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Psychology Major, B.A.

The major in psychology covers aspects of human and animal behavior ranging from the firing of a single neuron to the death and dying process. Psychology can prepare students for various entry-level jobs in social services, mental health, management or almost any area that requires a broad liberal arts education. The psychology major also can be the basis for admission to graduate or professional training in psychology, medicine, law and other areas, limited only by the careful selection of elective courses.

Opportunities exist for internships and in the past students have worked with hospitalized children, adolescents and adults in outpatient treatment facilities and community mental health agencies; and at the Maryland School for the Deaf, the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Mental Health, The Johns Hopkins University Hospital and the American Psychological Association.

Requirements for the Major

Psychology majors must complete a minimum of 32 credits in psychology, including at least 17 credits at the 300 level or above. A minimum of 12 credits in psychology must be taken at Hood.

General Requirements (26 credits)
  • PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY 205 Social Psychology
  • PSY 211 Elementary Statistics*
  • PSY 237 Human Development I: Childhood and Adolescence or PSY 238 Human Development II: Adulthood and Aging
  • PSY 312 Non-Experimental Research Methods
  • PSY 315 Experimental Research Methods
  • PSY 401 Theories of Personality** or PSY 431 Abnormal Psychology**
  • PSY 441 History and Theories of Psychology

*Statistics courses completed in another discipline will fulfill the requirement but will not count toward the 32 credit minimum in psychology courses.

**Lower-level transfer courses will fulfill PSY 401 and/or PSY 431 but will not count toward the 17 credits of upper-level credits required.

Choose two additional courses from one of the groups below, including at least one at the 300 level or above. (6 credits) 

Group I Experimental
  • PSY 370F Seminar: Cognitive Psychology
  • PSY 370G Seminar: Animal Perception
  • PSY 409 Psychology of Learning, Memory and Cognition
  • PSY 418 Physiological Psychology
  • PSY 419 Psychopharmacology
Group II Social/Organizational
  • PSY 203 Survey of Clinical, Community, and Counseling Psychology
  • PYSO 221 Social Gerontology
  • PSY 238 Human Development II: Adulthood and Aging*
  • PSY 370E Seminar: Psychology of Human Sexuality
  • PSY 434 Tests and Measurements
Group III Personality/Clinical
  • PSY 203 Survey of Clinical, Community, and Counseling Psychology
  • PSY 204 Psychology of Death
  • PSY 370A Seminar: Introduction to Counseling
  • PSY 370C Seminar: Death and Dying
  • PSY 370E Seminar: Psychology of Human Sexuality
  • PSY 401 Theories of Personality*
  • PSY 431 Abnormal Psychology*
  • PSY 434 Tests and Measurements
  • PSY 456 Behavior Modification
Group IV Developmental
  • PSY 204 Psychology of Death
  • PSY 206 Psychology of Women
  • PSY 208 Psychology of Adolescence
  • PYSO 221 Social Gerontology
  • PSY 237 Human Development I: Childhood and Adolescence*
  • PSY 238 Human Development II: Adulthood and Aging*
  • AFPY 270 African-American Psychological Perspectives
  • PSY 370C Seminar: Death and Dying
  • PSY 373 Psychology of Aging

*If not used to satisfy General Requirements.

Additional Requirements:
  1. 1. All majors must complete a career inventory at the Career Center.
  2. 2. All majors must take the Major Specific Test in their senior year.