Course Planning

Psychology - Where to Start?

The course planning advice here is limited to completing this major which is just one piece of the overall Hendrix College degree requirements.  For a full description of degree requirements see the Catalog.

Where should I start if I am just sampling this subject as a non-major?

  • A first-semester, first-year student with no previous experience should start in Introductory Psychology (PSYC 110).
  • After the first year, any student new to Psychology could start in Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 110) or any 200-level PSYC course below Statistics (PSYC 290).

Where should I start if I might use this as part of a major or as a potential major?

  • A first-semester, first-year student with no previous experience should start in Introductory Psychology (PSYC 110).
  • After the first year, any student new to Psychology could start in Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 110) or any 200-level PSYC course below Statistics (PSYC 290)

Where should I start if I have some experience in this discipline before college?

  • A student with experience in psychology should start in any 200-level PSYC course below Statistics (PSYC 290). Regardless of background, first-year students should not enroll in Statistics (PSYC 290).
  • For AP or IB credits – please refer to Advanced Placement Credits or International Baccalaureate Credits in the College Catalog.

When should I declare a major?

  • All students must declare a major by March 1st of their sophomore year.