Psychology Major

Students may choose to simply major in psychology without a particular specialization (by completing the Requirements for a Major in Psychology) or may choose to major in psychology with a specialization by completing the requirements for a concentration in Mental Health Services, or Developmental Processes. They may also specialize by completing the requirements for an Interdisciplinary Concentration in Women's Studies.

Requirements for a Major in Psychology

The Psychology major requires successful completion of 12 courses in Psychology. Four of these courses are specific core requirements; four are from specified areas and the remaining four are electives. At least three courses (nine credits) must be at a 300 and/or 400 level, and all three courses must be taken at Worcester State University.  The minimum of 37 credits must include the following four core courses:

Required Courses(25 credits)
PS-101General Psychology3
PS-275Psychological Statistics4
PS-276Research Methods3
PS-307Applied Research Methods3
Select one course each from four of the five different areas12
Developmental
Developmental Psychology
Psychology of Adolescence
Psychology of Aging
Social Psychology
Social Psychology
Applied Social Psychology
Personality and Abnormal Psychology
Theories of Personality
Abnormal Psychology
Introduction to Psychometrics
Learning and Cognition
Psychology of Learning
Cognitive Psychology
Biopsychosocial Processes
Sensation and Perception
Physiological Psychology
Introduction to Health Psychology
Psychology electives(12 credits)
Electives - Choose four elective courses from any of the courses in psychology that are not required and are not counted under the four areas.12
Total Credits37

Sample Timetable for Completion of Degree: Psychology

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
LASC First-Year Seminar (FYS)3
EN-101 English Composition I 3
PS-101 General Psychology 3
LASC LASC Elective (USW)3
LASC LASC Elective (GP)3
 Credits15
Semester Two
EN-102 English Composition II 3
LASC LASC Elective (CON)3
PS-2XX PS Major Elective (Not PS-205)3
LASC LASC Elective (QR)3
LASC LASC Elective (TLC)3
 Credits15
Year Two
Semester Three
PS-2XX PS Major Elective3
PS-2XX PS Major Elective3
LASC LASC Elective (NSP)4
LASC LASC Elective (GP)3
LASC LASC Elective (HBS)3
 Credits16
Semester Four
PS-205 Research Methods 3
PS-275 Psychological Statistics 4
LASC LASC Elective (NSP)3
LASC LASC Elective (TLC)3
LASC LASC Elective (CA)3
 Credits16
Year Three
Semester Five
PS-307 Applied Research Methods 3
PS-1XX+ PS Major Elective3
LASC LASC Elective (HBS)3
LASC LASC Elective (ICW)3
SELECT General Elective3
 Credits15
Semester Six
PS-1XX+ PS Major Elective3
PS-1XX+ PS Major Elective3
PS-1XX+ PS Major Elective3
PS-1XX+ PS Major Elective3
LASC LASC Elective (CA)3
 Credits15
Year Four
Semester Seven
LASC/PS Capstone3
SELECT General Elective3
SELECT General Elective3
SELECT General Elective3
SELECT General Elective3
 Credits15
Semester Eight
PS-1XX+ PS Major Elective3
SELECT General Elective3
SELECT General Elective3
SELECT General Elective3
SELECT General Elective3
 Credits15
 Total Credits122

Students are required to meet with their department advisor to review their upcoming semester academic choices. A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation.