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The Undergraduate Program


Declaration of Major

Major Requirements

Minor Requirements




Psychology Major [2020/2021 Catalog Year]

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 & 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 offers the option of seven different tracks (in addition to the general requirements) grouped within three broad content areas.

Content Areas and Corresponding Tracks:

Biopsychology Content Area

Animal Behavior  |  Physiological Psychology


Cognitive / Developmental Content Area

Cognitive Psychology  |  Developmental Psychology


Social / Clinical / Health Content Area

Social Psychology  |  Clinical Psychology  |  Health Psychology



I. Declaration of Major

The major must be declared in person with an undergraduate psychology advisor (click here for the most up-to-date advising schedule).
Bring a copy of an unofficial Hunter transcript (and where relevant, transcripts from all other colleges attended) when meeting with an advisor.

Declaring a Major in Psychology requires completion of PSYCH 100 in addition to any other 100-level psychology course (both passed with a minimum grade of 'B'); a required mathematics course with a minimum grade of C or CR and have a minimum GPA of 2.00.
The mathematics requirement may be satisfied by STAT 11300 or MATH 12400 (STEM), or by earning exemption from the mathematics requirement. Based on placement exams or transferred courses, students may place into advanced Mathematics or Statistics courses without taking Hunter College pre-requisites. See the Mathematics and Statistics department for details.


II. Major Requirements

Below is the full curriculum for the Psychology Major (43-50 credits)

I: Introductory Courses [17+ credits]
PSYCH 10000 - Introduction to Psychology [3 cr.] Minimum Grade 'B'
An Additional PSYCH Course on the 100-level [3 cr.] Minimum Grade 'B'
STAT 11300 [3 cr.] or MATH 12400 [4 cr.] Minimum Grade 'C'
2 Laboratory Science Courses
Minimum 4 credits each
II: Statistical Methods & Experimental Psychology [8 credits]
PSYCH 24800 - Statistical Methods in Psychology Minimum Grade 'C'
PSYCH 25000 - Experimental Psychology Pre-req: PSYCH 24800
II: 200-Level Coursework [9 credits]
One (1) Course in the Biopsychology Content Area
3 credits
One (1) Course in the Cognitive / Developmental Content Area
3 credits
One (1) Course in the Social / Clinical / Health Content Area 3 credits
III: 300-Level Coursework [6 credits]
Two (2) Courses on the 300-level 3 credits each
Psychology Electives [6 credits]
Two (2) Elective Psychology Courses 200-level or Higher
3 credits each

The Undergraduate Program is designed to provide the student with training in both the evaluation and generation of research data. The core sequence of Statistical Methods in Psychology (PSYCH 24800) and Experimental Psychology (PSYCH 24900 or 25000) is central to the program and is a prerequisite for all upper-level psychology courses. Performance in both the Psychological Statistics and Experimental Psychology sequence will prepare the student through extensive preparation in mathematics, laboratory sciences and the development of excellent writing skills.
Note: PSYCH 24800 and PSYCH 25000 cannot be taken simultaneously as PSYCH 24800 is the pre-requisite to PSYCH 25000. Major requirements cannot be taken as co-requisites.


Track/Focus & Elective Coursework Explained

    Three (3) 200-level courses, one (1) in each of 3 content areas:

    Cognitive / Developmental Psychology
    Social / Clinical / Health Psychology

    Students selecting the "General Psychology" track must take one 200-level course in each of the three Content Areas.

    Students selecting a track/focus must complete one (1) 200-level course within the chosen track.
    (e.g., Animal Behavior, Physiological Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, Clinical Psychology, or Health Psychology).

    Two (2) 300-level courses within the chosen track

    Note: 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).
    *PSYCH 348, PSYCH 395, PSYCH 396 and/or PSYCH 398 do not count towards the required two (2) 300-level requirements for the major -- these courses only count towards the psych electives.*

    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-levels from the content categories or through internships or an honors project.
    Below is a list of electives offered through the Department of Psychology, which are only open to declared majors:


Elective Psychology Courses
PSYCH 20100 - Independent Study [3 cr.]
Internship (research or fieldwork)
PSYCH 29500 - Topics in Neuroscience [3 cr.] (Only available for students in the BPEndure or RISE programs)
PSYCH 34800 - Statistics Practicum in Psychology Tutoring and teaching assistance for PSYCH 24800
PSYCH 39500 - Independent Research in Psychology [3 cr.]
PSYCH 39600 - Honors in Psychology [3 cr.]
Departmental Honors - Semester I
PSYCH 39800 - Honors in Psychology [3 cr.] Departmental Honors - Semester II
Honors in Psychology PSYCH 396/398 is designed as a capstone experience for Psychology Majors. It involves a full year commitment of intensive research under the supervision of a faculty member and a written thesis in APA style. In addition, students completing the Honors in Psychology present their research projects at one of three conferences held over the course of the year where awards are given for both the best poster and oral presentation.
For more information on the Honors Thesis click here.
For more information on how to create a Poster for the Honors presentation click here.


III. 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
Psychology majors must take all the 200 and 300-level Psychology courses at Hunter College. In contrast, psychology courses that were taken before the student enrolled at Hunter and that have been transferred as equivalents may count toward the major. This assessment is made by the Office of Admissions.