Departmental Advanced Courses

Departmental courses that count toward the Advanced Course requirement in Psychology can be broken down into the following categories:

  1. Courses listed as "PSY" in the Course Catalog (including extra Foundational Courses)
  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

Courses Taught or Co-Taught in Other Departments

Courses not listed in the Psychology section of the catalog, but taught or co-taught by departmental faculty count as departmental courses. The same applies to certain Psychology courses from other schools. Please check the Course Catalog to find when these courses are offered.

You do NOT need to file a formal petition for these courses to count for your Psychology concentration - except in the case of Freshman Seminars, which are graded SAT/UNSAT and will not automatically count for Advanced Course credit. If you'd like to count a Freshman Seminar as an Advanced Course, please e-mail the UGO!

[BRACKETED COURSES] are not being offered in the 2020-2021 academic year.

  • FRSEMR 71F, The Origins of the Human Mind
  • FRSEMR 71U, The Psychological Roots of Oppression
  • GENED 1046 (formerly ETHRSON 46), Evolving Morality: From Primordial Soup to Superintelligent Machines
  • MBB 980F, Creativity Research: Eccentrics, Geniuses, and Harvard Students (formerly MBB 99Z, Madmen, Geniuses, and Harvard Students)
  • MBB 980G, The Origins and Evolution of Cognition: A Comparative Study of Human and Nonhuman Abilities
  • MBB 980H, What Disease Teaches about Cognition
  • MBB 980M, Functional Neuroimaging of Psychiatric Disorders: Insights into the Human Brain-Mind
  • MBB 980N, Neuroaesthetics
  • MBB 980P, The Role of Music in Health and Education
  • MBB 980R, Psychopaths and Psychopathy: Psychological, Neuroscientific, Legal, and Policy Issues
  • MBB 980S, Cognitive Neuroscience of Meditation
  • MBB 980V, The Functional and Structural Human Brain Connectome
  • NEURO 80 (formerly MCB 80), Neurobiology of Behavior
  • WOMGEN 1217, Psychology of the Gendered Body
  • [EDU (Graduate School of Education) H112, Cognitive Neuroscience and Education]
  • [EDU (Graduate School of Education) H126, Typical and Atypical Neurodevelopment]
  • [EDU (Graduate School of Education) H611 01 and 02 (formerly H611A/B), Moral Adults: Moral Children]
  • [FRSEMR 23S, The Seven Sins of Memory]
  • [FRSEMR 49N, Measurements of the Mind]
  • [GENED 1066, Rationality]
  • [GENED 1154, The Science of Happiness]
  • [HEB 1373, Explaining Beauty: The Hidden Functions Behind Aesthetics]
  • [HEB 1392, What Game Theory Reveals about Social Behavior]
  • [LING 160, Psychology of Language]   
  • [MBB 980A (formerly MBB 93), Conscious States: Waking, Sleeping, and Dreaming]
  • [MBB 980B, Exploring Addiction]
  • [MBB 980K, Fighting Cancer with the Mind]
  • [MBB 980L, Dopamine]
  • [MBB 980O, The Self: What Philosophy, Psychology, and Neuroscience Tell Us]
  • [MBB 980T, Sleep and Mental Health]
  • [MBB 980U, The Biological and Social Embedding of Early Life Stress]
  • [MCB 81, Fundamentals of Neurocience]

... and MIT courses from the Brain and Cognitive Science department (Course 9) for which you have permission of instructor and permission of our department.


Certain Harvard Summer School Courses

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR SUMMER 2021: All Harvard Summer School courses have been moved online for Summer 2021. Although Departmental policy typically prohibits students from receiving concentration credit for online summer courses, given these special circumstances, the Department will award concentration credit for the following Summer 2021 courses that have been approved by FAS faculty vote to count for Harvard College credit. Read more about this decision here.

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. No other Summer School courses can count for Departmental Course credit except those listed here.

PSYC S-1, Introduction to Psychology, may count for Introductory Course credit ONLY.

The following Summer School courses may count for Advanced Course credit ONLY.

[BRACKETED COURSES] are not being offered in Summer 2021.

  • PSYC S-980V, Summer Seminar: The Insanity Defense (Ellsworth Lapham Fersch)
  • PSYC S-1072, The Psychology of Emotional, Behavioral, and Motivational Self-Regulation (Richard McNally)
  • PSYC S-1155, How Students Learn: Psychological Science in the Classroom (Jessica Schwab)
  • PSYC S-1240, Abnormal Psychology (Shelley Carson) (This can count ONLY as an Advanced Course, not as a Foundational Course, and will not count for concentration credit if you have already taken PSY 18)
  • PSYC S-1410, Introduction to Psychopharmacology (Steven Raymond Boomhower) (Cannot be counted if you have already taken PSY 1201 at Harvard College)
  • PSYC S-1470, Psychology of Eating (Adam Wenzel)
  • PSYC S-1503, The Psychology of Close Relationships (Holly Parker) (Cannot be counted if you have already taken PSY 1503 at Harvard College)
  • PSYC S-1509, The Power of Others: Social Influence and Persuasion (Emily Hangen)
  • PSYC S-1870, Law and Psychology (Ellsworth Lapham Fersch)
  • [MBB S-93, Study Abroad in Trento, Italy: Neuroeconomics (Giorgio Coricelli)]
  • [MBB S-101, Study Abroad in Trento, Italy: Windows into the Structure of the Mind and Brain (Alfonso Caramazza and John Assad)]
  • [MBB S-105, Study Abroad in Trento, Italy: The Cognitive Neuroscience of Film (Jeffrey Zacks)]
  • [PSYC S-1601, Children of the Twenty-First Century: Emerging Perspectives for Developmental Science (Samudragupta Bora)]

Last updated on March 10, 2021. Please note: The MBB Summer Abroad program in Trento, Italy will not be offered in Summer 2021.

Please note that summer school courses can only be used to meet the Introductory or Advanced Course requirements for the concentration and secondary field. Therefore, PSYC S-1240, Abnormal Psychology CANNOT meet the Foundational Course requirement. Similarly, when offered, PSYC S-1900, STAT S-100, and STAT S-102 CANNOT meet the Statistics requirements.

Life Science/CNEP Track students CANNOT complete Related Life Science courses in the summer school.

In accordance with Harvard College policy, Summer School courses taken online are not eligible for concentration credit. If you are considering taking a course with an "online option", be sure to read these guidelines first. As per the announcement above, this restriction does not apply for courses taken in Summer 2020 or 2021.

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.

Certain Study Out of Residence Courses

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:

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