Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletins

Department of Psychology


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
PSY 1001 General Psychology 4 credits
STA 2100 Statistics for Social Science 3 credits

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


Required Courses                               7 credits
PSY 4012 Evolution of Modern Psychology 3 credits
PSY 3001 Research Methods in Psychology
(formerly PSY 5020 Experimental Psychology)
4 credits

Elective Courses                               18 credits

Foundation Electives                 (12-18 credits)
PSY 3055 Abnormal Psychology 3 credits
PSY 3056 Social Psychology 3 credits
PSY 3059 Developmental Psychology: Personality in 3 Childhood and Adolescence * 3 credits
or
PSY 3060 Developmental Psychology: Adult Personality * 3 credits
PSY 3065 Psychology of Motivation 3 credits
PSY 3070 Physiological Psychology * 3 credits
or
PSY 3082 Mind, Brain and Behavior * 3 credits
PSY 3080 Psychology of Attention and Perception 3 credits
PSY 3081 Cognitive Psychology 3 credits
PSY 3083 Psychology of Learning 3 credits
PSY 4061 Theories of Personality 3 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)
PSY 3030 Thought and Reality   (PHI 3030) 3 credits
PSY 3035 Philosophy of Psychology  (PHI 3035) 3 credits
PSY 3036 Psychology and Culture 3 credits
PSY 3040-46 Special Topics in Psychology 3 credits
PSY 3054 The Psychology of Sleep 3 credits
PSY 3057 Psychology of Religion 3 credits
PSY 3058 Small Group Processes 3 credits
PSY 3061 Psychology of Life Experience 3 credits
PSY 3062 Psychology of Stress Management 3 credits
PSY 3063 Health Psychology 3 credits
PSY 3069 Psychology and the Law 3 credits
PSY 3071 Psychology of Gender 3 credits
PSY 3074 Psychological Aspects of Disabling Conditions 3 credits
PSY 3101 Political Psychology   (POL 3101) 3 credits
PSY 3181 Industrial and Organizational Psychology 3 credits
PSY 3182 Interviewing Techniques 3 credits
PSY 3183 Psychology and Urban Problems 3 credits
PSY 3184 Leadership and Managerial Development 3 credits
PSY 3185 Environmental Psychology 3 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
PSY 4010 Diversity in the Workplace 3 credits
PSY 4013 Advanced Personnel Psychology 3 credits
PSY 4015 Emotions in the Workplace 3 credits
PSY 4035 Practicum in Community Psychological Services 3 credits
PSY 4039 Psychopathology of Childhood 3 credits
PSY 4051 Psychology of the Family 3 credits
PSY 4900 Psychological Approaches to Contemporary Problems 3 credits
PSY 5030 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

PSY 1001 General Psychology 4 credits
STA 2100 Statistics for Social Science 3 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
PSY 3181 Industrial and Organizational Psychology 3 credits
PSY 4012 Evolution of Modern Psychology 3 credits
PSY 3001 Research Methods in Psychology
(formerly PSY 5020 Experimental Psychology)
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:
PSY 3055 Abnormal Psychology 3 credits
PSY 3056 Social Psychology 3 credits
PSY 3059 Developmental Psychology: Personality in Childhood and Adolescence 3 credits
PSY 3060 Developmental Psychology: Adult Personality 3 credits
PSY 3065 The Psychology of Motivation 3 credits
PSY 3070 Physiological Psychology 3 credits
PSY 3080 Psychology of Attention and Perception 3 credits
PSY 3081 Cognitive Psychology 3 credits
PSY 3082 Mind, Brain and Behavior 3 credits
PSY 4061 Theories of Personality 3 credits
PSY 5030 Research Practicum in Psychology variable

One or two applied psychology electives; for example:
PSY 3058 Small Group Processes 3 credits
PSY 3069 Psychology and Law 3 credits
PSY 3182 Interviewing Techniques 3 credits
PSY 4010 Diversity in the Workplace 3 credits
PSY 4013 Advanced Personnel Psychology 3 credits
PSY 4015 Emotions in the Workplace 3 credits
PSY 4035 Practicum in Community Psychological Services 3 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
PSY 4012 Evolution of Modern Psychology 3 credits

Foundation electives        (3-6 credits):
PSY 3055 Abnormal Psychology 3 credits
PSY 3056 Social Psychology 3 credits
PSY 3059 Developmental Psychology: Personality in 3 Childhood and Adolescence * 3 credits
or
PSY 3060 Developmental Psychology: Adult Personality * 3 credits
PSY 3065 The Psychology of Motivation 3 credits
PSY 3070 Physiological Psychology * 3 credits
or
PSY 3082 Mind, Brain and Behavior * 3 credits
PSY 3080 Psychology of Attention and Perception 3 credits
PSY 3081 Cognitive Psychology 3 credits
PSY 3083 Psychology of Learning 3 credits
PSY 4061 Theories of Personality 3 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)
PSY 3030 Thought and Reality   (PHI 3030) 3 credits
PSY 3035 Philosophy of Psychology  (PHI 3035) 3 credits
PSY 3036 Psychology and Culture 3 credits
PSY 3040-46 Special Topics in Psychology 3 credits
PSY 3054 The Psychology of Sleep 3 credits
PSY 3057 Psychology of Religion 3 credits
PSY 3058 Small Group Processes 3 credits
PSY 3061 Psychology of Life Experience 3 credits
PSY 3062 Psychology of Stress Management 3 credits
PSY 3063 Health Psychology 3 credits
PSY 3069 Psychology and the Law 3 credits
PSY 3071 Psychology of Gender 3 credits
PSY 3074 Psychological Aspects of Disabling Conditions 3 credits
PSY 3101 Political Psychology   (POL 3101) 3 credits
PSY 3181 Industrial and Organizational Psychology 3 credits
PSY 3182 Interviewing Techniques 3 credits
PSY 3183 Psychology and Urban Problems 3 credits
PSY 3184 Leadership and Managerial Development 3 credits
PSY 3185 Environmental Psychology 3 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
PSY 4010 Diversity in the Workplace 3 credits
PSY 4013 Advanced Personnel Psychology 3 credits
PSY 4015 Emotions in the Workplace 3 credits
PSY 4035 Practicum in Community Psychological Services 3 credits
PSY 4039 Psychopathology of Childhood 3 credits
PSY 4051 Psychology of the Family 3 credits
PSY 4900 Psychological Approaches to Contemporary Problems 3 credits
PSY 5030 Research Practicum in Psychology ** 1-3 credits

   * Students must take a total of three hours.

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