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Undergraduate Program

Concentration: Psychology

Eleven courses of at least three (3) semester-hour credits are needed. They are distributed as follows:

  1. Mandatory (1):
  2. One (2) 10-Level Course from among:
  3. One (3) 20-Level course from among:
  4. Mandatory Labs (4 & 5):
  5. Two (6&7) Other Advanced Psychology Courses numbered above 100
  6. Two (8&9) Other Courses Offered By The Psychology Department (i.e., any other Tufts courses with the PSY listing)
  7. Two (10&11) Approved Advanced Courses in Related Fields (view current list)

Courses taken to fulfill the major (including Related Field) normally may not be taken pass-fail (PSY 99 is an exception when used as an elective). No more than two independent study courses (Psychology 91 and 92, 97 and 98, 99, 191 and 192, 199; note that 181 and 182 are not independent study) may be counted toward the major. Only one of the two courses used to fulfill the 100-level requirement may be independent study (i.e., an honors thesis student may use one semester of PSY 199 as an elective and one semester as a 100-level, but these would be the only two independent study courses allowed to count toward major requirements).

Students scoring 4 or 5 on the Psychology AP exam, 6 or 7 on the International Baccalaureate (Higher Level) exam, or A or B on the GCE A-level exam earn credit for PSY 1. In other words, the student earns 3 semester-hour credits and does not need to take PSY 1 for the major. Students may substitute Child Study and Human Development 1 for PSY 1 for prerequisite purposes, but they must take an additional psychology course in order to reach the 11 courses required for the major.

PSY 32 must be completed at Tufts. Double majors in Psychology and Mathematics can use MATH 162 as a substitute for PSY 31. Students who are double majoring in Psychology and Economics can use EC 13 as a substitute for PSY 31. Students double majoring in Biology or Community Health and one of the Psychology majors may use BIO 132 or CEE 6/CH 136 to fulfill their statistics requirement. These students should bear in mind that their stats course may not have covered analysis of variance (ANOVA), a technique with which they will need to familiarize themselves before taking PSY 32. The Department does not accept the Statistics AP as a substitute for PSY 31.

In recommending students for Latin honors, in addition to the general college requirements, the department does not normally recommend students for summa cum laude unless they have done independent empirical research supervised or approved by a faculty member in the department. Students graduating with a major in Psychology may choose either a B.A. or B.S.