Degree Requirements

All students are required to complete overall degree requirements in addition to their major.  Please see Degree Completion Requirements for full details for students entering in the 2022-2023 catalog year. 

Those students who started at Hiram prior to the 2022-2023 academic year will follow the Degree Requirements outlined in your catalog of record.

Major Requirements

Students considering psychology as a major or minor are encouraged to seek a mentor/advisor in the program before making any final decision. Note: At least 50% of major courses are to be completed at Hiram College, and must include at a minimum two content courses and one elective course. Petitions to allow transferred courses are to be approved by the program faculty.

Core Psychology Courses

All four courses are required. Students must earn a C- or better in all five courses to progress forward in the major. Students having earned a 3 or better on the AP Psychology exam may waive the PSYC 10100 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY requirement.

Psychology Area of Concentration and Breadth

Students are to choose a minimum of four courses from one of the two areas of concentration, and a minimum of two courses from the other areas to represent breadth in the discipline. Of this total of six courses, at least three are required to be at the 30000-level or higher.

Social Science Breadth

Students are to choose a minimum of any two (3-4 credits each) courses from the list to represent breadth in the knowledge and methodology of the social sciences. These courses were chosen to provide opportunities for contemporary intersections with applied psychological questions. Note that some courses may have prerequisites within their program.  Students may petition the program faculty for other courses not listed to count toward the social science breadth requirement.

Experiential Learning

Students are to choose at least one of the following opportunities to apply their developed psychology skill set (1-4 credits). Regardless of the option chosen, students must request program approval of their selection to count towards this requirement to ensure it meets the goals of the major.

Core Psychology Courses
PSYC 10100GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY4
PSYC 20100CAREERS IN PSYCHOLOGY1
PSYC 21000RESEARCH DESIGN & ANALYSIS:SM4
PSYC 48000SENIOR SEMINAR2
PSYC 48010INTEGRATED RESEARCH PSYCHOLOGY2
Psychology Area of Concentration and Breadth
Select a minimum of four courses from one of the following areas of concentration, and a minimum of two courses from the other area (at least three courses at the 30000-level):18-24
Applied Health and Disability Studies Concentration
SPORT/EXERCISE/PERFORM PSYC
HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY
DEVELOP ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN
SEM: (SPECIAL TOPIC)
EXCEPTIONALITY:UD
ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY
INTRO COUNSEL/CLINCL PSYC:ES
DRUG USE AND ABUSE
GIMPY GEEZERS:ABLEISM/AGEISM (TT)
EXPLORE ABILITY&DISABILITY
Applied Social and Behavioral Studies Concentration
PERSONALITY
PSYCHOLOGY & FILM:ES
ANIMAL COGNITION
SEM: (SPECIAL TOPIC)
LEARNING THEORY METHOD/APP
BIOPSYCHOLOGY
SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
STEREOTYPING & PREJUDICE:UD
Social Science Breadth
Select a minimum of two of the following:6-8
Biomedical Humanities, Public Health, and Nursing
(recommended for students interested in health care)
SEM: (COMPLEXITIES OF CARE AND CONFINEMENT)
SEM: (DISABILITY&AGING IN US CULTURE)
HEALTH AND SOCIAL JUSTICE:ES
AUTOBIO,ILLNESS,EMBODIMENT:IM
HOW WE DIE:ES
ISSUES IN WOMEN'S HEALTH:ES
DEVELOP ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN (Can be used in area of concentration or as social science breadth requirement.)
EPIDEMIOLOGY&BIOSTATISTICS:MM
Communication
(recommended for students interested in counseling)
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION:CA
GROUP INTERACTION PROCESSES
FAMILY COMMUNICATION:CA
NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION:CA
SEM: (Intro to Health Communication)
GENDER COMMUNICATION:CA
Education
(recommended for students interested in school psychology)
UNIVERSAL DESIGN:UD
HUMAN GROWTH/DEVELOP/LRNG:UD
ETHICS OF COLLABORATION:ES
EXCEPTIONALITY:UD (Can be used in area of concentration or as social science breadth requirement.)
PEDAGOGY AND INSTRUCTION
Integrative Exercise Science
(recommended for students interested in health, sport, and/or exercise psychology)
FOUNDATIONS EXERCISE SCIENCE
FITNESS & HEALTH PROMO/MGMT
PHYSIOLOGY OF AGING
Sociology
(recommended for students interested in social work and related areas)
LAW & SOCIETY:CA
SOCIAL PROBLEMS:ES
SOCIAL INEQUALITY
RACE & ETHNICITY IN AMERICA:UD
SEX AND GENDER IN SOCIETY:UD
SOC MOVEMENTS/COLLECTV BEHAVR
THE FAMILY
YOUTH AND SOCIETY:UD
YOUTH AND SOCIETY:UD
Interdisciplinary
WHAT IS HUMAN?:ES
AGING, SEX & THE BODY
NARRATIVE BIOETHICS:ES
MENTAL/EMOTIONAL DISORDERS
ENGAGED CITIZENSHIP
Other Social Science Course Options
SEM: (ANIMAL BEHAVIOR)
ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR:CA
Experiential Learning
Select at least one of the following:1-4
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH
INTERNSHIP
Study Abroad - must be psychology or health field based. Examples include, but are not limited to:
COMPARATIVE ISSUES ZAMBIA:EW
INVADING OZ:EW
Service Learning
Total Hours38-49

