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Psychology Major

The psychology program provides opportunities for learning, service and career preparation for those students interested in and committed to understanding and furthering people’s positive change and development. You’ll be encouraged to think critically about human behavior, to respect the complexity and diversity of individuals, and to explore the many applications of psychology essential to helping each other function successfully in an increasingly demanding and global society.
The psychology program at Olivet College emphasizes career and graduate school preparation in basic and applied areas of psychology such as counseling, clinical practice, child development, family studies, gerontology, rehabilitation, neuroscience, education, social work and health fields. In conjunction with other fields, psychology also supports preparation in business management, psychiatry, and art or music therapy.

The following is an overview of courses associated with our psychology major. We encourage you to speak with a faculty representative during your on-campus visit for detailed information about your specific program interests.

For an official description of courses and degree requirements, please reference our academic catalog.

Psychology Major Core Courses

  • ​BIO 111 Principles of Biology-Molecules to Cells
  • BIO 112 Principles of Biology-Organisms to Ecosystems
  • PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY 370 Statistics for Psychology
  • PSY 390 Research Methods
  • PSY 460 Historical and Philosophical Roots of Psychology
  • PSY 490 Psychology Senior Seminar

Complete one course from each of the following four categories:

Brain and Behavior

  • PSY 305 Cognition
  • PSY 306 Learning and Behavior
  • PSY 345 Introduction to Neuroscience

Social and Developmental Psychology

  • PSY 215 Sexuality and Gender Identity
  • PSY 270 Social Psychology
  • PSY 314 Development Across the Lifespan
  • PSY 319 Personality Theories

Psychological Well-Being

  • PSY 120 Positive Psychology
  • PSY 325 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 420 Counseling and Psychotherapy

Applied Psychology

  • CJ 321 Topics in Criminology
  • PSY 225 Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • PSY 235 Intimate Relationships
  • PSY 403 Practicum in Psychology
  • PSY 425 Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • PSY 430 Health Psychology

You must complete three of the following courses, or three of the courses listed above that do not fulfill any other major requirement to count as elective credit:

  • PSY 220 Cinematic Portrayal of Psychology
  • PSY 418 Independent Study: Readings
  • PSY 419 Independent Research
  • PSY 450 Special Topics in Psychology

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