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Psychology (General Social Science) Major

Effective Winter 2018

Exclusions:

Students who elect a major in Psychology may not elect the Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience major.

Advising

Students choosing psychology as a field of the major develop an approved plan for the major with a department advisor. Students then assume responsibility for completing their program of study or for making revisions which will not jeopardize their graduation. Students are, however, encouraged to consult a department advisor at any time. A department advisor must approve the original plan for the major and any exceptions to the stated requirements for the major. Students should also consult a department advisor when planning the final term's elections to ensure that all requirements for the major have been met and to secure an advisor's approval on a Major Release form. Appointments for students are scheduled at 1343 East Hall or online through the Department website.

Peer Advising

Advising by Undergraduate Psychology Academic Peer Advising Program students is available at 1343 East Hall during the fall and winter terms.

Grade Policies

Credit/No-credit courses may be used toward the Lab requirement, but will not count toward the total number of psychology credits required for major. A total of six credits of Psychology letter-graded Experiential lab (community or research-based courses) may be counted towards the Psychology major.

Prerequisites

  • an introductory course (PSYCH 111, 112, or 114) with a “C” or better
  • STATS 250 or 280 with a "C-" or better

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 32

A minimum of 40 credits, including the prerequisites and courses within the major. At least two courses must be taken at the 300-level.

1. Breadth Requirement: One course from each of three breadth groups 

  • Group I: PSYCH 220 or 240
  • Group II: PSYCH 250 or 270
  • Group III: PSYCH 280 or 290 or 291

2. Lab Requirement: To meet the lab requirement, students may complete either:

  • two (at least 3 credits each) courses from the list of Methods-based Lab courses;
  • one (at least 3 credits) course from the list of Methods-based Lab courses and one (at least 3 credits) course from the list of Experiential Lab courses (i.e., Community-based or Research-based); or
  • the Psychology Thesis Research sequence (at least 6 credits total) 

Methods-Based Lab Courses: PSYCH 302, 303, 331/332, 341, 351, 361, 371, 381, 383, 391, 422, 423, 426, 429, 451, 457 section titled "Developmental Methods" or "Research Methods in Educational and Cross Cultural Settings".

Experiential Lab Courses: (3 credits minimum to satisfy requirement):

  • Community-based Lab Courses: PSYCH 211, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 310, 311, 317, 319, 324, 325, 404, 405, 485;
  • Research-based Lab Courses: PSYCH 226, 322, 323, 326, 327, 422, 423, 424, 428

A total of six credits of Psychology letter-graded Experiential lab (community or research-based courses) may be counted towards the Psychology major.


Thesis Research Sequence: HonorsPSYCH 424 & 426; non-Honors - Psych 428 & 429

A minimum of three credits of Research-based courses must be taken in a single academic term to satisfy the Psychology Lab requirement. Students wishing to pursue the Psychology Honors Research Major should acquire research and statistical skills early in their major before applying.

3. Electives: Additional 300- and 400-level Courses for the major. 
The remainder of the major is filled by at least four upper-level Psych lecture or seminar courses for a minimum of 12 credits: 

  • at least two of the courses must be at the 300-level (PSYCH 225 or COGSCI 200 may be substituted for one of these courses)
  • at least one of the courses must be at the 400-level

Constraints

Student double majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience may share a maximum of 3 courses toward their two programs.

 

Residency

Of the 40 overall credits (pre-requisites and courses for the major), 24 must be completed in-residence (AA Campus Department of Psychology and U-M Study Abroad). Of these 24 credits, 12 credits must be upper-division (300 or above).

Honors

The Honors Major in Psychology and in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience

Psychology and Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience students with strong academic records and an interest in research are encouraged to consider participating in the Honors Major. The Honors Major is designed to enable advanced students to gain experience in design, conduct, and analysis of research studies. Students experience an intensive collaboration with a faculty member, and complete a significant effort to create new scientific knowledge. The Honors Major can serve as a capstone for their undergraduate studies, and as important preparation for graduate training or employment in a variety of fields.

