Bachelor’s in Psychology Degree Programs in New York – CUNY Part I

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New York is a state with a wide variety of options for students hoping to pursue an undergraduate degree in Psychology. Each student who plans to begin their college education will have a number of decisions to make when they set out to find an ideal college or university within the City University of New York System. The first necessary question to ask is whether a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science is the best fit. While some larger schools will offer both options, many programs can offer only one or the other. Which degree you pursue should be largely dependent upon your career goals. The next question is whether you plan to work towards a general psychology degree or whether you hope to specialize in a specific specialty area of psychology, such as developmental, experimental or industrial/organizational psychology. Additionally, student should consider the option of online versus traditional on campus learning. Finally, each student must take a look at their life, their obligations and their family to figure out whether a full-time program or a part-time (weekend or evening) program will be a better fit.

CUNY – Baruch College

The Weissman School of Arts and Sciences

Founded in 1919, Baruch College is part of the City University of New York System and enrolls more than 14,800 undergraduate and 3,200 graduate students on the 3-acre main campus. The college is located in midtown Manhattan in New York and has been named one of the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country (more than 110 languages and more than 170countries represented there). Baruch’s mission (as stated by the college) is “providing a core a foundation in business and professional education as well as the arts and sciences”. In 2016, US News and World Reports ranked CUNY-Baruch College as 32nd for Best Northern Regional Universities. The Weissman School of Arts and Sciences provides students with more than 50 areas of study within 13 academic departments.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology program provides students with a core foundation in the principles in psychology to better understand the human and animal mind. The coursework outlines how people develop and learn, how we are motivated, the way humans perceive the world, our responses to the world both intellectually and emotionally, and why these processes change throughout life integrate into the personality under social influences. The psychology major includes coursework applicable to many settings including legal, clinical, workplace and school environments. Students are required to complete courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, statistics, computer science, sociology and philosophy. The major in psychology is appropriate for those students planning careers in business, law, healthcare, education, public affairs, nonprofits, and computer science. To develop research skills students can elect to pursue an independent study or honors thesis project.

Bachelor of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Industrial and Organizational Psychology offers coursework in all areas of psychology but with an emphasis in the field of industrial/organizational psychology. The major is offered in conjunction with the Zicklin School of Business. The BA in industrial/organizational psychology provides the skills and knowledge required to pursue careers in business (sales, advertising, marketing, and resource management). They are prepared to pursue careers in government agencies or in public opinion and market research. Many career objectives may require a master’s degree (either a Master of Business Administration or a Master of Science) or PhD degree in industrial/organizational psychology.

Accreditations
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International
The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSACS)

Contact
CUNY-Baruch College
The Weissman School of Arts and Sciences
Box B8-215
8th Floor Room 215
Vertical Campus
55 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY 10010
(646) 312-3780
E-Mail: Jennifer.Mangels@baruch.cuny.edu
Program Website

CUNY – Brooklyn College

The School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

Founded in 1930 by the New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York provides offers more than 70 undergraduate majors, more than 60 graduate majors and advanced certificates and programs in the humanities, sciences, performing arts, social sciences, education, and pre-professional and professional studies. Brooklyn College is a senior college of the City University of New York system and is located on 26 acres in Brooklyn, New York. The college has a current student enrollment of more than 17,300 students and has been referred to as “the poor man’s Harvard” because it has a low tuition and reputation for respectable academics. Brooklyn College is made up of the following five schools:

  1. School of Business
  2. School of Education
  3. School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  4. School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences
  5. School of Visual, Media and Performing Arts

In 2016, US News and World Reports ranked CUNY-Brooklyn College as 83d for best Northern Regional Colleges. The School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences offers programs in Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Kinesiology, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology and Urban Sustainability.

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Students can choose either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BS) with a major in Psychology. The curriculum for both programs helps students to gain a better understanding of why humans behave the way they do, as well as the critical role psychology plays in society in promoting mental health and its well-being. Coursework studies includes the following areas and many more:

  • Human behavior and the human mind including cognitive processes such as thinking, language and memory, and how they are linked to brain functions
  • Social behavior including how we perceive and interact with others individually and in groups
  • Human development and the changes that occur from birth through aging
  • Health and clinical psychology to increase well being in the community

Students in the program can participate in fieldwork and internship opportunities in city, state and federal agencies, schools, hospitals, and social welfare and community organizations throughout New York City. Psychology majors have the ability to work along with professors to conduct research and gather data. Students in the Bachelor of Arts program are required to complete additional foreign language requirements. Those in the Bachelor of Science program must complete at least 60 credits in science and mathematics with a minimum of 24 of these 60 credits must be completed in advanced courses in the psychology Department.

