Psychology Major


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A psychology degree from Simpson offers a diverse area of study that includes social processes, learning, memory, personality, human development and psychological disorders. At Simpson, every psychology major completes either a research project or internship prior to graduation, which very likely contributes to the fact that we have a 100 percent placement rate in student applications to present research at the annual Midwestern Psychological Association Conference.

More than 40 percent of Simpson psychology students go on to graduate school at places like Penn State University, University of Wisconsin-Stout, University of Minnesota and State University of New York-Albany. A degree in psychology prepares you for a myriad of career choices or further study in fields like education, counseling, business and mental health.

Great options for campus involvement include Psychology Club — a social group that offers educational and volunteer opportunities. Students are also encouraged to join Psi Chi, a national psychology honors society.

The major in psychology is designed with four purposes in mind: (1) preparation for graduate study and a career in psychology; (2) preparation for vocations where extensive background in psychology is necessary, such as general counseling and some careers in human services; (3) general preparation for related vocations, such as business, education, law, advertising, or nursing; and (4) a broadening educational experience which will contribute to the understanding of self and others.

What are the required courses for a Psychology Major?

Introduction to the Field of Psychology

  • Psyc 101 Introduction to Psychology

Methods Courses

  • Psyc 214 Research Methods in Psychology
  • Psyc 215 Statistical Methods in Psychology

One Foundation course from each group

Foundations in Cognitive, Biological & Learning Processes

  • Psyc 233 Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Psyc 237 Cognitive Psychology

Foundations in Clinical. Developmental & Social Processes

  • Psyc 201 Developmental Psychology
  • Psyc 250 Abnormal Psychology
  • Psyc 220 Psychology of Gender

One Upper Level course from each group

Cognitive, Biological, and Learning Processes

  • Psyc 329 Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Psyc 331 Learning and Behavior
  • Psyc 334 Psychology of Language
  • Psyc 336 Sensation and Perception

Clinical, Developmental, and Social Processes

  • Psyc 322 Social Psychology
  • Psyc 342 Personality
  • Psyc 343 Clinical Psychology
  • Psyc 349 Adolescent Development

Electives: Three additional courses, at least one numbered 300 or above, from those listed above or Psyc 376 Advanced Research II

One capstone in Psychology course

  • Psyc 351 Practicum in Psychology
  • Psyc 375 Advanced Research I

Total 10 courses plus capstone