Psychology Department Requirements for Undergraduates

 

I. MAJOR IN PSYCHOLOGY (B.A.)

 

Please Note: The requirements for the psychology major have changed recently. A student is bound by the requirements in place at the time the student declared the major.

 

Students declaring a psychology major September 1, 2015 and after

 

1.  Introductory Level

 

  • PSYC 1001               General Psychology

Prerequisite for all other psychology courses.

  • STAT 1053                Introduction to Statistics in Social Science

Or equivalent (Stat 1051, Stat 1111, Stat 1127).  Should be    taken prior to or concurrently with Psych 2101. Students are         encouraged to take a second statistics course.

  • PSYC 2101               Research Methods-Psychology

Prerequisite for all 3000 and 4000-level psychology courses.

 

2.  Survey Level      Prerequisites for many 3000 and 4000-level courses; can be taken in any order

 

  • Two courses (6 credits) from the following set:

 

PSYC 2011 or 2011W         Abnormal Psychology

PSYC 2012                           Social Psychology

PSYC 2013                           Developmental Psychology

 

  • One course (3 credits) from the following set:

 

PSYC 2014                           Cognitive Psychology

PSYC 2015                           Biological Psychology

 

3.  Advanced Level

 

  • One course (3 credits) from the following set:

 

PSYC 3112                           Psychology of Adolescence 

PSYC 3115                           Developmental Psychopathology 

PSYC 3125                           Cross-Cultural Psychology 

PSYC 3126 or 3126W         Multicultural Psychology 

PSYC 3128                           Health Psychology 

PSYC 3132                           Social and Personality Development 

PSYC 3170                           Clinical Psychology 

PSYC 3173                           Community Psychology 

 

  • One course (3 credits) from the following set:

 

PSYC 3118                           Neuropsychology 

PSYC 3121                           Memory and Cognition 

PSYC 3122                           Cognitive Neuroscience 

PSYC 3124                           Visual Perception 

 

  • One course (4 credits) from the following set:

 

PSYC 4106W                       Research Lab in Sensation and Perception 

PSYC 4107W                       Research Lab in Cognitive Neuroscience

 

  • One course (4 credits) from the following set:

 

PSYC 4201W                       Research Lab in Clinical/Community Psychology 

PSYC 4202W                       Research Lab in Applied Social Psychology

PSYC 4203W                       Research Lab in Developmental Psychology

 

  • Three additional psychology (PSYC) courses (9 credits) numbered 2000 or above. 

 

Please note that, although up to nine credits across PSYC 3591 and PSYC 4591 (4191ǂ) may be applied toward graduation, only 3 credits of PSYC 3591 or PSYC 4591 (4191ǂ) may be applied toward the major.

 

Students declaring a psychology major before September 1, 2015

 

1.  Introductory Level

 

  • PSYC 1001               General Psychology

Prerequisite for all other psychology courses.

  • STAT 1053                Introduction to Statistics in Social Science

Or equivalent (Stat 1051, Stat 1111, Stat 1127).  Should be taken prior to or concurrently with Psych 2101. Students are encouraged to take a second statistics course.

 

2.  Survey Level      Prerequisites for many 3000 and 4000-level courses; can be taken in any order

 

  • Two courses (6 credits) from the following set:

 

PSYC 2011 or 2011W         Abnormal Psychology

PSYC 2012                           Social Psychology

PSYC 2013                           Developmental Psychology

 

  • One course (3 credits) from the following set:

 

PSYC 2014                           Cognitive Psychology

PSYC 2015                           Biological Psychology

 

3.  Advanced Level

 

  • PSYC 2101               Research Methods-Psychology

Prerequisite for all 3000 and 4000-level psychology courses.

 

  • Two courses (6 credits) from the following set:

 

PSYC 2508 (3108ǂ)                        Humanistic Psychology

PSYC 2514 (3114ǂ)                        Adult Development and Aging

PSYC 2529 (3129ǂ)                        Theories of Personality

PSYC 2531 (3131ǂ)                        Psychological Tests

PSYC 2550 (3150ǂ)                        Psychology of Sex Differences

PSYC 2554 (3154ǂ)                        Psychology of Crime and Violence

PSYC 2556 (3156ǂ)                        Psychology of Attitudes and Public Opinion

PSYC 2560 (2160ǂ)                        Group Dynamics

PSYC 2588 (3188ǂ)                        Attitudes toward Death and Dying

PSYC 3110                                     Perception and Understanding in Children

PSYC 3112                                     Psychology of Adolescence 

PSYC 3115                                     Developmental Psychopathology 

PSYC 3125                                    Cross-Cultural Psychology 

PSYC 3126 or 3126W                    Multicultural Psychology 

PSYC 3128                                   Health Psychology 

PSYC 3132                                   Social and Personality Development 

PSYC 3152                                   Psychology of Women

PSYC 3170                                   Clinical Psychology 

PSYC 3172                                  Psychopathology and the Media

PSYC 3173                                   Community Psychology 

 

  • One course (3 credits) from the following set:

 

PSYC 3118                           Neuropsychology 

PSYC 3121                           Memory and Cognition 

PSYC 3122                           Cognitive Neuroscience 

PSYC 3124                           Visual Perception 

 

  • One course (4 credits) from the following set:

 

PSYC 4106W (3106Wǂ)     Research Lab in Sensation and Perception (Previously Principles and Methods of Psychology)

PSYC 4107W                       Research Lab in Cognitive Neuroscience

PSYC 4201W                       Research Lab in Clinical/Community Psychology 

PSYC 4202W                       Research Lab in Applied Social Psychology

PSYC 4203W                       Research Lab in Developmental Psychology

 

 

  • Three additional psychology (PSYC) courses (9 credits) numbered 2100 or above.

