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The Undergraduate Program



Declaration of Major

Major Requirements

Minor Requirements




Psychology Major

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, in order to provide students with increased breadth and appropriate depth. The program also prepares students for future employment and/or graduate studies.

Content Areas and Corresponding Tracks:

Track / Focus: Animal Behavior
Track / Focus: Physiological Psychology
Cognitive | Developmental
Track / Focus: Cognitive Psychology
Track / Focus: Developmental Psychology
Social | Clinical | Health
Track / Focus: Social Psychology
Track / Focus: Clinical Psychology
Track / Focus: Health Psychology


I. Declaration of Major

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.

II. Major Requirements

Declaring a Major in Psychology requires completion of the courses in Level I with a minimum, overall GPA of 2.0:

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 12500 [4 cr.] Minimum Grade 'C'
2 Natural Science Courses w/ Labs (worth 4 credits or more)
Minimum 4 credits each
Statistical Methods & Experimental Psychology [8 credits]
PSYCH 24800 - Statistical Methods in Psychology Minimum Grade 'C'
PSYCH 24900 or PSYCH 25000 - Experimental Psychology
II: 200-Level Coursework [9 credits]
Biopsychology 3 credits
Cognitive / Developmental 3 credits
Social / Clinical / Health 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 be enabled through extensive preparation in mathematics, laboratory sciences and the development of excellent writing skills.


Track/Focus & Elective Coursework Explained

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

    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)

    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 (each internship is worth 3 credits):
Elective Psychology Courses
PSYCH 20100 - Independent Study [3 cr.]
PSYCH 29500 - Topics in Neuroscience
[3 cr.]
(Only available for students in the BPEndure or RISE programs)
PSYCH 39500 - Independent Research in Psychology [3 cr.]
PSYCH 39600 / 39800 - Honors in Psychology [3 cr.]
Departmental Honors


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
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.