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Undergraduate Program

Concentration: Clinical Psychology

This major is intended for students interested in entering graduate or professional school in mental health or human services and/or wanting to work with psychiatric patients after graduation.

Tufts does not offer any credits for the Psychology AP, but students with an AP score of 4 or 5 can place out of PSY 1. An AP score of 5 completely substitutes for PSY 1 within the major. An AP score of 4 also places out of PSY 1, but the student would need to take an additional psychology course (i.e., an additional elective) for the major in lieu of PSY 1. Successful completion of Child Study and Human Development (CSHD) 1 is treated in the same manner as an AP score of 4: students may substitute CSHD 1 for PSY 1 for prerequisite purposes, but they must take an additional psychology course in order to reach the number of courses required for the major.

Students planning to continue on in clinical work will benefit from a course in physiological psychology or cognitive neuropsychology. Students majoring in Clinical Psychology may choose between a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree (for students who enrolled before Spring 2017, only those who take PSY 32 in addition to all of their other requirements have the option to choose between a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree; all others receive a Bachelor of Arts).

If you are considering a Clinical Psychology major, please visit our FAQ page for commonly asked questions.

The requirements are as follows:

  1. Eight Required Courses:
  2. (note: students who enrolled before Spring 2017 may count PSY 38 instead of PSY 32)

  3. Two Elective Psychology Courses:
    A student majoring in clinical psychology must take two electives, one of which must be a 100-level (and no more than one of which may be independent study). For information see courses listed under Psychology.
  4. Two Related Field Courses:
    Two related field courses must be taken in order to complete the major requirements. For more information see courses listed under Related Fields.