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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

PSY 1001 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
PSY 3001 Research Methods in Psychology (formerly PSY 5020)4 credits
Choose four of the following courses:  12 credits
PSY 3055 Abnormal Psychology3 credits
PSY 3056 Social Psychology3 credits
PSY 3059 Developmental Psychology: Personality in 3 Childhood and Adolescence *3 credits
or
PSY 3060 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
PSY 3082 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

PSY 1001 General Psychology

4 credits

3 credits (effective spring 2016)

STA 2000 Business Statistics3 credits
Required Courses                               24 credits
PSY 3001 Research Methods in Psychology3 credits
PSY 3181  Industrial and Organizational Psychology3 credits

PLUS three of the following:

PSY 3056 Social Psychology3 credits

PSY 3064 

Personality and Individual Differences (formerly PSY 4061 Theories of Personality)3 credits
PSY 3067 Psychology of Motivation and Learning3 credits
PSY 3081 Cognitive Psychology3 credits
PSY 3082 Mind, Brain, and Behavior3 credits
 

Elective Courses

Three of the following:

PSY 4010 Diversity in the Workplace3 credits
PSY 4013 Advanced Personnel Psychology3 credits
PSY 4181 Advanced Organizational Psychology 3 credits
PSY 4182 Occupational Health Psychology3 credits
PSY 4183 Psychology of Career Development and Planning3 credits
PSY 4184 Leadership and Managerial Development (formerly PSY 3184)3 credits
PSY 4185 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
PSY 3055 Abnormal Psychology3 credits
PSY 3056 Social Psychology3 credits
PSY 3059 Developmental Psychology: Personality in 3 Childhood and Adolescence *3 credits
       or
PSY 3060 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 
PSY 3082 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
PSY 3030 Thought and Reality   ( PHI 3030 )3 credits
PSY 3035 Philosophy of Psychology  ( PHI 3035)3 credits
PSY 3036 Psychology and Culture3 credits

PSY 3040

PSY 3042-3047

Special Problems in Psychology Series I

3 credits
PSY 3054 The Psychology of Sleep3 credits
PSY 3057 Psychology of Religion3 credits
PSY 3058 Small Group Processes3 credits
PSY 3061 Psychology of Life Experience3 credits
PSY 3062 Psychology of Stress Management3 credits
PSY 3063 Health Psychology3 credits
PSY 3069 Psychology and the Law3 credits
PSY 3071 Psychology of Gender3 credits
PSY 3101 Political Psychology   ( POL 3101)3 credits
PSY 3181 Industrial and Organizational Psychology3 credits
PSY 3182 Interviewing Techniques3 credits
PSY 3185 Environmental Psychology3 credits
PSY 3220 Experimental Philosophy   ( PHI 3220)3 credits
PSY 3288 Psychology of Advertising 3 credits
PSY 3730 Literature and Psychology  ( ENG 3730)3 credits
Capstone CourseChoose one the following: 
PSY 4010 Diversity in the Workplace3 credits
PSY 4012Evolution of Modern Psychology 3 credits 
PSY 4013 Advanced Personnel Psychology3 credits
PSY 4051 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
PSY 4900 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)

PSY 1001 

General Psychology

2 lecture hours; 2 recitation hours ; 4 credits

3 hours; 3 credits (effective spring 2016)

PSY 3001 

Research Methods in Psychology

2 recitation hours; 4 lab hours; 4 credits

PSY 3030 

Thought and Reality ( PHI 3030

3 hours; 3 credits

PSY 3033 

Practice in Laboratory and Research Methodology I

3 field hours; 1 credit

PSY 3034 

Practicum in Laboratory and Research Methodology II

3 field hours; 1 credit

PSY 3035 

Philosophy of Psychology ( PHI 3035)

3 hours; 3 credits

PSY 3036 

Psychology and Culture

3 hours; 3 credits

PSY 3040

PSY 3042-3047 

Special Problems in Psychology Series I

3 hours; 3 credits

PSY 3041 

Psychology of Women

3 hours; 3 credits

PSY 3049 

Psychology of Stress Management

3 hours; 3 credits

PSY 3050 

Special Problems in Psychology

3 hours; 3 credits

PSY 3053 

Tests and Measurements

3 hours; 3 credits

PSY 3054 

The Psychology of Sleep

3 hours; 3 credits

PSY 3055 

Abnormal Psychology

3 hours; 3 credits

PSY 3056 

Social Psychology

3 hours; 3 credits

PSY 3057 

Psychology of Religion

3 hours; 3 credits

PSY 3058 

Small Group Processes

3 hours; 3 credits

PSY 3059 

Developmental Psychology: Personality in Childhood and Adolescence

3 hours; 3 credits

PSY 3060 

Developmental Psychology: Adult Personality

3 hours; 3 credits

PSY 3061 

Psychology of Life Experience

3 hours; 3 credits

PSY 3062 

Psychology of Stress Management

3 hours; 3 credits

PSY 3063 

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

PSY 3069 

Psychology And Law

3 hours; 3 credits

PSY 3071 

Psychology of Gender

3 hours; 3 credits

PSY 3075 

Psychology and the Internet

3 hours; 3 credits

PSY 3081 

Cognitive Psychology

3 hours; 3 credits

PSY 3082 

Mind, Brain, and Behavior

3 hours; 3 credits

PSY 3083 

Psychology of Learning

3 hours; 3 credits

PSY 3101 

Political Psychology ( POL 3101)

3 hours; 3 credits

PSY 3181 

Industrial and Organizational Psychology

3 hours; 3 credits

PSY 3182 

Interviewing Techniques

3 hours; 3 credits

PSY 3185 

Environmental Psychology

3 hours; 3 credits

PSY 3220 

Experimental Philosophy ( PHI 3220)

3 hours; 3 credits

PSY 3288 

Psychology of Advertising

3 hours; 3 credits

PSY 3730 

Literature and Psychology ( ENG 3730)

3 hours; 3 credits

PSY 4010 

Diversity in the Workplace

3 hours; 3 credits

PSY 4012 

Evolution of Modern Psychology

3 hours; 3 credits

PSY 4013 

Advanced Personnel Psychology

"3 hours, 3 credits"

PSY 4035 

Practicum in Community Psychological Services

6 hours; 4 credits

PSY 4036 

Practicum in Community Psychological Services II

1 seminar hour; 4 field hours; 3 credits

PSY 4039 

Psychopathology of Childhood

3 hours; 3 credits

PSY 4040

Special Problems in Psychology Series II

3 hours; 3 credits

PSY 4041 

Psychology of Death

3 hours; 3 credits

PSY 4051 

Psychology of the Family

3 hours; 3 credits

PSY 4060 

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 

PSY 4900 

Psychological Approaches to Contemporary Problems

3 hours; 3 credits

PSY 5000-5004 

Independent Study I-V

hours and credits to be arranged

PSY 5030 

Research Practicum in Psychology

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

PSY 6001H 

Psychology Honors I

3 hours; 3 credits per semester

PSY 6002H 

Psychology Honors II

3 hours; 3 credits per semester

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