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Departmental Advanced Courses for 2014-15

Courses that count as departmental courses toward the Advanced Course requirement in psychology can be broken down into the following categories:

  1. Courses listed as Psychology in the course catalog
    *note PSY 1504 taken in Spring 2008 will not count for concentration or secondary field credit
  2. Courses taught or co-taught in other departments by departmental faculty or psychology courses from other schools
  3. Certain Harvard Summer School courses
  4. Certain Study out of Residence courses

2. Courses not listed in the psychology section of the catalog but taught or co-taught by departmental faculty or psychology courses from other schools count as departmental courses. Please check the Course of Instructions to find when these courses are offered:

  • African and African American Studies 141x, Prejudice and Racism in Modern Society
  • Freshman Seminar 23s, The Seven Sins of Memory
  • Freshman Seminar 49n, Measurements of the Mind: The Creation and Critique of the Psychological Test
  • Graduate School of Education H-126, Typical and Atypical Neurodevelopment (cross-registration required)
  • Graduate School of Education H-236, Adolescent Development (cross-registration required)
  • Graduate School of Education H-611A/B, Moral Adults: Moral Children (cross-registration required)
  • Linguistics 130, Psycholinguistics
  • Linguistics 132, Psychosemantics
  • Mind, Brain, and Behavior 980a (formerly MBB 93). Conscious States: Waking, Sleeping, and Dreaming
  • [Mind, Brain, and Behavior 980b (formerly MBB 95). Addiction, Choice, and Motivation]
  • [Mind, Brain, and Behavior 980c (formerly MBB 96). The Science of Happiness]
  • Mind, Brain, and Behavior 980d (formerly MBB 92). A Systems Neuroscience Approach to Conscious Perceptual Experience
  • Mind, Brain, and Behavior 980e (formerly MBB 91z).Music, Mind, and Brain
  • Mind, Brain, and Behavior 980f (formerly MBB 99z). Creativity Research: Madmen, Geniuses, and Harvard Students
  • Mind, Brain, and Behavior 980g. The Origins and Evolution of Cognition: A Comparative Study of Human and Nonhuman Abilities
  • Mind, Brain, and Behavior 980h. What Disease Teaches about Cognition
  • [Mind, Brain, Behavior, 980ir. Topics in the Mind/Brain Sciences: How the Mind/Brain Represents the World]
  • [Mind, Brain, and Behavior 980j. Avian Cognition: Why Being Called a Bird Brain is a Compliment not open to students who have already taken Psy 980f]
  • Mind, Brain, and Behavior 980k. Fighting Cancer with the Mind
  • [Mind, Brain, and Behavior 94z. The Self: What Philosophy, Psychology, and Neuroscience Tell Us]
  • MIT 9.20, Animal Behavior
  • MIT 9.66J, Computational Cognitive Science
  • MIT 9.77, Computational Perception
  • MIT 24.906j, The Linguistic Study of Bilingualism
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology 80, Neurobiology of Behavior
  • Science of Living Systems 15 (formally Science B-60), Developmental Psychology: Origins of Knowledge - this course can be taken to meet the Foundational Course requirement if taken in Fall 2011 or later. This course replaces Psychology 16 as a Foundational Course, and students may take only one of these courses toward the concentration.
  • Social Analysis 43, Psychological Trauma - no longer offered               top

3. CERTAIN Psychology courses offered by the Harvard Summer School will automatically count for concentration or secondary field credit if you have not already taken the equivalent course during the academic year. For summer 2015, PSYC S-1, Introduction to Psychology may be taken to meet the Introductory Psychology requirement, and the following courses may be taken for ADVANCED COURSE credit only: Summer 2015 courses are:

    • PSYC S-1072 The Psychology of Emotional, Behavioral, and Motivational Self-Regulation
    • PSYC S-1240 Abnormal Psychology (can count ONLY as an advanced course, not as a foundational course; and will not count for concentration credit if you’ve already taken Psy 18)
    • PSYC S-1356 Evolution and Cognition
    • PSYC S-1430 Memory
    • PSYC S-1865 Psychopaths
    • PSYC S-1870 Law and Psychology
    • MBB S-96 Study Abroad in Trento, Italy: The Social Brain
    • MBB S-97 Study Abroad in Trento, Italy: The Evolutionary and Developmental Origins of Cognition
    • MBB S-101 Study Abroad in Trento, Italy: Windows into the Structure of the Mind and Brain

Please note that Psych S-1240, Abnormal Psychology and Biology S-50, Neurobiology CANNOT meet the Foundational requirement and PSYC S-1900, STAT S-100 and STAT S-102 CANNOT meet the basic methods requirements of the concentration or secondary field in psychology. Students cannot complete Related Life Science courses in the summer school.

When registering for a summer school course, you should indicate that you are a Harvard College student. This way the courses will appear on your student record.           top

4. Psychology courses taken through an approved Study Out of Residence
(SOR) program may count as departmental advanced courses toward the concentration but not toward the secondary field if:

  • They are on the automatic approval list
  • They are approved by petition in advance. SOR courses in psychology must meet the same guidelines as non-departmental petitioned courses. Please see Study Out of Residence for additional information. Courses taken out of residence have their own set of deadlines.              top