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Goals and Requirements for Majors and Minors

Goals for Majors and Minors

Students who successfully complete the psychology major will have:

  • A basic understanding of major areas of psychology such as development, personality, social, cognition, biopsychology, abnormal psychology;
  • The ability to read and comment on primary research in psychology;
  • The ability to design, carry-out, and evaluate research in psychology;
  • Knowledge in personally identified and selected specialties in psychology;
  • Basic knowledge of psychology as a scientific discipline.

Requirements for Majors and Minors

The psychology major is available as a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree, as defined in the section on degree requirements for all majors in this course catalog. Courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better to count toward the major.

For a major: A total of 41 credits including: 090, 101, 251, 252 and 485;

  • one introductory course from each concentration for a total of 12 credits:
    • social/personality (option A): 284 or 287
    • developmental/abnormal (option B): 281 or 286
    • biopsychology/cognition (option C): 282 or 283
  • one seminar from one of the concentrations and one other upper division course (may be another seminar) from a different concentration for a total of 8 credits:
    • social/personality (option A): 330, 347, 384, 387
    • developmental/abnormal (option B): 341, 352, 372, 381, 386
    • biopsychology/cognition (option C): 325, 382, 383
  • an additional 4 credits of electives in Psychology

For a minor: At least 20 credits including the following: 101, 251, 252; one course from 281, 282, 283, 284, 286, 287; one seminar, other than the Senior Seminar, or one elective upperdivision course numbered 300 and higher selected from eligible upper-division courses listed for the major.

For Oregon Initial Teaching Licensure in Social Studies, a student must complete the Linfield Teacher Education Program  requirements. In order to complete these requirements, a student must begin taking education courses no later than his/her sophomore year. The student must be advised by an Education Department faculty member each semester prior to registration.



Note that if you plan to take PSYC 490 (Advanced Research in Psychology) you must complete a Learning Contract prior to registering for the course.