Psychology Major

Students who are planning to major or minor in psychology should consult with a department faculty member as early in their college careers as possible. Students should try to complete the courses Research Statistics (PSY 206) and Research Design and Methods (PSY 207) before the start of their junior year.

Psychology majors are encouraged to obtain additional experience outside of the classroom through internships, conducting research, and/or studying abroad.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a Psychology major from Agnes Scott College will be able to:

Goal 1: Knowledge Base in Psychology
Demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings to discuss how psychological principles apply to behavioral problems.

Goal 2: Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking
Develop scientific reasoning and problem solving, including effective research methods.

Goal 3: Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World
Develop ethically and socially responsible behaviors for professional and personal settings in a landscape that involves increasing diversity.

Goal 4: Communication
Demonstrate competence in writing and in oral and interpersonal communication skills.

Goal 5: Professional Development
Apply psychology-specific content and skills to effectively self-reflect, improve their project management skills, improve their teamwork skills, and prepare for their career.

NOTE: Students with a neuroscience major may not double-major or minor in psychology.


Requirements for the Psychology Major
The minimum number of credits required is 44

Required courses for the major*:

  • FOUNDATION courses: PSY-101, 102, 206, 207 (complete with grade of C- or
  • higher)
  • SOCIAL & CULTURAL CORE: at least 2 courses from PSY-205, 230, 305
  • NEUROSCIENCE CORE: at least 2 courses from PSY-251, 285, 311, 315, 323
  • CLINICAL & HEALTH CORE: at least 2 courses from PSY-200, 202, 214, 312
  • CAPSTONE COURSES: PSY-470 (2 credits) and PSY-480 (2 credits)

*At least 3 courses must be taken at the 300 level (the Agnes Scott depth standard requires that a minimum of 16 credits toward a major must be completed in Agnes Scott 300 or 400 level academic courses).