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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Concentration in Clinical Psychology

Psychology Faculty Advisor: Karen Rosen

The Undergraduate Clinical Concentration is designed for Psychology B.A. majors with a particular interest in careers in clinical or counseling psychology or clinical social work. The concentration lays a solid foundation in coursework, research, and field experiences to help students decide whether they wish to apply to a graduate program and obtain licensure to practice in a clinical field.

Students must apply to participate in the Undergraduate Clinical Concentration during the junior year. The application may be accessed here and needs to be completed and submitted (as a hard copy with a copy of your degree audit and the typed statement attached) to Dr. Karen Rosen, Director of the Undergraduate Clinical Concentration, by March 15th. Students who are studying abroad during the spring semester of their junior year may submit an electronic version of this application. Your application will be reviewed and decisions will be emailed to applicants by April 1st in time for registration for fall semester courses.

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Course Requirements

To complete the Clinical Concentration, students need to satisfy the Psychology B.A. major requirements and some additional course requirements (see below). We recommend completing the required 1000- and 2000-level courses early because some are prerequisites to later courses required for the concentration.

  • PSYC1110 Introduction to Psychology as a Natural Science
  • PSYC1111 Introduction to Psychology as a Social Science
  • PSYC1120 Introduction to Behavioral Statistics and Research I
  • Either PSYC1121 Introduction to Behavioral Statistics and Research II or a Research Practicum

Distribution Requirements

  • PSYC2234 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC2260 Developmental Psychology
  • Two courses, each from a different one of the following clusters
    • Biological (PSYC2285 or PSYC2289)
    • Cognitive (PSYC2272 or PSYC2274)
    • Social and Personality (PSYC2241 or PSYC2242)

Selection of Elective Courses

  • Three 3000-level elective courses, at least two of which come from the following list of clinical electives. We recommend taking more than two, since each of these courses provides a foundation for understanding psychopathology or focuses on a topic or issue in Clinical Psychology.
    • PSYC3328 Aggression, Anxiety, and ADHD
    • PSYC3329 Psychophysiology of Stress
    • PSYC3331 Developmental Psychopathology
    • PSYC3332 Topics in Developmental Psychopathology
    • PSYC3334 Interpersonal Violence
    • PSYC3337 Culture and Mental Health
    • PSYC3338 Topics in Abnormal Psychology
    • PSYC3339 Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • PSYC3366 Social and Emotional Development
    • PSYC3379 Disorders of Language and Communication
    • PSYC3380 Neuroscience of Psychopathology
    • PSYC3386 Psychopharmacology
    • PSYC3388 Neurobiology of Eating and Eating Disorders
    • PSYC4431 Seminar in Positive Psychology
    • PSYC4433 Addiction, Choice, and Motivation
    • PSYC4434 Psychology of Immigration
    • PSYC4435 Images of Mental Illness in Film and Literature
    • PSYC4437 Stress and Behavior
    • PSYC4439 Research Practicum in Clinical Psychology
    • PSYC5581 Neurobiology of Mental Illness

Additional Required Courses

Finally, students must also take the following courses:

  • PSYC3336 Clinical Psychology
  • PSYC4436 Clinical Fieldwork in Psychology

Thus, students in the Clinical Concentration will take 13 courses (39 credits) to complete both the B.A. major and the Clinical Concentration requirements.

This concentration is normally not open to psychology B.S. majors. We are concerned that the heavier load of the B.S. requirements along with the added requirements of the Clinical Concentration will interfere with students becoming involved in research early in their studies and their undertaking an independent research project in their senior year. However, B.S. majors may petition the Department for permission to pursue the Clinical Concentration by contacting Michael Moore, the Department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, as early as possible.

Additional Information


At least two semesters of research, by arrangement with a faculty member in the Psychology Department, are strongly recommended. This research activity is essential for students who are planning to apply to graduate programs in Clinical or Counseling Psychology. Students are encouraged to work as a volunteer in a research lab as soon as they identify a research area of interest to them. They may also enroll in:

  • PSYC2205 Undergraduate Research
  • PSYC2206 Independent Study
  • PSYC4490 and 4491 Senior Thesis I and II
  • PSYC4495 and 4496 Senior Honors Thesis I and II (as part of the Psychology Honors Program)
  • Scholar of the College Project

Note that one semester of a research course may count towards the requirements described above.

Completion of the Concentration

Seniors will be contacted during the spring semester by the Clinical Concentration advisor, Karen Rosen, to verify that all requirements for the concentration have been fulfilled. Seniors will then bring their transcript to the Clinical Concentration advisor for review. Completion of the Clinical Concentration is noted on the student’s final transcript.