Spacer
Four Year Plan

SSHS: Psychology (B.A.)


Convener: Faculty:
Joseph F. Cataliotti


Emily Abbey
Gordon Bear
Robert Becklen
Jacqueline Braun
Donna Crawley
Sandra Gonsalves-Domond
Marshall Harth
Peter D. Heinze

Naseem Choudhury

Shaziela Ishak

James Morley
Maya Poran
Christian Reich
Tilahun Sineshaw
Mary Starke
Lysandra Perez-Strumolo
Leah Warner

Convener's website:
Psychology Program Website*
(*disclaimer below)


About the Major

Psychology seeks to understand human cognition, emotion, experience, and behavior. The Psychology Program at Ramapo College educates students in both the science and profession of psychology. It teaches psychology in a liberal arts context that makes clear the interconnections between psychology and other disciplines, promotes critical reasoning skills, and emphasizes the ethical issues involved in psychological practice and research.

The program nurtures learning by immersing students in a vrariety of theoretical orientations, research methodologies, and human diversity issues. Students also gain hands-on experience in the practice of psychology through fieldwork or through an independent research project. Students are trained to appropriately apply their psychological knowledge to issues in the world and to become discriminating readers of social and behavioral research.

To attain these goals, the program requires that students complete three basic courses: Introduction to Psychology, Research Methods in Psychology and Data Analysis in Psychology. The remaining requirements are structured around a number of courses that are grouped into six categories. Students are required to take at least one course from each of these categories. This structure allows some flexibility and choice, yet insures that each student will be exposed to content in the areas of social, developmental, experimental, and personality/abnormal psychology. Majors also take a course that presents a cultural or historical perspective on the discipline and an elective course in psychology.

Students gain hands-on, applied experience in psychology through a fieldwork course or an independent research course. In fieldwork courses students generally work in a mental health or educational agency in the community such as a school for special children; in the independent research course they design and implement a piece of original research. The final psychology requirement is a 400-level seminar in the senior year: Advanced Topics in Psychology. Examples of these include "Black Issues in Psychology," "Psychopathy," and "Cults."

Psychology is an appropriate major for a student seeking a career in any one of the human-service professions and for a student planning graduate work in psychology. Graduates may find opportunities for employment in a variety of settings such as community mental health centers, counseling services, substance-abuse programs, geriatric facilities, probation services, and schools for special education. Other opportunities lie in the fields of advertising, consulting, consumer research, criminal justice, education, environmental policy, evaluation research, human factors engineering, marketing, personnel, and product planning.

The psychology major is offered by the School of Social Science and Human Services leading to a B.A. degree. A psychology minor is available.

Requirements of the Major

  1. Transfer students who have 48 or more credits accepted at the time of transfer are waived from the courses marked with a [W] below.  Waivers only apply to General Education Requirements NOT School Core or Major Requirements.

