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 Psychology 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 - or Psychology courses from other schools - count as departmental courses. 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, but if you are planning on taking one of these courses for Advanced Course credit, please / to notify us. 

[BRACKETED COURSES] are not being offered in the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • Freshman Seminar 23s, The Seven Sins of Memory
  • Freshman Seminar 71f, The Origins of the Human Mind
  • Graduate School of Education H112, Cognitive Neuroscience and Education (cross-registration required)
  • Graduate School of Education H126, Typical and Atypical Neurodevelopment (cross-registration required)
  • Graduate School of Education H236, Adolescent Development (cross-registration required)
  • Graduate School of Education H611 01 and 02 (formerly H611A/B), Moral Adults: Moral Children (cross-registration required)
  • MBB 980f (formerly MBB 99z), Creativity Research: Madmen, Geniuses, and Harvard Students
  • MBB 980h, What Disease Teaches about Cognition
  • MBB 980l, Dopamine
  • MBB 980m, Functional Neuroimaging of Psychiatric Disorders
  • MBB 980n, Neuroaesthetics
  • MBB  980o, The Self: What Philosophy, Psychology, and Neuroscience Tell Us
  • 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 980t, Sleep and Mental Health
  • [Freshman Seminar 49n, Measurements of the Mind]
  • [Linguistics 160, Psychology of Language]   
  • [MBB 980a (formerly MBB 93), Conscious States: Waking, Sleeping, and Dreaming]
  • [MBB 980b (formerly MBB 95), Addiction, Choice, and Motivation]
  • [MBB 980g, The Origins and Evolution of Cognition: A Comparative Study of Human and Nonhuman Abilities]
  • [MBB 980k, Fighting Cancer with the Mind]

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

  • Molecular and Cellular Biology 80, Neurobiology of Behavior
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology 81, Fundamentals of Neurocience

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Certain Harvard Summer School Courses

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.

Below is the list of courses that may count for Advanced Course credit from Summer 2018. While you may use this list as a rough guide, please note that not all of these courses will necessarily be offered in the next summer term. Please check back in the next months for a list of Summer 2018 courses.

The following Summer 2018 courses may count for Advanced Course Credit ONLY:

  • Mind, Brain, and Behavior S-93, Study Abroad in Trento, Italy: Neuroeconomics (Giorgio Coricelli)
  • Mind, Brain, and Behavior S-101, Study Abroad in Trento, Italy: Windows into the Structure of the Mind and Brain (Alfonso Caramazza and John Assad)
  • PSY S-930V, Summer Seminar: The Insanity Defense (Ellsworth Lapham Fersch)
  • PSY S-1072, The Psychology of Emotional, Behavioral, and Motivational Self-Regulation (Richard McNally)
  • PSY 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.
  • PSY S-1870, Law and Psychology (Ellsworth Lapham Fersch)
  • PSY S-1601, Children of the Twenty-First Century: Emerging Perspectives for Developmental Science (Samudragupta Bora)

Please note that summer school courses can only be used to meet the Introductory or Advanced Course requirements. Therefore, PSY S-1240, Abnormal Psychology and BIO S-50, Neurobiology CANNOT meet the Foundational Course requirement. Similarly, PSY 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.

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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:

  • 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.

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