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How to Declare a Psychology Major

We are pleased that you would like to declare a major in Psychology. To make your declaration official you need to complete the following steps:

1. Complete the major declaration form (which you can get here, from the registrar's office or the Psychology Department office) and turn it in to Marcye Van Dyke, the Psychology Department Office Manager (phone 395-7730), Schaap Science Center 1110.

2. Complete the Psychology Major Interest Form and turn it in to Marcye Van Dyke.

3. Attend a New Major Meeting. Dates are listed on the website blog. If you cannot attend during this time, please set up an individual meeting with Dr. Witvliet.

Please keep in mind: The psychology department will only allow 1 course to be transferred in towards the major. If you do take a course at another institution, it must be from the elective portion of of the major and not a required course.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail Dr. Charlotte Witvliet, 395-7167 or

Recommended Sequence of Courses for the Psychology Major

The psychology major is composed of a minimum of 36 credits plus a statistics course. The major requirements are broken down into the following elements:

Summary of Psychology Curriculum (For students entering Fall 2015)

Fundamental Courses

All majors must take:

  • Introduction to Psychology (100)
  • Research Methods (200)
  • Statistics (4 credits for Math 210, 2 credits for Math 311, or a score of 4 or 5 on AP stats exam) 

majorSurvey Courses

Students must take four of the following courses:

  • Intro to Neuroscience & Lab (211)
  • Developmental Psychology (230)
  • Social Psychology (280)
  • Physiological (not offered after Spring 2015; cannot count both 320 and 211)
  • Cognitive Psychology (340)
  • Behavior Disorders (370) 


Topical Seminar

Students must take four credits from the following list of topical seminars:

  • Human Sexuality (240. 2 credits)
  • Human Strengths and Struggles (295, 2)
  • The Psychology of Latino Children (305, 4 credits)
  • Adult Development and Aging (335, 2 credits)
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology (350, 4 credits)
  • Psychology of Gender (382, 4 credits)
  • Advanced Research (390, 4 credits)
  • Psychology & Religion (395, 2 credits)
  • Positive Psychology (395, 4 credits)
  • Romantic Relationships (395, 4 credits)
  • Clinical Psychology (410, 4 credits)
  • Health Psychology (420, 2 credits)

Service Learning or Field Experience

Students are required to participate in one service-learning course. This requirement is usually fulfilled by taking Developmental Psychology, but can also be fulfilled by taking Psychology Internship. For more information regarding the internship, please visit:

Students who are interested in attending a research-based graduate program are encouraged to take Advanced Research (390) or a Psychology 290/490 course that focuses on conducting research. Students interested in a career in the helping professions are encouraged to take Psychology 265.