Psychology Major

Students who are planning to major or minor in psychology should consult with a department faculty member as early in their college careers as possible. Students should try to complete the courses Research Statistics (PSY 206) and Research Design and Methods (PSY 207) before the start of their junior year.

Psychology majors are encouraged to obtain additional experience outside of the classroom through internships, conducting research, and/or studying abroad.

Student Learning Outcomes

A student who graduates from Agnes Scott with a major in Psychology will be able to:

  • demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology
  • understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues
  • understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation
  • respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes
  • weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline

NOTE: Students with a neuroscience major may not double-major or minor in

Requirements for the Psychology Major
The minimum number of credits required is 44

Required courses for the major*:

  • FOUNDATION courses: PSY-101, 102, 206, 207 (complete with grade of C- or
  • higher)
  • SOCIAL & CULTURAL CORE: at least 2 courses from PSY-205, 230, 305
  • NEUROSCIENCE CORE: at least 2 courses from PSY-251, 285, 311, 315, 323
  • CLINICAL & HEALTH CORE: at least 2 courses from PSY-200, 202, 214, 312
  • CAPSTONE COURSES: PSY-470 (2 credits) and PSY-480 (2 credits)

*At least 3 courses must be taken at the 300 level (the Agnes Scott depth standard requires that a minimum of 16 credits toward a major must be completed in Agnes Scott 300 or 400 level academic courses).