Majoring in Psychology
These divisional degrees are distinguished by two features: an SSt degree entails at least two courses in one or more related disciplines in the Social Studies Division (decided individually in consultation with the adviser); and the Senior Project for an SM&C degree must have an empirical focus, in which the student collects and analyzes data, or presents a detailed plan for doing so. The SSt Senior Project does not carry this requirement, though it may of course do this. An SSt degree may be particularly suited for those intending to pursue law, social work, or education; and an SM&C degree may be particularly suited for students intending to pursue a research degree in psychology, medicine, or the natural sciences.
Courses and Clusters
Psychology students must complete the following requirements to graduate:
- a total of four 200-level courses in psychology (excluding 201 and 202);
- one four-credit course in biology, chemistry and biochemistry, computer science, mathematics, or physics (this excludes AP or IB classes, as well as Biostatistics, and courses listed primarily in Mind, Brain and Behavior);
- two 300-level junior seminars following Moderation (to be completed before beginning the Senior Project; in cases where study abroad or similar conflict presents a challenge, the Program will consider petitions for alternate timelines);
- the Psychology Senior Conference (PSY 405), a required colloquium in the first semester of the Senior Project to support student work;
- and the Senior Project.
No more than a single 300-level course may be taken per semester, and taking these 300-levels with two different faculty members is strongly encouraged.