Undergraduate Degree Requirements

Major Degree Requirements

The major in psychology requires a minimum of 60 credits in the field. Students must complete the required courses in statistics before taking any 400-level course or any course with statistics as a prerequisite.
All psychology majors are strongly encouraged to participate in the advising process, which includes a Group Orientation session, peer mentoring, and faculty advising.
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 must meet the following requirements for major:

Courses Notes Credits Required
NB Stat 243 or SOC 396 - Social Statistics In order to understand psychological research methods, an applied understanding of statistics is necessary. 4
NB Stat 244 or PSY 320 - Social Science Research Methods II In order to understand psychological research methods, an applied understanding of statistics is necessary. 4
PSY 200 PSY 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. 4
PSY 204 PSY 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. 4
PSY 321   4
PSY Elective 200+   4
PSY Elective 410-498 Choose among different Pathways Through Psychology that focus your studies on specific areas and applications of psychology, 16
PSY Elective 300/400 Additional upper-division elective credits (300- and 400-level), excluding courses numbered 399 to 409  
PSY Human Diversity Elective See below 4
Total   60

Human Diversity Elective

Majors are 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, Gender and Sexuality Studies, or any of the following classes:

  • 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: Diversity in the Workplace
  • PSY 410: LGBTQ Pscyhology
  • 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: Stratification
  • 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

The list above is not comprehensive; students can also use courses not included here with advisor approval. 

Minor Degree Requirements

To earn a minor in psychology, a student must complete 28 credits (8 credits of which must be taken in residence at PSU), to include the following:

Courses Notes Credits Required
PSY 200

 

PSY 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.

4
PSY 204 PSY 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. 4
PSY Electives 300/400 Upper-division psychology courses (300- or 400-level), excluding 401 to 409 20
Total   28

All courses submitted to satisfy the requirements for a minor in psychology 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 department minor requirements.