Although no special application is required for admission to the major, majors are required to:
Inform the Department of Psychology by completing an enrollment form available from the department student affairs administrator in Beecher 109 and inform their College adviser.
Subscribe to the Psychology Majors Listhost at https://lists.uchicago.edu/web/info/psychology-majors. The listhost is the primary means of communication between the program and its majors or students interested in being majors. We use it to notify students of events relevant to psychology majors, such as research opportunities, job postings, fellowship announcements, and any changes in the course schedule, or curriculum updates.
NOTE: The following revised requirements are in effect for students who matriculated September 2014 and after. Students who matriculated prior to September 2014 should consult the College Catalog archives for the requirements that pertain to them.
I. Statistics/Methodology Sequence
Psychology majors are required to complete PSYC 20100 Psychological Statistics and PSYC 20200 Psychological Research Methods by the end of their third year. However, it is strongly recommended that these courses be taken as early as possible as they provide foundational concepts that facilitate understanding of subject area courses. These two courses cover the conceptual and methodological issues (Psy Rsch Meth) and the statistical methods (Psych Stats) used in psychological science and are typically taught in Autumn and Winter Quarters. These two courses may be taken in either order, PSYC 20100 does not serve as a prerequisite for PSYC 20200.
Students may take STAT 22000 Statistical Methods and Applications or a more advanced statistics course instead of PSYC 20100.
Examination Credit for PSYC 20100 Psychological Statistics or STAT 22000 Statistical Methods and Applications will not count toward the requirements for the major. Students with credit for PSYC 20100 or STAT 22000 should replace that requirement with a higher level Statistics course or an additional psychology elective.
II. Breadth requirement
Students are required to take 4 of the following 5 courses. Each of these courses will be offered every year.
- Biological Psychology (Psych 20300)
- Cognitive Psychology (Psych 20400)
- Developmental Psychology (Psych 20500)
- Social Psychology (Psych 20600)
- Sensation and Perception (Psych 20700)
III. Psychology Electives
- At least six additional courses (for a major total of twelve), are to be chosen from among the courses offered by the Department of Psychology.
a. Only one independent study course can count towards the twelve courses required of a psychology major (Psych 29200, 29700).
b. In addition to the six electives, students pursuing Honors in Psychology must also take the Honors Seminar (Psych 29800), which will be offered during the Winter Quarter.
c. When choosing elective courses, students should be aware that many require prerequisites. These prerequisites and course descriptions can be found in the Courses of Study and Programs.
- All courses in the major must be taken for quality grades except for the independent study course, which may be taken P/F.
V. Research Requirements
- Research experience will be obtained by taking the Methodology course ( Psych 20200). We encourage students to gain additional experience by working on a research project under the guidance of a faculty member.
VI. General Education Requirement
- Majors are required to take two quarters of calculus as part of the college general education requirements.
Summary of Requirements
Psyc 20100 (or Stat 22000 or above)
4 Courses (to be chosen from the following five)
- 6 Psychology Elective Courses
- Math 13100 - 13200 or higher
Courses without a psychology number must be approved by the Curriculum Committee.