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Field Description

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.

Base Courses                                     7 credits

No credit toward the major
General Psychology4 credits
Statistics for Social Science3 credits

(Psychology majors may not take STA 2100 on a pass/fail basis.)

Required Courses                               7 credits
Evolution of Modern Psychology3 credits
Research Methods in Psychology (formerly PSY 5020)4 credits
Elective Courses                               18 credits

Foundation Electives                 (12-18 credits)
Abnormal Psychology3 credits
Social Psychology3 credits
Developmental Psychology: Personality in 3 Childhood and Adolescence *3 credits
or
Developmental Psychology: Adult Development*3 credits
Psychology of Motivation3 credits
Physiological Psychology *3 credits
or
Mind, Brain and Behavior *3 credits
Psychology of Attention and Perception3 credits
Cognitive Psychology3 credits
Psychology of Learning3 credits
Theories of Personality3 credits

* Students may apply either PSY 3059 or PSY 3060 and either PSY 3070 or PSY 3082 toward the four-course foundation electives requirement, not both.


Applied Psychology Electives               (0-6 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
Psychological Aspects of Disabling Conditions3 credits
Political Psychology   ( POL 3101)3 credits
Industrial and Organizational Psychology3 credits
Interviewing Techniques3 credits
Psychology and Urban Problems3 credits
Leadership and Managerial Development3 credits
Environmental Psychology3 credits
Experimental Philosophy   ( PHI 3220)3 credits
Psychology of Advertising 3 credits
Literature and Psychology  ( ENG 3730)3 credits
Diversity in the Workplace3 credits
Advanced Personnel Psychology3 credits
Emotions in the Workplace3 credits
Practicum in Community Psychological Services3 credits
Psychopathology of Childhood3 credits
Psychology of the Family3 credits
Psychological Approaches to Contemporary Problems3 credits
Research Practicum in Psychology **1-3 credits
   ** Students must take a total of three hours.

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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 Psychology4 credits
Statistics for Social Science3 credits

(Psychology majors may not take STA 2100 on a pass/fail basis.)

Industrial/organizational psychology majors should take STA 2100. However,  STA 2000 will be acceptable if 2100 is not available.

Required Courses                               10 credits
Industrial and Organizational Psychology3 credits
Evolution of Modern Psychology3 credits
Research Methods in Psychology (formerly PSY 5020)4 credits
Electives                                        14 – 15 credits

All other psychology courses except PSY 1001, 3033, and 3034 
                                    and
Any elective courses in another department relevant to the students educational objective, with permission of the Department of Psychology. The Department of Psychology prefers that students complete their majors with psychology courses.

Like BA psychology majors, those who intend to pursue graduate studies in industrial/organizational psychology are urged to focus on electives that stress the foundations of the field. These include the following:

At least four of the following foundation courses:
Abnormal Psychology3 credits
Social Psychology3 credits
Developmental Psychology: Personality in Childhood and Adolescence3 credits
Developmental Psychology: Adult Development3 credits
The Psychology of Motivation3 credits
Physiological Psychology3 credits
Psychology of Attention and Perception3 credits
Cognitive Psychology3 credits
Mind, Brain and Behavior3 credits
Theories of Personality3 credits
Research Practicum in Psychologyvariable
One or two applied psychology electives; for example:
Small Group Processes3 credits
Psychology and Law3 credits
Interviewing Techniques3 credits
Diversity in the Workplace3 credits
Advanced Personnel Psychology3 credits
Emotions in the Workplace3 credits
Practicum in Community Psychological Services3 credits

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The Minor

The Department of Psychology offers a minor in psychology that requires completing two advanced courses, of which at least one must be a foundation course. After completing these advanced courses, students must take the capstone, PSY 4012 Evolution of Modern Psychology, to complete the minor.

Required Course
Evolution of Modern Psychology3 credits

Foundation electives        (3-6 credits):
Abnormal Psychology3 credits
Social Psychology3 credits
Developmental Psychology: Personality in 3 Childhood and Adolescence *3 credits
       or
Developmental Psychology: Adult Development*3 credits
The Psychology of Motivation3 credits
Physiological Psychology *3 credits
      or
Mind, Brain and Behavior *3 credits
Psychology of Attention and Perception3 credits
Cognitive Psychology3 credits
Psychology of Learning

3 credits

Theories of Personality3 credits

* Students may apply either PSY 3059 or PSY 3060 and either PSY 3070 or PSY 3082 toward the one-course foundation elective requirement, not both.


Applied Psychology Electives               (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
Psychological Aspects of Disabling Conditions3 credits
Political Psychology   ( POL 3101)3 credits
Industrial and Organizational Psychology3 credits
Interviewing Techniques3 credits
Psychology and Urban Problems3 credits
Leadership and Managerial Development3 credits
Environmental Psychology3 credits
Experimental Philosophy   ( PHI 3220)3 credits
Psychology of Advertising 3 credits
Literature and Psychology  ( ENG 3730)3 credits
Diversity in the Workplace3 credits
Advanced Personnel Psychology3 credits
Emotions in the Workplace3 credits
Practicum in Community Psychological Services3 credits
Psychopathology of Childhood3 credits
Psychology of the Family3 credits
Psychological Approaches to Contemporary Problems3 credits
Research Practicum in Psychology **1-3 credits
   * Students must take a total of three hours.


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Courses

Courses in Psychology (PSY)

General Psychology

2 lecture hours; 2 recitation hours ; 4 credits

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 Development

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

The Psychology of Motivation

3 hours; 3 credits

Psychology And Law

3 hours; 3 credits

Physiological Psychology

2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours; 3 credits

Psychology of Gender

3 hours; 3 credits

Community Psychology

3 hours; 3 credits

Psychological Aspects of Disabling Conditions

3 hours; 3 credits

Psychology and the Internet

3 hours; 3 credits

Psychology of Attention and Perception

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

Vocational Psychology

3 hours; 3 credits

Industrial and Organizational Psychology

3 hours; 3 credits

Interviewing Techniques

3 hours; 3 credits

Psychology and Urban Problems

3 hours; 3 credits

Leadership and Managerial Development

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"

Emotions in the Workplace

"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

Psycho-Educational Diagnosis and Appraisal of Special Groups

3 hours; 3 credits

Sexuality: Alternative Life Styles and Identities

3 hours; 3 credits

Theories of Personality

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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