Major in Psychology

The psychology major is designed for students who desire to learn the fundamentals of behavioral science within the context of a traditional liberal arts education. Students receive a comprehensive exposure to the foundations of psychological theory and application, and are introduced to laboratory and field research. The psychology major prepares students for a wide variety of professional and business careers, and it provides the necessary foundation for graduate study in psychology or related disciplines.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology
  • respect and use critical thinking, skeptical inquiry and a scientific approach to understanding human behavior and psychological processes
  • understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation
  • apply psychological theory, methodology and findings to develop a greater understanding of the whole person, as an individual and as a member of a large community, society, and culture
  • will be able to communicate psychological information effectively in a variety of formats
  • recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity


48 units

Foundational (20 units - 5 courses)

Usually taken freshman and sophomore years.

  • PSYC 101 General Psychology
  • PSYC 260 Psychological Statistics
  • PSYC 265 Research Design
  • PSYC 270 Biological Psychology
  • RHET 203 Writing in Psychology

Breadth (12 units - 3 courses)

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

Diversity (4 units - 1 course)

Select in consultation with a faculty adviser from current department listings.

Electives (8 units - 2 courses)

Upper-division offerings in Psychology, 300-level or above.

Advanced Research Methods (4 units - 1 course)

  • PSYC 387 Advanced Research Topics
    PSYC 388 Advanced Research Methods (Lab)

Students must obtain at least a "C" grade in each required course in the major. Students may retake no more than one course applied towards the psychology major.

Contact Info

Department of Psychology

Mon-Fri, 8:30a.m. - 5p.m.

Kalmanovitz Hall G65 (415) 422-6151 (415) 422-2517