Double Major in English & Psychology

A double major can be an excellent way to distinguish yourself and give yourself an edge on the job market.  The course of study required for a double major in English and Psychology is demanding, but if students decide upon this path early in their academic careers and plan accordingly, they can graduate with 128 credits—just three courses beyond the usual 120 credits required for a single major in English or Psychology.  (Students who place out of their foreign language requirement would only need 120 credits to graduate with the double major.)

Sample Course of Study


Fall Freshman Year  15-16 credits)

Spring Freshman Year (16 credits)

English 101 & 101L

Psychology 101

Math (usually BMTH 101)

Foreign Language 109

Speech 140, 230, or 201

English 102

Psychology 200 (Research Methods)

Psychology 201 (Psych Statistics Lab) (1-credit lab)

Statistics 201

Foreign Language 110

1st Selection from History 101, 102, 111, 112, 115, or 116

Fall Sophomore Year (16 credits)

Spring Sophomore Year (15-16 credits)

English 287 (counts as 1st Gen Ed Liberal Arts Elective)

English 288

Psychology 203 (Psychology Laboratory)

Foreign Language 122

1st Natural Science (with lab)

English 290

English 289

Psychology 302 (Learning and Memory)

Psychology 311 (Abnormal Psychology)

2nd Natural Science (lab optional)

Fall Junior Year (15 credits)

Spring Junior Year (15 credits)

1st English Pre-1800 Class

1st English Post-1800 Class

Psychology 321 (Life Span Development Psychology)

Psychology 331 (Social Psychology)

Fine Arts

2nd English Pre-1800 Class

2nd English Post-1800 Class

Psychology 341 (Personality Theory)

Psychology 361 (Biological Psychology)

Philosophy (other than 110 or 111)

Fall Senior Year (15 credits)

Spring Senior Year (15 credits)

English 453

3rd English Post-1800 Class

1st Psychology Elective at 200 Level or Above

2nd Psychology Elective at 200 Level or Above

2nd Selection from History 101, 102, 111, 112, 115, or 116

1st English Elective 300/400 Level

2nd English Elective 300/400 Level

3rd English Elective 300/400 Level

1st Psychology Elective at 400 Level or Above

2nd Psychology Elective at 400 Level or Above

Summer School/Additional Semester (6 credits)

2nd Gen Ed Liberal Arts Elective (non-Western Requirement)

Humanities Elective


Your double major will be noted on your transcripts, but you will only receive a single diploma.  Students can also pursue a double degree, with two diplomas, but this requires 24 hours of additional course work meeting additional restrictions.  For details, see USCB’s Academic Bulletin.