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Previous Requirements for a Psychology Major
In addition to completing the requirements specified by IPFW and by the School of Arts and Sciences, students must complete the following courses with a grade of C or better in each course:
- PSY 120 - Elementary Psychology
- PSY 201 - Statistics
- PSY 203 - Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology
- PSY 235 - Child Psychology
- PSY 240 - Introduction to Social Psychology
- PSY 314 - Introduction to Learning
- PSY 329 - Psychobiology II
- PSY 350 - Abnormal Psychology
- PSY 416 - Cognitive Psychology
- PSY 420 - Introduction to Personality Theory
- PSY 540 - History of Psychology
- PLUS any additional 6 credits in psychology
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 39
Students are advised to take PSY 201 and 203 as early as possible, as they provide a basis for understanding research that is discussed in the other courses.
PSY 540 will be most appreciated if taken after completion of most or all of the other courses in the major.
Students Interested in Graduate School:
Most graduate programs admit students on the basis of GPA, GRE scores, and evidence of experience in the discipline outside of the classroom. Ph.D. programs are especially interested in your research experience. You should make every effort to become involved in research during your undergraduate education, and should do so early enough that some final product (e.g., paper at a regional or national meeting, published article) is apparent at the time of your application to graduate school. Speak with your professors about opportunities for involvement in research.