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Questions and Answers about Psychology at Beloit College

I'm interested in majoring in Psychology at Beloit College. How do I get started? 

Students interested in majoring in psychology should enroll in PSYC 100 (Introduction to Psychology), which is taught every semester and serves as a pre-requisite to all other psychology courses. After completing PSYC 100, students may enroll in PSYC 161 (Research Methods and Statistics I) or any of the 200-level breadth courses (such as Social Psychology or Personality Psychology.)

Any student interested in majoring in psychology is welcome to meet with a faculty member in the department to discuss the major and to obtain advice regarding courses you can/should take. Current students are invited to attend departmental sessions held on Advising Practicum day. Prospective students visiting campus can schedule a meeting with a faculty member by contacting the admissions office.

To officially declare your major, make an appointment to meet with Kristin Bonnie, the department chair. She will review the requirements for the major, sign your major declaration card (available from the Registrar's office), and assign you to a faculty advisor in the department.

What if I have taken a Psychology course in High School?

If you have taken advanced placement psychology in high school, and you earned a 4 or 5 on the AP exam, you will receive credit for PSYC 100 (Introduction to Psychology) at Beloit College. Be sure you request for your exam score to be sent to Beloit College by contacting the College Board. All other high school level psychology courses will not count towards the major, and you will need to take PSYC 100 to begin the major.

Can I minor in Psychology? 

Beloit College does not offer a minor in Psychology. However, non-majors can enroll in psychology courses. 

Can Psychology students double major? 

Yes. Many of our majors have a second major and/or a minor in another department. Recent graduates have double-majored in art, biochemistry, dance, education, English, Japanese, sociology, and Spanish.  

Can Psychology students study abroad? If so, where to do they go? 

Yes. In the 9-year period of 2008-2016, 36% of graduates with a psychology majors studied abroad, i.e., approximately 9 majors per year. Our students choose to study around the world, including Australia, Denmark, Ecuador, England, Italy, Japan, and New Zealand.

In most cases, students can earn credit towards major requirements while abroad.

What research opportunities are available to Psychology majors?

All Psychology majors are required to complete our two-course sequence in Research Methods and Statistics (PSYC 161 and PSYC 162). In these courses, students now only learn about how to ethically design various types of research and how to analyze data, students put these skills into practice by completing small research projects. 

Motivated and interested Beloit College students have the opportunity to work with individual faculty members on research projects for academic credit, and in some cases for pay. Students take on the role of a research assistant, and aid the faculty member in designing a study, collecting data, and/or writing up results. In some cases, students co-author manuscripts and conference presentations.

Students also have many opportunities to complete individual research projects as a class assignment, special projects, or senior thesis.

Several of our students have been accepted into competitive summer research programs off-campus. Other students stay on campus over the summer to conduct research as part of the McNair Scholars program or to collaborate with a faculty member through the Sanger Scholars program.

What can I do with a degree in Psychology?

For information about careers in psychology and career options for students with an undergraduate degree in psychology, visit this website:

What do Psychology majors at Beloit do after graduation? 

Our students follow many different career paths after graduation. About 60% attend graduate school or professional school within 10 years.  The careers pursued are almost too numerous to list. Beloit psychology majors become teachers, researchers, social workers, counselors, psychotherapists, school psychologists, forensic psychologists, lawyers, physicians, nurses, salespersons, writers, and more.

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