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Psychology

The B.A. in Psychology program at Georgian Court University introduces techniques for investigating and understanding human behavior.

What makes the study of psychology so special at GCU? You will learn from faculty members who are professionals in the field and deliver real-world experiences through rewarding internships and research. Work independently or on a faculty research project as part of this engaging curriculum. There are also five optional focus area options—mental health and human services, human development, business and industry, applied behavior analysis, and addictions counseling—that let you tailor the program to meet your interests and professional aspirations.

Graduates emerge from the program fully equipped for employment in mental health, business, government, education, health care, and social services.

To earn this degree, you must successfully complete at least 120 credits, including your General Education requirements and the major requirements below.

Major Sequence

At a minimum, all psychology majors are required to complete 36 semester hours of credit in psychology. As part of these 36 hours, students must take a series of 30 or 31 credits of core courses.

Core Courses
PS111Introduction to Psychology3
or PS113 Foundations of Psychology
PS214Intermediate Issues in Psychology3
PS223Psychopathology3
or PS245 Psychology of the Exceptional Child
Select one of the following:3
PS221
Child & Adolescent Development
PS224
Adult Development
PS227
Lifespan Development
PS232Intro to Stats for the Beh Sciences3
PS332Psychology of Learning3
or PS360 Cognitive Psychology
PS334Social Psychology3
PS341Biological Psychology3
PS430Rsrch Mthds & Stats for the Beh Sciences3
Select one of the following capstone courses:3-4
PS431
Experimental Psychology
PS450
Internship in Psychology
PS456
Internship in Psych:Addictions Treatment
PS455
Senior Seminar
Total Credits30-31

As preparation for employment, graduate studies, or pursuing areas of interest, Georgian Court psychology majors have the option of selecting one of five areas:

  1. Mental Health and Human Services
  2. Human Development
  3. Business and Industry
  4. Applied Behavior Analysis
  5. Addictions Counseling

Selection of these course sequences does not affect the courses required for graduation; the four areas have different recommended courses, as described below.

Mental Health & Human Services

This area is recommended for students pursuing employment in a mental health or human services setting. It is also recommended for students interested in pursuing graduate study in fields such as counseling and clinical psychology. In addition to the core courses listed above, this course sequence recommends:

Recommended Course Sequence
PS235Dynamics of the Group I3
PS270Theories of Personality3
PS331Basic Counseling3
PS425Clinical Methods3
Strongly Encouraged for the Mental Health & Human Services Area
PS333Intro to Applied Behavior Analysis3
PS450Internship in Psychology3
Strongly Encouraged If Intending to Enter Doctoral Programs in Psychology
PS440Supervised Research in Psychology3
or PS460/461 Research in Psychology I

Human Development

This area is recommended for students pursuing certification in education or employment involving human growth and development. It is also recommended for students interested in pursuing graduate study in fields such as developmental psychology and child psychology. In addition to the core courses listed above, this course sequence recommends:

Recommended Course Sequence
PS221Child & Adolescent Development3
PS225Educational Psychology3
PS270Theories of Personality3
PS333Intro to Applied Behavior Analysis3
Strongly Encouraged for the Human Development Area
PS245Psychology of the Exceptional Child3
Strongly Encouraged If Intending to Enter Doctoral Programs in Psychology
PS440Supervised Research in Psychology3
or PS460/461 Research in Psychology I

Business & Industry

This area is recommended for students interested in applying psychological principles to the workplace, such as in human resource development. It is also recommended for students interested in pursuing graduate study in industrial/organizational psychology. In addition to the core courses listed above, this course sequence recommends:

Recommended Course Sequence
PS315Intro to Career Psychology3
PS330Industrial Organizational Psychology3
BU213Mgmt Theory & Org. Behavior3
BU411Human Resource Management3
Strongly Encouraged for the Business & Industry
PS450Internship in Psychology3
Strongly Encouraged If Intending to Enter Doctoral Programs in Psychology
PS440Supervised Research in Psychology3
or PS460/461 Research in Psychology I

