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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)
|MATH 1150 Statistics I
(This is a prerequisite to PSY 2050. Recommended for first semester sophomores)
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.)
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.
Psychology Professors Dr. Bruce Steinberg and Dr. Elizabeth Carey, along with four Curry alumni and a current student, presented a research poster on ADHD at the New England Psychological Association Conference (NEPA) in October of 2016.
Psychology's Dr. Ann Leonard-Zabel recently served as the opening keynote speaker at the 24th World Congress on Learning Disabilities at the University of Sunderland in London, England. Her keynote presentation was titled "The Resilient Brain: The Neuropsychology of Pediatric Resilience Despite the Impact of Emotional Disorders."
Curry College Psychology professor Bruce Steinberg Ph.D. recently teamed up with a group of nationally recognized scientists, including renowned neuropharmacologist/author Kenneth Blum Ph.D., on a potential new treatment approach for those who suffer from ADHD.
"I love the Psychology department here at Curry," says Khaila Fitzgerald '18. "All of my professors motivate me every day to reach beyond any goals I ever thought I could have. Every time I go into class I feel like I'm so important here."
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.