Social Psychology, BA

Psychologists and sociologists have long worked together in building social psychology. The Social Psychology BA is designed to highlight social psychology as a product of both parent disciplines through a sequence of 13 courses that emphasize the approaches and concerns that psychology and sociology have in common. These courses are drawn about equally from the two departments. In addition, the course sequence focuses on how social psychology can be applied to help understand and deal with a variety of social problems and issues. The joint major is expected to be of particular interest to students who:

− plan to enter helping professions such as social work or counseling, that call for a great deal of social-psychological expertise

− are interested in studying ethnic or minority relations

− are interested in studying medical sociology, community mental health, or other aspects of health care delivery

− are interested in studying organizational training and development

− are planning graduate study in social psychology.


Requirements for the Major in Social Psychology


Students are required to declare the joint major in Psychology and Sociology no later than the start of their junior year. Waiving or modifying any joint major requirement must be approved by both departments.


Foundational course sequence.  Seven courses are required:

PSYCH 100 or 101 (Introduction to Psychology)
SOCIOL 101 (Introduction to Sociology)
PSYCH 230 (Social Psychology) or SOCIOL 281 (Society and the Individual)
SOCIOL 341 (Elements of Sociological Theory)
PSYCH 201 (Intro to Behavioral Research) or SOCIOL 351L (Methods of Sociological Research)
PSYCH 370 (Psychological Statistics) or SOCIOL 350 (Social Statistics)
PSYCH 360 (Behavioral Neuroscience) or PSYCH 250 (Learning and Memory) or PSYCH 255 (Perception)

Elective courses. Choose between coursework in one of two concentrations below. Students must choose 3 Psychology courses and 3 Sociology courses in each concentration. See Additional Notes below.

Systems and Social Influence Concentration:

PSYCH 234 (Psychology of Cross-Cultural Relations)
PSYCH 333 (Group Dynamics)
PSYCH 335 (Social Attitudes and Public Opinion)
PSYCH 338 (Community Psychology)
PSYCH 339 (The Psychology of Law)
PSYCH 403 (Gender, Culture & Health)
PSYCH 496/497 (Senior Honors Research)
SOCIOL 200 (Race & Ethnic Relations)
SOCIOL 201 (Youth & Society)
SOCIOL 232 (The Sociology of Work)
SOCIOL 242 (The Family)
SOCIOL 300 (Sociology of Media and Mass Communication)
SOCIOL 375L (Indian Cinema)
SOCIOL 382 (Sociology of Gender)
SOCIOL 478/479 (Directed Study in Sociology)

The Individual in Social Context Concentration:

PSYCH 215 (Abnormal Psychology)
PSYCH 333 (Group Dynamics)
PSYCH 337 (Communication and Society)
PSYCH 241 (Infancy and Childhood Development) or PSYCH 342 (Adolescence)
PSYCH 250 (Learning and Memory) or PSYCH 255 (Perception)
PSYCH 415 (Psychological Trauma: Individual and Society)
PSYCH 430 (Internship in Psychology)
PSYCH 434 (Social Perception)
PSYCH 441 (The Family and the Child: A Psychological View)
PSYCH 477 (Experimental Social Psychology)
PSYCH 479 (Field Placement in Early Development)
PSYCH 496/497 (Senior Honors Research
SOCIOL 310 (Socialization)
SOCIOL 316 (Family Violence in America)
SOCIOL 346 (Self in Society: Studies of Autobiographies)
SOCIOL 362 (Juvenile Delinquency)
SOCIOL 368 (Alcoholism: Etiology and Epidemiology)
SOCIOL 384 (Sociology of Health, Illness, and Healthcare)
SOCIOL 386 (Sociology of Mental Health and Illness)
SOCIOL 460 (Internship in Urban Social Services) 
SOCIOL 478/479 (Directed Study in Sociology)

Senior Capstone:
Any Psychology course in the list of electives above numbered 400 or higher fulfills the requirement. In addition, student may fulfill the Capstone requirement by taking any of the following courses in the Sociology Department. Students must achieve a C- or better to obtain capstone credit.

SOCIOL 460 (Internship in Urban Social Services)
SOCIOL 470 (Senior Seminar)
SOCIOL 473 (Senior Seminar: Diversity and Social Change)
SOCIOL 478/479 (Directed Study in Sociology

Any SOCIOL course numbered 600 or higher (with permission of the Graduate Program Director)

Additional Notes: