Major and Minor Requirements

Major and Minor Requirements

Major Requirements

For students who entered LMU as first year students with other majors (including “undeclared”), completion of PSYC 1000 with a minimum grade of C (2.0) or higher is required PRIOR to declaring Psychology as a major or minor.  

LMU students who wish to switch into the major (from undeclared status or other majors at LMU) are strongly encouraged to do so by the end of the first semester of sophomore year.  Declaring a major after this time may delay the completion of their degree requirements beyond the typical four-year period.

External transfer students to LMU who have not received transfer credit approval for PSYC 2001 (Statistical Methods for Psychology) or PSYC 2002 (Research Methods) may be delayed in the completion of their degree requirements beyond the typical two-year period.

A minimum grade of C (2.0) is required in all courses for the major. Students must repeat any course in which a grade below C (2.0) is earned.

Students may not register for any Psychology course for a third time without the written permission of the Psychology Department Chairperson and the Dean of the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts.

Lower Division Major Requirements (16 semester hours):

  • PSYC 1000 General Psychology
  • PSYC 2001 Statistical Methods for Psychology
  • PSYC 2002 Research Methods
  • PSYC 2003 Brain and Behavior

Upper Division Major Requirements (24 semester hours):

Prerequisite: Completion of all lower division major requirements with a minimum grade of C (2.0) in each.

  • PSYC 4001 Cognition
  • PSYC 4002 Social Psychology
  • Three additional upper division PSYC electives (12 semester hours): 2 courses, either PSYC 3000- or PSYC 4000-level; and 1 PSYC 4000-level course
  • PSYC 4100 Capstone Seminar. Prerequisite: All upper division major requirements completed or currently in progress.
  • PSYC 4195 Senior Assessment. Prerequisite: All upper division major requirements completed or currently in progress.

Minor Requirements

A minimum grade of C (2.0) is required in all courses for the minor. Students must repeat any course in which a grade below C (2.0) is earned.

Students may not register for any Psychology course for a third time without the written permission of the Psychology Department Chairperson and the Dean of the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts.

Lower Division Minor Requirements (12 semester hours):

  • PSYC 1000 General Psychology 4 semester hours
  • PSYC 2001 Statistical Methods for Psychology 4 semester hours
  • PSYC 2002 Research Methods 4 semester hours

Three upper division elective courses:

  • PSYC 3xxx or 4xxx Upper Division Elective 4 semester hours
  • PSYC 4xxx Upper Division Elective 4 semester hours
  • PSYC 4xxx Upper Division Elective 4 semester hours