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The Undergraduate Program


The Undergraduate Psychology major, as part of the Bachelor of Arts degree, prepares the student for many possibilities in careers such as psychology, education, social and welfare services, health services, and industry. It also fulfills the course requirements for entering most psychology graduate programs. A background in psychology combined with special training in other disciplines within the College may be especially useful in preparing for careers in human resources, nursing, speech pathology, social work, special education, counseling, as well as music, art and dance therapy.

The Psychology Major

Declaration of Major

Major Requirements

Minor Requirements

Policies for Majors

Psychology Scholarships


Preparation and Course of Study

The psychology major is designed to provide the student with training in both the evaluation and generation of research data. For this reason, the core sequence of Statistical Methods in Psychology (PSYCH 248) and Experimental Psychology (PSYCH 249 or 250) is central to the program and is a prerequisite for all upper-level psychology courses. Performance in the Psychological Statistics/Experimental Psychology sequence will be greatly facilitated by proper preparation in mathematics and laboratory science, and the development of excellent writing skills.


Program in Detail

The psychology major is organized around three Content Areas and their corresponding Tracks.

The Content Areas are:

  • Biopsychology
  • Cognitive | Developmental Psychology
  • Social | Clinical | Health Psychology

The Tracks are:

  • General Psychology
  • Animal Behavior
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Health Psychology


Declaration of Major

Declaring a major in psychology requires completion of the following courses with a minimum, overall GPA of 2.0:

  • PSYCH 10000 - Introduction to Psychology [3 cr.] + an additional PSYCH course on the 100-level passed with a grade 'B' or better. (Browse course catalog for additional 100-level options).
  • A MATH requirement passed with a minimum grade of 'C' or 'CR'.
    The mathematics requirement may be satisfied by STAT 11300 or MATH 12500 (STEM), or by earning exemption from the mathematics requirement.
    • Passing score on Parts 3, 4 and 5 of the Special Math Placement Exam is required for exemption of the MATH requirement for the major. See the Dolciani Mathematics Learning Center, Hunter East, 7th Fl Library for information and test administration schedule.
  • Two (2) science courses with labs worth 4 credits or more.

The major must be declared in person with an undergraduate psychology adviser.
Click Here for the most up to date advising schedule.) The student must bring a copy of an unofficial Hunter transcript (and where relevant, transcripts from all other colleges attended) when meeting with the adviser to declare a major in psychology.


Major Requirements

Once all courses required to declare the major in psychology are completed, the student will complete the following coursework:

Statistics and Experimental Psychology

PSYCH 24800 - Statistical Methods in Psychology

PSYCH 24900 - Experimental Psychology: Social


PSYCH 25000 - Experimental Psychology: General

Content / Track Focus

200-level Courses in Each Content Area

  1. Three (3) 200-level courses*, one (1) in each of 3 content areas (Biopsychology, Cognitive/Developmental Psychology, Social/Clinical/Health Psychology).

    One of these three courses must be within the student’s chosen track (Animal Behavior, Physiological Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, Clinical Psychology, or Health Psychology)

    Students selecting the “General Psychology” track must take one 200-level course in each of the three Content Areas.
  2. Two (2) 300-level courses within the chosen track

    Students selecting the General Psychology track must take two (2) 300-level courses in any area of Psychology. (Check the course catalog for the appropriate pre-requisites).
  3. Two (2) electives at the 200 or 300 level

    Note: Electives can be fulfilled either by completing additional courses on the 200 and/or 300-level or through internships.
    Below is a list of internships offered through the Department of Psychology:
    1. PSYCH 20100 - Independent Study in Psychology
    2. PSYCH 29500 - Topics in Neuroscience (Only available for students in the BPEndure or RISE program[s])
    3. PSYCH 34800 - Statistics Practicum in Psychology
    4. PSYCH 39500 - Independent Research in Psychology
    5. PSYCH 39600 / 39800 - Honors in Psychology

Minor Requirements

As of Spring 2009, the minor is no longer required for students in the School of Arts & Science. If the minor was declared prior to Spring 2009 with Psychology as the major, the old rules apply: 12 credits and half should be over 200 level. If the minor was declared after Spring 2009, please consult the department in which you declared the minor for terms of that department.

Click here for more details pertaining to Psychology minor requirements.


Policies for Majors

Once the major is declared in psychology, courses taken for the major may not be completed on a CREDIT / NO CREDIT basis.

Courses Taken on Permit and Courses Transferred to Hunter
Declared Psychology majors must take all the Psychology courses that they wish to count toward the major at Hunter College. (Courses taken at other colleges, referred to as "permit courses," are graded as CREDIT and thus not allowed.) In contrast, psychology courses that were taken before the student enrolled at Hunter and that have been transferred to Hunter may count toward the major if they are deemed equivalent to a Hunter College course. This assessment is made by the Office of Admissions and by the undergraduate psychology advising office.