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Major and Minor Requirements

SPU’s School of Psychology, Family, and Community admits students to its majors and minor on the basis of academic achievement and vocational congruence.
Professor Bikos with students

Admission to the Psychology major or minor

Current SPU student admission to the major

For currently enrolled SPU students, formal application and admission to a major are required prior to enrollment in PSY 2360 “Introduction to Statistics” and most upper-division PSY courses. Admission is selective and based upon prior academic performance and vocational congruence. To meet the minimum requirements for admission to the major, a student must:

  • Successfully complete PSY 1180: “General Psychology,” PSY 1200: “Psychology as Vocation,” and at least one other PSY course, earning a minimum grade of C- in each course.
  • Have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA from all institutions and a minimum combined GPA of 2.7 in all PSY courses.
  • Demonstrate “vocational congruence” determined by performance in PSY 1200 and the vocational statement on the application to the major.

Attainment of these minimums does not guarantee admission to the major, as the total number of admitted students is limited by capacity.

Transfer “direct admissions”

The Psychology program does not permit direct admission to the major. Prior to applying to the major, all students must take PSY 1200 and meet the minimum requirements for admission. Meeting the minimum requirements is not a guarantee for admission to the major, as the total number of admitted students is limited by capacity.  

Major/minor orientation

Newly admitted students will receive details regarding mandatory orientation immediately following acceptance to the major or minor via email. This orientation will provide students with valuable program information, including curriculum, advisors, internships, and more.

Current SPU student admission to the minor

To be accepted to the minor in Psychology, you must have attained at least sophomore standing. To meet the minimum requirements for admission to the minor, you must:

  • Successfully complete PSY 1180: “General Psychology” and at least one other PSY course, earning a minimum grade of C- in each course.
  • Have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA from all institutions and a minimum combined GPA of 2.7 in all PSY courses.

Attainment of these minimums does not guarantee admission to the minor, as the total number of admitted students is limited by capacity.

Apply to the major or minor

Applications are reviewed and approved during the first two weeks of autumn, winter, and spring quarters.

Apply to Psychology major or minor

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