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PSYCHOLOGY

STUDY THE
WONDERS OF
HUMAN BEHAVIOR

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BACHELOR OF ARTS IN PSYCHOLOGY (B.A.)

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN PSYCHOLOGY (B.A.)

Study how people think, feel, and behave—that is the core of the psychology major at Georgian Court University. If you’re empathetic and driven to help others cope with challenges and stress in their lives, you might be interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. With a bachelor’s degree in psychology, you can pursue a career in counseling, therapy, health care, social work, and more.

At Georgian Court, the psychology program builds a strong liberal arts foundation and offers five distinct areas of focus: mental health and human services, human development, business and industry, applied behavior analysis, and addictions counseling. Regardless of the concentration, students in the psychology program will enjoy the opportunity to conduct hands-on research alongside expert faculty members. At the end of the program, all psychology students complete an internship capstone that allows them to gain real-world clinical experience ahead of graduation.

IN-PERSON

On-Campus Learning

4 YEARS

Program Length

120

Total Credits Required

"The psychology department has so much to offer students; from varied internship experiences to conducting research alongside incredible professors. The opportunities available at GCU gave me a strong foundation to pursue my career goals in the mental health field, allowing me to present research at a national conference and build my resume for grad school."
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Chelsea Sikora, LAC, ’15, ’17
Clinical Therapist, Southern Ocean Medical Center

11:1

Student-to-Faculty
Ratio

1,612

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT
POPULATION

90%

STUDENTS RECEIVING
FINANCIAL AID FROM GCU

96%

FULL-TIME FACULTY WITH
DOCTORAL DEGREES

36%

FIRST-GENERATION
COLLEGE STUDENTS

Top 20%

OVERALL MOBILITY
INDEX

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A B.A. IN PSYCHOLOGY?

You can pursue an unlimited amount of career paths with a degree in psychology. That’s because psychology degrees provide a broad liberal arts background and build versatile skills that employers value, such as communication, critical thinking, and compassion. Graduates from the psychology program might consider working in business, education, health care, or nonprofit social work. Not to mention, about 25% of GCU psychology undergraduates pursue advanced degrees and licensures, which open doors to even more career paths, including psychologist, counselor, and therapist.

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HANDS-ON LEARNING

The School of Arts & Sciences at Georgian Court University includes several disciplines with more than 40 programs, from cybercrime to studio art. We seek to foster a sense of community that allows students to engage deeply with the content and enjoy immersive, hands-on experiences that prepare them for thriving careers.

As part of the psychology program, you’ll participate in research projects as well as an internship capstone project. This opportunity is a culmination of all you’ve learned at GCU and helps to develop real-world clinical experience that you can put on your resume.

PSYCHOLOGY MAJOR

A bachelor’s degree in psychology can equip you to help individuals, organizations, and entire communities. The program requires 120 credits. Browse coursework and program requirements below.

PSYCHOLOGY MINOR

Discover how a minor in psychology is a powerful addition to many degrees. Gain a deeper understanding of human behavior and develop skills in counseling, intervention, and critical thinking.

PSYCHOLOGY FACULTY

The GCU faculty are psychology professionals—in the classroom and in private practice—who deliver their expertise to students through engaging and meaningful coursework.

Program Information

To earn this degree, students must successfully complete at least 120 credits, including 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 Courses30.0-31.0
PS111Introduction to Psychology3.0
or PS113 Foundations of Psychology
PS214Intermediate Issues in Psychology3.0
PS223Psychopathology3.0
or PS245 Psychology of the Exceptional Child
Select one of the following three developmental courses: PS221, PS224, or PS227: 23.0
PS232Intro to Stats for the Beh Sciences3.0
PS332Psychology of Learning3.0
or PS360 Cognitive Psychology
PS334Social Psychology3.0
PS341Biological Psychology3.0
PS430Rsrch Mthds & Stats for the Beh Sciences3.0
Select one of the following four capstone courses:3.0-4.0
PS431
Experimental Psychology
PS450
Internship in Psychology
PS456
Internship in Psych:Addictions Treatment
PS455
Senior Seminar
Psychology Electives6.0

Addictions Counseling

This course sequence 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 Personality3.0
PS281Introduction to Addictions & Recovery3.0
PS282Foundations of Addictions Treatment3.0
PS331Basic Counseling3.0
PS380Prof Issues of Addiction Counseling3.0
PS456Internship in Psych:Addictions Treatment3.0

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

The Psychology Scholars Program (PSP) offers students an integrated program of intensive and personal instruction for students whose goal is to pursue a career in psychology, counseling, or a related field.  From the time the Psychology Scholars enter the university as first-year or transfer students, they work in a small cohort of highly qualified students, developing the skills of research and practice that are necessary for success in their chosen field.  Close contact with faculty members of the department and throughout the university enriches the students’ learning through interesting and challenging curricular and extracurricular experiences.

Students who enter the PSP as first-year students complete the regular requirements for the psychology major and take honors sections of the following courses:

PS113Foundations of Psychology3.0
PS223Psychopathology3.0
PS332Psychology of Learning3.0
PS360Cognitive Psychology3.0
PS334Social Psychology3.0
PS341Biological Psychology3.0
PS430Rsrch Mthds & Stats for the Beh Sciences3.0
PS431Experimental Psychology4.0
  • In addition, PSP students complete either
    • An internship course or
    • 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 six honors-designated PS courses, they may take courses as honors by contract with permission of the program director. 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 at least 3.5, Psychology GPA at least 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.

Gain a deeper understanding of human behavior and develop skills in counseling, intervention, and critical thinking with a minor in psychology from GCU.

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. Psychology minors can also participate in the bachelor’s to master’s Advanced Admission to the M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis program.



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

"Students receive substantial training from professionals who are dedicated to providing guidance and mentorship to students, while also encouraging and supporting academic achievement. Students will graduate with a sense of self-efficacy and clinical competency as they prepare to enter their careers as a helping professional."

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GET YOUR M.A. IN APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS, TOO

Earn an advanced degree in applied behavior analysis. When you pursue a psychology major as an undergraduate, you can apply to add a master’s degree in applied behavior analysis as part of our 4+1 programs. Start taking master’s-level courses during your undergraduate studies, and graduate with both a Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree and a Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis degree in just five years.

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EXPLORE OUR 4+1 PROGRAMS

If you anticipate continuing your education after earning your undergraduate degree, we urge you to learn more about our rigorous 4+1 program options. With a 4+1 program, you’ll be able to complete your undergraduate degree at Georgian Court and then apply with advanced standing to a number of our master’s programs.

Applying with advanced standing means you’ll have priority consideration ahead of other applicants, and you may also be able to waive certain admission requirements. Additionally, a number of the 4+1 programs allow accepted undergraduate students to begin taking master’s-level courses while still working toward their undergraduate degrees—preparing them to graduate with two degrees in less than five years.

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