Program Honors

Majors will be encouraged by their mentor/advisor to do an internship or a research project. To be considered for program honors, a student must complete a minimum of 3 credit hours of internship (PSYC 49800 INTERNSHIP) or independent research (PSYC 48100 INDEPENDENT RESEARCH) under the supervision of a faculty member, and the experience and/or results must be presented to a public audience (e.g., regional conference, Sugar Day). Hours may be combined from multiple internships and/or independent research studies to reach the 3 credit hour criteria, and courses may also be taken P/NC. Any exceptions to these requirements must be discussed and agreed to by the program faculty.

Enrichment

We strongly recommend that majors enrich their background with an introductory course in computer programming, a field experience (PSYC 29800 FIELD EXPERIENCE) or internship (PSYC 49800 INTERNSHIP), an independent research project (PSYC 48100 INDEPENDENT RESEARCH) and/or special topics courses (PSYC 28000 SEM:, PSYC 28100 INDEPENDENT STUDY).

Additional Special Opportunities

We encourage students to assist with faculty research projects or to develop their own projects. The Hiram psychology program belongs to the Ohio Consortium for Undergraduate Psychology Conferences which meets every spring. We encourage students to present their research at this and other conferences.

The program has contacts with many social service agencies in the area. Students may arrange internships or field placements which provide an opportunity to work with youth, older adults, and special populations. These human services experiences can be arranged in many different contexts, from the criminal justice system to residential or out-patient treatment facilities.

Hiram is also a member of Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology, offering students opportunities to apply for various grants to support their scholarship and leadership in the field.

Pathway

Psychology Pathway 1

(For students enrolled in PSYC 10100 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY in the fall or for whom it has been waived)

PATHWAY NOTE: This is a recommended Major Pathway; individual pathways may vary. Advisor consultation is a vital part of timely
graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall 12 WeekHours
UCS 10101 FIRST-YEAR ENDURING QUESTIONS 4
PSYC 10100 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY 4
Hiram Core Requirement 4
 Hours12
Fall 3 Week
Hiram Core Requirement or Psychology area of concentration or breadth course if PSYC 10100 was waived (or completed) 1 4
 Hours4
Spring 12 Week
UCS 20201 ADDRESSING URGENT QUESTIONS 4
Hiram Core Requirement 4
PSYC 2XXXX Psychology area of concentration 4
 Hours12
Spring 3 Week
Hiram Core Requirement 4
 Hours4
Second Year
Fall 12 Week
PSYC 21000 RESEARCH DESIGN & ANALYSIS:SM 1 4
PSYC 2XXXX Psychology area of concentration or breadth course 1 4
Hiram Core Requirement 4
 Hours12
Fall 3 Week
Hiram Core Requirement 4
 Hours4
Spring 12 Week
PSYC 2XXXX - Psychology area of concentration course 1 4
PSYC 2XXXX Psychology area of concentration or breadth course 1 4
Hiram Core Requirement 4
Hiram Core Requirement 4
 Hours16
Spring 3 Week
Hiram Core Requirement 3-4
PSYC 20100 CAREERS IN PSYCHOLOGY 1
 Hours4-5
Third Year
Fall 12 Week
PSYC 3XXXX - Psychology area of concentration or breadth course 1 4
Hiram Core Requirement 4
Social Science Breadth course 1 3-4
 Hours11-12
Fall 3 Week
Hiram Core Requirement 3-4
 Hours3-4
Spring 12 Week
UCS 30301 URGENT CHALLENGE SEMINAR:TT 4
PSYC 3XXXX - Psychology area of concentration or breadth course 1 3-4
Elective, Second Major, Minor course 4
 Hours11-12
Spring 3 Week
Elective, Second Major, Minor Course 3-4
or Social Science Breadth course 1
 Hours3-4
Fourth Year
Fall 12 Week
PSYC 48000 SENIOR SEMINAR 3 2
PSYC 48010 INTEGRATED RESEARCH PSYCHOLOGY 1 2
Elective, Second Major, Minor Course 4
 Hours8
Fall 3 Week
Hiram Core Requirement 3-4
 Hours3-4
Spring 12 Week
Psychology area of concentration or breadth course 1 4
Elective, Second Major, Minor Course 3-4
Elective, Second Major, Minor Course 3-4
 Hours10-12
Spring 3 Week
Elective, Second Major, Minor Course 3-4
 Hours3-4
 Total Hours120-129
1

"Critical'' to timely degree progression.

