am to 5pm Monday-Friday



Supplemental Instruction

Visit the Placement Exam page for more prerequisites information for taking the exam.


What is the difference between Psy 200 and Psy 204?

They are both introductory psychology classes. Psychology 200 is psychology as a natural science, what’s going on in the brain and a little bit of physiology and anatomy of the brain. Psychology 204 is psychology as a social science and focuses on how we interact with others, and our behaviors and attitudes as a result of being a social being.


What is the Human Diversity Elective course?

Besides taking courses in a range of subjects in psychology, majors are also required to take a course in human diversity. To fulfill this requirement students can choose to take any 300- or 400-level class in the following subjects: Black Studies, Chicano/Latino Studies, Indigenous Nations Studies, and Women's Studies, or any of the following classes, please note that any courses in the list below that are cluster courses can no longer be utilized towards your cluster as they are now potential major courses:

Anth 318U

Asian American Experience


Anth 426

Transnationalism and Migration


Anth 432

Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective


Comm 415

Problems of Intercultural Communication


CR 312

Intercultural Conflict Resolution


Psy 310U

Psychology of Women


Psy 410

Cross-cultural Psychology


Psy 410

LGBTQ Psychology


Psy 410

Native American Psychological Healing


Psy 425

Psychology of Black Manhood in America


Psy 426

Psychology of Stigma & Social Inequality


Psy 428

Diversity, Prejudice and Intergroup Relations


Psy 429

The Psychology of Race & Gender in Sport


Psy 431U

Psychology of Men and Masculinities


Psy 458

Development & Education of African-Diaspora Children & Youth


Psy 463

Development and Education of Immigrant Children and Youth


Soc 337U

Prejudice, Privilege, and Power


Soc 344U

Gender and Sexualities


Soc 423



Soc 427

Gender and Work


Soc 430

Hate Crimes


Soc 444

Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality


Soc 446

Immigrants in America


Soc 452

Education and Equality: Comparing the US, Asia, Europe


Soc 463

Global Inequalities and Health