Please click here for the major Undergraduate Handbook.

Spring 2019 Walk-in Office Hours: Room 123 Levin Building

Dr. Dan Swingley, Director of Undergraduate Studies (dus@psych.upenn.edu)
Office hours by appointment.



Dr. Caroline Connolly, Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies (cconn@sas.upenn.edu)

Office hours by appointment.


If you need more information about the program or need assistance, please contact Ms. Claire Ingulli, Undergraduate Coordinator, cingulli@psych.upenn.edu, 215-898-4712, or stop by Room 120 Levin Building, 425 S. University Ave.




Courses offered through the College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS) can be found at http://www.sas.upenn.edu/lps/

*The Psychology Department does NOT issue permits for College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS) classes (e.g. PSYC 253-601).*


Introduction and Background
Psychology is the scientific study of the mind. It deals with how we perceive information in the world, how we process that information, how we respond to it emotionally and cognitively, how we learn about it, and how our mental processes change over time. Because of the breadth of its content and its methodology, Psychology makes contact with a wide variety of other disciplines and interdisciplinary activities. It can be used either as the focus of a liberal arts education or as a complement to another focus. It provides the kind of analytic and conceptual skills which are relevant to becoming a thinking person. It also can serve as the foundation for any number of careers.

Majors are required to take a total of 13 credits.   At Penn, the study of Psychology begins with Psyc 001, Introduction to Experimental Psychology.


Declaring the Major 
Students should declare a major in their sophomore year. First meet with either your pre-major advisor or a College advisor to create or update an official online worksheet. To declare a Psychology Major you can meet with Dr. Dan Swingley, the Director of Undergraduate Studies, or with Dr. Caroline Connolly, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies, during office hours, (see above), or Ms. Claire Ingulli (cingulli@psych.upenn.edu), Undergraduate Coordinator, M-F.  You must fill out a Psychology Major Worksheet and bring it with you to the meeting.

Important: Your Psychology Major Worksheet must be completed prior to your advising meeting and brought with you to the meeting. Please note: you can click on the "Forms" link at left to access the Psychology Major Worksheet.