Planning Your Curriculum

Deciding Among Psychology Courses

The department requires that you take one of two courses in each of the Physiological Processes, Social-Developmental Processes, Learning Processes, and Individual Processes groups to provide you with a broad background in psychology. For those students considering graduate school, the department recommends additional selections from these eight courses. Here are several suggestions for selecting among courses:

  • Read the course description in the catalog.
  • Obtain more information about the course by visiting the professor who teaches it.
  • Ask other students about the reputation of the course.
  • Consider your career goals and interests up to this point.
  • Consult your advisor.

If you have a particular interest in psychology, take an elective that will allow you to explore that interest. For example, you might want to take Industrial/Organizational Psychology if you are interested in combining a psychology and business career, Cognitive Psychology if you're interested in higher cognitive processes in humans, or such graduate programs as Cognitive Science or Neuroscience.

If you presently have no particular career interest, take a variety of courses to help you discover where your interests lie. Refer to the section "Careers in Psychology" for a description of the various areas of psychology.

Choosing GE Electives (30 Credits)

The 30 credits should be used first for concentrations, double majors, minors, and the like. If you have remaining credits, then you should use them to create a well-rounded program. Here are some popular hints for courses to round out your program:

  • Sociology courses, e.g., Juvenile Delinquency
  • Computer science courses
  • Advanced biology and beginning chemistry courses
  • A foreign language, especially Spanish if interested in the helping professions
  • Selected School of Management courses if interested in a psychology-related career in business.

These suggestions represent courses that psychology majors have taken in the past. You are by no means advised to take all of them; in fact, this would be impossible. Rather, let your GE free elective choices be guided by your interests and your advisor.

A word of caution: because of duplicate material, psychology majors should not take the following courses -- Counseling Theories (HS 242), Research Methods in Human Services (HS 293), or Psychiatric Rehabilitation (HS 323).