Psychology (PSYCH)

Psychology is dedicated to the systematic study of mind, behavior, and experience. Through scientific exploration and application, psychology asks fascinating questions, expands our understanding, and seeks to improve people’s lives. At St. Olaf, Psychology offers something for any student who is interested in understanding human nature. The Psychology Department embraces the diversity of topics and methods within our field, and we seek to encourage breadth of knowledge as well as in-depth study in a supportive, inclusive community.

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Typical First Year Schedule

  • FYS 120 or WRIT 120 or Conversation Program
  • World Language
  • PSYCH 125
  • OLE Core/Elective
  • OLE Core/Elective
  • FYS 120 or WRIT 120 or Conversation Program
  • World Language
  • 200-level PSYCH course
  • OLE Core/Elective or Statistics
Additional Information

Students wishing to take additional courses can take a 200-level Psychology course (except Psych 230) or a Statistics course. Any student who has credit for Introductory Psychology – either through Psych 125, the AP test, or through another college’s course – may take any 200-level Psychology course, except for Psych 230 (which has Statistics as a prerequisite).

  • Credit is given for an AP Psychology score of 4 or 5.
  • Credit for transfer courses is done in consultation with the Registrar and the Chair of the Psychology Department.
  • Not applicable.
Informational Events

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Chair, Department of Psychology – Gary Muir (