The Psychology program of the Hamilton Holt School provides an overview of the diverse field of psychology along with opportunities for application and demonstration of important principles. The program supports learning objectives suggested by the American Psychological Association, thus preparing students to enter graduate programs in psychology as well as careers in research, counseling, and education.
Admission to the Psychology Major/Minor:
Students may not accrue more than 12 semester hours in psychology without declaring Psychology as a major or minor. Upon declaring Psychology as a major or minor, students must complete with a grade of “C-” or higher PSY 101, PSY 252 and PSY 257. Although PSY 101, PSY 252 and PSY 257 are prerequisites for most Psychology courses, PSY 252 may be taken concurrently with other courses. However, both PSY 252 and 257 must be completed within the first two semesters of coursework following declaration of the major in Psychology. If a student receives a grade in any of these courses lower than a “C-,” the student must retake the course and pass it with a grade of “C-” or higher prior to enrolling in any other psychology course. Core courses may be repeated a maximum of one time to satisfy this requirement. If a student does not receive a grade of “C-” or higher on the second attempt, the student will not be permitted to continue in the major. Students will receive credit for one attempt only. In some cases, financial aid does not apply to repeated courses.
Areas of Concentration (Optional)
Students can choose one of three areas of concentration: General, Clinical/Counseling, or Industrial/Organizational Psychology. At least four (4) courses within the concentration are required. All courses qualify for General concentration; Clinical/Counseling and Industrial/Organizational Psychology courses are specified as such in the catalog course description.