Good Foundation for Plan

If you are just beginning a Plan in psychology, and you have a liberal arts agenda, sample from the list of introductory and intermediate courses, and sample from history, literature, philosophy, biology and any of the other social sciences. If you have some focus, then some combinations will make more sense than others. Do not try to do it all; you will miss too many opportunities to broaden out your interest. Your focus may lead to one of four tracks: counseling, developmental psychology, experimental psychology or education.
If you are thinking of graduate school, you need some basic, intermediate and advanced courses and tutorials. A graduate school will want to see history and theory of psychology, two classes in perception, cognition or linguistics, social psychology and statistics.
Talk to the faculty about your interests. Begin with any basic introductory offering in the social sciences (e.g., anthropology, sociology or psychology). If you want a specific introduction to psychology, consider Persistent Problems of Psychology, an introductory history and theory course focusing on four major perspectives of the field. Otherwise, jump into a specific area of interest at the introductory or intermediate level. Study broadly; you will most likely end up using courses you never thought were connected (e.g., economics, American studies, religion, literature, philosophy and color seminar.)

Sample Tutorial Topics

  • Synthesis of Psychological Concepts in the Foreign Language Classroom
  • Classical Phenomenology & Psychopathology
  • Cognitive Therapy of Depression
  • Constructions of Religious Experience
  • Contemporary Critiques of the Social Sciences
  • Current Trends of the DSM-V
  • Dream Work: Freud and Jung
  • Field Research on a Challenged Child
  • Introduction to Neuroscience
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Research in Developmental Psychology
  • Research Methods for Psychology and Psychophysics
  • The Creative & Gifted Mind
  • The Neo-Freudians
  • The Psychology of Attention
  • Wartime: PTSD and the Changing Individual