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Psychology’s roots in the inquiry into the nature of human beings and the relationship of the mind or psyche to the body and the physical world date from earliest recorded history.

Contemporary psychology has evolved into a diverse field comprising areas such as biopsychology, clinical and personality psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, and neuroscience. The psychology concentration at Simon’s Rock offers courses in many of these areas as an academic foundation for students who wish to do graduate work in psychology and related disciplines such as sociology. It also provides a valuable complement for students interested in the many disciplines with which psychology has a natural affinity, including biology, medicine, literature, theater, the arts, and philosophy. Work in these related areas also provides an excellent complement to the concentration.

Related Career Paths

Students with a concentration in psychology may enter into fields and positions such as social work, human resources, business, consulting, market research, medicine/medical research, education, special education, and mental health.


The psychology concentration requires a minimum of 21 credits beyond Introduction to Psychology distributed in the following manner:

  1. no fewer than nine credits at the 200-level, including at least one course from each of the three Areas—A,B,C—noted on the following page;
  2. two advanced (300-level or higher) psychology courses; and
  3. a research methods course from the three listed on the following page (note: The research methods course does not count as one of the two 300-level course requirement, and no more than one 300-level biology class may count toward the minimum concentration requirements.)

Students wishing to pursue graduate study in psychology are encouraged to take additional courses in psychology (two additional 200-level courses, and at least one additional advanced course) and to also take Introduction to Statistics.

Course Spotlight

Professor of Psychology works with students during class.

Psychology 221: Stereotyping and Prejudice

Is stereotyping inevitable? Does prejudice always lead to discrimination? What is dehumanization? This course will highlight the distinct differences yet interrelations between stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination. Topics to be addressed include the functions/goals served by stereotypes and prejudice (e.g., to make yourself feel better). Also discussed will be stigma, the various types of –isms (e.g., modern racism), and individual differences (e.g., personality influences). Cross-cultural perspectives will be explored. Popular culture, current events, and scholarly articles will be used to demonstrate the numerous concepts we will cover.

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