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Psychology

Learn to think critically; not just about others, but also about yourself

In Alfred University's Psychology program, you'll learn about the many intricacies of human behavior, develop self-discovery skills, and learn to think critically about yourself and others. This program provides you ample opportunities to personalize and self-direct your education with four unique knowledge tracks, supervised counseling courses, internships, directed research, independent study, and more.

School

Campus Locations

Main Campus - Alfred, NY

Major

Psychology (BA)

Minor

Psychology

Why a Psychology degree from AU?

Four Psychology Options

Alfred University's Psychology program gives students the option of concentrating in any of three specialties within the field (Clinical/Counseling, Child, or Experimental) or choosing to complete a broad-based, non-specialized general psychology major.

Gerontology Major

The Psychology Division administers an interdisciplinary program in Gerontology, the study of aging. Like the psychology program, the gerontology program provides students with a broad array of courses and hands-on experience.

Hands-On Experience

Supervised counseling courses and internships offered exclusively at Alfred University provide opportunities for applying classroom learning to real-life settings. There are also opportunities for practical experience through directed research and independent study.

Requirements for the Major in Psychology:

Students who decide to major in Psychology will have comprehensive exposure to the discipline as well as the option to gain additional knowledge and skills related to specific areas of psychology.

In addition to fulfilling the requirements of the Interdepartmental Major, as well as the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences general education requirements, you'll be required to complete the College's First Year Experience Program or Transfer Student Program.

Requirements for the Minor in Psychology:

  • PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 220 Psychological Methods and Statistics

Content Group I (one course)

  • PSYC 251 Principles of Learning & Behavior Modification
  • PSYC 311 Sensation and Perception
  • PSYC 330 Neuropsychology
  • PSYC 332 Cognitive Processes

Content Group II (one course)

  • PSYC 118 Introduction to Adult Development and Aging
  • PSYC 261 Cognitive Development
  • PSYC 262 Social Development
  • PSYC 282 Social Psychology
  • PSYC 341 Theories of Personality
  • PSYC 342 Abnormal Psychology
  • Electives in Psychology (eight credits required)
    *Note: eight hours must be at the 300 or 400 level

All courses:

  • PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 220 Psychological Methods and Statistics
  • PSYC 230 Psychological Research and Design 1
  • PSYC 330 Neuropsychology
  • PSYC 497 Senior Seminar

One course from the following:

  • PSYC 251 Principles of Learning and Behavior Modification
  • PSYC 311 Sensation and Perception
  • PSYC 332 Cognitive Processes

Two courses from the following (limit – one Developmental course):

  • PSYC 118 Introduction to Adult Development and Aging
  • PSYC 261 Cognitive Development
  • PSYC 262 Social Development
  • PSYC 282 Social Psychology
  • PSYC 341 Theories of Personality
  • plus electives in Psychology to equal a total of 38 credit hours

All courses:

  • PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 210 Communication and Counseling Skills
  • PSYC 220 Psychological Methods and Statistics
  • PSYC 230 Psychological Research and Design 1
  • PSYC 330 Neuropsychology
  • PSYC 341 Theories of Personality
  • PSYC 342 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 491 Clinical Procedures
  • PSYC 492 Clinical Practicum
  • PSYC 497 Senior Seminar

One course from the following:

  • PSYC 118 Introduction to Adult Development and Aging
  • PSYC 261 Cognitive Development
  • PSYC 262 Social Development

One course from the following:

  • PSYC 251 Principles of Learning and Behavior Modification
  • PSYC 311 Sensation and Perception
  • PSYC 332 Cognitive Processes

All courses:

  • PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 220 Psychological Methods and Statistics
  • PSYC 230 Psychological Research and Design 1
  • PSYC 330 Neuropsychology
  • PSYC 411 Psychological Research and Design II
  • PSYC 497 Senior Seminar

Two courses from the following:

  • PSYC 251 Principles of Learning and Behavior Modification
  • PSYC 311 Sensation and Perception
  • PSYC 332 Cognitive Processes

Two courses from the following (limited to one Developmental course):

  • PSYC 118 Introduction to Adult Development and Aging 
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 119
  • PSYC 261 Cognitive Development
  • PSYC 262 Social Development
  • PSYC 282 Social Psychology
  • PSYC 341 Theories of Personality

Six credit hours from the following:

  • PSYC 352 Research Techniques
  • PSYC 450 Independent Study

All courses:

  • PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 220 Psychological Methods and Statistics
  • PSYC 230 Psychological Research and Design 1
  • PSYC 261 Cognitive Development
  • PSYC 262 Social Development
  • PSYC 320 Parenting Seminar
  • PSYC 330 Neuropsychology
  • PSYC 497 Senior Seminar

One course from the following:

  • PSYC 282 Social Psychology
  • PSYC 341 Theories of Personality

One course from the following:

  • PSYC 251 Principles of Learning and Behavior Modification
  • PSYC 311 Sensation and Perception
  • PSYC 332 Cognitive Processes

One course from the following:

  • PSYC 471 Child Psychopathology
  • PSYC 472 Child Interventions

Four credits from the following:

  • PSYC 485 Practicum
  • PSYC 492 Clinical Practicum (at an appropriate site)

The Psychology degree prepares students for entry level jobs in human services, human resources, business, and research. It also prepares students for graduate studies, which are essential for advancement in many careers in psychology. Entry level jobs for psychology majors typically involve people skills, analytical skills, writing skills, and research skills. A psychology degree is flexible allowing students to pursue careers in a variety of fields.

Recent examples include:

  • Job Coach Developer – Allegany County Arc
  • Counselor – St. James Mercy Hospital
  • Advisor, SAGE TRiO Project (Student Support Services) – Laramie County Community College
  • Senior Counselor – Pathways, Inc.
  • Social Services Tech II – Advantage Behavioral Health Services
  • Knoxville Behavioral Services; University of Tennessee – Student Therapist; Recruiting Specialist
  • Research Assistant – Buffalo Neurosurgery Group
  • Sociotherapist – Crestwood Children’s Center
  • Foster Care Supervisor – Kinship Family and Youth Services
  • Supportive Case Worker – Federation of Organizations
  • Ongoing Service Coordinator – Mid-Hudson Association for Persons with Disabilities
  • Project Manager – Center for Client Retention
  • Psychiatric Rehabilitation Counselor – Southern Tier Environments for Living
  • Residential Counselor- Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems
  • Social Skills Counselor- Pathways, Inc.
  • Child Protective Specialist- Administration Children Services
  • Victim Advocate -Southern Tier Child Advocacy Center
  • Teacher - University at Buffalo Child Care Center

Faculty / Staff

Seven full-time faculty members with Doctorates in their field, each with diverse research interests, offer a broad range of courses and give students the opportunity to engage in research in a variety of areas. At Alfred, students work directly with their professors as they prepare for employment or graduate study in psychology.

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