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Majors & Minors


B.A. in Psychology
The psychology major prides itself on its preparation of students to think for themselves, without the pressure of having to espouse a particular approach to the study of the human mind. Students are introduced to the basic areas of specialization within psychology and its models and processes for studying behavior. A series of library, laboratory and field res earch courses are required along with an upper division advanced course in a Senior Seminar.

As students become steeped in the psychological literature and its application, they develop a professional orientation that prepares them for entry-level jobs in the field and acceptance to graduate schools in psychology. This undergraduate preparation enables graduates to continue create successful careers in education, social work, law enforcement, as well as a wide array of positions generally included under the fields of business management and communication.


Environmental Studies
Students interested in environmental issues may enhance their knowledge of the interaction of humans with their environment by pursuing a minor in Environmental Studies. This interdisciplinary course of studies exposes the student to both environmental sciences as practiced in biology and chemistry, as well as policy issues, which are explored from a social science perspective. Students who are majoring in the natural sciences may wish to pursue this minor in preparation for a career in environmental research. Students in the Social Sciences and Humanities may want to broaden their knowledge of environmental issues in preparation for a career involving environmental policy or law. Direct participation in environmental agencies and organizations on Long Island or independent laboratory research on an environmental problem is an important aspect of this minor. Sponsoring departments: American Studies, Biological Sciences, Chemistry/Physics, Politics, Economics and Society; Psychology and Sociology

Basic psychological knowledge is essential for an understanding of modern culture. Discourse in the arts, media and politics is infused with assumptions about the psyche. Educational debates hinge on differing theories of learning and cognition. Medicine and science are increasingly aware of the impact of psychological factors on health and in the process of scientific inquiry. Advertising and economic projections incorporate theories concerning human motivation. Understanding of human cognitive processes is critical to the development of software technology and artificial intelligence systems

Women's Studies
Women's Studies is not merely the study of women. It examines the world and the human beings who inhabit it by focusing on questions, analyses and theories built directly on women's scholarship and experience. As a new discipline, Women's Studies not only challenges basic methods and presuppositions in established disciplines, but also crosses boundaries, giving fresh views into subject matter and creating a coherent new way of viewing the world by placing women at the center of the inquiry. Today there are women's studies organizations, conferences, graduate programs, research centers, workshops, journals and magazines. There are also jobs for women's studies students in female publishing houses, magazines, newsletters, women's centers' midwives' centers, mothers' centers, day care centers, as well as female focused law firms, medical practices, public relations firms, human rights organizations, employment centers, etc. Sponsoring departments: American Studies; English Language Studies; Psychology


M.S. in Mental Health Counseling

SUNY College at Old Westbury’s Master of Science degree program in Mental Health Counseling is designed to prepare professional counselors to practice in a variety of settings, including independent practice, community agencies, managed behavioral health care organizations, integrated delivery systems, hospitals, employee assistance programs and substance abuse treatment centers. 

Old Westbury’s degree program prepares its students to sit for the exam for licensure in New York State as a Mental Health Counselor. 

Curriculum Outline

First Year

MH 6100 Professional Orientation and Ethics


MH6110 Intro to Counseling Theory and Practice


MH6120 Principles and Techniques of Counseling

MH6130 Psychosocial & Cultural Perspectives: Theory & Practice I


MH6140 Practicum I


MH6500 Lifespan Development


MH6510 Assessment Techniques in Counseling


MH6520 Multicultural Counseling Lab


MH6530 Psychosocial & Cultural Perspectives: Theory & Practice II


MH6540 Practicum II


Second Year

MH7100 Counseling Children and Families


MH7110 Group Counseling


MH7120 Psychopathology


MH7130 Clinical Internship in Mental Health Counseling I


MH7500 Diagnosis and Treatment of Addictive Disorders


MH7510 Career Development


MH7520 Research Methods in Counseling


MH7530 Clinical Internship in Mental Health Counseling II


Admissions Requirements

Admissions requirements for this 60-credit degree program  include:

    An undergraduate degree in Psychology or other relevant field from a regionally accredited institution 

     Minimum grade point average of 3.0 for all undergraduate work with at least a 3.0 average in psychology courses, or strong evidence of recent academic achievement 

     Successful completion of undergraduate General Psychology, Statistics, Experimental Methods or Research Methods in Social Science, Abnormal Psychology and Personality Theory are recommended

     Completed application for admission to the MS in Mental Health Counseling Program

     Submission of scores from the Graduate Record Examination (General Test); Psychology Subject GRE scores optional

     Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work

     Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers

     Completion of personal statement

Further Information

For further information and application materials, please contact:

Graduate Admissions Advisor
Office of Enrollment Services
Ph:  516-876-3073
E-mail:  enroll@oldwestbury.edu

All application material should be sent to:

Graduate Admissions
Office of Enrollment Services
SUNY College at Old Westbury
P.O. Box 307
Old Westbury, NY 11568-0307


Did You Know?

Seniors, Kacey-Ann Thompson and Emmanuel Konde of the Biological Sciences Department, earned recognition at the 14th annual New York State Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program Conference.

The JP Morgan Chase Foundation awarded a $50,000 grant to support the Curriculum Materials Center in the College library.

Women's volleyball coach, Marjahna Vickers, was named the 2005-06 College Female Coach of the Year by the Nassau County Sports Commission after leading the Lady Panthers to 21 wins and the most successful season in the program's history.

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