Academics Standards and Requirements

Mission Statement

The Department of Psychology, building on the mission of the College, and reflecting the mission of the American Psychological Association, develops psychologically literate citizens who apply the principles of psychological science professionally and personally in order to benefit society and improve people's lives. Students are prepared with: (1) the workplace skills and knowledge of ethical, socially responsible behavior, (2) a solid academic background that prepares them for advanced study in a wide range of fields, and, (3) the knowledge, skills, and abilities that will enhance their interactions with others, as well as their own thoughts and behaviors.

Program Goals

These 5 goals come from the APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major (v2.0, 2013) and the description under each goal can be adjusted to fit the course in question (not every goal will be achieved in every course of the program).

Goal 1: Knowledge Base
1.1 Describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in psychology
1.2 Develop a working knowledge of psychology's content domains
1.3 Describe applications of psychology

Goal 2: Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking
2.1 Use scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena
2.2 Demonstrate psychology information literacy
2.3 Engage in innovative and integrative thinking and problem solving
2.4 Interpret, design, and conduct basic psychological research
2.5 Incorporate sociocultural factors in scientific inquiry

Goal 3: Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World
3.1 Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice
3.2 Build and enhance interpersonal relationships
3.3 Adopt values that build community at local, national, and global levels

Goal 4: Communication 4.1 Demonstrate Effective Writing for Different Purposes
4.2 Exhibit effective presentation skills for different purposes
4.3 Interact effectively with others

Goal 5: Professional Development
5.1 Apply psychological content and skills to career goals
5.2 Exhibit self-efficacy and self-regulation
5.3 Refine project-management skills
5.4 Enhance teamwork capacity
5.5 Develop meaningful professional direction for life after graduation

Experiential Learning

All students are encouraged to do field work during their undergraduate studies.
Psychology majors can choose to do a practicum (PSY 4600) or take our Long Island L.E.A.D.S. course (PSY 3450).

PSY 4600 Internship/ Practicum is three credit course in which students have a protracted field work experience in an authorized agency suited to the student's career objectives and interests in psychology. Student's activities will be supervised by a member of the departmental faculty, who will determine specific course requirements. The student will be required to complete 100 hours at a specified setting plus regularly scheduled supervision meetings, which will be arranged individually.

The Psychology Department partners with multiple agencies and institutions in our local area, placing students in a variety of healthcare, educational, rehabilitation, and social service agencies for their practicum experience.

PSY 3450 Long Island L.E.A.D.S. (Leadership, Education, Awareness, Development and Service) is a three credit course in which students learn basic principles of Developmental/Family theory and Positive Psychology along with key elements of Asset Based Community Development. Through a combination of lecture, discussion, fieldwork and speaker presentations, this class will enhance students' understanding of neighborhood resources, the needs/strengths of families and effective strategies of engagement. The course culminates with the production of a document presented to local policymakers outlining ideas and recommendations to strengthen Long Island communities.

All students are encouraged to attend lectures and local conferences.
Psychology majors all take a one credit Colloquium course (PSY 4001) in their senior year.

PSY 4001 Colloquium is an opportunity for students to attend a series of lectures by invited psychologists in the varied fields of research, theory and practice. Attendance at a Psychological Convention may meet all or part of the required hours. Fifteen lecture hours for one credit.

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