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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.

This concentration is normally not open to psychology B.S. majors. 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.

To complete the Clinical Concentration, students must satisfy the Psychology B.A. major requirements and some additional 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.

  • ŸPSYC1110 Introduction to Psychology as a Natural Science
  • PSYC1111 Introduction to Psychology as a Social Science
  • ŸPSYC1120 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.
    • PS332 Disorders in Adolescence
    • PS333 Addiction and Choice
    • PS335 Family Disorder & Interventions
    • PS347 Children & Families Under Stress
    • PS434 Psychology of Trauma
    • 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
    • PSYC3366 Social and Emotional Development
    • PSYC3380 Neuroscience of Psychopathology
    • PSYC3386 Psychopharmacology
    • PSYC3388 Neurobiology of Eating and Eating Disorders
    • PSYC4431 Seminar in Positive Psychology
    • PSYC4433 Addiction, Choice, and Motivation
    • 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.

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:

  • 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.