Psychology is the scientific study of behavior. Professional psychologists may be researchers investigating behavior or practitioners who apply their knowledge and skills to individual and social problems.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology prepares students for careers in which a background in psychology is useful, such as business, communications, or social services. It may also serve as preparation for graduate school, in psychology, social work, or in other fields, such as law.

Part-time students complete degree requirements by combining on-campus classes with courses in a variety of flexible formats, including online, accelerated, and condensed options. Psychology courses must be taken in regular classroom format.

Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements

Requirements for the Psychology major

  • PSY 205, also a prerequisite for all other psychology courses, except 252
  • PSY 313
  • A two semester statistics sequence that also satisfies the quantitative requirement of the Liberal Arts Core
  • 18 credits of psychology courses numbered 300 or above
  • One 3-credit course in each of the four areas of psychology: cognitive/neuroscience, development/educational, social/personality and clinical health

A minimum of 120 credits of coursework is required with a minimum of 30 credits in upper-division courses.

Courses credited toward the major must be completed at Syracuse University unless the Department of Psychology grants a waiver.

Up to 90 credits can be transferred, including up to 66 credits from a community college. Transfer of psychology credits is determined by your advisor in consultation with the Department of Psychology.

Minimum C average (2.0) overall and in the upper division courses counted toward the major is required for graduation.


  • High school diploma or GED, or official transcripts from all previous higher education institutions attended.
  • For students transferring college credit, minimum 3.0 grade point average.
  • For students with no college credit to transfer, high school transcript must be submitted with application.
  • Interview with an advisor (may be conducted by telephone).

Additional information:

  • Students with an academic record that is not strong may take courses on a nonmatriculated basis to demonstrate academic ability.
  • No more than 30 credits gained through testing or through evaluation of extra-institutional or experiential learning may be applied toward the program.
  • To be accepted for transfer, courses must: show a grade of C (2.0) or better; have been taken at an accredited college or university; and fit degree requirements.
  • Where a grade of “pass” has been earned in a course, the school where the grade was earned must certify that a “pass” is equivalent to a C or higher.