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First Years

As a first year, you are poised on the brink of a wonderful experience. Emory has much to offer you and you have much to gain through your involvement in our community. Below are some frequently asked questions about introductory courses to psychology.

Yes, we are offering first year seminars in the fall and spring semesters.

Attending first year seminars are always a good starting point. Another good place to begin would be with either Psych 110 or Psych 111. These are introductory classes and will give you an overview of the discipline of psychology.

Often, completion of one of these courses, or its equivalent, is a prerequisite for taking higher-level classes. You may then enroll in classes that are interesting to you.

  • PSYC 110 is the more neuroscience oriented component of the introductory sequence.  It covers the organization and operation of the nervous system as it pertains to behavior and its cognitive underpinnings.
  • PSYC 111 is the more social science oriented component of the introductory sequence. It covers research design, social psychology, social and emotional development, personality measurement and theory, psychopathology, and therapeutic interventions.
  • Students may take either PSYC 110 or PSYC 111 as their first course in psychology

AP or IB Class Credit

What that means is that you have received credit for the material presented in Psych 111: Intro to Psychology II. You have also earned some credit for the History, Society, Cultures GER (HSC). 

It means that you should not take Psych 111 on the Emory campus; that would be 6 hours of academic credit for 3 hours of work.  Emory frowns on this and we do not recommend it. 

You may take Psych 110: Introduction to Psychology I.


You may take PSYC 111 or PSYC 110.

Decisions about course equivalence are based on the content and the material covered in the class.  From looking at the required curriculum for AP/IB Psychology classes and the test questions themselves from the AP/IB tests, it is clear that the course content matches up to PSYC 111, not PSYC 110.