  2. Double counting between General Education, School Core, and Major may be possible.  Check with your advisor to see if any apply.
Subject & Course # Title & Course Description
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
INTD 101 [W] FIRST YEAR SEMINAR
ENGL 180 COLLEGE ENGLISH
AIID 201 [W] READINGS IN HUMANITIES
MATH 108 ELEMENTARY PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS
SELECT ONE GE-SCIENCE WITH EXPERIENTIAL COMPONENT CATEGORY
SELECT ONE [W] GE-HISTORY CATEGORY: HIST 101-110
SELECT ONE GE-INTERCULTURAL NORTH AMERICA CATEGORY
SELECT ONE GE-INTERNATIONAL ISSUES CATEGORY
SELECT ONE [W] GE-TOPICS ARTS AND HUMANITIES CATEGORY
SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE AND HUMAN SERVICES REQUIREMENTS
SOSC 101 SOCIAL ISSUES
SOSC 235 HISTORY OF SOCIAL THOUGHT
SELECT ONE Sustainability course from the following:
ENSC 325 BIOLOGICAL CONSERVATION
ENSC 327 ECOLOGICAL AGRICULTURE
ENST 207 PUBLIC POLICY
ENST 209 WORLD SUSTAINABILITY
ENST 215 ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY
ENST 312 ECOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
ENST 313 APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY
ENST 335 ECOLOGY, SOCIETY, AND THE SACRED
ENST 338 SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES
ENST 390 TOPICS:
GEOG 303 WATER RESOURCES
GEOG 304 FOREST RESOURCES
PSYC 343 ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
SOCI 235 COMPARATIVE DEVELOPMENT
SOCI 306 ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY
SOCI 309 FOOD AND POPULATION
PSYCHOLOGY MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
PSYC 101 INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY
PSYC 303 RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY
PSYC 304 DATA ANALYSIS IN PSYCHOLOGY
PSYC 430 ADVANCED TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY
SELECT ONE ELECTIVE COURSE IN PSYCHOLOGY
Any psychology course can count as an elective, including the following which are not in categories:
PSYC 242 STATISTICS
PSYC 251 SUBSTANCE ABUSE
PSYC 315 INTEGRATIVE CASE MANAGEMENT
PSYC 326 LOVE AND SEXUALITY
PSYC 336 COUNSELING SUBSTANCE ABUSE I
PSYC 338 COUNSELING SUBSTANCE ABUSE II
PSYC 357 CHILDHOOD DISORDERS
SELECT SIX SELECT AT LEAST ONE COURSE IN EACH OF THE  CATEGORIES BELOW
  Category 1
PSYC 226 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
PSYC 343 ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
PSYC 345 INDUSTRIAL/ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
  Category 2
PSYC 211 THEORIES OF PERSONALITY
PSYC 310 NEUROPSYCHOLOGY
PSYC 314 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY
  Category 3
PSYC 202 PSYCHOLOGY OF LEARNING
PSYC 209 PSYCHOLOGY OF PERCEPTION
PSYC 227 COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
PSYC 245 BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE
PSYC 305 ETHOLOGY: ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR
PSYC 330 DRUGS AND BEHAVIOR
PSYC 353 COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE
PSYC 366 BEHAVIOR THERAPY
  Category 4
PSYC 212 PSYCHOLOGY OF AGING
PSYC 241 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
PSYC 263 CHILD PSYCHOLOGY
PSYC 347 ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY
  Category 5
PSYC 220 PSYCHOLOGY OF YOGA
PSYC 231 MULTICULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY
PSYC 235 DEVELOPMENT SEXUAL IDENTITIES: LGBT
PSYC 239 CROSS-CULTURAL PSYCH
PSYC 306 ETHICAL AND LEGAL ISSUES IN PSYCHOLOGY
PSYC 311 PSYCHOLOGY OF GENDER
PSYC 317 PSYCHOLOGY OF RACISM
PSYC 328 FREUD, RACE AND GENDER
PSYC 349 PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN
PSYC 365 EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGY
PSYC 413 PHILOSOPHICAL ROOTS OF PSYCHOLOGY
PSYC 423 HISTORY AND SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOLOGY
  Category 6
INTD 248 PEER FACILITATION FIELDWORK
PSYC 319 ADULT PSYCHOLOGY FIELDWORK
PSYC 320 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY FIELDWORK
PSYC 337 FIELDWORK IN AIDS AND HIV
PSYC 339 FIELDWORK WITH ADOLESCENTS
PSYC 358 CHILDHOOD DISORDERS FIELDWORK
PSYC 367 FIELDWORK WITH CHILDREN
PSYC 403 INTEGRATIVE FIELDWORK: SUBSTANCE ABUSE
PSYC 422 BEHAVIOR THERAPY FIELDWORK
PSYC 472 INDEPENDENT RESEARCH

Note: A 2.0 GPA in the major is required for graduation.

Requirements of the Minor


Subject & Course # Title & Course Description

Required Courses:

PSYC 101 INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY
Three Psychology courses (each selected from a different category)**

One additional course selected from psychology categoriesor psychology electives**

 
**Categories and electives are listed under Requirements of the Major

Note: A school core is NOT required for completion of the minor. Minors are open to students regardless of school affiliation.


Ramapo College of New Jersey recognizes the value of publishing on the Internet and encourages the campus community to produce personal World Wide Web pages to enhance communications. The College does not preview, review, censor, or control the content of these pages in any way as a matter of course. Personal Web pages are those of the authors, and do not in any way constitute official Ramapo College of New Jersey content.

Questions? Live Chat!
Comments / Feadback
Ramapo College of New Jersey • 505 Ramapo Valley Road • Mahwah, NJ 07430 • 201-684-7500
http://www.ramapo.edu/