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Psychology courses familiarize students with the scientific study of mind and behavior. This discipline relies on methods ranging from simple observation to rigorous experimentation. Its subjects include how we develop and learn, how our actions are motivated, how we perceive the world around us, how we respond to it intellectually and emotionally, and how these processes change throughout life and are integrated into the personality under social influences. The department offers courses that apply psychology to a variety of practical settings, including the workplace, clinical, legal, and school environments.

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The Majors

 

Psychology

The psychology major is the most popular course of study among undergraduate students nationwide. Many of them will ultimately establish careers outside the field of psychology, but will do so in areas that rely upon an understanding of human thought and behavior. Psychology is an appropriate major for those who plan to work, for example, in business, law, the health care professions, education, public affairs, nonprofit agencies, and computer science.

To prepare for a career in psychology or an allied profession, such as social work or counseling, students must earn a master's or doctoral degree. Graduate programs in psychology are selective and take into consideration a student's academic record, letters of recommendation, field and research experience, and, in most cases, GRE scores. A number of American Psychological Association publications, including the APA Guide to Graduate Study in Psychology, are useful when making academic and career plans.

Baruch offers a 25-credit BA major in Psychology. This includes two required courses and a broad array of electives.

Careful selection of electives suitable for students' academic and career plans is highly advised. Students who wish to develop their research skills should consider pursuing an independent study or honors thesis project. It is also recommended that students take courses in other departments that focus on the scientific method, logic, communication skills, and the understanding of cultural and social systems.

Prerequisite Courses                                     7 credits

General Psychology

4 credits

3 credits (effective spring 2016)

STA 2100

Statistics for Social Science3 credits
  • Students who took STA 2000 to fulfill BBA core requirements and who change their degree objective to the BA will be given permission to use STA 2000 in lieu of STA 2100. Psychology majors may not take STA 2100 on a pass/fail basis.

Psychology Core

Required Course                               4 credits
Research Methods in Psychology (formerly PSY 5020)4 credits
Choose four of the following courses:  12 credits
Abnormal Psychology3 credits
Social Psychology3 credits
Developmental Psychology: Personality in 3 Childhood and Adolescence *3 credits
or
Developmental Psychology: Adult Personality *3 credits
PSY 3064Personality and Individual Differences (formerly PSY 4061 Theories of Personality)3 credits

PSY 3067 

Psychology of Motivation and Learning3 credits
PSY 3081Cognitive Psychology3 credits
Mind, Brain and Behavior3 credits
PSY 4080Sensation and Perception3 credits 

* Students may not take both PSY 3059 and PSY 3060 to fulfill the core requirement.

Elective Courses               9 credits

Three courses of students' choosing. They may include courses that constitute part of the required core in psychology, if not otherwise used to fulfill core curriculum requirements, as well as any other elective courses offered by the department. at least one of theses courses MUST be at the 4000-level or above.

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Industrial/Organizational Psychology

The major in industrial/organizational psychology is a broadbased one. It offers courses in all areas of psychology while emphasizing the field of industrial/organizational psychology. This major is within the Zicklin School of Business. All BBA requirements apply.

For many students, the BBA in industrial/organizational psychology is a terminal degree. They may pursue careers in business, including sales, advertising, marketing, and human resource management. They may also pursue careers in a variety of governmental agencies or engage in public opinion or market research.

Some career objectives may require or recommend that the student pursue a master's (MBA or MS) or PhD degree in industrial/organizational psychology.

Base Courses                                     7 credits

No credit toward the major

General Psychology

4 credits

3 credits (effective spring 2016)

Business Statistics3 credits
Required Courses                               24 credits
Research Methods in Psychology3 credits
 Industrial and Organizational Psychology3 credits

PLUS three of the following:

Social Psychology3 credits

PSY 3064 

Personality and Individual Differences (formerly PSY 4061 Theories of Personality)3 credits
Psychology of Motivation and Learning3 credits
Cognitive Psychology3 credits
Mind, Brain, and Behavior3 credits
 

Elective Courses

Three of the following:

Diversity in the Workplace3 credits
Advanced Personnel Psychology3 credits
Advanced Organizational Psychology 3 credits
Occupational Health Psychology3 credits
Psychology of Career Development and Planning3 credits
Leadership and Managerial Development (formerly PSY 3184)3 credits
Psychology of Organizational Training and Development3 credits

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The Minor

The minor comprises three courses in Psychology, at least one of which must be a foundation course in psychology and at least one of which must be a capstone course at the 4000 level or above. The capstone course should be one of the department’s communications-intensive options and must be taken at Baruch College. The selection of a suitable capstone should take the student’s background in the discipline and academic interests into account and should be determined in consultation with the Department of Psychology.

Foundation Courses:      3-6 credits
Abnormal Psychology3 credits
Social Psychology3 credits
Developmental Psychology: Personality in 3 Childhood and Adolescence *3 credits
       or
Developmental Psychology: Adult Personality *3 credits
PSY 3064Personality and Individual Differences (formerly PSY 4061 Theories of Personality)3 credits

PSY 3067 

Psychology of Motivation and Learning3 credits
PSY 3081Cognitive Psychology3 credits 
Mind, Brain and Behavior3 credits

* Students may not take both PSY 3059 and PSY 3060 to fulfill the foundation requirement.

