Major in Psychology
A major in psychology is good preparation for a wide variety of careers and for graduate and career training in psychology. A psychology major can also provide beneficial preparation for a career in education, social work, business, art therapy, law, medicine, and many other fields.
A minimum of 31 semester hours, including PSY-100, PSY-200 and PSY-300 are required to major in psychology. At least two courses at or above the 300 level must be selected from each of the following areas:
- Social (PSY 210 or 310, 212, 312 and 410)
- Clinical (PSY 120, 320, 324, 420, 422 and 424)
- Experimental (PSY 330, 332, 334, 430 and 432)
Minor in Psychology
A minor in psychology can provide an excellent background for many careers, especially those involve working with people, including careers in business, management, social services, education, law, medicine, and communication.
Eighteen credit hours in psychology, including PSY-100 are required for the minor. Students are required to take a course in statistics, either PSY-200 or MAT-245. If the student completes PSY-200, three credit hours will count toward the 18 required hours in psychology. Therefore, there are two options:
Minor with PSY-200
- PSY-100 3 credits
- PSY-200 3 credits
- PSY electives 12 credits
Minor with MAT-245
- PSY-100 3 credits
- MAT-245 3 credits
- PSY electives 15 credits
To help each student review and integrate her study of psychology, the requirements for a major in psychology include the successful completion of a Student Portfolio in Psychology. In completing her portfolio each student must demonstrate competency in the following areas: (1) Knowledge Base; (2) Ethics; (3) Communication Skills; (4) Information Gathering Skills; (5) Research and Analytical Methods; (6) Interpersonal Skills; and (7) the Practical Application of Psychology. A complete portfolio must also include certification that the student has successfully completed the Psychology Exit Exam. While the Student Portfolio in Psychology and the Psychology Exit Exam do not generate hours of credit, the successful completion of the Student Portfolio in Psychology and passing of the Psychology Exit Exam are required in order to complete a major in psychology.
Psychology Exit Exam
Completing a major in psychology at Meredith requires the successful completion of the Psychology Exit Exam. The Psychology Exit Exam is designed to help each senior student review her study of psychology and demonstrate how well she has mastered the basic terms, concepts and principles of her major. The Psychology Exit Exam is given every semester from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on a Saturday at the beginning of September and February. The Psychology Exit Exam should normally be taken during the semester preceding graduation. Want more information on the Psychology Exit Exam? Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions Section.