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Psychology Requirements

View the Psychology Course Catalog

Requirements for the Major

The major in psychology (39 or 41 credit hours) sets three goals for student development: to master a central core of psychological knowledge, to acquire basic methodological and computer skills, and to attain a sophisticated knowledge of at least one area within psychology. Students must take the following courses:

Content Core

  • SW250-PS, Psychological Inquiry or equivalent, or NW220-PS, Behavioral Science
  • PS202, Learning
  • PS235, Biological Bases of Behavior
  • PS320, Life Span Developmental Psychology
  • PS350, Social Psychology
  • PS385, Cognitive Processes
  • PS440, Psychology of Personality

Methodological Core

  • PS210, Research Methods/Statistics I
  • PS211, Research Methods/Statistics II
  • PS310, Advanced Statistics in Psychology

Specialized Courses

  • One additional psychology elective at the 300–400 level
  • One additional psychology elective at the 400 level
  • One 400-level seminar (from the list of advanced seminars or seminar-equivalent classes, e.g., PS412, PS413, PS415, PS420)

Psychology majors are encouraged to include courses in anthropology, the biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, philosophy, physics, and sociology as they plan their undergraduate career.

Requirements for the Minor

A minor in psychology (21 or 23 credit hours) consists of: 1) SW250-PS or equivalent, or NW220-PS; 2) PS210 and PS211; 3) any three of PS202, PS235, PS320, PS350, PS385, or PS440; and 4) one additional psychology course at the 300–400 level (including courses in the previous list).

NOTE: The information found on this website with respect to major/minor/program requirements is primarily directed at providing prospective students a general roadmap of the curriculum. Current Butler students are expected to review their degree audit report at and speak with their advisor regularly for detailed information regarding their specific degree requirements and their progress toward degree completion.