Elective courses               0-3 credits
Thought and Reality   ( PHI 3030 )3 credits
Philosophy of Psychology  ( PHI 3035)3 credits
Psychology and Culture3 credits

PSY 3040

PSY 3042-3047

Special Problems in Psychology Series I

3 credits
The Psychology of Sleep3 credits
Psychology of Religion3 credits
Small Group Processes3 credits
Psychology of Life Experience3 credits
Psychology of Stress Management3 credits
Health Psychology3 credits
Psychology and the Law3 credits
Psychology of Gender3 credits
Political Psychology   ( POL 3101)3 credits
Industrial and Organizational Psychology3 credits
Interviewing Techniques3 credits
Environmental Psychology3 credits
Experimental Philosophy   ( PHI 3220)3 credits
Psychology of Advertising 3 credits
Literature and Psychology  ( ENG 3730)3 credits
Capstone CourseChoose one the following: 
Diversity in the Workplace3 credits
PSY 4012Evolution of Modern Psychology 3 credits 
Advanced Personnel Psychology3 credits
Psychology of the Family3 credits
PSY 4080Sensation and Perception3 credits
PSY 4181Advanced Organizational Psychology 3 credits 
PSY 4182Occupational Health Psychology 3 credits 
PSY 4183Psychology of Career Development and Planning3 credits
PSY 4184Leadership and Managerial Development3 credits
PSY 4185 Psychology of Training and Development3 credits
Psychological Approaches to Contemporary Problems3 credits

PSY 5000 

Independent Study in Psychology

(requires departmental permission)

3 credits

 

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Courses

Courses in Psychology (PSY)

General Psychology

2 lecture hours; 2 recitation hours ; 4 credits

3 hours; 3 credits (effective spring 2016)

Research Methods in Psychology

2 recitation hours; 4 lab hours; 4 credits

Thought and Reality ( PHI 3030

3 hours; 3 credits

Practice in Laboratory and Research Methodology I

3 field hours; 1 credit

Practicum in Laboratory and Research Methodology II

3 field hours; 1 credit

Philosophy of Psychology ( PHI 3035)

3 hours; 3 credits

Psychology and Culture

3 hours; 3 credits

PSY 3040

PSY 3042-3047 

Special Problems in Psychology Series I

3 hours; 3 credits

Psychology of Women

3 hours; 3 credits

Psychology of Stress Management

3 hours; 3 credits

Special Problems in Psychology

3 hours; 3 credits

Tests and Measurements

3 hours; 3 credits

The Psychology of Sleep

3 hours; 3 credits

Abnormal Psychology

3 hours; 3 credits

Social Psychology

3 hours; 3 credits

Psychology of Religion

3 hours; 3 credits

Small Group Processes

3 hours; 3 credits

Developmental Psychology: Personality in Childhood and Adolescence

3 hours; 3 credits

Developmental Psychology: Adult Personality

3 hours; 3 credits

Psychology of Life Experience

3 hours; 3 credits

Psychology of Stress Management

3 hours; 3 credits

Health Psychology

3 hours; 3 credits

PSY 3064Personality and Individual Differences (formerly PSY 4061 Theories of Personality)3 hours; 3 credits
PSY 3067The Psychology of Motivation and Learning 3 hours; 3 credits

Psychology And Law

3 hours; 3 credits

Psychology of Gender

3 hours; 3 credits

Psychology and the Internet

3 hours; 3 credits

Cognitive Psychology

3 hours; 3 credits

Mind, Brain, and Behavior

3 hours; 3 credits

Psychology of Learning

3 hours; 3 credits

Political Psychology ( POL 3101)

3 hours; 3 credits

Industrial and Organizational Psychology

3 hours; 3 credits

Interviewing Techniques

3 hours; 3 credits

Environmental Psychology

3 hours; 3 credits

Experimental Philosophy ( PHI 3220)

3 hours; 3 credits

Psychology of Advertising

3 hours; 3 credits

Literature and Psychology ( ENG 3730)

3 hours; 3 credits

Diversity in the Workplace

3 hours; 3 credits

Evolution of Modern Psychology

3 hours; 3 credits

Advanced Personnel Psychology

"3 hours, 3 credits"

Practicum in Community Psychological Services

6 hours; 4 credits

Practicum in Community Psychological Services II

1 seminar hour; 4 field hours; 3 credits

Psychopathology of Childhood

3 hours; 3 credits

PSY 4040

Special Problems in Psychology Series II

3 hours; 3 credits

Psychology of Death

3 hours; 3 credits

Psychology of the Family

3 hours; 3 credits

Sexuality: Alternative Life Styles and Identities

3 hours; 3 credits

PSY 4080Sensation and Perception3 hours; 3 credits
PSY 4181Advanced Organizational Psychology 3 hours; 3 credits 
PSY 4182Occupational Health Psychology3 hours; 3 credits 
PSY 4183Psychology of Career Development and Planning 3 hours; 3 credits 
PSY 4184

Leadership and Managerial Development

 
3 hours; 3 credits 
PSY 4185Psychology of Training and Development 3 hours; 3 credits 

Psychological Approaches to Contemporary Problems

3 hours; 3 credits

PSY 5000-5004 

Independent Study I-V

hours and credits to be arranged

Research Practicum in Psychology

Variable (3 to 9 hours; 1 to 3 credits)

Psychology Honors I

3 hours; 3 credits per semester

Psychology Honors II

3 hours; 3 credits per semester

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