Psychology

Major in Psychology

Students majoring must take no fewer than ten and no more than fourteen courses in Psychology. The requirements are General Psychology; MATH-040; Research Methods and Statistics; three foundational courses (two from Area A: Developmental and Social Foundations and one from Area B: Cognitive and Biological Foundations); two of the seminar courses; and two courses from the combined offerings of foundational, seminar, and elective courses.

Every student deciding to declare a Psychology major should contact one of the Directors of Undergraduate Studies, who will complete the major declaration form and assign a faculty advisor. Together with his/her advisor, each student is expected to work out a program of electives and cognate courses in other disciplines to provide the course sequence most appropriate to his/her specific goals. A list of courses, with course descriptions, can be found at http://courses.georgetown.edu. Students are encouraged to participate in independent research activities, particularly if they plan to attend graduate school. The Psychology Department also hosts an Honors Program.

In planning his/her program, the major should keep in mind that no more than 14 courses in Psychology may be counted toward graduation. Further advice on developing a program of study, including information on the distrubution requirements, is contained in the Handbook for Psychology Majors and Minors.

Students who wish to enroll for credit in Psychology courses on another campus must first obtain permission from their dean and from their academic advisor. Ordinarily, Research Methods and Statistics, as well as required seminars, must be taken on the Georgetown campus. 

In addition to the standard major requirements, the A.B. Psychology Pre-Medical program includes: Introductory Biology, Elementary Physics, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Calculus. Professor Moghaddam is a member of the Georgetown University Pre-Medical Committee and can advise Pre-Medical students.

Integrated Writing Requirement

Psychology majors will fulfill the integrated writing requirement by completing several of the courses that are required for the psychology major (PSYC002: Research Methods and Statistics, and two seminar courses). In these courses, students will gain experience with a variety of writing assignments, such as brief responses and essays, as well as literature reviews and research proposals. Each of these courses is designed to provide students with experience in reading original empirical articles in the field of psychology, integrating their findings, and writing and revising papers. Therefore, psychology students fulfill the Integrated Writing requirement by virtue of completing the major. 

Required Courses
  • 1 General Psychology*
  • 1 Research Methods and Statistics**
  • 1 Probability and Statistics
  • 3 foundational courses (two from Area A and one from Area B)
  • 2 seminar courses
  • 2 courses from the combined offerings of foundational, seminar, and elective courses

* Majors with AP credit for PSYC-001 are exempt from this requirement, but must substitute an additional Psychology elective.

** Majors with AP credit for MATH-040 are exempt from this requirement, but must substitute an additional Psychology elective.

Minor in Psychology

The requirements are General Psychology*; three foundational courses (two from Area A and one from Area B); and two courses from the combined offerings of foundational, seminar, and two elective courses (a minimum of six courses). Further advice on developing a program of study is contained in the Handbook for Psychology Majors and Minors available online at https://psychology.georgetown.edu/undergraduate/handbook#Areas_of_study.

* Minors with AP credit for PSYC-001 are exempt from this requirement, but must substitute an additional Psychology elective.

(For course listings for Psychology see http://courses.georgetown.edu)