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declare Psychology as your major.
For advice on future plans, freshmen and
sophomores may see the Departmental Representative by appointment.
If an advisor
is needed for spare time reading or research, see the Departmental
Representative or contact faculty members directly.
PREREQUISITES FOR ENTERING THE PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT: Successful graded completion of Psychology 101, Introduction to Psychology and Psychology 251, Quantitative Methods by the end of the sophomore year. Students may fulfill the Quantitative Methods prerequisite by taking and passing (with a grade) a pre-approved course in another department (ORF 245, ECO 202, or EEB/MOL 355) or taking and passing a pre-approved course at another college or university prior to the beginning of the junior year, or by passing an equivalence examination that is administered by the department only in special circumstances, to be decided by the Departmental Representative.
EARLY CONCENTRATION: Sophomores
who have fulfilled the prerequisites may apply for early concentration. If
accepted, they may engage in independent reading with a faculty
advisor and submit a paper at the end of the spring semester. This
preparation may qualify them for more advanced independent work
in the junior year.
Students who opt for early concentration
and complete their Junior Independent Work by the middle of their
junior year, can
then begin their senior thesis research in the spring semester
of that year. In many instances, this will allow the concentrator
to complete a senior independent project of much greater depth
Sophomores who follow this schedule have the option of handing in
their First Junior Paper in April of their sophomore year, and the
Second Junior Paper in January of the following year.