The Psychology program at New Paltz has been designed to reflect the varying needs and interests of undergraduate psychology majors. The interests of students who major or minor in psychology generally fall into one of three categories: (1) those who want a general background in psychology but don't intend to seek employment in the field of psychology, (2) those who want to apply some principles and techniques of psychology in an employment situation; and (3) those who want to pursue a career in psychology with a graduate degree. Since psychology is an empirically based science, it is desirable for psychology majors to have the skills both to interpret and to generate new information. To that end, courses in statistics and research methodology are required of all majors. In addition, all psychology majors take a capstone, writing intensive seminar in which they demonstrate their mastery of the techniques and the content areas of the discipline. Students majoring in psychology are advised to acquire a broad range of training in Liberal Arts. Elective courses in anthropology, biology, business, communications, computer science, history, philosophy, political science, and sociology are strongly recommended.
Watch psychology alum Emily Heimbender '13 '15g conduct an experiment in bilingualism: