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Emory University considers you a transfer student if you have already graduated from high school and also completed one year as a full-time student (or are in the second semester of your first complete year as a full-time student) in a degree-seeking program at another two-year or four-year college or university.


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, and Culture 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. 

If you took the AP/IB class and either did not take the test or did not score high enough to get academic credit, then you may take Psych 111 or Psych 110.  AP/IB credit is equivalent to Psych 111 based on content, the material covered in the class and on the test.

The short answer is that it is possible for courses taken at other institutions to count toward the psych major. For information on how to make this happen, look at the answer to #5 to learn how to receive departmental approval for such courses.

A maximum of four courses may be transferred from a previous educational institute to the psychology major at Emory.

A one semester introductory course is given the equivalence of Psych 111.  This means that you should have earned some credit for History, Society, and Cultures GER (HSC), should not take Psych 111 and may enroll in Psych 110.  However, if your previous school had a 2 semester introductory sequence and you took the natural science component, it is possible you will receive credit for Psych 110 instead of Psych 111. This is only possible for programs with a 2 semester introductory sequence.

  •  Psych 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.
  • Psych 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 Psych 110 or Psych 111 as their first course in psychology. Both Psych 110 and Psych 111 are required for the psychology major.

The first hurdle is College approval for your course. If the College approves your course, it will be listed on your OPUS transcript, and on the Emory Evaluation of Credit you received from the Office of Admission. If the College does not approve the course, it cannot count toward the major. 

Once the College has accepted your course, then you need to submit information about the course to the department.  You need to have a syllabus, not the course description, from when you took your course. Courses cannot be considered without a syllabus. We are interested in the content of the course and course requirements, not just the name of the course. 

For each psych class you wish to have considered for the major, complete the Transfer Form and return it to Lorenza Houser in the Psychology Dept. Main Office (Room 270 in the PAIS building). 

The department’s Curriculum Committee will look over your submitted paperwork and make a determination about if and how the course may be applied to the major. You will be contacted by email with the committee’s decision.  It is best to complete this process as early as possible in your first semester on campus.

A maximum of 4 courses may be transferred from a previous educational institute to the psychology major at Emory.

A good place to begin would be with either Psych 110 or Psych 111. These are the introductory classes and will give you a broad overview of a portion 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.

Almost everything you might need to know about the psychology major is on the website and you can find the answers to lots of your questions. If you have a specific question not answered on the website, you may ask your favorite psychology professor or contact the department. Lorenza Houser, Academic Degree Program Coordinator Senior, is a good resource. 

Lorenza Houser Headshot

Academic Degree Program Coordinator Senior

Lorenza Houser
PAIS | Room 270

We advise to wait a bit longer to make a decision about your major. The key to a successful undergraduate experience is to keep an open mind about academic disciplines and to sample from as many related fields as possible before selecting a major. 

Premature determination of the major and career goals will limit the possibilities for meaningful exploration in these areas.  Psychology is concerned with behavior; a number of other disciplines, such as political science, sociology, neuroscience and behavioral biology, anthropology, economics, philosophy and religion, are also concerned with behavior, but from a different perspective.

Therefore, it would be a good idea to take classes in some of these areas as well as psychology before making a decision about a major.  You will be happiest and get the most out of your undergraduate education if you are patient enough to be certain that you are making an informed choice about your academic major.