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 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 Program will prepare students to implement a range of empowerment strategies in their personal and interpersonal lives, successfully pursue graduate study, and work productively in their chosen fields.
Students who complete the major or minor in Psychology will have a broad range of knowledge and skills applicable to many human service careers and programs of graduate study, as well as business employment settings.
Student learning outcomes for the Psychology Program include:
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:
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.
Students must choose one course from Area I and two courses each from Areas II and III.
Total: 8 credits
Students must choose two courses from the following:
Total Credits for Bachelor of Arts in Psychology: 40
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 PSY 490 Senior Research Seminar.
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Assistant Professor and Program Chair for Psychology
Office: Henderson Hall
Associate Professor and Coordinator, Graduate Programs in Psychology
Office: Henderson Hall
Half-Time Asst Professor
Office: Henderson Hall
Professor, Human and Social Development Area Chair
Office: Santa Maria
All psychology majors and minors are encouraged to complete an internship and the majority of students do so. In the junior or senior year, students can take advantage of this option to earn credits by working in a professional setting. Our students have completed internships in different types of settings; large corporate offices, mental health/community agencies, and hospitals.
Students who are interested in careers that apply psychology to the workplace have done internships at places such as:
Numerous mental health internship placements are available in our immediate area such as in residential group homes, treatment facilities, community and government agencies, and county probation offices and correctional facilities. Students gain a great deal from these internship placements. They receive valuable mentorship from our program Internship Coordinator and from their placement site supervisors. Interns have the opportunity to network with professionals in the field and apply what they have learned in the classroom to the real world of professional psychology.
Students who major or minor in psychology also have the opportunity to work with faculty doing research on various issues in the field including the credibility of eyewitness testimony, eating disorders, and child development. All majors will also conduct original research in the capstone senior seminar. Our students often present their research with faculty at national and regional conferences and may publish their findings in the College of Saint Elizabeth Journal of the Behavioral Sciences.
Students will also benefit from attending the Psychology Program Colloquium series. Twice each semester the Program brings speakers from outside the College to present the latest research and clinical findings in exciting and interesting areas in the field. By attending these presentations, students can develop professional contacts and networking opportunities but also learn outside of a traditional classroom setting.
Many courses include field trips to professional sites related to course contact such as Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital and the Albert Ellis Institute.
Psychology majors and minors are encouraged to join the Psychology Club. The Club promotes a greater understanding of the field of psychology and provides additional experiences outside the classroom. The Program also has a local chapter of Psi Chi, The National Honor Society in Psychology. Eligible students who apply are inducted annually into the honor society.
Students are also encouraged to become a student affiliate of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science and/or the New Jersey Psychological Association.