FOR PSYCHOLOGY CONCENTRATORS
RESEARCH PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENT. Students
in undergraduate psychology courses (with the exclusion of some courses) must complete
a research participation requirement in each of the first two of
these courses taken. The standard requirement is that
they participate in a total of four hours of experimental sessions per course. Students
who do not wish to participate in experimental sessions must complete
an alternative writing requirement. Students who do not complete the requirement by the end of the semester deadline will fail the course. Instructions for participating in research are distributed in each course at the beginning of the term.
DEPARTMENTAL COURSE REQUIREMENT.
With a change to the program there will now be a mandatory Research Methods course - PSY300 which must be taken during the fall of your junior year; the first year to experience this mandory course is the Class of 2015. This is a required course which will assist in writing papers, analysing statistical information, and preparing for the Senior Thesis.
By the end of the senior year each concentrator must complete and
pass at least nine graded departmental courses; any additional
courses above the nine may be taken pass/fail. Student-initiated
seminars, Psychology 101, and Psychology 251 do not count as departmental
courses. Departmental courses taken prior to formal entry into the
department (e.g., during freshman or sophomore years) do count as
departmental courses. Courses taken outside of Princeton University
(except in pre-approved Study Abroad programs) do not count toward
the departmental course requirement.
COGNATES. If especially relevant
to a particular student's program, one or two cognates may be substituted
for departmental electives. A student who wishes to declare a cognate
must write a brief e-mail statement, in consultation with his or her advisor,
justifying the course selection. This statement must then be e-mailed to the Departmental Representative (and cc:'d to the student's advisor) for final approval.
Courses must be identified as cognates prior to the end of second week of class;
they may not be declared cognates retroactively. Once declared a
cognate, a course will be counted as such unless it is dropped or
taken on a pass-fail basis.
DEPARTMENTAL DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENT.
The departmental distribution requirement is designed to ensure
that concentrators understand the main trends in contemporary psychology.
Psychology concentrators must pass at least nine departmental courses
in addition to the prerequisites. At least three of these courses must
be at the 200-level.
Each student must meet the following distribution
Concentrators must take at least one course from each of the
following three groupings:
Social, & Clinical Psychology: 207, 212, 252, 257
(II) Developmental & Cognitive Psychology: 254, 255, 259ab
(III) Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience: 208, 256, 258,
The Department encourages concentrators to select foundation
courses numbered below 300-level, as these courses serve as
prerequisites to many advanced courses. (For those students
who have taken PSY 207 and do not plan on taking PSY 252,
please note that Sociology 241 will count as the prerequisite
for PSY 312, 313 and 314).
Note: Six 200-level courses (PSY/CHV 213, PSY 214, LIN/PSY 215, LIN/PSY 216, LIN/PSY 217, LIN/PSY218 and PSY 237) count only as departmental courses in a student's GPA. They do not satisfy any specific area requirements. If taken, they are in addition to the nine required PSY courses.
Concentrators must take at least three of the following
courses, sampled from at least two of the three groupings:
Psychology Courses: 303, 312, 313, 314, 317, 325, 326, 327, 329, 337, 384, 400, 463
(b) Cognitive Psychology Courses: 306, 308, 309, 310, 311, WWS312/PSY321,
330, 338, 406, 411, 416, 417, LIN/PSY 430
(c) Neuroscience Courses: 306, 330, 334, 336, 337, 338, NEU/PSY339, 406, 407, NEU408/MOL408/PSY404, 410, 411, 413, 415, 416, 417, 437
Concentrators may count up to three of the following
courses toward their departmental nine (or, they may simply take more advanced courses from the social, cognitive, and neuroscience areas above, instead of - or in addition to - taking electives):
|300, 307, 319, 320, PSY/ORF 322, 323, LIN320/PSY335, 351, HUM/PSY 365, PSY/NEU/HUM401, 418, 420, WWS/PSY463
Students may count up to two preapproved cognate
courses (i.e., related courses in other departments) toward
their departmental nine.
Some graduate courses may also be used to satisfy the distribution
requirement with permission of the Departmental Representative
and the instructor of the course.
STUDY ABROAD COURSES: While
studying abroad, concentrators can take two courses per semester
to count toward the required departmental nine courses. These
courses must be approved by the departmental representative.
SUGGESTION FOR PROSPECTIVE MAJORS.
Students should plan a program of study that is appropriate for
their area of specialization and independent work. In particular,
there are important background courses that should be taken
by the end of the sophomore year. These are: (a) for Cognitive
Psychology, 255; (b) for Behavioral Neuroscience, 258;
(c) for Social and Personality Psychology, 252 and/or 257.
In order to graduate, each student must meet the following criteria:
Achieve a grade of 'C' or better for the average of all departmental
courses taken for grade, regardless of when they were taken.
This average grade is computed by transforming grades to a
numerical scale as follows:
(Note that this scale preserves an
equal interval between the grades F, D, C, B, and A). The
required average is therefore 6.00 or better. A student with,
for example, 9 Cs and l C- would have an average slightly
less than C (5.90), which would not be sufficient. If a student
fails a course and re-takes it, the new grade is substituted
for the F and then combined with the grades from the other
courses to obtain an overall average.
Receive at least a 'D' in a course satisfying a departmental
Receive at least a 'D' on junior independent work, senior thesis
and departmental comprehensive oral exams.
Obtain the instructor's permission.
A selected group of juniors and seniors
majoring in psychology work with the Departmental Undergraduate
Representative on matters of concern to our majors: e.g., curriculum,
independent work, grading, honors, social activities, etc. All students
interested in participating in the work of the Undergraduate Committee
are encouraged to contact the Departmental Undergraduate Coordinator, Laura Sarubbi, in Room 1-C-3 Green Hall, extension 8-5289.
If you wish to visit a course for a week
or two for the purpose of deciding whether or not to take the course
next year, please ask the lecturer's permission to sit in.
COURSES & SEMINARS
Undergraduates may enroll in some graduate
Psychology courses, but the instructor's and the Departmental Representative's permission is required.