A hallmark of our curriculum is a series of advanced-level laboratory courses beyond our intermediate-level statistics and research methods courses. Each area of the curriculum has advanced laboratory courses and seminars, providing a very wide range of choice, and hands-on research experience. In addition to our courses, we emphasize independent work with faculty, and we have an array of such opportunities, ranging from one-or two-credit experiences for first-year students to honors theses for seniors. Department facilities include modern computers and laboratories in several areas, and the Gorse Children's Center at Stonybrook, a laboratory preschool and kindergarten in its own building, serving as an observation and study site for our undergraduate students. All courses are designed to contribute in various ways to the College’s Learning Goals and the Psychology and Education Department's Learning Goals. For more detailed information, see the Psychology and Education chapter of the course catalog.

Neuroscience and Behavior Major

Mount Holyoke’s Program in Neuroscience and Behavior offers an interdisciplinary major intended for students with strong, integrative interests in both biological sciences and psychology and in the biological bases of behavior.

Majors take a minimum of 60 credits in biological sciences, psychology, chemistry, and other disciplines.

Students planning postgraduate study in a related discipline or in medicine are urged to participate in independent laboratory study within either or both departments.

For detailed information on requirements for the major, see the Neuroscience and Behavior chapter of the course catalog.

Psychology and Education Major

Option I with licensure or Option II without licensure)

The department offers two options for majors: Option I requires a minimum of 60 credits and leads to teacher licensure; Option II requires a minimum of 48 credits and does not lead to licensure. Both majors are interdisciplinary, which means a minor in another discipline is not required.

Option I with Licensure

Students pursuing Option I (with licensure) should elect Education 300, 325, and 323 in the senior year; and include at least one mathematics course (which may also be counted as a College distribution requirement). Students should also obtain a Field of Knowledge Self Assessment Form from the director of the program to make sure all requirements are covered in the liberal arts courses you are taking.

Option II without Licensure

Students pursuing Option II (without licensure) must check the catalog for requirements.  Please note the following revisions starting 2014-2015:  12 credits are required at the 300 level and one lab course is required.  The total number of credits for the major are unchanged (44 credits).

For more information on these programs, see the Psychology and Education chapter of the course catalog.


Psychology Major

The major in psychology consists of at least 32 credits of course work in research methods; statistics; social psychology; personality and abnormal psychology; developmental and educational psychology; perception, cognition, and language; and biological bases of behavior. In addition, many students complete an independent study project and work with faculty on original research. For more information on these programs, see the Psychology chapter of the course catalog.

Education Minor

The minor in education (with teacher licensure) provides students with the course work necessary for applying to Mount Holyoke’s Teacher Licensure Programs.

For more information on these programs, see the Psychology and Education chapter of the course catalog.

Educational Studies Minor

Please see the Educational Studies Web site for more program information.

A minimum of 18 credits is required:

  • One of the following: 4 credits
    • EDUC-205: Racism and Inequality in Schools and Society
    • EDUC-220: Foundations of Multicultural Education
  • Three courses at the 200 level or above focusing on a specific area of study*: 12 Credits
  • EDUST-290: Capstone in Educational Studies: 2 credits

* Some possible areas of study include: Knowledge and the Humanities, National and International Perspectives on Education, Gender and Education, Teaching and Learning, Sport Pedagogy

Additional Specifications

One Independent Study (EDUST-395) can be applied to the minimum minor requirements but cannot be substituted for one of the designated courses in education or educational studies.

Psychology Minor

The minor consists of 16 credits beyond the 100 level, including research methods, statistics, and at least two other courses.

For more information, see the Psychology chapter of the course catalog.

Educational Policy and Practice Nexus

Conduct a cross-disciplinary exploration of an education related topic that you are passionate about. Through the multidisciplinary approach of Educational Policy and Practice Nexus, gain valuable perspective on contemporary contexts and historical moments that shape and define knowledge, behavior, structures, organizations, and policies- both in and out of educational settings.

Teacher Licensure

The Teacher Licensure Program enables students to apply for a Massachusetts (and NASDTEC Interstate Contract) “initial” license.

More information about areas of licensure that may be pursued by undergraduate students is listed in in the Psychology and Education section and the Teacher Licensure Programs page within the Psychology and Education section of the Course Bulletin and Catalog.