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 two tracks (graduate and general) with 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.

Program

To earn a B.A. in Psychology, you must successfully complete at least 120 credits, including:

  • General Education courses
  • Psychology core courses plus graduate or general track courses and focus area courses (36 credits)

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

Courses

Psychology Core:

  • PS111 Introduction to Psychology (3)
  • PS214 Intermediate Issues in Psychology (3)
  • PS300 Multicultural Psychology (3)
  • PS455 Senior Seminar (3)
  • Choice of courses (pick one):
    • PS360 Cognitive Psychology (3)
    • PS432 Psychology of Learning (3)

Graduate Track:

  • PS223 Psychopathology (3)
  • PS250 Social Psychology (3)
  • PS270 Theories of Personality (3)
  • PS341 Biological Psychology (3)
  • PS430 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (3)
  • PS431 Experimental Psychology (4)

Note: Two semesters of mathematics are also required for the graduate track. In addition, PS440 or PS460 and PS461 are recommended. PS315 and PS450 are strongly encouraged for all psychology majors who are not also pursuing certification in education.

General Track:

  • PS235 Dynamics of the Group I (3)
  • PS410 Applied Statistics & Research Methods (3)

Note: PS315 and PS450 are strongly encouraged for all psychology majors who are not also pursuing certification in education.

Mental Health & Human Services Focus Area:

  • PS223 Psychopathology (3)
  • PS235 Dynamics of the Group I (3)
  • PS270 Theories of Personality (3)
  • PS331 Basic Counseling (3)
  • PS425 Clinical Methods (3)

Note: Students selecting this area are strongly encouraged to take PS433 or PS435 and PS450. Students who intend to enter doctoral programs in psychology are strongly encouraged to take PS440 or PS460/461.

Human Development Focus Area:

  • Choice of courses (pick one):
    • PS221 Child & Early Adolescent Development (3)
    • PS222 Adolescent Development (3)
  • PS225 Educational Psychology (3)
  • PS270 Theories of Personality (3)
  • Choice of courses (pick one):
    • PS433 Behavior Modification (3)
    • PS435 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis (3)

Note: Students selecting this area are strongly encouraged to take PS423. Students who intend to enter doctoral programs in psychology are strongly encouraged to take PS440 or PS460/461.

Business & Industry Focus Area:

  • PS250 Social Psychology (3)
  • PS315 Introduction to Career Psychology (3)
  • PS330 Industrial Organizational Psychology (3)
  • BU213 Management Theory & Organizational Behavior (3)
  • BU411 Human Resource Management (3)

Note: Students selecting this area are strongly encouraged to take PS450. Students who intend to enter doctoral programs in psychology are strongly encouraged to take PS440 or PS460/461.

Applied Behavior Analysis Focus Area:

  • PS221 Child & Early Adolescent Development (3)
  • PS423 Psychology of the Exceptional Child (3)
  • PS432 Psychology of Learning (3)
  • PS435 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis (3)
  • PS436 Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis I (3)
  • PS437 Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis II (3)
  • PS438 Research Methods in Applied Behavior Analysis (3)
  • PS453 Practicum of Applied Behavior Analysis (6)

Note: Meets requirements for Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst Examination®. Students who intend to enter doctoral programs in psychology are strongly encouraged to take PS440 or PS460/461.

Addictions Counseling Focus Area:

  • PS223 Psychopathology (3)
  • PS270 Theories of Personality (3)
  • PS281 Introduction to Addictions & Recovery (3)
  • PS282 Foundations of Addictions Treatment (3)
  • PS331 Basic Counseling (3)
  • PS380 Professional Issues of Addiction Counseling (3)
  • PS456 Internship in Psychology: Addictions Treatment (3)

Note: Meets eligibility to apply for the Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) license once supervised experience requirements of the Division of Consumer Affairs of New Jersey are met. Students who plan on entering doctoral programs are strongly encouraged to take PS440 or PS460/461.

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

Teaching Credentials

  • Early Childhood Education (P–3) with Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement
  • Elementary Education (K–6) with Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement*

*Teacher of English as a Second Language option available

For required professional courses in education, please refer to the School of Education.