Accreditations
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

Contact
CUNY – Brooklyn College
The School of Natural and Behavior Sciences
R. Glen Hass – Department Chairperson
5401 James Hall
2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11210
(718) 951-5601
E-Mail: adminqry@brooklyn.cuny.edu
Program Website

CUNY – City College

Department of Psychology

The City College of the City University of New York (more commonly referred to as the City College) is a senior college of the City University of New York and was founded in 1847. It is the oldest of the City University’s 24 institutions and is located on a 35-acre campus in Manhattan, New York. City College was the first free public institution of higher education in the United States and is considered the flagship for the CUNY public university system. Current enrollment is 15,464 students in undergraduate, graduate, masters and PhD programs in Liberal Arts and Science, Architecture, Engineering, Education and Biomedical Education. In 2016, US News and World Reports ranked CUNY-City College as 66th for best Northern Regional Universities. The Department of Psychology provide programs to train leaders in the science and practice of psychology. The department offers a range of undergraduate and graduate programs in the fields of alcohol and substance abuse, mental health counseling, clinical psychology, general psychology and work psychology.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

While the majority of careers for professional psychologists require graduate level degrees (a master’s or a doctorate), a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology provides a preparation for various positions in business, community and government including jobs as personnel analysts, management trainees, sales, and data analysis. Students must complete a minimum of 32 credits in psychology coursework. Fieldwork is required completion of the psychology major and allows students to experience in real-life situations.

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

For students who are pursuing a pre-med degree or plan a psychology career specializing in neuroscience, a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree would be appropriate. Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science with a major in psychology will have the following competencies:

  • Show critical thinking and apply critical thinking to the content of a discipline and to practical problems they confront in other settings (to include at least these components: Evaluating fact-based evidence, Engage in inductive and deductive logical reasoning, Identify and consider multiple points of view)
  • Problem-solving the above processes
  • Core understanding of basic and more advanced psychological theories, principles, and concepts in a variety of areas including psychopathology, cognitive processes, human development, social interaction, and the biological bases of behavior
  • Understand the connections between published research findings and their applications.
  • Evaluate hypotheses, research design, research finding, and theories
  • Competence in quantitative reasoning and application of statistical procedures through the use of statistical software packages
  • Show an understanding of differences between pseudo-science and science as it applies to media reports about psychology
  • Apply psychological concepts and principles to understanding social, political, and cultural phenomena
  • Enable students to act ethically, both in the conduct of research and in their everyday interactions
  • Use effective communication in both oral and written formats

Accreditations
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

Contact
CUNY – City College of New York
160 Convent Avenue
New York, New York 10031
(212) 650-7000
E-Mail: admissions@ccny.cuny.edu
Program Website

CUNY – College of Staten Island

Psychology Department

Founded in 1976, through merging of two existing colleges (Staten Island Community College and Richmond College), the College of Staten Island one of the 11 four year senior colleges in the City University of New York system. The 204-acre main campus is centrally located on Staten Island and the largest site for a college in New York City. The College of Staten Island offers programs in liberal arts and the sciences and professional programs leading to bachelors and associates degrees. A master’s degree is offered in 13 professional liberal arts and science fields of study. Doctoral programs are offered in Psychics, Biochemistry, Biology, Computer Science, Nursing, and Psychology. Current enrollment is over 13,300 students. In 2016, US News and World Reports ranked CUNY-College of Staten Island as Tier 2 for Best Northern Regional Colleges. The Psychology Department mission is a “commitment to educational excellence through scholarship, service, and teaching”.

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Psychology

The Psychology Department offers students the choice of pursuing a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science with a psychology major and have requirements specific to each program. The curriculum for psychology major provides a comprehensive understanding of the scientific study of behavior. Coursework for the program emphasizes critical thinking through opportunities to participate in research and internships. Students develop lifelong learning skills to design, execute, and summarize research investigation and the way that biology, culture, social context and the environment have an influence on psychology. Graduates of the Psychology Major will have the following skills and knowledge:

