The Social Science, Human Services and Criminal Justice Department offers a major in Psychology which will lead to an Associate in Arts degree. Psychology is the study of how people behave, think and feel. It includes learning about memory, reasoning, personality and mental health. There are many opportunities in this field from working as a counselor or case manager with children or adults to conducting market research in the business world. Schools hire school psychologists, businesses use organizational psychologists for career counseling and human resources, and forensic psychologists work in the criminal justice system. A psychology background is also good preparation for a career in teaching, law or medicine.
There is a Psychology Club, meeting on Wednesdays from 2-4 p.m. The Psychology Club provides a network and resource center for college transfer, career opportunities and extra-curricular activities as well as promoting diversity in the field.
Psychology professors are involved in a variety of research projects and there are opportunities for students to work with them and gain experience in this area.
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BMCC has articulation agreements with several four year colleges so that you can seamlessly continue your studies there.
Required Common Core
|PSY 240||Developmental Psychology||3|
|PSY 250||Child Psychology||3|
|PSY 230||Psychology of Personality||3|
|PSY 260||Abnormal Psychology||3|
|PSY 265||Research in Psychology||4|
Choose 9 credits from the following:
- The course introduces students to major theories and scientific findings in social psychology emphasizing personal and situational behavior. Research and application in the areas of social thinking, social influence and social relations are discussed. Topics include, but are not limited to, attitudes and beliefs, conformity, prejudice, group behavior and leadership, communication and persuasion. Prerequisite: PSY 100
- This course will cover the psychology of death and dying in our society. Throughout the semester we will examine the attitudes and values about death and dying, the developmental processes on death and dying as well as the sociocultural-perspectives, both the legal and ethical concerns of death and dying, as well as the issues of grief and bereavement. The text and supplemental readings will provide the groundwork for the assignments and class discussions. Students will be expected to remain open to different experiences, feelings and values. Prerequisite: PSY 100
- This course will provide an introduction to statistical methods utilized in the behavioral sciences. Topics that will be discussed include probability theory, descriptive statistics, correlation/regression, t-test, ANOVA, and chi-square. Students will also learn how to analyze data using statistical software and how to report their results in APA style. Prerequisite: PSY 100
- The course focuses on exploring, critically evaluating and applying theories and concepts to the study of personality psychology. It also discusses research, assessment and influences of personality on human behavior and everyday life. Prerequisite: PSY 100
- This course explores cognitive, emotional, and behavioral changes across the lifespan. Attention is given to how biological sociocultural factors shape the individual. Prerequisite: PSY 100
- This course involves the interpersonal and institutional socialization of women in contemporary American society and the effect of these processes on individual personality through an examination of existing roles and exploration of alternatives. Prerequisite: PSY 100
- This course explores biological, cognitive, and emotional growth from conception through adolescence. Attention is paid to the interplay of individual and sociocultural factors that influence the course of psychological development. Prerequisite: PSY 100
- The course is designed to introduce the students to historical, cultural and contemporary perspectives as well as scientific research in cognitive psychology. Topics include but are not limited to memory, perception, language, problem solving, decision making and cognitive neuroscience. Prerequisite: PSY 100
- This course focuses on historical perspectives, contemporary trends, theoretical models and scientific research in the assessment and classification of mental illness. The etiology and treatment of psychological disorders are discussed with emphasis on the role of biological, cognitive, psychodynamic and sociocultural factors. Prerequisites: PSY 100
- The course presents Black experiences through a psychological lens. Leaning on the work of leading Black psychologists and other theorists, this course examines critical issues related to race, ethnicity, education, Black families and other social factors embedded in both contemporary and historical contexts. Prerequisite: PSY 100
- The course will examine theoretical and methodological approaches and challenges to studying the impact of culture on psychological processes and how people construct cultural meaning. Topics may include: definition and methods of cultural psychology, self and identity, motivation and emotion, cognition and perception, morality, mental health, and migration and cultural assimilation. Implications of cultural psychology for social policy and clinical practice will be discussed. Prerequisite: PSY 100
|SOC 100||Introduction to Sociology||3|
|ANT 100||Introduction to Anthropology||3|
|XXX xxx||Liberal Arts Elective||3|
|XXX xxx||General Electives||5|
|Total Curriculum Requirements||30|
|Total Program Requirements||60|
- These credits can be satisfied by taking STEM variants in the Common Core.
- No more than two courses in any discipline or interdisciplinary field can be used to satisfy Flexible Core requirements.
- Students are strongly advised to take PSY 100.
Please note, these requirements are effective the 2019-2020 catalog year. Please check your DegreeWorks account for your specific degree requirements as when you began at BMCC will determine your program requirements.