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Do you often wonder how thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are connected? Are you interested in delving into motivations, abnormal behaviors, personalities, and how the brain influences these areas?

Psychology seeks to understand human cognition, emotion, experience, and behavior. The Psychology program at Ramapo College will educate you in both the science and profession of psychology. It makes clear the interconnections between psychology and other disciplines and promotes critical reasoning skills. Additionally, all students gain hands-on experience in the practice of psychology through fieldwork or an independent research project.

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Classes you can take:

The structure of the program allows flexibility and choice, yet insures that each student will be exposed to content in the areas of social, developmental, cognitive/neuroscience, and personality/abnormal and socio-cultural psychology. All students take four core courses: Introduction to Psychology, Statistics, Research Methods in Psychology, and Data Analysis. The remaining requirements are structured around courses that are grouped into eight categories. Students are required to take at least one course from each of these categories. Majors also take an elective course in psychology. A minor is available as well. See Requirements of the Major for the complete list of courses.

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Career Opportunities

Ramapo graduates have found 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.

Ramapo graduates have gone on to graduate studies at institutions such as Columbia, SUNY Binghamton, and La Salle University.

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Ranges

Job TitleSalary Range
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists$56,650 - $135,460
Industrial-Organizational Psychologists$64,920 - $108,530
Psychologists, All Other$32,840 - $121,120
Sociologists$50,350 - $171,080
Urban and Regional Planners$39,160 - $118,800
Marriage and Family Therapists$54,930 - $99,150
Healthcare Social Workers$46,110 - $82,380
Psychiatric Technicians$26,870 - $59,260

* Sources of Information: United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics (2020). For more information about careers and assistance in making your career plans, please contact Career Services ( or visit

Hands-On Learning

A hallmark of the Ramapo psychology program is its fieldwork component where you’ll gain hands-on, applied experience that connects the classroom with the real world, In fieldwork courses, you can work in a mental health or educational agency in the community such as a school for special needs children.

Ramapo psychology students have had co-op placements at organizations such as the Housing Authority of Bergen County, Hackensack University Medical Center, First Children’s Learning Services, New Jersey State Police, the Red Cross and International Justice Project.

You’ll also get to work in psych labs on campus and have opportunities to do research with faculty members. Recent years’ research includes studying child development, neuroscience and phenomenology.

Psychology Minor

Students may add a minor in Psychology to supplement their major and create a unique educational profile. Students in Social Work, Nursing, Elementary Education, Sociology, and Biology frequently add a minor in Psychology. To complete a minor in Psychology, students take Introduction to Psychology, 1 class from any three Psychology course categories, and 1 additional Psychology course for a total of 5 Psychology courses. See Requirements of the Major for the complete list of courses.