  • Familiarity with major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in psychology
  • Understanding and application of basic research methods in psychology to include research design, data analysis and interpretation
  • Use and respect of critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry and scientific approach (if applicable) to solve problems that relate to behavior and mental processes
  • Understand and apply Psychology principles to personal, social and organizational issues
  • Weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, use ethical actions and reflect value of psychology as a discipline
  • Demonstrate information competency and use of computers and other technology for many purposes
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of formats
  • Identify, understand and respect complexity of sociocultural and international diversity

Accreditations
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

Contact
CUNY – College of Staten Island
Department of Psychology, 4S-108
Bertram Ploog BA, MA, PhD (Chair Psychology Department)
2800 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10314
(718) 982-4157
E-Mail: Bertram.Ploog@csi.cuny.edu
Program Website

CUNY – Hunter College

The Department of Psychology

Founded in 1870 as a women’s college, Hunter College is located in Manhattan and the largest college in the City of New York (CUNY) system. It is one of the oldest public colleges in the United States and enrolls more than 23,000 students in undergraduate and graduate degree programs in more than 170 areas of study. Hunter includes five schools: the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, the School of Social Work, the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing and the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College. In 2016, US News and World Reports ranked Hunter College as 47th for Best Northern Regional Colleges.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology curriculum studies all aspects of behavioral, developmental and cognitive processes through various approaches, from social to the biological to gain a better understanding of psychology disciplines. The coursework in the psychology program investigates the diversity of psychology as both a science and a profession. Courses include social and developmental psychology, experimental psychology, ethology, biopsychology and behavioral neuroscience. Graduates of the program are prepared to enter careers in psychology, education, social and welfare services, health services, and industry. They are also prepared to enter most graduate level psychology programs. A background in psychology with special training in other disciplines prepares students for careers in music, art and dance therapy, special education, nursing, human resources, speech pathology, social work, and counseling.

Accreditations
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

Contact
CUNY – Hunter College
The Psychology Department
695 Park Ave
New York, New York 10065
(212) 772-4000
E-Mail: psychweb@hunter.cuny.edu
Program Website

CUNY – John Jay College of criminal justice

The Psychology Department

Founded in 1964, The John Jay College of Criminal Justice is a senior college of the City University of New York and is located in Midtown Manhattan. The college was originally founded as the only liberal arts college that offered both a criminal justice and forensic focus and is well known for its programs in criminal justice, forensic psychology, forensic justice and public affairs programs. The college offers 27 majors, 40 minors, 11 masters and 3 doctoral programs of study. Current enrollment is over 13,000 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students. There are almost 400 Veterans enrolled. In 2016, US News and World Reports ranked the John Jay College of Criminal Justice as 10th for Criminal Justice Doctoral Programs.

Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Psychology

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) with a Forensic Psychology major is specifically targeted for those students interested in the relationship between psychology and the criminal justice system. Curriculum for the program emphasizes the students’ understanding of individual behavior including the biological, cognitive, social and emotional components and how they interact and affect the broader community. Coursework utilizes an empirical approach to understand human behavior. Graduates of the Forensic Psychology major are prepared to enter various careers and graduate work in psychology, social work, law enforcement, or other criminal justice professions. Graduates of the program are prepared with the following competencies:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the historical and theoretical foundations of psychology including key concepts, content, and research methods in sub-disciplines of psychology and psychology and the law.
  • Ability to design an ethically appropriate psychological research study, and to analyze and interpret basic research data
  • Gather, utilize and critique primary source literature
  • Critical and skeptical evaluation of psychological information and its application to students own work and for life-long learning
  • Appreciate contextual influences on individual behavior and diversity of perspectives to include those related to race, class, gender, sexuality, disability, nationality and culture

John Jay College also offer students the option of pursuing a dual Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Arts (MA) Program in Forensic Psychology. Qualified undergraduate students may enter the BA/MA Program and graduate with both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in forensic psychology.

Accreditations
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

Contact
CUNY – John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Professor Daryl Wout, Psychology Department, Deputy Chair for
524 West 59th Street
New York, New York, 10019
(212) 237-8000
E-Mail: phdoffice@jjay.cuny.edu
Program Website

There are so many different types of programs that each potential student must answer a number of questions to figure out what they want and need out of a psychology program. There are options for both bachelor of arts and bachelor of science. Students can earn a bachelor’s degree in general psychology or in a more specialized area of psychology. Then each student should take into consideration their job, family, obligations and other limitations to time and flexibility and consider whether an online, hybrid learning, or part-time learning format would be ideal. Fortunately for potential psychology students in New York, there are a great deal of options for how, when and where you earn your bachelor’s degree in psychology.

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