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As a psychology major, you will become more aware of your personal identities, appreciate the social and cultural context in which you live, examine your values, increase your skills in critical thinking and use psychological concepts and skills to enrich, expand and explore your life.
|PSY 1030 Introduction to Psychology
PSY 1400 Child Development
Requirements for Psychology Major:
The psychology major requires 31 credits of psychology courses beyond the 1000 level, including:
|PSY 2050 Experimental Psychology
(Recommended for second semester sophomores)
|PSY 2___ Four courses at the 2000-level or above||12|
|PSY 3___ A minimum of four additional psychology courses
at the 3000-level or 4000-level.
|PSY 3500 Senior Seminar
(Recommended for the senior year)
Requirements in Related Areas:
We strongly encourage students to consider doing an internship (field experience) in psychology during their junior and/or senior years. Only three credits of internship learning may be credited toward the 3000-level requirement. (EXP 2340 is a prerequisite.)
|MATH 1150 Statistics I
(This is a prerequisite to PSY 2050. Recommended for first semester sophomores)
Graduation With Distinction in Psychology
Students who wish to graduate with distinction in psychology must meet the following requirements:
Maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA.
Submit two letters of recommendation from full-time psychology faculty to the chairperson of the Psychology department.
Complete PSY 4500: Jr. Seminar: Advanced Research in Psychology with a minimum grade of B. This 3-credit course, to be completed during the Junior year, is in addition to the 31 credits required for completion of the Psychology Major.
Complete a 3 credit internship, independent study/readings or Teaching Assistantship (PSY 3400), with a minimum grade of B+.
The psychology major also requires training in research methods in psychology. This training is offered through the experimental psychology laboratory. Research experience is offered as part of the experimental psychology course which is required of all majors. The research facilities include instrumentation and software for studying topics in human psychophysiology, including the effects of psychological stress on cardiovascular function, information processing and brain electrical activity and a variety of other psychological phenomena.
Curry College senior psychology majors Heather Flaherty and Chelsie Young accompanied department chair/professor, Dr. Bruce Steinberg to the New England Psychological Association (NEPA) Conference at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, Connecticut in the fall of 2013. The students were invited to present the results of research they had conducted in Steinberg's Advanced Research Seminar.
A community...that's how Heather Flaherty '14 describes Curry College. And, the junior Psychology major has fully immersed herself into this community. "I've always felt right at home at Curry," Flaherty says. "The small class sizes and the opportunity to build connections with the faculty members were other reasons that helped me choose Curry."
Dr. Benjamin Hidalgo's classes are conducted, as he puts it, "far from the traditional 'passive' way of learning," i.e. study, show up for class, answer some questions on an exam, etc. They are more casual, where he encourages conversation and does not shy from debate.