Psychology Major

The psychology major provides a broad and rigorous base of knowledge and skills in the discipline while offering students freedom in shaping a program to suit their individual needs.

Our undergraduate program prioritizes critical, scientific thinking, teaching you to analyze psychological behavior and processes. We emphasize three primary goals in your undergraduate education:

  • To prepare you for graduate study in psychology;
  • To enable you to apply psychological skills and knowledge in psychology-related careers, and;
  • To foster your understanding of complex human behavior as it is encountered in our personal and vocational lives.

Students officially begin the major with PSYC 1200 Foundations of Psychology, which offers an overview of the field and is a prerequisite for the majority of upper-level psychology courses. Psychology majors gain expertise in research methods by studying PSYC 2000 Statistics and then PSYC 2010 Research Methods Lab. Three content courses at the intermediate level provide majors with breadth through surveys of the knowledge about at least one basic process (e.g., learning, sensation and perception, cognition) and one complex process (e.g., abnormal, development, personality, social). Two courses at the advanced level offer students detailed and in-depth explorations of a variety of subject matters. The capstone course gives students an opportunity to integrate diverse areas of psychology or to interrelate psychology with other disciplines.

All students are required to take at least one content laboratory course beyond Research Methods Lab, which provides hands-on learning and skills in data analysis and research report writing. In addition to the variety of alternatives offered in the requirements mentioned above, the psychology major allows students to pursue individual interests and goals by including one course at any level that the student chooses as an elective. Finally, one advanced, capstone, or elective course must be a designated diversity course.

A grade of C- or better is required for each course counted toward the major requirement. In addition, a student must earn an overall psychology GPA of 2.0 or higher to fulfill the requirements of the major.

Majors must complete 10 psychology courses, which include two distributive requirements. The requirements for the major are as follows. Lists of courses fulfilling each requirement follow the requirements.

Course Title Credits
PSYC 1200Foundations of Psychology4
PSYC 2000Statistics4
PSYC 2010Research Methods Lab5
Select one Basic Process course4 to 5
Select one Complex Process course4 to 5
Select one Basic Process or Complex Process course4 to 5
Select two Advanced courses8 to 10
Select one additional elective course 13 to 4
Select one Capstone course4 to 5
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Any course with the subject code PSYC numbered 1004 or 2100-4995 may fulfill this requirement, as may any course with the PSYC attribute (see list below).

Basic Process courses

Courses in this group have the PYBP attribute.

Course Title Credits
PSYC 2200Learning4
PSYC 2201Learning Laboratory5
PSYC 2301Sensation and Perception Lab5
PSYC 2401Memory Laboratory5
PSYC 2500Cognition4
PSYC 2501Cognition Laboratory5

Complex Process courses

Courses in this group have the PYCP attribute.

Course Title Credits
PSYC 2600Social Psychology4
PSYC 2601Lab in Social Psychology5
PSYC 2700Infant and Child Development4
PSYC 2710Adolescent and Adult Development4
PSYC 2800Personality4
PSYC 2900Psychopathology4

Advanced courses

Courses in this group have the PYAC attribute.

Course Title Credits
PSYC 3015Language and Thought 4
PSYC 3100Health Psychology4
PSYC 3110Cognitive Neuroscience4
PSYC 3300Industrial Organizational Psychology4
PSYC 3320Consumer Behavior4
PSYC 3330Family Psychology4
PSYC 3340Urban Psychology4
PSYC 3360Sports Psychology4
PSYC 3400Psychology of Education4
PSYC 3410Creativity4
PSYC 3510Participatory Action Research5
PSYC 3530Psychology of Sex Roles4
PSYC 3550Consciousness4
PSYC 3600Multicultural Psychology4
PSYC 3610Global Health and Psychology4
PSYC 3640Cross-Cultural-Psychology4
PSYC 3700Human Sexuality4
PSYC 3730Men and Masculinities4
PSYC 3810Trauma and Family Violence4
PSYC 3820Forensic Psychology4
PSYC 3850Psychology of Well-Being4
PSYC 3930Introduction to Clinical Psychology4
PSYC 3950Behavior Modification4

Capstone courses

Courses in this group have the PYCA attribute.

Course Title Credits
CEED 4245Ethics in Research4
PSYC 4000History and Systems of Psychology4
PSYC 4200Advanced Statistics w/Lab4
PSYC 4245Ethics in Research4
PSYC 4310Aging and Society4
PSYC 4330Music and Psychology4
PSYC 4340Law and Psychology4
PSYC 4370Disgust in Literature and Psychology4
PSYC 4810Clinical Child Psychology4
PSYC 4820Community Psychology5
PSYC 4850Community Mental Health4
PSYC 4900Psychology and Human Values4
PSYC 4920Youth, Values, and Society4
PSYC 4930Codes for Mental Health Services4
PSYC 4997Honors Thesis in Psychology I4
SOCI 4245Ethics in Research4

Non-Psychology Additional Elective courses

Courses in this group have the PSYC attribute.

Course Title Credits
CEED 6015HIV/Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics3
ENGL 4370Disgust in Literature and Psychology4
LING 3015Language and Thought4
PSYC 4370Disgust in Literature and Psychology4

Distributive Requirements

Content Laboratory requirement

This is not an additional course. One of the courses taken for the major must be a content laboratory course. 

Courses in this group have the PYCL attribute.

Course Title Credits
PSYC 2201Learning Laboratory5
PSYC 2301Sensation and Perception Lab5
PSYC 2401Memory Laboratory5
PSYC 2501Cognition Laboratory5
PSYC 2601Lab in Social Psychology5
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PSYC 2201 Learning Laboratory and PSYC 2200 Learning cannot both apply to the major.

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PSYC 2501 Cognition Laboratory and PSYC 2500 Cognition cannot both apply to the major.

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PSYC 2601 Lab in Social Psychology and PSYC 2600 Social Psychology cannot both apply to the major.

Diversity requirement

This is not an additional course

All students majoring in psychology must take at least one course designated as a diversity course. Diversity courses are designated advanced, capstone, or elective courses that highlight aspects of individual and cultural diversity and the interpersonal challenges that often result from diversity and context; assist students in recognizing potential for prejudice and discrimination in oneself and others; and explore how psychology can promote civic, social, and global outcomes that benefit others.

The diversity course requirement may be fulfilled by an advanced, capstone, or elective course.

Any of the following courses may count toward the diversity requirement.

Courses in this group have the PSDV attribute.

Course Title Credits
PSYC 3530Psychology of Sex Roles4
PSYC 3600Multicultural Psychology4
PSYC 3610Global Health and Psychology4
PSYC 3640Cross-Cultural-Psychology4
PSYC 3700Human Sexuality4
PSYC 3730Men and Masculinities4
PSYC 4310Aging and Society4
PSYC 4820Community Psychology5
PSYC 4920Youth, Values, and Society4

Availability

The major in psychology is available at Fordham College at Rose Hill, Fordham College at Lincoln Center, and Fordham's School of Professional and Continuing Studies at Rose Hill, Lincoln Center, and Westchester.

Fordham College at Rose Hill students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the Core Curriculum.

Fordham College at Lincoln Center students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the Core Curriculum.

Professional and Continuing Studies students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the PCS Core Curriculum and any additional electives that may be required to earn a minimum of 124 credits.