Psychology

Associate Professor Anselmi∙∙, Chair; Professors Mace (acting chair, spring 2015), Vernon Roosa Professor of Applied Science Masino, and Professor Raskin; Associate Professor and Director of the Counseling Center Lee, Associate Professor Reuman; Assistant Professors Casserly, Helt, and Holt; Senior Lecturer and Laboratory Coordinator Swart; Lecturer and Laboratory Coordinator Chapman; Visiting Associate Professor Brunquell; Visiting Assistant Professors Gockel and Mackey; Research Assistant Professor Ruskin; Visiting Lecturers Mahalak and McGrath; Lecturer in Psychology and Assistant Director of the Counseling Center Kennen

Psychology is a scientific inquiry into the nature of thought, feeling, and action. Because psychology developed from such disciplines as biology, physics, and philosophy, students will find that the study of psychology enhances one’s understanding of a variety of subjects. Courses in psychology will contribute to preparation for a variety of careers and for enrollment in graduate education in disciplines such as psychology, education, social work, law, medicine, and business.

The psychology major, B.A. or B.S.—Students are required to take 11 semester courses in psychology and one in biology (either BIOL 140 or BIOL 182L) and earn a grade of C- or better in each. Any student who must repeat a required course to attain the required grade of at least C- will be allowed only one opportunity to do so. Students should consult with their adviser to choose a set of courses that is consistent with the student’s goals and that offers broad exposure to the discipline of psychology, as well as depth in one or more of the diverse sub-areas. Psychology majors are strongly encouraged to take cognate courses in the humanities, arts, and natural and social sciences that enhance topics and issues in psychology. Students are expected to arrange their course work according to the following system:

From time to time new courses will be added or substituted for those in the above listings. Students should consult with the chair concerning courses taken at other institutions or other matters pertinent to requirements for the major.

Senior seminar—Each senior seminar will adopt an integrative perspective to examine major issues in several different subdivisions of psychology. For example, the seminar in developmental psychology will treat issues that touch on physiology, psychopathology, social psychology, memory, cognition, perception, and motivation. The purpose of the seminar is to give students the opportunity to discern common themes that give coherence to psychology. To be properly prepared, students should have completed the three core courses and most of the other requirements of the major. Students must sign up for a senior seminar in the department’s administrative office at an announced time during preregistration in the spring semester of their junior year.

Thesis—The senior thesis is a two-semester research project sponsored by a member of the Psychology Department.

Honors—Students with at least a B+ average in psychology, an overall grade point average of B or better, and six courses (of at least one credit each, taken at Trinity) toward the psychology major with a grade of A- or better (excluding PSYC 498-499) are eligible for a program in which they might earn the distinction of honors in psychology. To graduate with honors, students must enroll in PSYC 498-499 and earn a grade of A- or better. Honors students will present a summary of their thesis at a departmental meeting during the spring semester. Students who believe that they have attained eligibility for honors should consult with their adviser during the spring semester of their junior year to plan for enrollment in PSYC 498-499. The two course credits earned from this sequence fulfill the requirements for the senior exercise and the specialized course.

Study Abroad—The Psychology Department encourages its majors to study abroad. With careful planning, it should be possible for most students to study abroad, if they so choose. Students wishing to count psychology courses from an approved study-abroad site must get the approval of the chair of the Psychology Department. Typically, the department will allow up to two courses to be counted toward the major - one course from the core category and one course from the specialized category.

Interdisciplinary computing major in psychology—See the Interdisciplinary Computing major section of the Bulletin. Students interested in the interdisciplinary computing major in psychology should contact Professor Mace, who will assist them in setting up a plan of study.

Interdisciplinary computing majors should take psychology courses with an explicit connection to computing. Six courses may be selected from the following set:

Neuroscience major—Students interested in the neuroscience major should consult the relevant pages in the Bulletin.

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