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Undergraduate Resources

  • Major Requirements

    These checklists include criteria for entry into the Psychology Major and credit requirements for earning the Major.

    Students admitted Fall 2017 and after

    Students admitted Fall 2014-Summer 2017

    Students admitted before Fall 2014

  • Minor Requirements

    A Minor in Psychology requires 15 upper-division semester hours of approved psychology credits. Students seeking the minor must file with the Psychology Department a written notice of intention to minor in psychology. A grade of "C" or higher is required in all courses counted toward the minor.

  • Courses Offered
  • Research Opportunities

    In addition to training in various areas of psychology at FIU, the department is equally committed to encouraging sophisticated applied research. There are several ways for undergraduate students to become involved in research with psychology professors.

    Visit the Research page for more information.

  • Student Organizations

    Visit the Department of Psychology Student Organizations page for opportunities to get involved and connect outside the classroom.

  • College-Level Examination Program

    Students can earn credit through College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations. CLEP exams are primarily used by incoming freshmen or sophomore students; credit earned through these exams will reflect as lower division transfer credit. While CLEP credits may be used to fulfill requirements, they will NOT increase the total counting toward graduation if you are already receiving the maximum number of lower-division transfer credits allowed by your academic major (60 lower-division transfer credits is maximum for a Psychology major.) If you are a senior in your last 30 credits at FIU, you must discuss the transfer of CLEP credits with your academic department.

    To schedule an appointment to take the CLEP or to ask further questions, please visit the University Testing Center.

  • Panther Degree Audit

    Active degree-seeking students receive a real-time status of their academic career progress at my.fiu.edu using Panther Degree Audit (PDA). Panther Degree Audit provides a record of the student’s academic progress toward completion of their academic degree program.

  • Academic Learning Compacts

    The Florida Board of Governors has mandated that the public universities in Florida develop an Academic Learning Compact for each baccalaureate degree program that they offer. The Compacts identify the expected core student learning outcomes for degree program graduates in the areas of communication skills, content/discipline knowledge and skills, and critical thinking skills. Students should acquire these skills if they follow the prescribed course of study in their declared major.

    Students in the Department of Psychology should expect to participate in a number of activities associated with the Compacts throughout their undergraduate career such as answering embedded questions in scheduled exams, enrolling in a capstone course, writing research papers or sitting for a specialized exam.

  • After the BA

    Many students often wonder: “What do I do with my degree once I’ve graduated?” The first step is to fully understand what you have with a psychology degree and how it makes you unique.

    Psychology is both an academic and applied field involving the scientific study of mental processes and behavior. Psychology also refers to the application of such knowledge to various spheres of human activity, including problems of individuals' daily lives and the treatment of mental illness.

    Psychology differs from anthropology, economics, political science, and sociology in seeking to explain the mental processes and behavior of individuals. Psychology differs from biology and neuroscience in that it is primarily concerned with the interaction of mental processes and behavior on a systemic level, as opposed to studying the biological or neural processes themselves. In contrast, the subfield of neuropsychology studies the actual neural processes and how they relate to the mental effects they subjectively produce. Biological psychology is the scientific study of the biological bases of behavior and mental states.

    These differences open many doors to you and allow you to market yourself in ways that students with other degrees cannot. But you have to make it happen. Use the resources below to plan for your life after college:

    Current Psychology Students' Resources

    Career Information

    Preparing for Graduate School

    Books

    • The Psychology Major’s Handbook 2nd Edition, by T. L. Kuther (2006). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.
    • Careers in Psychology: Opportunities in a changing world, by T. L. Kuther & R. D. Morgan (2004), Belmont, CA: Wadsworth
    • Career Paths in Psychology: Where your degree can take you (1997). By R. J. Sternberg, Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    What officially qualifies someone as a Psychology Major?

    A student is a Psychology major when 1) all lower-division requirements are completed at FIU or by processing an Associate in Arts Degree from a Florida community college, 2) the student has taken Introduction to Psychology and earned a “C” or better, and 3) Most importantly, the student fills out the form to declare a major and is accepted by the department as a Psychology major.

    Why are the research courses referred to as a “sequence”?

    These classes must be taken in a specific order: Statistics II first, Research Methods second and the Senior Lab third. You cannot take any two of these courses at the same time, as each one builds on the material covered in the previous course(s). To make sure you can graduate “on schedule,” you are urged to take Statistics II the first semester of your junior year.

    What courses can count as the four required Electives in Psychology?

    Any upper-division content courses (a course that is not a Field Experience course or Honor’s Thesis). However, field experience/ honors thesis courses will count as general upper-division electives. Additionally, they don’t count as the Psychology electives if they are 1) graded only on a Pass/Fail basis, 2) they don’t cover one specific area of Psychology.

    What is an Honors Thesis?

    An Honors Thesis is a research project that you conduct largely on your own. Typically, you develop a research proposal, conduct a study, and write up the results. You work under the supervision or direction of an Honors Thesis committee. This committee must have at least two members. The committee members are Psychology faculty who are working in your area of interest or who are otherwise willing to serve on your committee. Application to undertake an Honor’s Thesis must be made to-and granted by-the Psychology Department before you begin. Many students take Independent Study credits the semester before they take Honor’s Thesis Credits to develop their research proposal.

    How do I graduate with Honors in Psychology?

    The only way to graduate with Honors in Psychology is by completing an Honors Thesis. Your thesis advisor will supply documentation for this to appear on your transcripts

    What grade is needed for a Psychology course to count toward the major?

    A “C” or better is needed. This is the requirement for all courses in the major, including those in the research sequence, the area requirements, and the Psychology electives. Note that a “C-” will not count toward the major!

    What happens if I don’t get a “C” or better in a course?

    The course will not count toward your major. The only solution to this problem is to repeat the course under the “forgiveness policy” or to earn a "C" or better in another course that meets the same requirement. When you repeat a course and get a higher grade, the higher grade replaces the old grade in the calculation of your GPA but you must file a Repeat Course form in the Office of the Registrar.

    As a Psychology major, what other requirements or limitations concerning credit hours should I be aware of?

    • You must complete your last 30 consecutive hours at FIU.
    • You must have 48 upper-division hours.
    • You may transfer a maximum of 18 hours from another university that can be applied to the major.
    • Students must also be aware of the excess-credit surcharge policy.

    What is an upper-division course?

    In the Psychology Department, courses at the 3000- or 4000-level are upper division.

    Is it necessary to have a minor?

    A minor (a concentration of courses in a secondary area) is not required. However, some students take a minor in an area outside of Psychology to get exposure to other fields. For example, a student may want to minor in Sociology or Statistics. To find out 1) whether or not you can minor in a specific field, and 2) what courses will be needed, you should contact the Department in which you want to minor. There are also various Certificate Programs you can investigate that allow you to concentrate your coursework in a specific area.

    Can I major in Clinical Psychology as an undergraduate?

    No — there is only one bachelor's degree in psychology and there is no formal way of specializing in a particular area. Thus, you cannot get a Bachelor’s degree in Clinical, Developmental, or Industrial/Organizational, or Social psychology. However, you can take your elective courses so that you have a concentration in a particular area.