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Psychological Sciences

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The Department of Psychological Sciences of the University of Connecticut at Stamford, endeavors to provide the very best in undergraduate education in psychology. The faculty of the department are internationally recognized as scholars in their fields of research and locally recognized for their excellence in undergraduate teaching. The Psychological Sciences major is the largest undergraduate major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on the Stamford Campus. There are currently more than 80 undergraduate Psychological Sciences majors at the Stamford Campus.

The Psychological Sciences major prepares undergraduates for many diverse career options, including postgraduate studies in psychology, counseling, social work, education, medicine, law, and business. We have successfully placed many students into postgraduate programs at schools such as Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia, Cornell University, New York University, Fairfield University, University of Hartford, the New School, and the University of Connecticut at Storrs for such degrees as Ph.D., PSY.D., M.A., M.S.W., J.D., M.D., M.B.A., and teaching certification. Most, if not all, continue to complete advanced degrees; many of our graduates return to occupy important positions in social, educational, legal, medical, and clinical services in the Stamford area.

The faculty of the Department of Psychological Sciences are always on hand for advising, counseling, and career guidance. The Psychology Club, whose membership includes both upper division majors and non-majors, as well as lower division students, offers students opportunities to get together for films, discussion, lectures, field trips, and other outings.

For more information, please visit the Storrs Department Psychological Sciences

Core Course Requirements for the Psychological Sciences Major

Bachelor of Arts Degree*
The Courses in BOLD are offered regularly at the Stamford Campus of the University of Connecticut

Group I: Foundations. Both courses must be taken.

PSYC 202Q Principles of Research in Psychology
PSYC 291 or 291W History and Systems of Psychology

Group II: Social and Applied Science Perspectives. Two courses representing two sub-areas

a. PSYC 236 Developmental Psychology
b. PSYC 240 Social Psychology
c. PSYC 243
PSYC 245
The Study of Personality
Abnormal Psychology
d. PSYC 268 Industrial Psychology

Group III: Natural Science Perspective. Two courses representing two sub-areas

a. PSYC 220
PSYC 256
Cognitive Psychology
b. PSYC 221 The Psychology of Language
c. PSYC 253 or 253W
PSYC 257
Animal Behavior
Physiological Psychology
d. PSYC 254 Sensation and Perception

At least 6 more credits in Psychology may be taken from the courses listed above or from complete list of course offerings listed on the following page.

* The Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology is not offered at Stamford.

Psychological Sciences Courses

Please note that not all courses in the complete list are offered at the Stamford Campus. BOLD indicates that the course is offered regularly at Stamford. Please consult the General Catalog of the University of Connecticut for complete course descriptions.

Designing your Major in Psychological Sciences

Students begin the Psychological Sciences major with a thorough introduction of the field at the 100 level (PSY 132 General Psychology I and PSY 133 General Psychology II). Students are also encouraged to take introductory 100 level courses in related areas as part of their General Education Requirements for the University. These include Sociology (Soc 107), Communication Sciences (Coms 102), Anthropology (Anth 106), and Statistics (Stat 100V).

Late in sophomore year or in their junior year, students begin to take Psychological Sciences courses at the 200 level. Students must take a total of either advances courses in Psychological Sciences. These are distributed as listed on.

In addition, students must take four 200 level courses in the related areas of Sociology, Anthropology, Communication Sciences, or Human Development/Family Relations. In some cases, permission is granted for using courses from other departments as “related courses.” (Internships can also count as related.)

Sample Course Schedules