Psychology major requirements

The psychology major requires a total of 9.5 course credits. Courses are divided into four categories: required courses, foundational courses, advanced courses and electives. The Psychology minor, listed at the bottom, requires 5 course credits.

Required courses (4.5 course credits required):

  • PSYC 101G Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 201 Research Methods I: Statistical Analysis
  • PSYC 202 Research Methods II: Design and Communication
  • PSYC 415 Readings in Psychology (0.5 course credit)
  • PSYC 420 Research Seminar

Foundational courses (3.0 course credits required, including at least one from Group A and at least one from Group B):

Group A: Biological and Behavioral Processes

  • PSYC 216 Learning and Memory
  • PSYC 236 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 239 Health Psychology
  • PSYC 243 Mind, Brain, and Behavior

Group B: Social Processes

  • PSYC 221 Lifespan Development
  • PSYC 233 Social Psychology
  • PSYC 240 Personality

Other Foundational Courses

  • PSYC 237 Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • PSYC 250 Special Topics
  • PSYC 251 Research Practicum
  • PSYC 287 Political Psychology
  • PSYC 290 Cross-Cultural Psychology Practicum (0.5 course credit)

Advanced courses (must choose 2.0 course credits from the following):

  • PSYC 302 Advanced Experimental Psychology
  • PSYC 303 Drugs and Behavior
  • PSYC 304 Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PSYC 305 Behavioral Neuroscience
  • PSYC 318 Biopsychology
  • PSYC 321 Cultural Psychology
  • PSYC 323 Psychology of Gender
  • PYSC 330 Forensic Psychology
  • PSYC 345 Animal Behavior
  • PSYC 355 Theories of Counseling


The following courses may be taken but are not required for the major:

  • PSYC 207 Introduction to Health Careers (0.25 course credit)
  • PSYC 350 Special Topics in Psychology
  • PSYC 351 Independent Study
  • PSYC 352 Internship in Psychology
  • PSYC 455 Advanced Counseling Seminar

Psychology minor requirements (5.0 course credits):

  • PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 202 Research Methods II: Design and Communication
  • One Foundational Course from Group A: Biological and Behavioral Processes
  • One Foundational Course from Group B: Social Processes
  • One Advanced Course

Teacher Licensure

Students wishing to become high school psychology teachers can major in Social Science Education with a concentration in Psychology.

Transfer Credits:

Across the Core Curriculum and other programs of Monmouth College, most transfer courses are accepted. Departments Chairs have the final determination regarding how transfer credit will be applied to meet major or minor requirements. More information for transfer students is available on our Admission Transfer Credits page.