Degree Requirements

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Carroll's Psychology Program strives to provide students with the qualities necessary to become successful in their respective fields. In addition to the academic foundation that Carroll provides, Psychology students will also learn to:

   1. Develop effective communication, analytical, and critical skills;
   2. Establish a solid background in science and the humanities;
   3. Acquire an understanding of the major theories, methodologies, applications, and databases the psychologists use to explore why people think, feel, and behave they way they do;
   4. And become committed to pursuing advanced skills in a specialized field of Psychology which seeks to improve the human condition.

Psychology Major Requirements

I. Major Program Requirements

  • PSY 105 General Psychology
  • PSY 203 Developmental Psychology or PSY 227 Child Psychology and PSY 228 Adolescent Psychology
  • PSY 216 Social Psychology
  • PSY 222 History and Systems in Psychology
  • PSY  240 Social Psychology: Social Affest and Cognition or PSY 241 Social Psychology: Social Behavior 
  • PSY 304 Theories and Practice in Counseling Psychology
  • PSY 305 Junior Seminar
  • PSY 306 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 307 Fundamentals of Learning
  • PSY 309 Research Methods
  • PSY 414 Physiological Psychology
  • PSY 416 Brain and Behavior

One additional Psychology elective to be chosen from the following list:

  • ANZ 441 Animal Behavior
  • PSY 200 Emotional Intelligence
  • PSY/GNDR 310 Human Sexuality
  • PSY 311 Theories of Personality
  • PSY 314 Cognitive Psychology
  • PSY 321 Law, Justice, and Forensic Psychology
  • PSY 289/389/489 Psychology Special Topics Course

One of the following:

  • PSY 388 General Psychology Teaching Assistantship
  • PSY 425 Psychology Internship
  • PSY 486 Independent Research or Teaching in Psychology
  • PSY 499 Honors Thesis

II. Other Program Requirements

  • MA 207 Elementary Statistics
  • Comprehensive Field Test in Psychology: Students are required to take the Comprehensive Field Test in Psychology during the Fall Semester of their Senior Year at a time and place designated by the department. Some graduate schools will require the GRE test in addition to this field test.

Psychology Minor Requirements

Minor Program Requirements
Twenty-one semester credits of psychology courses chosen with the advice of faculty in the Psychology Department.

Minor in Psychology for Secondary Education

I. Minor Program Requirements
Eighteen semester credits of psychology courses, including:

  • PSY 105 General Psychology 
  • PSY 228 Adolescent Psychology
  • PSY/ED 229 Educational Psychology 
  • PSY 240 Social Psychology: Social Affect and Cognition or PSY 241 Social Psychology: Social Behavior   
  • PSY 306 Abnormal Psychology
  • Psychology Elective 

II. Other Program Requirements

  • ED 344 Secondary Social Studies

III. Teacher Licensure
To obtain teacher licensure in Psychology for Secondary Education, a student must complete:

  • ED 408 Student Teaching in the Minor Area OR ED 410 Student Teaching

IV. Acceptance into the Teacher Education Program and Student Teaching
Teacher Education Program: Students pursuing academic programs that lead to teacher licensure must seek admission to the teacher education program by the end of their sophomore year.
Student Teaching: In the spring semester of the junior year, all preservice teachers must seek admission to student teaching.


  1. See Secondary Education Requirements and Professional Education Requirements for Secondary Education.
  2. All Psychology for Secondary Education students must meet the following requirements: 1) earn a grade of "C" or better in all Professional Education Requirements, Minor Program Requirements, and Other Program Requirements: 2) earn a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average, and 3) earn a minimum 2.65 grade point average in Minor Program Requirements, Other Program Requirements, and Professional Education Requirements.
  3. Students pursuing a minor in psychology for secondary education may be require to student teach outside the Helena area.