  1. Requirements. In addition to completing all the requirements for the major, an Honors degree designation requires having and maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.4, participation in two terms of independent study Honors courses, presenting in the Annual Research Forum, and the completion and acceptance of a written thesis describing an original research project conducted in collaboration with a faculty mentor.
  2. Faculty Partnership. Students wishing to pursue Honors should explore their interests in research and statistics early in their academic career. The student must then identify a faculty research mentor to work in partnership on an Honors project. The research mentor can be any faculty member or research scientist holding a faculty appointment in the University. Students must have one mentor from the Psychology Department. With the mentor as a collaborator, the student will prepare a project plan and timeline for completion. Application deadlines are posted on the Psychology Honors website.
  3. Admission to the Honors Major. A student and their faculty research mentor must apply together for admission to the Honors Major; this includes an application and research proposal. Students are encouraged to apply the semester before their final year at the university (i.e., the end of their Junior year) to begin the Fall term of their Senior year. 
  4. Courses. Once accepted into the Honors Major, Psych and BCN majors will be issued overrides for PSYCH 424 for the first semester of their thesis, and PSYCH 426 in their final semester. The Honors courses are graded and may be used towards the lab requirements (PSYCH 424 = experiential/research lab; PSYCH 426 = methods lab) when taken for the appropriate number of credits (see Honors Major advisor for guidance). PSYCH 426 may satisfy the college upper-level writing requirement. Students may be required to take a Methods-based lab in addition to these courses, and are encouraged to meet with the Honors Major advisor to plan how each course will count toward their plan.
  5. The Honors Thesis. The required senior Honors thesis is a written report describing the design and execution of the research project conducted in collaboration with the faculty mentor. The thesis will be due one calendar month before the anticipated graduation date. All Honors theses must be prepared in American Psychological Association (APA) format, and typically run 30-40 double-spaced pages in length. One electronic and hard copy of the thesis and a submission form must be submitted.
  6. Evaluation of Thesis. The thesis will be evaluated by two-three readers: the mentor, an outside reader (a faculty member not involved in the research project), and a possibly representative of the Honors Major. Students and mentors are responsible for suggesting a second reader prior to submitting their application. The reports of all readers will address the quality of the science reported in the thesis, as well as the quality of the written presentation. The report of the mentor will also address the role the student played in the design, execution, and interpretation of the experiments reported in the thesis, and should point out the role played by others on the project. The Honors Director will then meet to review the recommendations of the readers and decide on the appropriate level of Honors. The Honors Director will attempt to maintain uniform standards, and is not constrained by the recommendations of the readers. Based on LSA guidelines, a determination of "No Honors," "Honors," "High Honors," or "Highest Honors" is made. This determination of an Honors designation must be completed prior to the actual awarding of the degree.

Students interested in the Psychology Department Honors Major should attend an informational session and review program details on the website prior to applying.

Psychology (General Social Science) (Major) (Fall 2016 - Fall 2017)

Effective Fall 2016

Exclusions:

Students who elect a major in Psychology may not elect the Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience major.

Advising

Students choosing psychology as a field of the major develop an approved plan for the major with a department advisor. Students then assume responsibility for completing their program of study or for making revisions which will not jeopardize their graduation. Students are, however, encouraged to consult a department advisor at any time. A department advisor must approve the original plan for the major and any exceptions to the stated requirements for the major. Students should also consult a department advisor when planning the final term's elections to ensure that all requirements for the major have been met and to secure an advisor's approval on a Major Release form. Appointments for students are scheduled at 1343 East Hall or online through the Department website.

Peer Advising

Advising by Undergraduate Psychology Academic Peer Advising Program students is available at 1343 East Hall during the fall and winter terms.

Grade Policies

Although some courses that are graded credit/no credit may be used to meet the lab requirement, the 24 major credits must be letter graded.

Prerequisites

  • an introductory course (PSYCH 111, 112, or 114) with a “C” or better
  • STATS 250 or 280 with a "C-" or better

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 32

A minimum of 40 credits, including the prerequisites and courses within the major. At least two courses must be taken at the 300-level.

      1. Breadth Requirement: One course from each of three breadth groups
        • Group I: PSYCH 220 or 240
        • Group II: PSYCH 250 or 270
        • Group III: PSYCH 280 or 290 or 291
      2. Lab Requirement: To meet the lab requirement, students may complete either:
          1. two (at least 3 credits each) courses from the list of Methods-based Lab courses;
          2. one (at least 3 credits) course from the list of Methods-based Lab courses and one (at least 3 credits) course from the list of Experiential Lab courses (i.e., Community-based or Research-based); or
          3. the Psychology Honors Research sequence (6 credits total) and one course (at least 3 credits) from the list of Methods-based Lab courses.


        Methods-Based Lab Courses: PSYCH 303, 331/332, 341, 351, 361, 371, 381, 383, 391.


        Experiential Lab Courses: (3 credits minimum to satisfy requirement):


        Community-based Lab Courses: PSYCH 211, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 310, 311, 317, 319, 324, 325, 404, 405, 485;


        Research-based Lab Courses: PSYCH 226, 322, 323, 326, 327, 422, 423, 428, 429;


        Honors Research Sequence: PSYCH 424 & 426, or 425 & 427.


        Note: Credit/No-credit courses may be used toward the Lab requirement, but will not count toward the total number of psychology credits required for major. A total of six credits of Psychology letter-graded Experiential lab (community or research-based courses) may be counted towards the Psychology major.


        A minimum of three credits of Research-based courses must be taken in a single academic term to satisfy the Psychology Lab requirement. Students wishing to pursue the Psychology Honors Research program should acquire research and statistical skills early in their major before applying.

      3. Electives: Additional 300- and 400-level Courses for the major.
        The remainder of the major is filled by at least four upper-level Psych lecture or seminar courses for a minimum of 12 credits: 

        • at least two of the courses must be at the 300-level (PSYCH 223 (F17), 225 or COGSCI 200 may be substituted for one of these courses)
        • at least one of the courses must be at the 400-level

Constraints

Student double majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience may share a maximum of 3 courses toward their two programs.

A total of six credits of Psychology letter-graded Experiential lab (community or research-based courses) may be counted towards the Psychology major.

Residency

Of the 40 overall credits (pre-requisites and courses for the major), 24 must be completed in-residence directly through University of Michigan's Department of Psychology.  Of these 24 credits, 12 credits must be upper-division (300 or above)

Honors

The Honors Program in Psychology and in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience

Psychology and Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience concentrators with strong academic records and an interest in research are encouraged to consider participating in the Honors Program. The program is designed to enable advanced students to gain experience in design, conduct, and analysis of research studies. Students experience an intensive collaboration with a faculty member, and complete a major effort to create new scientific knowledge. TheHonors Program can serve as a capstone for their undergraduate studies, and as important preparation for graduate training or employment in a variety of fields.

  1. Requirements. In addition to completing all the requirements for the concentration, an Honors degree designation requires having and maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.4, participation in two terms of independent study Honors courses, presenting in the Annual Research Forum, and the completion and acceptance of a written thesis describing an original research project conducted in collaboration with a faculty mentor.
  2. Faculty Partnership. Students wishing to pursue Honors should explore their interests in research and statistics early in their academic career. The student must then identify a faculty research mentor to work in partnership on an Honors project. The research mentor can be any faculty member or research scientist holding a faculty appointment in the University. Students must have one mentor from the Psychology Department. With the mentor as a collaborator, the student will prepare a project plan and timeline for completion. Application deadlines are posted on the Psychology Honors website.
  3. Admission to the Honors Program. A student and their faculty research mentor must apply together for admission to the program; this includes an application and research proposal. Students are encouraged to apply the semester before their final year at the university (i.e., the end of their Junior year) to begin the Fall term of their Senior year. Students will need to have completed their Statistics requirement and have completed or planned completion of their Methods-based lab requirement before applying to the program.
  4. Courses. Once accepted into the Honors Program, Psychology concentrators will elect both PSYCH 425 and 427; Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science concentrators will elect both PSYCH 424 and 426. The Honors courses are graded, may be used towards the required experiential lab concentration credits (Psychology concentration: for a maximum of 6 experiential lab credits and BCN concentration: maximum of 3 credits) and PSYCH 426 or 427 may satisfy the college upper-level writing requirement. Students may be required to take a Methods-based lab in addition to these courses, and are encouraged to meet with the Honors concentration advisor to plan how each course will count toward their plan.
  5. The Honors Thesis. The required senior Honors thesis is a written report describing the design and execution of the research project conducted in collaboration with the faculty mentor. The thesis will be due one calendar month before the anticipated graduation date. All Honors theses must be prepared in American Psychological Association (APA) format, and typically run 30-40 double-spaced pages in length. One electronic and hard copy of the thesis and a submission form must be submitted.
  6. Evaluation of Thesis. The thesis will be evaluated by two-three readers: the mentor, an outside reader (a faculty member not involved in the research project), and a possibly representative of the Honors Program. Students and mentors are responsible for suggesting a second reader prior to submitting their application. The reports of all readers will address the quality of the science reported in the thesis, as well as the quality of the written presentation. The report of the mentor will also address the role the student played in the design, execution, and interpretation of the experiments reported in the thesis, and should point out the role played by others on the project. The Honors Director will then meet to review the recommendations of the readers and decide on the appropriate level of Honors. The Honors Director will attempt to maintain uniform standards, and is not constrained by the recommendations of the readers. Based on LSA guidelines, a determination of "No Honors," "Honors," "High Honors," or "Highest Honors" is made. This determination of an Honors designation must be completed prior to the actual awarding of the degree.

