AT Psychology

AT Psychology will provide students with the opportunity to investigate the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. They will leave with a deep understanding of the biological, psychological, and social-cultural forces that impact us, and the ability to apply critical thinking skills to their own research in the field.

What are the major projects you will complete in this course?

Students will complete a research paper in the first semester, and a research project second semester. Both will be based on student interest, and be vetted for potential publication.

SUPA graduation credits are available for this course.

This course provides Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA) credits for students. For more information, click here.

Course Details

Rachel Proffitt

"You should take this course if you are interested in a challenging, deep dive into understanding yourself, your friends and family, and society at large. "

AT Psychology

ID: 42062 Grade: 11-12 Length: Year
Credit: Social Studies
Prerequisite: Semester I grade of B or higher in a tenth or eleventh grade social studies course; or a current teacher recommendation.
Note: Students who have taken AP Psychology previously are not eligible to take this course.This course is aligned to the criteria for a Syracuse University psychology course (SUPA PSY 205). AT Psychology: students may elect to earn Syracuse University credit by concurrently enrolling in SUPA PSY 205. Students must enroll in the Syracuse University system at the beginning of AT Psychology. Please note that there is a cost per Syracuse University credit hour that families must pay if students choose to concurrently enroll. For further information, please see the SUPA website. To determine whether participation in this program is a fit for your long-term goals, please speak with your counselor. The Advanced Topic (AT) designation indicates a course is at university level, putting it at or above the level of a traditional Advanced Placement (AP) course. This course has a grade point weighting of 0.5.

AT Psychology introduces students to the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. Through examining basic theories, research discoveries and the applied use of psychology, students will understand multiple perspectives demonstrating that, while psychology covers diverse topics they are not separate and distinct, rather they are integrated and together combine to give us the entire picture of human behavior, cognition and emotion. Students will learn to access, critically read and evaluate current research in the field of psychology and will conduct both individual and group research into a topic of interest, thus gaining a strong understanding of the psychological principles as applied to their lives and the world around them. They will complete the course with a strong foundation in scientific research methodology. Students in AT Psychology will have the option to take it as a dual-enrollment course with Syracuse University.

Results that Matter


Advanced Placement (AP) courses and exams


of 3's, 4's, and 5's received in AP exams in 2018


Advanced Topics (AT) courses


of the Class of 2018 graduates were awarded cum laude commendations