Major Overview

UConn’s Largest Major

Psychological sciences is one of the largest majors at UConn with about 1,500 students (1,100 at Storrs and 400 distributed across the regional campuses) at any given time. With so many students, the psychological sciences department is also one of the largest departments at UConn with over 50 faculty and a large team of administrative staff.

An Emphasis on Research

In psychological sciences, students become engaged in our discipline by doing research. Research experience begins early on in PSYC 1100 (General Psychology I), where students gain exposure to experiments and serve as participants in actual research projects conducted by faculty and graduate students. In PSYC 1101/1103 (General Psychology II), students discuss research in relation to broader psychological concepts in small discussion groups.

Psychological sciences majors also take PSYC 2100WQ/Q (Principles of Research in Psychology), where they not only learn about good experimental design and data analysis techniques, but also put this knowledge to practice by designing their own experiments, collecting and analyzing the data, and preparing research poster presentations for a research event that we conduct each semester called “An Evening of Psychological Science: The Next Generation.” The poster night is patterned after an actual poster session at a scientific conference and is attended by our faculty, graduate students, and many UConn administrators and dignitaries.

Our curriculum prepares students for encountering, evaluating, and interrelating research findings in relation to topical areas covered in our upper-division content courses. Specifically, we encourage our students to enroll in PSYC 3889 (Undergraduate Research), in which they assist faculty and graduate students with conducting ongoing psychological research in our laboratories and other research settings.

This progression from early involvement in psychological research, to learning about experimental design and analysis, to conducting simple experiments, and then gaining an understanding of how research relates to content areas, provides a solid foundation upon which our seniors can then participate fully in the research process and thereby forward new knowledge in psychological sciences while, at the same time, become fully immersed and engaged in our discipline.

Six Plan of Study Types

Effective 2006-2007, students have a choice of six plan of study types:

  1. Bachelor of Arts, Standard Plan (BA Standard)
  2. Bachelor of Arts, Research Concentration (BA Research)
  3. Bachelor of Arts, Honors Plan (BA Honors)
  4. Bachelor of Science,  Standard Plan (BS Standard)
  5. Bachelor of Science, Research Concentration (BA Research)
  6. Bachelor of Science, Honors Plan (BA Honors)

Read more about these six plans on the Major Requirements page.

Multiple Campuses

Students can earn an undergraduate degree in psychological sciences from UConn at any one of four campuses: Storrs, Hartford, Stamford, and Waterbury. Students may begin the psychological sciences major at the Avery Point campus, but they must travel to one of the other campuses to complete the degree. Though the major is offered at the regional campuses, only the Storrs campus offers all six plans.