Program Requirements

Major Requirements (48 Units)

The psychology major requires you to fulfill 48 units to complete the program. The program is categorized into 5 sections: Foundational, Breadth, Diversity, Upper-Division Electives, and Advanced Research.

Browse through the following requirements for more information:

Usually taken freshman and sophomore years:

  • PSYC 101 - General Psychology (also meets Core E: Social Science requirement)
  • PSYC 260 - Psychological Statistics (also meets Core B1: Math requirement)
  • RHET 203 - Writing in Psychology (also meets Core A2: Rhetoric and Composition requirement)
  • PSYC 265 - Research Design
  • PSYC 270 - Biological Psychology

Complete 3 courses from the following:

  • PSYC 310 - Social Psychology
  • PSYC 312 - Child Development
  • PSYC 313 - Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 318 - Theories of Personality
  • PSYC 319 - Cognitive Psychology

Psychology majors are required to take a Diversity course in the Psychology major. Please be advised that the Diversity requirement in the Psychology program and the Cultural Diversity requirement in the core curriculum are different and separate requirements and cannot be completed by taking the same course. The Psychology Diversity course offerings differ from semester to semester. 

Complete 1 course from the following:

Offered regularly (every year)

  • PSYC 305 - Psychology of Ethnic Groups in the United States
  • PSYC 307 - Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • PSYC 317 - Asian American Psychology
  • PSYC 331 - Psychology of Sexuality

Offered intermittently (every two years)

  • PSYC 316 - African American Psychology
  • PSYC 335 - Psychology of Gender
  • PSYC 350 - Latin@ Psychology

Offered rarely

  • PSYC 301 - Diversity Issues in Psychology
  • PSYC 302 - Psychology of Prejudice

Complete 2 upper-division offerings in Psychology, 300-level or above, that have not already been counted as either a Breadth or a Psychology Diversity course:

  • PSYC 301 - Diversity Issues in Psychology
  • PSYC 302 - Psychology of Prejudice
  • PSYC 305 - Psych Ethnic Groups/US
  • PSYC 307 - Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • PSYC 309 - Careers in Psychology
  • PSYC 310 - Social Psychology
  • PSYC 312 - Child Development
  • PSYC 313 - Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 316 - African American Psychology
  • PSYC 317 - Asian American Psychology
  • PSYC 318 - Theories of Personality
  • PSYC 319 - Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYC 321 - Clinical Psychology
  • PSYC 322 - Health Psychology
  • PSYC 323 - Interviewing
  • PSYC 324 - Forensic Psychology
  • PSYC 325 - Family Psychology
  • PSYC 326 - Learning and Memory
  • PSYC 327 - Organization & Group Processes
  • PSYC 328 - Child Psychopathology
  • PSYC 331 - Psychology of Sexuality
  • PSYC 333 - Forum/Cont Issues in Psych
  • PSYC 334 - Generation to Generation
  • PSYC 335 - Psychology of Gender
  • PSYC 336 - History and Systems
  • PSYC 339 - Adulthood and Aging
  • PSYC 344 - Motivation and Emotion
  • PSYC 350 - Perspectives in Psychology
  • PSYC 351 - Human Neuropsychology
  • PSYC 355 - Positive Psychology
  • PSYC 369 - Child Maltreatment
  • PSYC 392 - Adv Topics Sem in Psychology
  • PSYC 396 - Psychology Practicum (also meets Core SL: Service Learning requirement) 
  • PSYC 399 - Directed Reading & Research
  • PSYC 498 - Thesis Development Seminar
  • PSYC 499 - Honors Thesis Seminar

Complete 1 course from the following:

  • PSYC 387 - ART: Advanced Research Topics
  • PSYC 388 - ARM: Advanced Research Methods

As part of the Psychology program, students are required to complete an advanced research course (4 units): either Advanced Research Topics (PSYC 387) or Advanced Research Methods (PSYC 388).  In general, ARM courses differ from ART courses in that students in ARM courses work with actual data, whereas students in ART courses focus on understanding different theoretical perspectives.  These courses provide students with a culminating learning experience that requires integration and application of knowledge they received from past foundational courses.

 

PSYC 387: Advanced Research Topics

Advanced research topics in psychology (ART) focuses on a critical analysis of primary research readings in one topic area.  Students will examine theories, conduct literature reviews, and engage in active discussions about a specialized topic in psychological research. After taking this course, students should be able to read, understand, and critique primary literature in the topic area and should be able to apply theoretical perspectives to address complex, topic-related issues. The specific topic will depend on the expertise and interests of the instructor and will be highlighted on the class schedule each semester.  See individual section descriptions for details.

PSYC 388: Advanced Research Methods

Advanced Research Methods in psychology (ARM) includes a review of the scientific approach, research design and measurement, and research ethics involved in research in a specific content area. ARM courses differ from ART courses in that students in ARM courses work with actual data.  Each course section interacts with data differently depending on the expertise and interests of the instructor. Some focus on quantitative data collection and analysis, others do secondary data analysis, and some use qualitative data. The research focus will depend on the expertise of the instructor and will be highlighted on the class schedule each semester. See individual section descriptions for details.

Fall 2019 - ARM/ART Topics

 


Please note: Students must obtain at least a “C” grade in each required course in the Psychology major. Courses that receive a grade of C- or below will not count toward the Psychology Major or Minor Programs. Students may retake no more than one course applied towards the Psychology major. The Pass-Fail option is not allowed for courses required by the Major or Minor.

For a formal review of the courses you have completed and the courses you still need to complete, check your Degree Evaluation through your myUSF account.

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