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College of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Psychology

Phone: (845) 257-3470
Location: Jacobson Faculty Tower Room 314
Web address: www.newpaltz.edu/psychology Link opens in a new window

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.

Students must have a 2.75 total cumulative grade point average to declare a major in Psychology. They must also have completed Introductory Psychology.

The Psychology Department also offers two minors. The Psychology minor provides a representative sampling of psychological research, theory, and practice. This minor would be valuable to anyone whose career would benefit from a deeper understanding of human thought, emotion, or behavior. The Industrial-Organizational Psychology minor provides a background in the application of psychology to business and other organizational settings. This minor is particularly appealing to Business Administration and Communication & Media majors. Both are 18-credit (6-course) minors.

Students also have the opportunity to minor in either or both of the following interdisciplinary programs housed within the Psychology Department:

Minor in Disaster Studies (18 credits)
The Disaster Studies minor introduces students to both practice and research in disaster studies with a focus on the emerging field of disaster mental health. The minor includes two required classes (Disaster Psychology and Practicum in Psychology), plus three courses in anthropology, black studies, communication, geography, political science, psychology, or sociology. Students interested in learning more about this minor should visit the Institute for Disaster Mental Health website or contact IDMH director, Dr. James Halpern (845-257-3479; halpernj@newpaltz.edu).

Minor in Evolutionary Studies (18 credits)
The Evolutionary Studies minor is designed to offer undergraduates the opportunity to develop a deep, broad, and critical understanding of evolutionary principles. The minor includes an Evolutionary Studies Seminar plus selected courses in anthropology, biology, English, economics, geology, and psychology. Students interested in learning more about this minor should contact the program's director, Dr. Glenn Geher (845-257-2379 or 845-257-3091; geherg@newpaltz.edu).

Psychology Program