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It's so easy to get involved here, whether it's in clubs or with work both on and off campus.

Monica Distefano '14
Major: Elementary Education

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Psychology Curriculum

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.

Prerequisites: Credits
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)

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.)

Requirements in Related Areas:
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:

  1. Maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA.

  2. Submit two letters of recommendation from full-time psychology faculty to the chairperson of the Psychology department.

  3. 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.

  4. Complete a 3 credit internship, independent study/readings or Teaching Assistantship (PSY 3400), with a minimum grade of B+.

Psychology Laboratory

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.

Students Present at NEPA Conference

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.

Meet Heather Flaherty '14

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."

Meet Brittany Howe '12

After graduating from Curry College, Brittany Howe '12, a transfer student from Braintree, MA, is working as a Behavioral Health Coordinator at South Shore Hospital.

Psychology Faculty News
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Congratulations to members of the Curry psychology faculty for their on-going professional accomplishments!

Useful Websites
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Here is a list of links to sites that are useful to psychology students. In particular, both the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Psychological Society (APS) provide a great deal of useful information for undergraduates.


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