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Undergraduate Record 2024-2025 
Undergraduate Record 2024-2025

Psychology, B.A.

Universal Curriculum Requirements

To be awarded a degree from the College of Arts and Sciences, students are required to complete universal curriculum requirements in addition to the program requirements provided below. The school universal curriculum requirements can be found on the school Degree Programs page .

Prerequisites for Declaring the Major (3 Courses, 9 Credits)

Students must have a minimum 2.000 GPA for all psychology courses taken and have earned at least a C in each of the following courses (These prerequisite courses may be taken in any order, including concurrently):

Requirements for Major

Students must complete 34 credits at the 2000-level or higher, distributed as follows:

Fundamentals (4 Courses, 12 Credits)

At least one course from each of these four pillars (Additional courses may sometimes be designated for a given Pillar)

Research Methods and Data Analysis (2 Courses, 7 Credits)

Advanced Topics and Electives (4 Courses, 12 Credits)

  • One 2000-level or higher course. Two 3000-level or higher courses, (3 Credits of PSYC 3590 - Research in Pyschology may fulfill one of the required 3000-level elective courses)
  • One 4000-level or higher course.
  • The following courses do not fulfill Advances Topics and Electives: Directed Readings in Psychology, Psychology Internship courses, RM: Group Process and Facilitation I & II, and DMP Seminars and Thesis courses.

Grade Standards

  • A grade of C or better is required in all Psychology courses that count toward the major.
  • All courses used to meet the requirements must be letter-graded*. Courses taken on a Credit/No Credit or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis do not count toward the major. *Directed Research in Psychology (PSYC 3590, 3 credits) used to fulfill an elective require a satisfactory “S” grade.
  • A 2.000 GPA in all Psychology coursework is required to complete the major.
  • Students who have less than a 2.0 GPA in all psychology coursework at the end of a semester will be put on probationary status in the major.
  • Students with two consecutive semesters with a psychology GPA below 2.0 will not be permitted to continue in the major.

Transfer Courses

  • Up to 12 credits of transfer coursework may be used toward the major requirements.

Distinguished Majors Program in Psychology

Outstanding majors with the following qualifications may apply prior to the beginning of the seventh semester:

Students lacking either of the first two criteria may submit a petition to the DMP Admission Committee Chair (the Director of Undergraduate Studies) explaining why admission should still be considered.

The program includes a total of 6 credits (though they do not count toward the 34 required for the major) comprised by research culminating in a thesis.

Additional Information

For more information about the major, contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Psychology, Gilmer Hall, P.O. Box 400400, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4400; (434) 982-4750; psychology.as.virginia.edu.