2

If waived take Hiram Core Requirement

3

Students are to take 1-4 credits of an experiential learning opportunity (PSYC 49800 INTERNSHIPPSYC 48100 INDEPENDENT RESEARCH,
approved Study Abroad/Away, or approved Service Learning) to be connected with the Senior Capstone course.

Major Note: Students must earn a minimum grade of "C-" in PSYC 10100 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY, PSYC 21000 RESEARCH DESIGN & ANALYSIS:SM, PSYC 20100 CAREERS IN PSYCHOLOGY, PSYC 48000 SENIOR SEMINAR, and PSYC 48010 INTEGRATED RESEARCH PSYCHOLOGY.

Psychology Pathway 2

(For those students beginning PSYC 10100 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY in spring)

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall 12 WeekHours
UCS 10101 FIRST-YEAR ENDURING QUESTIONS 4
Hiram Core Requirement 4
Hiram Core Requirement 4
 Hours12
Fall 3 Week
Hiram Core Requirement 3-4
 Hours3-4
Spring 12 Week
UCS 20201 ADDRESSING URGENT QUESTIONS 4
PSYC 10100 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY 4
Hiram Core Requirement 4
 Hours12
Spring 3 Week
Hiram Core Requirement 4
 Hours4
Second Year
Fall 12 Week
PSYC 21000 RESEARCH DESIGN & ANALYSIS:SM 4
Hiram Core Requirement 4
Hiram Core Requirement 4
 Hours12
Fall 3 Week
Hiram Core Requirement 3-4
 Hours3-4
Spring 12 Week
PSYC 2xxxx Psychology area of concentration course 1 4
PSYC 2xxxx Psychology area of concentration or breadth course 1 4
Hiram Core Requirement 4
 Hours12
Spring 3 Week
Hiram Core Requirement 3-4
PSYC 20100 CAREERS IN PSYCHOLOGY 1
 Hours4-5
Third Year
Fall 12 Week
UCS 30301 URGENT CHALLENGE SEMINAR:TT 4
PSYC 2xxxx Psychology area of concentration course 1 4
Social Science Breadth course 2 4
 Hours12
Fall 3 Week
Hiram Core Requirement 3-4
 Hours3-4
Spring 12 Week
Elective, Second Major, Minor Course 4
PSYC 3xxxx Psychology area of concentration course 1 4
PSYC 3xxxx Psychology area of concentration or breadth course 1 4
 Hours12
Spring 3 Week
Elective, Second Major, Minor Course 3-4
 Hours3-4
Fourth Year
Fall 12 Week
PSYC 48000 SENIOR SEMINAR 3 2
PSYC 48010 INTEGRATED RESEARCH PSYCHOLOGY 1 2
Social Science Breadth Course 2 4
Elective, Second Major, Minor Course 4
 Hours12
Fall 3 Week
Elective, Second Major, Minor Course 3-4
 Hours3-4
Spring 12 Week
PSYC 3XXXX - Psychology area of concentration or breadth course 1 4
Elective, Second Major, Minor Course 3-4
Elective, Second Major, Minor Course 3-4
 Hours10-12
Spring 3 Week
Elective, Second Major, Minor Course 4
 Hours4
 Total Hours121-129
1

"Critical'' to timely degree progression.

2

Students are to take a minimum of two (3-4cr each) courses for breadth in the social sciences. See requirements for qualifying
courses.

3

Students are to take 1-4 credits of an experiential learning opportunity (PSYC 49800 INTERNSHIP, PSYC 48100 INDEPENDENT RESEARCH, approved Study Abroad/Away, or approved Service Learning) to be connected with the Senior Capstone
course.

4

If waived take Hiram Core Requirement.

Major Note: Major Note: Students must earn a minimum grade of "C-" in PSYC 10100 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGYPSYC 21000 RESEARCH DESIGN & ANALYSIS:SMPSYC 20100 CAREERS IN PSYCHOLOGYPSYC 48000 SENIOR SEMINAR, and PSYC 48010 INTEGRATED RESEARCH PSYCHOLOGY.