Program Requirements and Opportunities

The information listed below is a direct excerpt from the 2014-15 Course Catalog.

Published annually, the Course Catalog sets out the requirements of the academic programs--the majors, minors, and concentrations. Each Bryn Mawr student must declare her major before the end of her sophomore year. Students may also declare a minor or a concentration, but neither is required for the A.B. degree. Students must comply with the requirements published in the Course Catalog at the time when they declare the major, minor and/or concentration.

The Course Catalog also sets out the College requirements. Students must comply with the College requirements published at the time they enter Bryn Mawr College.

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Students may complete a major or minor in Psychology. Within the major, students may complete a minor in Neuroscience.

The department offers the student a major program that allows a choice of courses from among a wide variety of fields in psychology: clinical, cognitive, developmental, physiological, and social. In addition to the considerable breadth offered, the program encourages the student to focus on more specialized areas through advanced coursework, seminars and especially through supervised research. Students have found that the major program provides a strong foundation for graduate work in clinical, cognitive, developmental, experimental, physiological, and social psychology, as well as for graduate study in law, medicine, and business.

Major Requirements

Major requirements in Psychology are PSYC 105 (or a one-semester introductory psychology course taken elsewhere); PSYC 205; and eight additional courses (not including the Junior Brown Bag). Majors must complete four courses at the 200 level, three courses at the 300 level, and one Senior Requirement. Majors may elect to fulfill their Senior Requirement with PSYC 399 (Senior Seminar in Psychology) or by completing two semesters of supervised research (PSYC 401 or PSYC 403).

Majors may substitute advance placement credit (score of 5 on the Psychology Advanced Placement exam) for PSYC 105. In general, courses at the 200 level survey major content areas of psychological research. With the exception of PSYC 205, all 200-level courses require PSYC 105 or the permission of the instructor. Courses at the 300 level typically have a 200-level survey course as a prerequisite and offer either specialization within a content area or integration across areas. PSYC 399, 401, and 403 are senior capstone courses and are intended to provide psychology majors with an intensive and integrative experience in psychology to culminate their undergraduate careers.

The Psychology major requires one course with a laboratory. The laboratory requirement is typically fulfilled by PSYC 105. If a student takes introductory psychology elsewhere, and the course has no laboratory, or the student receives advanced placement credit for introductory psychology, then a laboratory course at the 200 or 300 level can be taken to fulfill the laboratory requirement. Students who take Haverford courses with the half credit laboratory attachments may count the laboratory portion of the course toward fulfilling the lab requirement for the Bryn Mawr major (Note: PSYC 205 can not be used to fulfill the laboratory requirement).

Majors are also required to attend a one-hour, weekly brown bag in the junior year for one semester. This requirement is designed to sharpen students' analytical and critical thinking skills, to introduce students to faculty members' areas of research, to provide additional opportunities for student-faculty interactions, and to build a sense of community.


The selection of courses to meet the major requirements is made in consultation with the student's major adviser. Any continuing faculty member can serve as a major adviser. It is expected that the student will sample broadly among the diverse fields represented in the curriculum. Courses outside the department may be taken for major credit if they satisfy the above descriptions of 200-level and 300-level courses and are approved by the student's major adviser. Students should contact their major adviser about major credit for a course outside the department before taking the course.


Departmental honors (called Honors in Research in Psychology) are awarded on the merits of a report of research (the design and execution; and the scholarship exhibited in the writing of a paper based on the research). To be considered for honors, students must have a grade point average in psychology of 3.6 or higher at the end of the fall semester of the senior year.

Haverford College Courses that count toward the Major

Certain courses currently offered at Haverford College may be substituted for the equivalent Bryn Mawr courses for purposes of the Bryn Mawr psychology major.

Introductory psychology at Haverford may be substituted for PSYC 105. PSYC 200 at Haverford may be substituted for PSYC 205.

The following courses at Haverford will count as 200-level courses for the major:

PSYC H213 (Memory and Cognition)

PSYC HH215 (Introduction to Personality Psychology)

PSYC H217 (Biological Psychology)

PSYC H224 (Social Psychology)

PSYC H238 (Psychology of Language)

PSYC H260 (Cognitive Neuroscience)

The following courses at Haverford will count as 300-level courses for the major:

PSYC H214 (Psychology of Adolescence)

PSYC H220 (The Psychology of Time)

PSYC H221 (The Primate Origins of Society)

PSYC H222 (Evolution and Behavior)

PSYCH H225 (Self and Identity)

PSYC H240 (Psychology of Pain and Pain Inhibition)

PSYC H250 (Biopsychology of Emotion and Personality)

PSYC H311 (Advanced Personality Psychology: Freud)

PSYC H325 (The Psychology of Close Relationships)

PSYC H340 (Human Neuropsychology)

PSYC H350 (Biopsychology of Stress)

PSYC H370 (Neuroscience of Mental Illness).

Students who take Haverford courses with the half credit laboratory attachments may count the lab portion of the course toward fulfilling the advanced lab requirement for the Bryn Mawr major.

Minor Requirements

A student may minor in Psychology by taking PSYC 105 and PSYC 205 and any other four courses that meet the requirements of the major.

Minor in Neuroscience

Students majoring in psychology can minor in Neuroscience. The minor comprises six courses: one gateway course (Behavioral Neuroscience BMC PSYC 218, Biological Psychology HC PSYC 217, or Introduction to Neuroscience BMC BIO 202), plus five additional courses. The five courses must sample from three different disciplines and at least one course must be at the 300-level or higher. Additional information for the minor is listed on the Psychology Department's website.

Minor in Computational Methods

Students majoring in psychology can minor in computational methods.The minor consists of one gateway course (Introduction to Computer Science, CS 110 or CS 205), a course in data structures (CS 206) and discreet mathematics (CS 231), plus three additional courses. Additional information for the minor is listed on the Computer Science Department's website.

Minor in Child and Family Studies

Students majoring in psychology can minor in Child and Family Studies. The minor comprises six courses: one gateway course (Developmental Psychology PSYC 206, Educational Psychology PSYC 203, Critical Issues in Education EDUC 200, or Study of Gender in Society (SOCL 201), plus five additional courses, at least two of which must be outside of the major department and at least one of which must be at the 300 level. Additional information for the minor is listed on the Child and Family Studies's website.