Applied Behavior Analysis

This area is recommended for students interested in pursuing a career in applied behavior analysis. In addition to the core courses listed above, this course sequence recommends:

Recommended Course Sequence
PS221Child & Adolescent Development3
PS332Psychology of Learning3
PS333Intro to Applied Behavior Analysis3

Addictions Counseling

This area is recommended for students pursuing employment in addictions counseling. It is also recommended for students interested in pursuing graduate study in fields such as counseling and clinical psychology. In addition to the core courses listed above, this course sequence recommends:

Recommended Course Sequence
PS270Theories of Personality3
PS281Introduction to Addictions & Recovery3
PS282Foundations of Addictions Treatment3
PS331Basic Counseling3
PS380Prof Issues of Addiction Counseling3
PS456Internship in Psych:Addictions Treatment3
Strongly Encouraged If Intending to Enter Doctoral Programs in Psychology
PS440Supervised Research in Psychology3
or PS460/461 Research in Psychology I

Students who complete this sequence of courses are eligible to apply for the Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) license once they have completed the requirements for supervised experience required by the Division of Consumer Affairs of New Jersey.

Psychology Scholars Program

In the PSP, students who enter as first-year students complete the regular requirements for the psychology major and complete the following:

  • Take the four University Honors Program courses that are offered in the first two years (EN221 Honors Argument: Rhetoric & Research, EN226 HNR American Literature & Culture, and other honors-level General Education courses)
  • Take honors-designated sections of the following required courses for psychology majors:
    PS113Foundations of Psychology3
    PS223Psychopathology3
    PS332Psychology of Learning3
    PS360Cognitive Psychology3
    PS334Social Psychology3
    PS341Biological Psychology3
    PS430Rsrch Mthds & Stats for the Beh Sciences3
    PS431Experimental Psychology4
    PS455Senior Seminar3
  • In addition, complete either
    • An internship course
    • PS440 Supervised Research in Psychology or
    • PS460 Research in Psychology I

Students who are simultaneously enrolled in the PSP and the University Honors program must also complete three courses in the University Honors Program:

  • EN221 Honors Argument: Rhetoric & Research
  • GEN199 WI:Discovering Self in the Universe
  • GEN400 WI:Visioning a Future

Students who transfer into the PSP or enter after the first year:

  • Complete the regular requirements for the psychology major;
  • Take any of the honors-designated PS courses for which they have not already taken an equivalent; if they are unable to take at least five honors-designated PS courses, they are not eligible for the program. Transfer students do not typically take PS113 Foundations of Psychology, but a student who transfers in with very few psychology credits may be advised to do so.
  • Complete the internship or research course requirement for the PSP.

Students may substitute a 300- or 400-level psychology course as honors by contract for a regularly offered PSP course by permission of the program director.

Continuation in the program requires maintenance of honors standing in the PSP. In order to maintain membership in the PSP, students must maintain a GPA of 3.2 or obtain the permission of the program director.

Students who successfully complete the PSP are guaranteed admission to their choice of the GCU Psychology and Counseling M.A. programs, pending an application and a successful interview. In order to retain the automatic admission to the graduate program (conditional upon interview), the student must complete the following:

  • Graduation overall GPA 3.5, Psychology GPA 3.6
  • No semester GPA below 3.0
  • No more than two course grades below B-

Transfer Regulations for all Psychology Majors

Students must complete a minimum of 21 credits in the Psychology program at Georgian Court including one of the capstone courses (PS431 Experimental Psychology or PS450 Internship in Psychology or PS456 Internship in Psych:Addictions Treatment or PS455 Senior Seminar).



For more information on program requirements, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

Minor Sequence

Eighteen credits must be completed in psychology, including

  1. either PS111 Introduction to Psychology or PS113 Foundations of Psychology and
  2. PS214 Intermediate Issues in Psychology

At least 9 credits must be completed at Georgian Court, and at least 6 credits must be earned in courses at the 300 or 400 level.



For more information on program requirements, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

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