Psychology Curriculum

The program includes courses often listed as prerequisites for graduate schools in the discipline as well as an emphasis on critical thinking, clear speaking and writing, project management, data analysis, and fruitful collaboration.

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Area of Concentration Requirements

For an Area of Concentration in psychology, eight specific courses are required (listed below). In addition, at least two advanced-level courses in psychology and the Psychology Senior Seminar (two terms) are required to complete the Area of Concentration.

1) Introductory Psychology Seminar: a prerequisite for most other psychology courses; usually taken in fall of first year; we will accept an Intro Psych class from another college as a substitute IF there is a transcript on file at the registrar’s office showing a grade of B or better.
2) Introduction to Statistics: provides the knowledge necessary to understand the experimental literature in psychology and to conduct statistical tests of their own data; usually taken in the second year or fall of third year.
3) Research Methods: develops the skills necessary to design, execute, and report empirical research; usually taken in the spring of the third year.
4-7) Four of the six following second tier courses must be taken; most students have at least three of them completed by the end of the third year:

  • Behavioral Endocrinology
  • Biological Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Personality Psychology
  • Social Psychology

8) A laboratory course: Labs are taught in Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Social and Personality Psychology, Biological Psychology, and Neuroscience and Behavior; this must be a full semester or equivalent (i.e., two mods) activity; usually taken in the second or third year;

Plus

TWO Advanced-level Psychology classes and/or tutorials: these require at least one second tier class as a prerequisite, so they are usually taken in the spring of the second year or later; each must be full semester or equivalent (i.e., two mods) activity;

Plus

Psychology Senior Seminar: normally completed as part of the student’s final two contracts.

Joint Disciplinary AOC Requirements

The requirements for the “slash” AOC in psych are seven classes.

Introductory Psychology Seminar: a prerequisite for most other psychology courses; usually taken in fall of first year; we will accept an Intro Psych class from another college as a substitute IF there is a transcript on file at the registrar’s office showing a grade of B or better.

Introduction to Statistics: provides the knowledge necessary to understand the experimental literature in psychology and to conduct statistical tests of their own data; usually taken in the second year or fall of third year.

Research Methods: develops the skills necessary to design, execute, and report empirical research; usually taken in the spring of the third year.

Three of the six following second-tier courses must be taken; most students have at least two of them completed by the end of the third year:

  • Behavioral Endocrinology
  • Biological Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Personality Psychology
  • Social Psychology

A “mini” laboratory course: (one mod credit) – See psych faculty for options; a full term lab will also fill this requirement; usually completed in the third of fourth year,

Plus:

ONE advanced-level Psychology course or tutorial: these require at least 1 second tier class as a
prerequisite, so they are usually taken in the spring of the second year or later; must be full semester or equivalent (i.e., 2 mods) activity.

Secondary Field Requirements
For a Secondary Field (minor) in Psychology, 6 courses are required (at least 3 of which must be completed at New College):
1) Introductory Psychology
2) A statistics course
3) Four additional units of Psychology coursework

Other Recommended Courses
In order to provide some breadth and perspective, psychology students are encouraged to take courses in other disciplines that will complement their programs. Recommended courses include those from the general areas of philosophy, mathematics, computer science, biology, physics, anthropology, sociology, political science and religion.

Sample 4 Year Pathway

 

 Fall TermJanuary ISPSpring Term
Year 1
  • AOC #1: Intro Psych Seminar (= LAC #1: Soci Sci)
  • LAC Course #2
  • LAC course #3
  • Open/any class
  • ISP #1
  • AOC#2 (from 2nd tier menu): for example, Cognitive Psychology
  • AOC #3 (from 2nd tier menu): for example, Personality
  • LAC course #4
  • Open/any class
Year 2
  • AOC #4 (from 2nd tier menu): for example, Social Psychology
  • LAC Course #5
  • LAC Course #6
  • Open/any class
  • ISP #2
  • AOC #5 (from 2nd tier menu): for example, Cognitive Neuroscience
  • AOC #6: Intro to Statistics (= LAC #7: Soc Sci)
  • Open/any class
  • Open/any class
Year 3
  •  AOC #7: (Lab Class): (Usually in area of thesis topic): for example, Lab in Brain Anatomy and Connectivity
  • AOC #8: (Advanced Elective #1): (Usually in area of thesis topic): for example, Humans and Other Animals: Welfare and Emotions
  • LAC Course #8
  • Open/any class; perhaps do an internship
  • ISP #3
  • AOC#9: Research Methods in Psychology
  • AOC #10: (Advanced Elective #2): for example, Close Relationships
  • Open/any class; perhaps arrange a pre-thesis tutorial on the topic of interest to get a jump on reading background literature
  • Open/any class
Year 4
  • AOC #11: Psychology Senior Seminar
  • Any other psych class student might want for example, The Psychobiology of Sport and Exercise
  • Open/any class
  • Use this time to work on the thesis… most students aim to collect data during ISP and work on revisions to their Intro and Method sections of the thesis paper
  • AOC #12: Psychology Senior Seminar
  • Any other psych class student might want for example, Motivated Minds: Learning In and Out of the Classroom
  • Open/any class

 

Sample 2 Year Transfer Pathway

 Fall TermJanuary ISPSpring Term
Year 3
  • AOC #1: Intro to Statistics
  • AOC #2 (from 2nd tier menu): for example, Social Psychology
  • AOC #3 (from 2nd tier menu): for example, Developmental Psychology
  • AOC #4: (Advanced Elective #1): (Usually in area of thesis topic) for example, Stigma and Prejudice
  • ISP #1
  • AOC #6 (from 2nd tier menu): for example, Cognitive Psychology
  • AOC #7: (Lab Class): (Usually in area of thesis topic): for example, Lab in Social and Personality Psychology
  • Open/any class; perhaps arrange a pre-thesis tutorial on the topic of interest to get a jump on reading background literature
Year 4
  • AOC #8: Psychology Senior Seminar
  • AOC #9: (Advanced Elective #2): for example, Psychology of Religion
  • Open/any class
  • Open/any class
  • ISP #2
  • AOC #10: Psychology Senior Seminar
  • Open/any class
  • Open/any class
  • Open/any class

Note: We assume an AA degree student enters with Intro Psychology and at least one of the 2nd tier classes (Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, Personality Psychology, Behavioral Endocrinology, or Biopsychology) already completed at the prior school and we can accept as transfer credits; many students will enter with additional credits that we can accept. Each case is reviewed by the faculty to determine which classes are comparable to our requirements.