Department of Psychology and Counseling at GCU: Undergraduate / Graduate
An important part of liberal arts education involves understanding oneself, one’s own behavior, and the actions of others. The psychology program introduces techniques for investigating and understanding human behavior both within and outside of the normal range of coping in one’s environment. In addition to the classroom, field experience and research provide opportunities to apply classroom learning along with valuable training for employment, graduate school, and future doctoral study. Students learn valuable skills such as social and interpersonal skills, qualitative and quantitative analysis, critical thinking, problem solving, effective oral and written communication, and the importance of working as a team, allowing them to find employment in mental health, business, government, education, health care, and social services.
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What makes the study of psychology so special at GCU? Two tracks (Graduate and General) with four course sequence options—Mental Health and Human Services, Human Development, Business and Industry, Applied Behavior Analysis, and Addictions Counseling—let you tailor your program to your needs and interests. The faculty are professionals with years of field experience and the program ensures real-world experiences through rewarding internships and research; students have the chance to work on their own, independent research projects or to work on a faculty research project.
B.A. in Psychology
B.S. in Psychiatric Rehabilitation & Psychology
Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis
Employment and Other Information
Applied Behavior Analysis is an evidence-based therapy for individuals with severe developmental and behavioral disabilities, such as autism—which affects children in New Jersey at the highest incidence rates in the country—leading to an urgent need for BACB-qualified personnel in our schools. Students who hold a bachelor's degree and complete the sequence of five courses in Applied Behavior Analysis (below) are eligible to take the Behavior Analyst Certification Board examination for certification as a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst. This program is also available as an area of concentration under both the graduate and general tracks of the B.A. in Psychology. For more information about ABA or the certificate program, contact Dr. Stephen Levine at 732.978.2638 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABA Course Sequence:
PS435 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis
PS436 Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis I
PS437 Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis II
PS453 Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis I
PS454 Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis II
The Minor in Psychology
A psychology minor is an excellent complement to many majors, including education, social work, business administration (management), exercise science, nursing, communications, and criminal justice. It is also a valuable addition to any pre-med program. The minor consists of 18 credits in psychology, including PS111 and PS114. At least nine of the credits must be completed at Georgian Court and at least six of them must be earned at the 300- or 400-level. Students interested in minoring in psychology are encouraged to contact the chair of the Department of Psychology at 732.987.2636.
Graduate programs in psychology prepare students for variety of rewarding careers as well as provide a solid foundation for doctoral study. Georgian Court is proud to offer several degree and certificate programs that allow you to tailor your education to meet your specific career goals and areas of interest. Our programs are designed to prepare you to successfully achieve state licensure/certification as available depending on the program.
M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis
M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling CACREP Accredited Program
M.A. in School Psychology NASP Approved Program
Professional Counselor Certificate
Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in School Psychology
Psychology Department Goals
Numbers prefixed with ISLG and presented in parenthesis indicate that these Psychology goals apply to the Georgian Court University Institutional Learning Goals (ISLGs)
Goal 1 – Scientific Inquiry (ISLG 2): The understanding of research methods in psychology and the application of basic research methods, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
Goal 2 – Learning (ISLG 3A): Knowledge of theoretical perspectives, major concepts, empirical findings, and historical trends; also the ability to apply this knowledge.
Goal 3 – Critical Thinking (ISLG 2): Using the scientific method to understand and critique sources of information, the ability to engage in critical and creative thinking, and the employment of skeptical inquiry.
Goal 4 – Understanding of Self and Others (ISLG 6): Ability to understand self and others through the knowledge of psychological principles, knowledge of interpersonal issues, knowledge of group processes, insight into one’s own and others’ behavior and mental processes, and effective strategies for collaboration, self-management, and self improvement.
Goal 5 – Sense of Values and Ethical Principles (ISLG 4): Students will develop a sense of values and understand ethical principles in the field of psychology.
Goal 6 – Appreciation of Diversity (ISLG 5, 7, & 10): Recognition of, understanding of, and respect for the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.
Goal 7 – Preparation for Employment (ISLG 6): The ability to understand and apply the principles of psychology to individual, social and organizational issues. Also the development of a realistic understanding of how to use psychological skills and knowledge in career preparation and in graduate and professional schools.
Goal 8 – Information and Technological Literacy (ISLG 2): The ability to demonstrate informational competence, and the ability to use the library and Internet sources for academic purposes.
Goal 9 – Communication Skills (ISLG 1): Effective oral and written communication.