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Student pursuing a Psychology degree from Curry College presents at the New England Psychology Association ConferenceA Psychology degree from Curry College equips our students with the skills to be successful in any field – from human services to human resources, from public relations to education, from business to law enforcement.

Develop scientific inquiry and critical thinking abilities. Learn how the brain affects behavior and mental processes. Explore and understand the biological, developmental, social, and psychological factors that make people think, feel, and behave like they do.

Experience hands-on learning to help you work directly with people and solve real-world problems. Work closely with dedicated, expert faculty members on research projects and even present your research findings at local and national psychology conferences, such as the New England Psychology Association Conference.

Course Requirements and Information

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.

Requirements for Psychology Major:

A. Students must complete the following Required Courses:

PSY 1030 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY 2010 Introduction to the Psychology Major 1
MATH 1150 Statistics 3
PSY 2050 Research Methods in Psychology 4
PSY 3500 Senior Seminar in Psychology 3


B. Students must complete a total of 12 credits at the 2000-level and a total of 12 credits at the 3000-level, not counting the required courses above. Of these credits, 12 must come from the foundational courses listed below (i.e., three credits, or one course, from each foundation):


Foundational Courses:

(One course in each of the following areas)


Biological Psychology/Neuroscience:

PSY 2070 Motivation 3
PSY 3130 Brain and Behavior 3
PSY 3350 Health Psychology 3


Social/Personality Psychology:

PSY 2090 Personality 3
PSY 2800 Social Psychology 3
PSY 3800 Multicultural Psychology 3


Clinical/Counseling Psychology:

PSY 2200 Behavior Disorders in Children 3
PSY 2300 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY 3120 Counseling Theories 3


Developmental Psychology:

PSY 1400 Child Development 3
PSY 2100 Adolescent Psychology 3
PSY 2400 Human Development 3

The Psychology Minor requires 15 credits at the 2000/3000-level with a minimum of 6 credits at the 3000 level*, which must be completed at Curry College. A maximum of 6 credits may be satisfied on a transfer basis. (Excluding internship credits)

*Nursing majors who minor in Psychology need PSY 2400 plus 9 additional credits in Psychology.  Only three credits must be at the 3000-level.

Qualified students may earn the honor of Graduation with Distinction in Psychology. To qualify for Graduation with Distinction, the following criteria must be met:

  1. Maintain a 3.5 overall GPA and a 3.5 Psychology GPA
  2. Obtain recommendations from two Psychology Department faculty (non-adjunct)
  3. Complete PSY 2050 (Research Methods in Psychology) with a grade of B+ or higher
  4. Complete, with a B+ or better, either (a) a 3-credit Psychology Internship (PSY 3450), (b) three credits of Independent Research (PSY 4000), three credits of Independent Readings in Psychology (PSY 4100), or (d) three credits of Peer Teaching in Psychology (PSY 3400)
  5. Complete PSY 4500 (Advanced Research Seminar) during Junior or Senior year with a minimum grade of B+.

The Psychology Department strongly encourages students to consider applied experiences in the major, especially the Psychology Internship (PSY 3450). An internship may be completed during the Junior and/or Senior year; although students may complete multiple internships if they choose to do so, only three credits will be counted toward the requirements for the degree.

To qualify for Psychology Internship, the following criteria must be met:

  1. Complete EXP 2340 (Introduction to Experiential Learning)
  2. Possess a GPA of at least 2.75
  3. Be a Junior or Senior in standing
  4. Contact the Psychology Internship Coordinator


Students approved for Psychology Internship must co-register for both (a) PSY 3450 (Psychology Internship) and (b) PSY 3450-SM (Psychology Internship Seminar).

The intended learning outcomes for Psychology Department are the same as those specified by the American Psychological Association (APA), as described in APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Major:

  1. Knowledge Base in Psychology: Students should demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings to discuss how psychological principles apply to behavioral problems. Students completing foundation courses should demonstrate breadth of their knowledge and application of psychological ideas to simple problems; students completing a baccalaureate degree should show depth in their knowledge and application of psychological concepts and frameworks to problems of greater complexity.

  2. Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking: The skills in this domain involve the development of scientific reasoning and problem solving, including effective research methods. Students completing foundation-level courses should learn basic skills and concepts in interpreting behavior, studying research, and applying research design principles to drawing conclusions about psychological phenomena; students completing a baccalaureate degree should focus on theory use as well as designing and executing research plans.

  3. Ethical and Social Responsibility is a Diverse World: The skills in this domain involve the development of ethically and socially responsible behaviors for professional and personal settings in a landscape that involves increasing diversity. Students completing foundation-level courses should become familiar with the formal regulations that govern professional ethics in psychology and begin to embrace the values that will contribute to positive outcomes in work settings and in building a society responsive to multicultural and global concerns. Students completing a baccalaureate degree should have more direct opportunities to demonstrate adherence to professional values that will help them optimize their contributions and work effectively, even with those who do not share their heritage and traditions. This domain also promotes the adoption of personal and professional values that can strengthen community relationships and contributions.

  4. Communication: Students will demonstrate competence in writing and in oral and interpersonal communication skills. Students completing foundation-level courses should write a cogent scientific argument, present information using a scientific approach, engage in discussion of psychological concepts, explain the ideas of others, and express their own ideas with clarity. Students completing a baccalaureate degree should produce a research study or other psychological project, explain scientific results, and present information to a professional audience. They should also develop flexible interpersonal approaches that optimize information exchange and relationship development.

  5. Professional development: The emphasis in this goal is on application of psychology-specific content and skills, effective self-reflection, project-management skills, teamwork skills, and career preparation. Foundation-level outcomes concentrate on the development of work habits and ethics to succeed in academic settings. The skills in this goal at the baccalaureate level refer to abilities that sharpen student readiness for postbaccalaureate employment, graduate school, or professional school. These skills can be developed and refined both in traditional academic settings and in extracurricular involvement. In addition, career professionals can be enlisted to support occupational planning and pursuit. This emerging emphasis should not be construed as obligating psychology programs to obtain employment for their graduates but instead as encouraging programs to optimize the competitiveness of their graduates for securing places in the workforce.

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