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Major in Psychology

By providing students with a solid understanding of psychological science in both laboratory and experiential environments, psychology majors are able to tailor their coursework to areas that include abnormal psychology, social psychology, cognition, personality or many other areas. With classes that provide practical knowledge in statistics and research methods, psychology majors are prepared to entire the workforce as clinicians, teachers or continue on to graduate school.

Learning is active and personal. Classes are small: between eight and 30 students. Students engage in classroom projects and presentations that apply psychological theory to describe, explain, predict and modify behavior. They participate in field work, pursue their own research interests, and work closely with Elmhurst's dynamic faculty.

Requirements for the Major
Nine courses are required for a major in psychology. A grade of C or better is necessary to satisfy major, minor and prerequisite requirements. All students must take one 400-level capstone option at Elmhurst College. All 400-level capstone options require that the student has already taken Statistics and Research Methods in Psychology. Courses must be selected according to the following guidelines:

Required Courses
PSY 210 Introduction to Psychological Science
PSY 355 Statistics for Scientific Research (or MTH 345)
PSY 356 Research Methods in Psychology

Developmental Content Courses: one course required
PSY 315 Lifespan Development (recommended for non-majors)
PSY 317 Child Development
PSY 318 Adolescent Development
PSY 319 Adult Development and Aging

Psychology majors are encouraged to take one of our developmental courses: PSY 317 Child Development, PSY 318 Adolescent Development, or PSY 319 Adult Development rather than PSY 315 Lifespan Development. Students will not be allowed to count PSY 315 and a second developmental course toward the major or minor.

Content Courses at the 300/400 level: two courses required
(additional courses can count toward electives in the major)
PSY 303 Social Psychology
PSY 312 Personality Theory and Research
PSY 313 Cognitive Neuroscience
PSY 325 Psychology and Culture
PSY 327 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 348 Health Psychology
PSY 421 History of Psychology
PSY 424 Physiological Psychology
PSY 427 Child Psychopathology

Capstone Options: one course required
All psychology majors must take one of the following capstone-course options in their senior year.

Option A. PSY 496 Senior Capstone Seminar (1.00 credit)
Option B. PSY 497 Senior Thesis (1.00 credit)
Option C. PSY 498 Senior Capstone Independent Study (1.00 credit)
Option D. PSY 495 Honors Independent Research (.50 credit taken concurrently with PSY 497 or PSY 498, .50 credit)

Electives: two courses required
Following the guidelines will result in the selection of seven courses. Two additional courses should be taken from categories listed above, or from one of the applied courses or special purpose courses listed below for a total of 2.00 credits.

Applied Courses
PSY 326 Industrial and Organizational Psychology
PSY 328 Clinical and Counseling Psychology
PSY 422 Psychological Testing

Special Purpose Courses
KIN 323 Sport and Exercise Psychology
PSY 311 Educational Psychology
PSY 320/420 Current Applications in Psychology
PSY 322 Psychology of Religion
PSY 492 Readings in Psychology
PSY 493 Independent Research in Psychology

These additional course offerings do not count toward the major or minor:

PSY 250 Careers in Psychology
PSY 268/368 Field Experience in Psychology
PSY 300 Neuroethics
PSY 249/349/449 Research Mentorship

Graduate School Preparation
In addition to the courses required for the major in psychology, students who intend to study psychology at the graduate level are encouraged to take courses in one of the following concentrations.

Concentration in Experimental Psychology
Suggested courses:
One laboratory course chosen from:
PSY 411 Theories of Learning
PSY 423 Sensation and Perception
PSY 430 Cognitive Processes
PSY 313 Cognitive Neuroscience or PSY 424 Physiological Psychology
PSY 349 Research Mentorship
PHL 106 Reasoning or PHL 220 Logic or PHL 305 Philosophy of Science
COM 213 Public Speaking
CS 100 Computers in Science and Technology or CS 220 Computer Science I
ENG 303 Writing in Professional Fields
BIO 107 and BIO 108 Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II
CHM 101 General Chemistry

Concentration in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
This is the recommended list of courses for psychology majors who intend to pursue careers or graduate programs in business, human resources or management.

Suggested courses:
PSY 303 Social Psychology
PSY 312 Personality Theory and Research
PSY 319 Adult Development and Aging
PSY 326 Industrial and Organization Psychology
PSY 422 Psychological Testing
COM 213 Public Speaking
COM 315 Intercultural Communication
COM 319 Business and Professional Communication
ENG 303 Writing in Professional Fields
BUS 250 Management Theory and Practice
BUS 350 Cultural Diversity in Organizations
BUS 354 Human Resource Management
BUS 453 Organizational Behavior
BUS 454 Leadership
PHL 310 Ethics and Business

Concentration in Clinical/Counseling Psychology
Suggested Courses:
PSY 312 Personality: Theory and Research
PSY 315 Lifespan Development
PSY 327 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 328 Clinical and Counseling Psychology
PSY 422 Psychological Testing
PSY 424 Physiological Psychology
PSY 427 Child Psychopathology (if interested in working with children)

Courses outside the major: communications, genetics, anatomy and physiology.

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