Undergraduate Contact Information

Psychology Program

Dr. Michelle M. Barrett
Program Chairperson
Henderson Hall
Room 222D

Phone: (973) 290-4027
Email: mbarrett01@cse.edu

Overview & Mission

Undergraduate and Graduate Programs in Psychology

The Psychology Program offers a 40-credit undergraduate major leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree, as well as an 18-credit minor. The Program is open to both women and men through evening coursework, and traditional age Women's College students. The Psychology Graduate Program, open to both women and men, offers a Master's in Counseling Psychology with three specialization options, a Master's in Forensic Psychology and Counseling and a Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology.

The mission of the Psychology Program is to facilitate students' understanding of the science of psychology, as well as the values, knowledge, and skills required to pursue empowerment of self and others in a social justice context.

Students will acquire a broad understanding of the discipline of psychology, as well as a global awareness of issues affecting the development of psychological knowledge in other countries. At the same time, they will develop an appreciation of principles of ethical decision making, the importance of resilience, self-efficacy and self-advocacy as cornerstones of self-respect and self-determination, and the fundamental duty of social justice in working with underserved groups.

The Programs will prepare students to implement a range of empowerment strategies in their personal and interpersonal lives and work productively in their chosen fields.

Student Outcomes

Student learning outcomes for the Psychology Program include:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, research methodology, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  • Recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural diversity.
  • Demonstrate awareness of the global nature of the discipline and issues affecting psychology in other countries.
  • Apply psychological principles to promote social justice.
  • Develop self-understanding and sense of purpose in life and implement a range of strategies to enhance self-efficacy.
  • Successfully complete a career development plan that will guide students’ professional goals.
  • Promote an understanding of current ethical, social, and legal issues facing the helping professional.
  • Promote the application of psychological theory to effectively guide individual growth, change and development.
  • Develop leadership skills to effectively guide change in the promotion and delivery of counseling services to the public.


Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Students who complete the degree in psychology will have a broad range of skills applicable to many human services as well as business employment settings. The Program provides a rigorous education in fundamental content areas such as human development and personality theory, but also teaches students to think critically and communicate effectively. These are skills that are highly sought after by employers in corporations, hospitals, schools, counseling centers, and group homes. With a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the College of Saint Elizabeth, students are eligible for entry-level positions in the mental health field and have been hired in community agencies, hospital programs, and in group homes.

Students who complete the Program are also well prepared to pursue Master's and Doctoral degrees. Many of our graduates have earned these advanced degrees from institutions such as:

  • College of Saint Elizabeth
  • Columbia University
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Fordham University
  • John Jay School of Criminal Justice

  • New York University
  • Seton Hall University
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • University of Missouri

Many psychology majors choose to double major and/or minor in related disciplines such as education, sociology, gerontology, justice studies, biology, nutrition and business. Students are encouraged to discuss these options with their advisor because completing a second major and/or minor along with the major in psychology broadens students' career choices. The Minor in Psychology is also a very good option to combine with a major in another discipline such as sociology or business. The minor will also give students the option to apply to graduate programs in psychology.

Master's in Counseling Psychology

The Master's program in Counseling Psychology, building on a multidisciplinary core, has been designed to prepare working adults to meet the challenges involved in providing counseling services to individuals and/or groups, and to be effective facilitators of change and growth.

Students who complete the program are well prepared to pursue doctoral degrees or enter professional work settings. The 60-credit mental health specialization meets the educational requirements for licensure as a professional counselor in New Jersey. The 48-credit school counseling specialization meets the educational requirements for certification as a School Counselor in New Jersey. The 30-credit specialization prepares students to apply for doctoral training in Psychology.

Psychology Program

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

  • PSY100 Introduction to Psychology (4)
  • PSY110 Orientation to the Psychology Major (1)
  • PSY230 Research Methods and Statistics I (3)
  • PSY230L Research Methods and Statistics I Lab (0)
  • PSY233 Research Methods and Statistics II (3)
  • PSY233L Research Methods and Statistics II Lab (0)
  • PSY301 Seminar in History and Systems of Psychology (2)
  • PSY390 Junior Seminar in Psychology (1)
  • PSY490 Senior Research Seminar (2)

Total: 16 credits

Breadth Area Restricted Electives

Students must choose one course from Area I and two courses each from Areas II and III.

I. Understanding the Biological and Cognitive Basis of Behavior

  • PSY331 Biological Basis of Behavior (4)
  • PSY309 Cognitive Psychology (4)

Total: 4 credits

II. Understanding Individual Differences

  • PSY320 Personality Theory (4)
  • PSY315 Psychological Tests and Measurements (4)
  • PSY200 Lifespan Development I: Child and Adolescent Development (4)
  • PSY203 Lifespan Development II: Adult Development and Aging (4)

Total: 8 credits

III. Understanding the Social/Cultural Bases of Behavior

  • PSY400 Seminar in Multicultural/Gender Studies (4)
  • PSY403 Seminar in Social Psychology (4)
  • PSY405 Seminar in International and Cultural Issues in Psychology (4)
    (PSY400 and PSY405 are open only to Psychology Majors and Minors)
    (PSY403 is open only to Psychology and/or Sociology Majors and Minors)

Total: 8 credits

Free Electives:

Students must choose two courses from the following:

  • PSY209 Understanding Self and Others (2)
  • PSY217 Introduction to Counseling (2)
  • PSY219 Crisis Intervention (2)
  • PSY210 Introduction to Forensic Psychology (2)
  • PSY207 Industrial Organizational Psychology (2)
  • PSY340 Abnormal Psychology (4)
    (PSY320 and PSY331 are prerequisites for PSY340)
  • PSY250 Counseling and Spirituality (2)
  • PSY499 Special Topics in Psychology (2)

Total: 4 credits

Total Credits for Bachelor of Arts in Psychology: 40

Capstone Requirement

Students fulfill the College of Saint Elizabeth capstone requirement by successfully passing a three-part comprehensive examination. The comprehensive examination includes a standardized test of achievement in the field of psychology, a written essay and journal article critique, and a career portfolio. Preparation for the examination is offered in PSY490 Senior Research Seminar.

Requirements for a Minor in Psychology

  • PSY100 Introduction to Psychology (4)
  • PSY230 Research Methods and Statistics I (3)
  • PSY230L Research Methods and Statistics I Lab (0)
  • PSY233 Research Methods and Statistics II (3)
  • PSY233L Research Methods and Statistics II Lab (0)
  • PSY301 Seminar in History and Systems of Psychology (2)
  • Psychology Breadth Area Restricted Elective (4)
  • Psychology Free Elective (2)

Total: 18 credits