Psychology Combined Majors
Combined Major: Psychology and American Sign Language/Deaf Studies
This combined major educates students in cognitive psychology and various linguistic and cultural aspects of the American Deaf community. Through the study of American Sign Language, students gain access to the culture of Deaf Americans, insights into various features of spoken language and firsthand experience of the principles underlying the spatial organization of discourse required by signed languages. The scope and sequence of courses in psychology provide students with a foundation in the interdisciplinary science of psychology, as well as with special skills developed in the study of psycholinguistics, perception, cognition and child-language acquisition.
Combined Major: Psychology and Education
This combined major educates students in psychology and elementary education. The scope and sequence of psychology courses provide students with a foundation in human development, and the cognitive, biological and psychosocial bases of learning and behavior. Education courses integrate theory and practice, as well as teaching instructional strategies and methods. The Education Department has strong ties to the local urban community, providing opportunities for students to gain field experience in Boston schools. This program allows students to pursue initial licensure in elementary education (grades 1-6). More information is available on the Psych/Ed page.
Combined Major: Psychology and Linguistics
This combined major educates students in psychology, linguistics and the interface between the two disciplines, which are core areas within the field of cognitive science. Over the course of the program, students receive interdisciplinary training in the methods of experimental psychology, psycholinguistics and linguistic analysis, as well as an introduction to the neurological and sociological bases of language. Students completing the program should be able to understand and appreciate the relationships between the fields, develop novel solutions to problems within the fields, and apply their knowledge to real-world challenges involving these disciplines.
Combined Major: Cognitive Psychology and Computer Science
This combined major integrates knowledge from psychology about how humans acquire, represent, organize, and process information with knowledge from computer science used to model human behavior, develop artificial intelligence systems and develop human-machine interfaces. Students receive interdisciplinary training in the methods of experimental psychology, computer science and computational modeling. This combined major is especially appropriate for students interested in pursuing a career in an academic or industrial setting with a focus on cognitive or information processing, or human-machine interaction.
Combined Major: Cognitive Psychology and Information Science
This combined major integrates knowledge from psychology about how humans acquire, represent, organize, and process information with a technical background in computer and information science. Students pursue interdisciplinary studies that focus on the relationship between information technology (IT) and its users – including human-computer interaction, systems analysis and design, the behavioral and social impact of information technology, and the methods of experimental research. This combined major is especially appropriate for students who are interested in the human perspective and impact of computers, and who want to pursue careers in the design and deployment of usable, effective, and socially responsible systems.