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Skidmore College
Psychology Department


To complete a major, students must take a minimum of ten courses in psychology. Only two courses may be taken at other institutions. Included among the ten courses are the following required core: PS 101, PS 102, PS 202, and a Research Methods II course:  PS 303PS 304, PS 305B, PS 314, PS 320PS 325, PS 327, PS 330.

PS 101 is not waived for AP or IB psychology credit.

For students in the Class of 2019 and beyond: the Research Methods II course must be completed by the end of the junior year.

In addition to the Core, students must take three breadth elective courses, with at least one course from Group 1 and at least one course from Group 2.

Group 1: Perception/Cognition/Neuroscience

 PS 212A - Themes in Contemporary Psychology 

 PS 212B - Themes in Contemporary Psychology 

 PS 213 - Hormones and Behavior 

 PS 218 - Cognition 

 PS 219 - Health Psychology 

 PS 221 - Clinical Psychopharmacology 

 PS 223 - Evolutionary Psychology 

 PS 225 - Perception 

 PS 231 - Neuropsychology 

 PS 232 - Introduction to Cognitive Science 

 NS 101 - Neuroscience: Mind and Behavior 

Group 2:  Social/Developmental/Clinical/Applied

 PS 204 - Educational Psychology 

 PS 205 - Social Psychology 

 PS 206 - Developmental Psychology 

 PS 207 - Introduction to Child Development 

 PS 208 - Adolescent Development 

 PS 209 - Adult Development 

 PS 210 - Personality 

 PS 211 - Applied Psychology 

 PS 212A - Themes in Contemporary Psychology 

 PS 212B - Themes in Contemporary Psychology 

 PS 214 - Psychological Disorders 

 PS 234 - Developmental Disabilities and Autism 

Additional elective courses:

 PS 251 - Special Seminar Series in Psychology 

 PS 275 - Exploratory Research Experience in Psychology 

Students must take three 300-level courses, at least two of which must come from the following list of content-specific courses.

*If taken to fulfill the Experimental Methods II requirement, a different course must be chosen to fulfill the 300-level requirement.

*PS 303 - Research Methods in Psychology II 

*PS 304 - Physiological Psychology 

 PS 305A - Cognitive Development 

*PS 305B - Cognitive Development w/Lab 

 PS 307 - Advanced Personality 

 PS 312A - Advanced Study of Major Issues of Psychology 

 PS 312B - Advanced Study of Major Issues of Psychology

 PS 313 - Psychology of Gender 

 *PS 314 - Psychology of Reading 

 PS 315 - Clinical Psychology 

 PS 317 - Psychological Testing 

 PS 318H - Advanced Statistics in Psychology 

 *PS 320 - Research Methods in Social Psychology 

 PS 321 - Motivation and Emotion 

 PS 322 - Positive Psychology 

 PS 323 - Psycholinguistics 

 *PS 325 - Perception Research Methods 

 *PS 327 - Computational Methods in Psychology and Neuroscience 

 PS 328 - Seminar in Clinical Psychology: Anxiety and Its Disorders 

*PS 330 - Research Methods in Memory 

 PS 331 - Psychology of Women 

 PS 332 - Seminar in Cross-Cultural Psychology 

 PS 333 - Sleep and Dreams 

 PS 334 - Psychology of Religion

 PS 335 - Psychology of Race 

 PS 336 - Music Cognition 

 PS 337 -Cross-Cultural Development 

 PS 338 - Language Development 

 PS 341 - Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience: Left Brain/Right Brain 

Additional elective courses (may count as one of the 300-level requirement courses):

 PS 329 - Clinical Psychology Field Experience 

 PS 371 - Independent Study in Psychology 

 PS 373 - Research Independent Study in Psychology 

 PS 375 - Senior Research Project I 

 PS 376 - Senior Research Project II 

 PS 378 - Senior Seminar 

 PS 399 - Professional Internship in Psychology (this experience may count toward the 300-level requirement only if taken for 3 or 4 credits)

Additional elective courses:

PS 351 - Special Advanced Seminar Series in Psychology 

As they consider the choice of electives, students should consult the Psychology Department Web site and their advisors for information about potential pathways of interest through the major (Clinical, Developmental, Neuropsychology/Cognitive Neuroscience, Social/Personality).

A maximum of 5 credits taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis may count toward the major, including PS 102, PS 329, and PS 399. None of the required core courses or any 300-level psychology courses except PS 102, PS 329, and PS 399 fulfilling the major may be taken on an S/U basis. The grade-point average for the courses presented toward the major must meet the minimum of 2.000. Of these courses, only one course may have been completed with a grade of D.

The grade-point average for the ten courses presented toward the major must meet the minimum requirement of 2.000. Of these courses, only one may have been completed with a grade of D.

In conjunction with the relevant department, the Psychology Department offers a major in neuroscience.

WRITING REQUIREMENT IN THE MAJOR: Students fulfill the writing requirement in the Psychology major by completing a minimum of two (2) writing enhanced (WE) courses and one writing intensive (WI) course within the major.

 Upon completion of the major, psychology students should be able to:

•Demonstrate competency in the various forms of writing within psychology ranging from lab-based empirical reports to more conceptual papers and reviews.

•Appreciate the differences between scientific writing and other forms of writing.

•Demonstrate an ability to write in an effective and persuasive manner. Effectiveness includes the ability to: (a) develop and present clear and logical arguments, (b) use correct grammar, (c) sufficiently elaborate and defend points, including backing up assertions with appropriate evidence, (d) appropriately evaluate the audience and point of view from which a paper should be written (including providing sufficient context and definitions of content-specific terminology), (e) justify conclusions, and (f) integrate information from multiple sources.

•Differentiate between types of source materials (e.g., original research, academic summaries, popular press) and the role that each can/should play in different types of writing assignments.

•Demonstrate competency in writing in the style of the American Psychological Association, which includes technical, grammatical, and stylistic conventions.

Writing intensive (WI) course in the major (cannot substitute for the All College Requirement of one WI course): PS 303 - Research Methods in Psychology II.

 Writing enhanced (WE) courses in the major:

 NS 101

 PS 205

 PS 207

 PS 213

 PS 224

 PS 305B

 PS 321

 PS 324

 PS 341

 PS 376 

Recommendations and Advice: Those students who discover relatively early in their program of study an interest in research, and those who have completed PS 303 or an equivalent course, are at a particular advantage when applying for external fellowship opportunities. The summer between the junior and senior year of study is an ideal time to seek this kind of opportunity. Faculty encourage students to distinguish between the minimum requirements for a major in psychology and the preparation necessary for graduate study in psychology. Those majors who plan to pursue graduate work in Ph.D. programs in psychology should seek significant research experience(s) beyond those experiences that are part of the minimum requirements for the major. Several opportunities for these kinds of extended research experiences are available to majors by way of advanced lab courses (e.g., PS 304, PS 320), advanced statistics (PS 318H), independent research experiences (PS 371B), directed studies (PS 371A), summer collaborative research experiences, and thesis capstone projects (PS 375/PS 376 ).

Psi Chi: Psi Chi is the national honor society in psychology, founded in 1929 for the purpose of encouraging scholarship and advancing the science of psychology. Eligibility requirements include declaration of a major in psychology, completion of at least four psychology courses (or three psychology courses and NS 101), a GPA of 3.500 or higher in psychology as of the start of fall semester of the senior year, and a GPA of 3.300 in all college courses.


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