 

Please note that, although up to nine credits across PSYC 3591 and PSYC 4591 (4191ǂ) may be applied toward graduation, only 3 credits of PSYC 3591 or PSYC 4591 (4191ǂ) may be applied toward the major.

 

4.  Courses in Related Fields

 

  • Two courses (6 credits) from one of the following departments: Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Sociology
  • An additional course (3 credits) from a different department, drawn from the following list: American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology.

 

II. MINOR IN PSYCHOLOGY

 

Please Note: The requirements for the psychology minor have changed several times over the past few years. All students are bound by the current minor requirements, as shown below. These requirements should accommodate all courses taken under previous requirements.  

 

1.  Introductory Level

 

  • PSYC 1001               General Psychology

Prerequisite for all other psychology courses.

2.  Survey Level

 

  • Two courses (6 credits) from the following set, including either PSYC 2014 or PSYC 2015  

 

PSYC 2011                           Abnormal Psychology

PSYC 2012                           Social Psychology

PSYC 2013                           Developmental Psychology

PSYC 2014                           Cognitive Psychology

PSYC 2015                           Biological Psychology

 

3.  Advanced Level

 

  • Three additional psychology (PSYC) courses (9 credits) numbered 2000 or above, not including PSYC 3591 or PSYC 4591 (4191ǂ)

 

Students considering graduate study in psychology are advised to take PSYCH 2101 (a prerequisite for all 3000 and 4000-level psychology courses), a distribution of courses from the categories listed under the major, and an elementary course in statistics.

 

Note: This flexible plan for the minor will be applied by the end of September, 2015, to all psychology minors, old and new.

 

III. SPECIAL HONORS IN PSYCHOLOGY

 

1. Apply for admission no later than first day of classes during senior year.

2. Fulfill general major requirements.

3. Complete PSYC 4997 (PSYC 4197ǂ) and an 8000-level seminar in psychology (with permission of instructor).

4. Complete 3 credits of PSYC 3591 or 4591 (4191ǂ).

5. Graduate with a 3.0 average overall and a 3.5 average in psychology (PSYC) courses.

 

IV. PSYCHOLOGY MAJOR WITH CONCENTRATION

 

Please note!!  To major in psychology with a concentration in cognitive neuroscience or industrial/organizational psychology a student must file an application with the psychology department.

 

Cognitive Neuroscience

 

1. Complete four of the following:  PSYC 3118, 3121, 3122, 3124, 4106W (3106Wǂ), 4107W, 8203*, 8204*, 8268*, 8281*, 8282*, 8289*

2. Complete PSYC 3591 or 4591 (4191ǂ)) with a member of the faculty of the Cognitive Neuroscience area.

3. Complete two career counseling sessions with members of the faculty of the cognitive neuroscience area.

4. Regularly attend meetings of the Cognitive Neuroscience Journal Club and Colloquium series.

5. Graduate with a 3.3 average in psychology (PSYC) courses.

 

In addition, psychology majors concentrating in Cognitive Neuroscience with the intention of pursuing graduate training are encouraged to complete 4-8 credits of biology and a higher-level course in statistics and to acquire some skill in computer programming.

 

* Graduate course. Open to students with consent of instructor.

 

Industrial/Organizational Psychology

 

1. Complete PSYC 2544 (2144ǂ) and two of the following: PSYC 2531, 2560 (2160ǂ), 3151, 3193, 8245*; ORSC 1109, 2143, 6212**, 6214**.

2. Complete PSYC 3591 or 4591 (4191ǂ) with a member of the faculty of the Industrial/Organizational area.

3. Students may be invited to attend sessions of the Research Discussion Series and Crossroads series of presentations.

4. Graduate with a 3.3 average in psychology (PSYC) courses.

 

* Graduate course. Open to students with consent of instructor

** Offered at the Arlington campus (near Ballston metro stop).

ǂ Course number prior to Fall 2015

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General note.  Students may concurrently major in psychology with special honors and with a concentration in a particular area of psychology. Individual courses may be counted as concurrently fulfilling the requirements for the major, for special honors, and for the concentration. 

 

Meet Professor Gee

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology Christina Gee has been teaching at GW since 2001, and examines romantic and family relationships within a culture context and the ways in which couples cope with stressful life transitions. She is currently conducting an NIHM-funded study.