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The Psychology Department provides students with a background in the major areas of expertise within the modern discipline of psychology. A major in psychology leads to the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. Completion of requirements for a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology ensures that students have been given an extensive background in research methods and have been introduced to the basic areas of specialization within psychology. To this end, the curriculum is designed around a set of required courses called The Core which includes Introduction to Psychology; a sequence of two research methodology courses; Field Experience & Research, an internship course; and a Senior Seminar in a specialized area of interest. In addition to these core courses, students choose six electives: One Group A Platform course in the areas of physiological or cognitive psychology; one Group B Platform course in the areas of clinical, developmental, or social psychology; one Group C Platform course in the areas of diversity and social justice; and three additional electives, at least one of which must be at the 4000 level. In selecting courses beyond the required core, students enrich the scope of their knowledge, and are able to prepare for employment or advancement in a way that matches their particular interests, abilities, and occupational goals. While some students begin employment with a Bachelor’s degree, in order to advance professionally, many students go on to pursue graduate degrees in psychology or social work. The program provides majors with a strong background for entering graduate studies in many related fields of human service.
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In small-class settings, faculty members draw from their ongoing research and professional work in clinical, community, developmental, cognitive, neuro-physiological, social, cross-cultural and educational psychology to improve students' understanding of the relevancy and usefulness of the material covered in class.
Psychology Catalog Requirements 2018-2020
Declaring a Major
The Psychology Department must approve the Application for Psychology Major before students may declare a major In Psychology. All students must meet with a faculty advisor in the Psychology Department, and bring a transcript of all courses taken at Old Westbury and elsewhere.
In order to be able to declare a major in Psychology, students must meet the following requirements:
- At least 32 credits, taken either at Old Westbury or elsewhere
- Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
- Introduction to Psychology (PY 2010) or its equivalent with a grade of C or higher
- One other Psychology course applicable to the requirements for the major with a grade of C or higher
- Math Proficiency
- Writing Proficiency
- Transfer students must complete 44 credits in psychology to complete the major. At least 24 of these must be taken at Old Westbury.
- A maximum of 20 approved and applicable credits can be applied to the major from transfer institutions. Additional psychology credits can count toward the baccalaureate degree but not toward the requirements for the major.
- Courses will be transferred based upon the number of credits earned at the previous institution, even though a similar course at Old Westbury may earn fewer or more credits.
- Transfer students who wish to receive transfer credit in the major for psychology courses completed at other institutions must submit a catalog course description and a transcript for all psychology courses for which transfer credit is being sought to a faculty advisor in the Psychology Department.
- All transfer students are strongly encouraged to speak with a faculty advisor in the Psychology Department to discuss the requirements for the major and plan a course of study that ensures a timely completion of the degree.
The Psychology Department offers the required core courses and electives in the evening on a rotating basis; however, completion of the major typically takes longer for evening students.