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Psychology Major Requirements

The Psychology Major:
39 credits in psychology, distributed as follows.

At least a B- from Hartwick is required in 110 or 111, and at least a C+ is required in 290 and 291 in order to progress in the major. Psyc 290 may not be repeated for the major. Psyc 290, 291, and all courses numbered 350 and higher must be taken within the department.


  • 110 Psychological Science I
  • 111 Psychological Science II
  • 290 Psychological Research Methods
  • 291 Experimental Statistics
  • Four (4) Core Courses, selected from:
    301 Developmental Psychology
    302 Clinical Psychology: Abnormal or 306 Personality
    303 Social Psychology
    304 Cognitive Psychology
    305 Biopsychology
  • Two (2) Research Courses, selected from the following:
    361 Research in Developmental Psychology or 362 Research in Clinical Psychology
    363 Research in Social Psychology
    364 Research in Cognitive Psychology
    366 Research in Learning
    350 Research in Special Topics
  • 488 Senior Capstone or 490 Senior Thesis
  • 3 additional credits in Psychology

Grades for all courses taken in psychology are used to calculate the average in the major and the average for Departmental Distinction. Students will be awarded Departmental Distinction if they have met all of the following requirements: overall GPA of at least 3.0, psychology GPA of at least 3.5, at least an A- in Psyc 488 or 490, and a public presentation of research.

Three-Year Degree Option:
For students majoring in psychology, Hartwick’s Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program is a unique opportunity to earn a degree in three years. For more information visit the Program Web site at www.hartwick.edu/threeyeardegree.