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Why do we Study Psychology?

Psychology is the field of study that helps us to understand the world in which we live. We study people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviour as individuals, as members of small groups like the family, and as members of larger groups like Jamaicans or Caribbean people.

Our programme recognizes that people’s thoughts, feelings, and actions both shape and are shaped by their surroundings and so we include various areas of psychological study that cover these different viewpoints. By understanding the person both from within and as influenced by external factors, we are better able to analyze, explain, and predict behaviour. Psychology therefore, is extremely applicable to helping alleviate social problems.


Level I (Minimum 30 credits)

1. PSYC1000: Introduction to Developmental, Social & Abnormal Psychology

2. PSYC1005: Psychology Laboratory Methods: Social, Abnormal and Developmental

3. FOUN1013: Critical Reading and Writing in the Social Sciences or FOUN1019: Critical Reading and Writing in the Disciplines

4. FOUN1101: Caribbean Civilization

5. FOUN1201: Science, Medicine & Technology in Society

6. SOCI1002: Introduction to Sociology I

7. PSYC1001: Introduction to Cognitive & Physiological Psychology

8. PSYC1006: Research in Cognitive and Physiological Psychology

9. SOCI1005: Introduction to Statistics for Behavioural Sciences

10. Plus 1 Level I Free Elective (EXCEPT SOCI1001: Introduction to Social Research which is an anti-requisite to PSYC1005 and PSYC1006)

Level II & Level III (Minimum 60 credits)

11. PSYC2000: Social Psychology

12. SOCI2008: Statistics for the Behavioural Sciences

13. PSYC2008: Cognitive Psychology

14. PSYC3007: Applied Social Psychology or PSYC3001: Social Cognition

15. PSYC2019: Experimental and Applied Psychology

16-18. Three (3) from the following 5:

- PSYC2002: Abnormal Psychology

- PSYC2003: Physiological Psychology

- PSYC2004: Personality Theory

- PSYC2007: Psychometrics

- PSYC2012: Developmental Psychology

19-21. Plus 3 Psychology Courses

22-30. Plus 9 Levels II/III Free Electives

NOTE: Students taking double Majors or Majors and Minors which require the same course or courses (e.g. SOCI2008) cannot use these overlapping courses for both Majors or both Minors. Appropriate substitute courses must be taken in order to fulfill the requirements of both Majors and Major/Minor combinations. For example, PSYC2000 cannot be counted for both the Psychology (Major) and Criminology (Minor). There are some out-of-Faculty and non-psychology courses which may act as substitutes for the required courses in the Psychology Major. PSYC1005 & PSYC1006 are accepted as a substitute where SOCI1001: Introduction to Social Research is required. Please inquire with the Psychology Unit Office.

MSc Applied Psychology 
MSc ClinicalPsychology

Pschology Conference

UWI Psychology Conference 2020
April 16 & 17

The University of the West Indies (Mona Campus) invites you to join us for our Psychology Conference in Kingston, Jamaica

This year we invite students, scholars and practitioners in psychology to come together to discuss the resources and challenges of Caribbean life as it is lived at home and in the diaspora, and the potential of current psychology theory and research to enhance practice in mental and physical health care, education, business, community and society at large.

The theme of the UWI Psychology Conference 2020 is

"From Critique to Best Practices: Caribbean Psychology at Home and Abroad"


We seek proposals that focus on research, assessment, interventions, and health policies that fully consider the complexity of Caribbean social context, identity, and culture as effects on mental and physical health. We welcome proposals that address such issues across the lifespan and focus on specific age groups, such as children, adolescentsand adults of all ages. Also, we encourage proposals outlining system-level approaches to these concerns, which may include preventive strategies, school interventions, and agency collaborations that focus on structural features of Caribbean life experiences.

Website: http://

Department contact: 876-970-3896 or Ext. 8509 or 8511
Conference Cooridnator: Dr Tracy McFarlane,

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