Psychology Major

Majors must complete 10 psychology courses.

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. The University requires 124 credits and 36 courses (of three or more credits) for graduation.

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 (2000) 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 (3000) level offer students detailed and in-depth explorations of a variety of subject matters. The capstone course (level 4000) 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 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 a free elective. Finally, one advanced (3000), capstone (4000), or the Elective course must be a designated Diversity course.

A grade of C- or better is required for each course counted toward the major requirement.

The requirements for the Psychology major are as follows:

CourseTitleCredits
Required Courses
PSYC 1200FOUNDATIONS OF PSYCHOLOGY4
PSYC 2000STATISTICS4
PSYC 2010RESEARCH METHODS LAB5
Intermediate (2000 level)
Select one Basic Process courses, numbered 2000-25994-5
Select one Complex Process courses, numbered 2600-29984-5
Select one additional 2000-level course
Advanced (3000 level)
Select two courses numbered 3000-39988-10
Free Elective
Select one additional course numbered 2100-4995
Capstone
Select one course numbered 4000-4995

Any course with the PSYC subject code in the appropriate numeric range may fulfill these requirements.

Content laboratory requirement

This is not an additional course. One of the above courses must be a laboratory course, i.e., the title contains the word "Laboratory," and the course number (mostly) ends in 01.

CourseTitleCredits
PSYC 2101BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY LAB5
PSYC 2201LEARNING LABORATORY 15
PSYC 2301SENSATION AND PERCEPTION LAB5
PSYC 2401MEMORY LABORATORY5
PSYC 2501COGNITION LABORATORY 25
PSYC 2601LAB IN SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY 35
PSYC 2701LAB IN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY5
PSYC 3201LAB IN PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING5
1

PSYC 2201 LEARNING LABORATORY and PSYC 2200 LEARNING cannot both apply to the major.

2

PSYC 2501 COGNITION LABORATORY and PSYC 2500 COGNITION cannot both apply to the major.

3

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 now take at least one course designated as a diversity course. Diversity courses are designated advanced (3000) or capstone (4000) 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 free elective. The course is required of all incoming majors; we encourage all current majors to enroll in a diversity course. 

Any of the following courses may count toward the Diversity requirement:

CourseTitleCredits
PSYC 3530PSYCHOLOGY OF SEX ROLES4
PSYC 3600MULTICULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY4
PSYC 3610GLOBAL HEALTH AND PSYCHOLOGY (ADVANCED SOCIAL SCIENCE CORE/ GLOBALISM)4
PSYC 3700HUMAN SEXUALITY4
PSYC 3720PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN4
PSYC 3730MEN AND MASCULINITIES4
PSYC 4310AGING AND SOCIETY4
PSYC 4820COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY5
PSYC 4920YOUTH, VALUES, AND SOCIETY4

Students must earn a grade of at least a C- for a psychology course to fulfill the requirements of the major.

Availability

The major in psychology is available at Fordham College at Rose Hill, Fordham College at Lincoln Center, and Fordham 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.