The psychology major, as part of the bachelor's degree program, prepares the student for many possibilities in careers such as psychology, education, social and welfare services, health services, and industry, and fulfills the course requirements for entering most psychology graduate programs. A background in psychology combined with special training in other disciplines within the College may be especially useful in preparing for careers in human resources, nursing, speech pathology, social work, special education, counseling, and music, art and dance therapy.
Preparation and Course of Study
The psychology major is designed to provide the student with training in both the evaluation and generation of research data. For this reason, the core sequence of Statistical Methods in Psychology (PSYCH 248) and Experimental Psychology (PSYCH 249 or 250) is central to the program and is a prerequisite for all upper-level psychology courses. Performance in the Psychological Statistics/Experimental Psychology sequence will be greatly facilitated by proper preparation in mathematics and laboratory science, and the development of excellent writing skills.
Declaration of Major
To declare a psychology major, the student must have:
- The student must complete PSYCH 100 with an additonal 100-level psychology course, both with a minimum grade of B
- 3 credits of college-level mathematics, whichcan be satisfied by one of the following ways:
- STAT 113 with a minimum grade of C or Credit, or
- MATH 120, MATH 125 or MATH 150 with a minimum grade of C or Credit, or
When declaring the major, the student must provide copies of transcripts that show the relevant grades. If the grade in a relevant course was earned at another institution, the transcript from that institution is needed along with the Hunter transcript. (Unfortunately, we do not have access to transcripts that were sent when you applied to Hunter.) You can provide unofficial transcripts, which are available for most colleges on the internet. For Hunter transcripts, follow the directions at the Registrar's Office web site. For transcripts from other CUNY schools, go to The Student Information Management System (CUNY Portal).
Students must have a meeting with a member of the advising staff to declare the major. The weekly advising schedule is available in the department office and on this website. The adviser will review materials and discuss program planning. The choice of minor may be discussed, and if the student is clear on his / her choice, the minor can be declared at this time. However, the minor declaration can be made at any time before graduation. (If the student is not eligible to declare the major, the steps that he/she needs to take in order to declare the major will be discussed).
PSYCH 100 and one additional 100-level psychology course are required, but not included in the major.
The major consists of 26 credits in psychology, above the 100 level, including Statistical Methods in Psychology (PSYCH 248) and Experimental Social Psychology (PSYCH 249) or General Experimental Psychology (PSYCH 250). The major also requires at least one course in each of the following categories:
- Applications of psychology
- Cognitive processes
- Developmental/social psychology