- Intro-level course requirement: Three 100-level psychology courses. These are typically taken during Year 1 and Year 2.
- Math/science requirement: AS.110.106 Calculus I OR AS.110.108 Calculus I; EN.550.111 Statistical Analysis I; EN.550.112 Statistical Analysis II; and AS.200.207 Research Methods in Experimental Psychology. Calculus is usually taken in Year 1, Stats 1 & 2 in Year 2, and Research Methods in the fall of either Year 3 or Year 4.
- Upper-level course requirement: Five upper-level psychology courses (200- or 300-level), three of which must be at the 300-level. These are typically dispersed through Years 2–4.
- Small group experience: 3 credits of either research, internship, independent study, or an additional 300-level psychology course with an enrollment cap of 19 students or less. Students who are interested in graduate work in psychology are encouraged to get involved in research/internship activity starting in Year 2 and to continue throughout their time at Hopkins.
- 9 NQE credits: Students must complete 9 additional NQE credits using courses not taught within the Psychology Department (AS.200.XXX) and not counting otherwise toward the psychology major (e.g., AS.110.106 Calculus I, AS.110.108 Calculus I, EN.550.111 Statistical Analysis I, EN.550.112 Statistical Analysis II).
Please note that not all courses offered by the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences (AS.200.XXX) will fulfill the requirements of the psychology major/minor (e.g., AS.200.220 Discover Hopkins Health Studies: Application of Abnormal Psychology to Forensic Cases).
Consult with Academic Advising and your psychology major advisor to ensure appropriate progress toward degree completion.
To receive honors in psychology, you must earn a 3.5 GPA in the required courses for the major, as well as complete two additional courses and write a senior honors thesis. Learn more [link to Honors page].
Undergraduates majoring in any department can minor in psychology. Students electing to minor in psychology should declare their intention directly to the director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences by the end of junior year. All classes taken for the minor must be taken for a grade and be completed with a C- or better.
The minor requires successful completion of the following:
- Three introductory-level psychology courses from the following:
- 101 Introduction to Psychology
- 110 Introduction to Cognitive Psychology or 050.101 Cognition
- 132 Introduction to Developmental Psychology
- 133 Introduction to Social Psychology
- 141 Foundations of Brain, Behavior, and Cognition
- Three additional psychology courses, including at least two at the 300- or 600-level, and one at any level.
Courses taken during Intersession or through the School of Business and Professional Studies may not be used to satisfy the requirements for the psychology minor, although JHU summer credits will be accepted to satisfy these requirements.
Students wishing to double major in psychology and another field (e.g., biology or philosophy) are encouraged to meet with a faculty advisor in each department as early as possible to devise an appropriate plan of study. Check with the Office of Academic Advising about procedures for declaring a double major. If you do not have an advisor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, make an appointment to see Dr. Stephen Drigotas.
View the Psychology Undergraduate Handbook for more information about the major and minor. To declare a psychology major or minor, contact Dr. Stephen Drigotas to make an appointment.