Students interested in the Psychology Department Honors Program should attend an informational session and review program details on the website prior to applying.

Psychology (General Social Science) Major (Fall 2013-Summer 2016)

May be elected as a departmental major

Effective Date: Fall 2013-Summer 2016; Course list update Winter 2015 effective Fall 2014 and retroactive to Fall 2010  

Exclusions: Students who elect a major in Psychology may not elect the Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Sciences  or  Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience  major.

Student double majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience may share a maximum of 3 courses toward their two programs.

Prerequisites to the Major. 

Before declaring a major in Psychology or Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Science, students must complete:

  • an introductory course (PSYCH 111, 112, or 114) with a minimum letter grade of "C";
  • two gateway courses (PSYCH 230, 240, 250, 260, 270, 280, 290) from different breadth groups; and
  • STATS 250 (or 350).

Requirements for the Major 

A minimum of 24 credits is required for the major. Of the 40 overall credits (pre-requisites and courses for the major), 24 must be completed in-residence directly through University of Michigan's Department of Psychology.  Of these 24 credits, 12 credits must be upper-division (300 or above). 100-level courses may not be used to meet the requirements for the major or the credit requirement. Only one course from the breadth groups may be used toward the major. Although some courses that are graded credit/no credit may be used to meet the lab requirement, the 24 major credits must be letter graded.

  1. Breadth Requirement: At least one course from each of the groups below. Only one course from each group may be used toward either the prerequisite or major credits.
    Group Course
    Biopsychology/Cognitive Psychology PSYCH 230 or 240 or 245
    Developmental/Psychopathology PSYCH 250 or 270
    Organizational/ Social/ Personality PSYCH 260, 280, or 290
    Lab Requirement: To meet the lab requirement, students may complete either:
    1. two (at least 3 credits each) courses from the list of Methods-based Lab courses;
    2. one (at least 3 credits) course from the list of Methods-based Lab courses and one (at least 3 credits) course from the list of Experiential Lab courses (i.e.,Community-based or Research-based); or
    3. the Psychology Honors Research sequence (6 credits total) and one course (at least 3 credits) from the list of Methods-based Lab courses.

    Methods-Based Lab Courses: PSYCH 303, 331/332, 341, 342, 351, 361, 371, 381, 383, 391.

    Experiential Lab Courses (3 credits minimum to satisfy requirement):

    • Community-based Lab Courses: PSYCH 211, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 310, 311, 317, 319, 325, 404, 405, 485;
    • Research-based Lab Courses: PSYCH 226 (added Winter 2015, effective Fall 2014 and retroactive to Fall 2010), 322, 323, 326, 327, 422, 423;
    • Honors Research Sequence: PSYCH 424, 425, 426, 427.

    Note: Credit/No-credit courses may be used toward the Lab requirement, but will not count toward the total number of psychology credits required for major. A total of six credits of Psychology letter-graded Experiential lab (community or research-based courses) may be counted towards the Psychology major. A minimum of three credits of Research-based courses must be taken in a single academic term to satisfy the Psychology Lab requirement. Students wishing to pursue the Psychology Honors Research program should acquire research and statistical skills early in their major before applying.
  2. Additional 300- and 400-level Major Courses.

