Guide to the Psychology Major
Psychology courses emphasize the observational and theoretical analysis of the behavior of organisms.
A student who enters Whitman without any prior college-level preparation in psychology will complete 36 credits to fulfill the requirements for the psychology major. Courses completed in the psychology major apply to the social science distribution area and select courses in the psychology major additionally apply to the science, alternative voices and quantitative analysis distribution areas.
The courses listed below are designated for Post-fall semester 2002 distribution credits in the following categories:
- Science: 360 Physiology of Behavior
- Quantitative Analysis: 210 Psychological Statistics
- Alternative Voices: 239 Psychology of Women and Gender; 335 Cross-Cultural Psychology; 336 Social Stigma.
The Psychology Major: Psychology 110, 210, 220, 420, 495; 496 or 498; one seminar course from courses numbered 300-349; one laboratory course from courses numbered 350-399; and other courses selected with the approval of the major adviser to make a total of thirty-six credits; three credits in philosophy (excluding Philosophy 109), three credits in sociology (excluding Sociology 230) or anthropology, and three credits in biology. It is strongly recommended that students complete Psyc 210 and 220 by the end of their junior year. The senior assessment: a one-hour oral defense of the senior thesis, and satisfactory performance on the MFT are both required for graduation.
The Psychology Minor: Psychology 110, 210; plus 10 additional credits for a total of 18 credits. The 10 additional credits must include at least one psychology course numbered 300 or higher.