Related Courses

Commonly referred to as “relateds,” all CLAS students are required to take at least 12 credits of 2000-level or above courses related to but outside of their major (non-PSYC courses).

Prohibited Related Courses

Due to substantial overlap with existing psychological sciences courses, the following courses may not be used as related courses:

  • COMM 3100 (Persuasion)
  • EPSY 3010 (Educational Psychology)
  • HDFS 2100 (Human Development: Infancy through Adolescence)

Additionally, courses cross-listed with PSYC may not be used as related coursesincluding:

  • AFRA 3106/W (Black Psychology)
  • COMM 3103 (Motivation and Emotion)
  • EEB 3201 (Animal Behavior)
  • WGSS 3102/W (Psychology of Women)

Lastly, independent study courses may not be used as related courses without special approval; these courses are not preapproved even if the entire subject area is on the list.

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Related Course Approval

Any 2000-level or above course (except for the prohibited courses noted above) that is listed below may be used as a related course. Examples include coursework for a minor, double major, or additional degree. Use of non-preapproved courses on the final plan of study requires a psychological sciences faculty advisor’s approval/signature.  Students seeking approval for a course that is not listed on our pre-approved list, should email  For students who have transfer credit, the course must be given direct equivalency in order for it to be used on teh plan of study as a related.  For example, HDFS 92000 cannot be used as a related course.

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Preapproved Related Courses

The subject areas and courses listed below are preapproved for use as related coursework for any psychological sciences major plan of study. The list is comprised of entire subject areas (bolded) from which any 2000+ course (except where specifically prohibited) can be used, including cross-listed courses. Any graduate level course will be counted as a related course as well.

Individual courses (not bolded) are also listed. Note that for these subjects areas (i.e., ECON, EDLR, ENGL, EPSY, MGMT), only specific courses are preapproved; use of other courses from these subject areas requires additional approval. Given the breadth of options, please see the Selecting Courses section below for guidance.

  • AH. Allied Health
  • ANTH. Anthropology
  • CHEM. Chemistry
  • COGS. Cognitive Science
  • COMM. Communication*
  • ECE. Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • ECON 2127/W. Beyond Self Interest
  • ECON 2441/W. Labor Economics
  • ECON 2444. Women & Minorities in the Labor Market
  • ECON 2446. Labor Legislation
  • ECON 2456. Economics of Poverty
  • EDLR 3251. Introduction to Organizations & Human Resources Education
  • EDLR 3252. Introduction to Management & Human Resources Education
  • EDLR 3253. Introduction to Planning & Evaluation & Human Resources Education
  • EDLR 3255. Contemporary Labor Issues
  • EEB. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology*
  • EGEN. Education
  • ENGL 3420. Children’s Literature
  • ENGL 3422. Young Adult Literature
  • ENGREngineering
  • EPSY 3110. Exceptionality
  • HDFSHuman Development & Family Studies*
  • LINGLinguistics
  • MATHMathematics
  • MCBMolecular & Cell Biology
  • MGMT 3101. Managerial & Interpersonal Behavior
  • MGMT 3239. Managing a Diverse Workforce
  • MGMT 3245. Managerial Behavior in Cross-Cultural Settings
  • PHARPharmacy
  • PHILPhilosophy
  • PHYSPhysics
  • PNBPhysiology & Neurobiology
  • POLSPolitical Science
  • SLHSSpeech, Language, & Hearing Sciences (formerly CDIS)
  • SOCISociology
  • STATStatistics
  • URBNUrban & Community Studies
  • WGSSWomen’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies* (formerly WS)

*Except courses explicitly prohibited, including: COMM 3100, COMM 3103, EEB 3201, HDFS 2100, and WGSS 3102/W.

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Selecting Courses

The field of psychological sciences is broad, encompassing study and research ranging from the composition of neural circuits that support perception, behavior, and cognition to the influence of cultural and organizational influences on thought and action. The psychological sciences department at UConn is organized into distinct graduate programs that conduct research and train Ph.D. students in sub-fields within psychological sciences:

  • Behavioral Neuroscience (BNS) – Understanding the biological basis of behavior and cognition.
  • Clinical – Understanding, prevention, and treatment of psychological disorders as well as promoting mental well-being.
  • Developmental – Understanding changes in behavior and cognition over the life-span.
  • Industrial/Organizational (I/O) – Understanding the organization of social and physical interactions primarily in the workplace.
  • Perception, Action, & Cognition (PAC) – Understanding the nature of perceptual processes and cognition.
  • Social – Understanding how thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by others.

Faculty from each division have identified related coursework that best reflect career and professional interests in different sub-fields of psychological sciences. It may be helpful for undergraduate students to identify sub-fields that best reflect their current or future academic and professional interests, realizing that their interests may span one or more divisions, and select related coursework appropriately. Courses do not have to be from the same sub-field.

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