The Psychology Department offers a concentration in traditional psychology. A minimum of 36 credit hours in psychology is required to complete the major. A minimum of 24 credits is required to complete a minor in psychology. The core psychology requirements focus on statistics and research methodology. The remaining requirements provide students with exposure to sub-disciplinary areas that include perception, physiological, cognitive, learning, history and systems, contemporary issues, tests and measurements, developmental, social, personality, abnormal, motivation, psychopathology, and counseling, as well as other areas.
The Department actively supports cooperative education for its major that is consistent with the University's mission. Each semester psychology students are placed in the field in institutions such as hospitals, government organizations, corporate settings, and schools. These placements provide a rich learning context for psychology students, who gain experience in counseling, social-service related specialties, and research.
Consistent with the University mission statement, the Psychology Department's mission is to provide an excellent education to a diverse student body that offers practical work experience in an urban setting. As a social science and in accordance with the American Psychological Association, APA, we seek to provide our students with a broad knowledge base of research methodology and subject expertise.
Our faculty are deeply committed to teaching and encourage students to pursue independent research and graduate education.
The Psychology Department's vision statement is to a learning environment that will foster knowledge mastery within the discipline of psychology, and to facilitate the development of key skills and knowledge that comprise a liberal arts education.
At the completion of the program, undergraduate students should be prepared for graduate education or entry into occupations which utilize knowledge of human behavior.
To accomplish the above vision, the Psychology Department has set the following Departmental goals:
- Students will develop expertise in the content and application of research methodology. Further, students will be able to understand, interpret, and analyze psychological research, as well as designing and conducting independent research.
- Students will develop critical thinking skills necessary for a liberal arts education.
- Students will demonstrate proficiency in applying psychological knowledge to field placement courses and cooperative education programs that assist in the preparation for future employment.
- Students will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures present in urban and global environments.
- Students will demonstrate content expertise.
The Department is committed to serving the student body unique to New Jersey City University that includes support for academic foundations and other educationally-related knowledge and skills necessary to complete a college education.
The Psychology Department seeks to engender a love of life-long learning and to expose students to the principles, theories, and practices embedded in disciplines that make up a liberal arts education. The Psychology Department is committed to helping students attain the Department's learning goals, as well as assisting them in developing as a whole person.