    The remainder of the major is filled by upper-level (300- and 400-level) psychology courses, which must include at least 9 credits of lecture or seminar courses. It is strongly recommended that majors elect at least one 400-level course.

    Courses which may not be used as part of a major in Psychology are identified in the course listings.

    Majors who are planning to earn graduate degrees in psychology may find a supplementary background in the biological sciences or in the social and behavioral sciences (i.e., anthropology, sociology, etc.) helpful in their later studies. Majors are also advised that additional courses in mathematics, communication sciences, and logic are likely to facilitate advanced study in psychology. A student's personal interests should determine the shape of the plan for the major.

Psychology (General Social Science) Major (Winter 2012-Summer 2013)

May be elected as a departmental major

Effective Date: Winter 2012-Summer 2013; Course list update Winter 2015 effective Fall 2014 and retroactive to Fall 2010  

Exclusions: Students who elect a major in Psychology may not elect the Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Sciences  or  Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience  major.

Prerequisites to the Major. Before declaring a major in Psychology or Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Science, students must complete:

  • an introductory course (PSYCH 111, 112, or 114) with a minimum letter grade of "C";
  • two gateway courses (PSYCH 230, 240, 250, 260, 270, 280, 290) from different breadth groups; and
  • STATS 250 (or 350).

Requirements for the Major. A minimum of 24 credits is required for the major. Of the 40 overall credits (prerequisites and courses for the major), 24 must be completed directly through the University of Michigan's Department of Psychology at the Ann Arbor campus. Of these 24 credits, 12 credits must be upper-division (300 or above). 100-level courses may not be used to meet the requirements for the major or the credit requirement. Only one course from the breadth groups may be used toward the major. Although some courses that are graded credit/no credit may be used to meet the lab requirement, the 24 major credits must be letter graded.

  1. Breadth Requirement: At least one course from each of the groups below. Only one course from each group may be used toward either the prerequisite or major credits.
    Group Course
    Biopsychology/Cognitive Psychology PSYCH 230 or 240 or 245
    Developmental/Psychopathology PSYCH 250 or 270
    Organizational/ Social/ Personality PSYCH 260, 280, or 290
    Lab Requirement: To meet the lab requirement, students may complete either:
    1. two (at least 3 credits each) courses from the list of Methods-based Lab courses;
    2. one (at least 3 credits) course from the list of Methods-based Lab courses and one (at least 3 credits) course from the list of Experiential Lab courses (i.e.,Community-based or Research-based); or
    3. the Psychology Honors Research sequence (6 credits total) and one course (at least 3 credits) from the list of Methods-based Lab courses.

    Methods-Based Lab Courses: PSYCH 303, 331/332, 341, 342, 351, 361, 371, 381, 383, 391.

    Experiential Lab Courses (3 credits minimum to satisfy requirement):

    • Community-based Lab Courses: PSYCH 211, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 310, 311, 317, 319, 325, 404, 405, 485;
    • Research-based Lab Courses: PSYCH 226 (added Winter 2015, effective Fall 2014 and retroactive to Fall 2010), 322, 323, 326, 327, 422, 423;
    • Honors Research Sequence: PSYCH 424, 425, 426, 427.

    Note: Credit/No-credit courses may be used toward the Lab requirement, but will not count toward the total number of psychology credits required for major. A total of six credits of Psychology letter-graded Experiential lab (community or research-based courses) may be counted towards the Psychology major. A minimum of three credits of Research-based courses must be taken in a single academic term to satisfy the Psychology Lab requirement. Students wishing to pursue the Psychology Honors Research program should acquire research and statistical skills early in their major before applying.
  2. Additional 300- and 400-level Major Courses.

    The remainder of the major is filled by upper-level (300- and 400-level) psychology courses, which must include at least 9 credits of lecture or seminar courses. It is strongly recommended that majors elect at least one 400-level course.

    Courses which may not be used as part of a major in Psychology are identified in the course listings.

    Majors who are planning to earn graduate degrees in psychology may find a supplementary background in the biological sciences or in the social and behavioral sciences (i.e., anthropology, sociology, etc.) helpful in their later studies. Majors are also advised that additional courses in mathematics, communication sciences, and logic are likely to facilitate advanced study in psychology. A student's personal interests should determine the shape of the plan for the major.