By providing students with a solid understanding of psychological science in both laboratory and experiential environments, psychology majors are able to tailor their coursework to areas that include abnormal psychology, social psychology, cognition, personality or many other areas. With classes that provide practical knowledge in statistics and research methods, psychology majors are prepared to entire the workforce as clinicians, teachers or continue on to graduate school.
Learning is active and personal. Classes are small: between eight and 30 students. Students engage in classroom projects and presentations that apply psychological theory to describe, explain, predict and modify behavior. They participate in field work, pursue their own research interests, and work closely with Elmhurst's dynamic faculty.
Requirements for the Major
Nine course credits are required for a major in psychology. A grade of C or better is necessary to satisfy major or minor requirements. The major consists of a required three-course sequence and electives. The required course sequence consists of PSY 355 Statistics, PSY 356 Research Methods in Psychology and a capstone course in psychology.
To earn the bachelor of science degree, students take an additional two courses in mathematics.
Courses must be selected according to the following guidelines:
PSY 210 Introduction to Psychological Science
PSY 355 Statistics for Scientific Research (or MTH 345)
PSY 356 Research Methods in Psychology
Developmental Content Courses (one course required)
PSY 315 Lifespan Development (recommended for non-majors)
PSY 317 Child Development
PSY 318 Adolescent Development
PSY 319 Adult Development and Aging
Content Courses at the 300/400 level (two courses required)
PSY 303 Social Psychology
PSY 312 Personality Theory and Research
PSY 313 Cognitive Neuroscience
PSY 325 Psychology and Culture
PSY 327 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 348 Health Psychology
PSY 421 History of Psychology
PSY 424 Physiological Psychology
PSY 427 Child Psychopathology
Capstone Options: one required
All psychology majors must take one of the following capstone-course options in their senior year.
Option A. PSY 496 Senior Capstone Seminar (1.00 credit)
Option B. PSY 497 Senior Thesis (1.00 credit)
Option C. PSY 498 Senior Capstone Independent Study (1.00 credit)
Option D. PSY 495 Honors Independent Research (.50 credit taken concurrently with PSY 497 or PSY 498, .50 credit)
Option E. One of the following laboratory courses (1.00 credit):
PSY 411 Theories of Learning
PSY 423 Sensation and Perception
PSY 430 Cognitive Processes
PSY 435 Experimental Psychology Laboratory
Following the guidelines will result in the selection of seven courses. Two additional 1.0-credit courses taken for a grade should be taken from Options B through E, or from among the following special purpose courses:
PSY 311 Educational Psychology
PSY 320/420 Current Applications in Psychology
PSY 326 Industrial and Organizational Psychology
PSY 328 Clinical and Counseling Psychology
PSY 422 Psychological Testing
PSY 436 Psychology Research Seminar (.50 credit)
PSY 492 Readings in Psychology (Half to one course) usually taken prior to PSY 493
PSY 493 Independent Research in Psychology (.50 to 2.00 credit)
PSY 315 and PSY 317 cannot both be counted toward the major or minor.
Additional course offerings that do not count toward the major:
PSY 220/320 Psychology Studies Abroad
PSY 268, 368 Field Experience in Psychology
PSY 249/349/449 Research Mentorship