Undergraduate Programs

The Department offers courses leading to the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Students seeking an undergraduate major in Psychology are required to complete 37 credits in psychology (13 courses). There are 7 required courses, plus 3 courses from core areas and 3 electives.

Required Courses:

All psychology majors must take the following courses:

Core Areas:

All psychology majors must take one course from each of the following subfields of psychology:


Psychology majors must take 3 additional psychology courses from among the undergraduate courses offered by the department. Courses not taken as part of the psychology core areas may be used as electives.

For example, if you selected PSY 372, Social Psychology, as your core course for the social/personality subfield, you could use PSY - 470, Theories of Personality, as an elective. Please check the catalog to see the range of courses offered by the Department.

Concentration in Psychology

All undergraduate students at Central Connecticut State University must complete a concentration (a "minor") in a second area different from their major. For students who are majoring in areas other than psychology, an 18 semester hour (6 courses) Concentration in Psychology is available. Requirements for the Concentration are: PSY 112 and 5 additional courses in Psychology. Please review the catalog for course prerequisites before registering for courses.

Graduate Programs

At the graduate level, the Department offers the Masters of Arts in Psychology with options for a General Psychology program or a specialization in Community Psychology. The graduate program can be designed to prepare students for a career in the field of human services or as preparation for further graduate study. The Master's Program is primarily intended for part-time students with most courses offered in the evening. A small number of full-time students can be admitted.

The General Psychology program is intended to provide students with a broad based degree in psychology, planned with the assistance of a graduate advisor. The specialization in Community Psychology emphasizes primary prevention and trains students to be active practitioners in the prevention field.

Both programs require 36 semester hours of course work including a thesis. A common core of 6 courses is required for all students. Students in the General Psychology program option then choose an additional 6 courses with the assistance of their graduate advisor, while those in the Community Psychology specialization take additional courses in the prevention area.

Please contact the Psychology Department for additional information concerning these programs.

Admission to Graduate Programs

For admission to the MA Program, applicants must hold a BA/BS degree with a minimum of 18 semester hours in psychology or sociology. Courses in statistics and research methods, with a minimum grade of B, are required. A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 and the three letters of recommendation are required. Applicants who meet grade point average requirements but who do not have sufficient background in psychology may be admitted but required to take undergraduate psychology courses as prerequisites for taking graduate level psychology courses.