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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.
"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."
In the fall of 2015, Curry College Psychology students, alumni and faculty had the opportunity to present findings from their research in a professional setting at the New England Psychology Association (NEPA) Annual Meeting in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.
During a very productive and rewarding summer, Curry College psychology professor Dr. Ann Leonard-Zabel was awarded with the Diplomat credential from the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security, which is among the highest credentials the Board bestows.
Dr. Eric Weiser, Chair and Professor of Psychology, recently had a manuscript accepted for publication. His research study, "#Me: Narcissism and its Facets as Predictors of Selfie-Posting Frequency" is slated for publication in the November, 2015 edition of the journal, 'Personality and Individual Differences'.
"Many of my professors have their own clinical practices, and they bring their professional experiences into our classroom discussions. And that is so much more interesting than just reading from a textbook. I feel like everything I am learning in my classes will prepare me for a real-world clinical setting - it makes me really excited to start my own practice," says Shannon Griffith '16.
A psychology major with a minor in community health and wellness and an Honors student, Jessica Lorento '16 was looking for an academic experience in which she could have one-on-one relationships with her professors. "When I first got to Curry I met the psychology professors and right away they were super friendly and welcomed me in; that's a huge reason why I came."
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.