The Career Development Center (CDC)

Located on the second floor of Glendening Hall (211), the CDCenter is a great resource for professional/graduate school research, career exploration and internship/employment opportunities.

Make an online appointment to visit the CDC!

The Seahawk Opportunity Network is the Career Center's internal job and internship database, designed to enable students and alumni to easily connect with local, regional, and national employers. Check it out!

Planning Your Psychology Major

The psychology major exposes students to the breadth of psychology while giving them a choice in how to satisfy particular requirements, especially at the upper-level. Psychology majors are encouraged to use this freedom to participate in special opportunities within the major, such as directed research, or an internship; and to participate in a cross-disciplinary study program and take courses in related areas, such as educational studies, sociology, or biology. Many students come to St. Mary's interested in psychology, while others come to the major later from another discipline or as transfer students. Regardless of when you begin your study, you should proceed through the major in the same sequence. After introduction to psychology, take at least two 200-level content courses and the two-course sequence in statistics and writing & research methods. You can then complete the other two 200-level content courses and upper-level requirements in an order that fits your interests and schedule, although we strongly recommend that you take your two lab courses prior to your senior year, especially if you plan to execute a St. Mary's Project for your capstone experience.

Suggested Sequence when Entering the Psychology Major as a First-Year Student

First Year:

Fall: Introduction (PSYC 101), other CORE requirements
Spring: two 200-level content breadth courses, other CORE requirements


Fall: Statistics (PSYC 301), one 200-level content breadth course, other CORE requirements, elective outside major
Spring: Writing / Res. Methods (PSYC 303), one 200-level content breadth course, finish CORE requirements
Special Opportunities: directed research or internship


Fall: psyc lab course, elective outside major, cross-disciplinary study
Spring: one psyc lab course, electives outside major, cross-disciplinary study
Special Opportunities: internship (8-16 cr), directed research, peer tutor (intro, stats)


Fall: SMP or ACE elective, 300/400-level psyc elective course, cross-disciplinary study
Spring: SMP or ACE Senior Seminar, electives outside major, cross-disciplinary study
Special Opportunities: internship as part of SMP, peer lab assistant


Entering Major as a Second-Semester Sophomore (having taken Introduction to Psychology)
Entering Major as a Junior (having taken Introduction to Psychology)

Download this Academic Planning info as a pdf

Academic Planning for Old Curriculum