Catalog • 2011-2012

Psychology - Major/Minor

For information, contact Dr. Kerrie Baker, Chair of the Psychology Department

Program Description

The goal of the field of psychology is to study and understand the complex nature of human and non-human behavior. At Cedar Crest College, students approach psychology as both a science and a profession. As a science, students pursue knowledge of the field, using a variety of theories and methods such as experiments, observations and surveys. As a profession, students use experiential learning techniques to apply this knowledge of the field to a range of practical problems.

A small student-faculty ratio allows for close personal instruction. Because of our faculty's diverse backgrounds we are able to offer courses in such sub-fields as Counseling, Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Biopsychology, Health Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and Animal Learning and Behavior. Students may also conduct independent research projects under the direct supervision of faculty members. Students may choose to earn their degree through traditional, hybrid or on-line courses offered during the day, evening, weekend or accelerated timeframes.

The Psychology Program’s objective is to ensure that every undergraduate receives high-quality instruction in all of the essential areas of psychology, and be exposed to a wide range of sub-fields. Through one-on-one advising tailored to each student’s interest, the Department is committed to providing knowledge and experiences that enable students to make educated and informed decisions regarding future occupational and educational choices.

Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Psychology program mirrors the College’s mission statement and broad principles. The Psychology Major is designed to provide the knowledge and skills related to the scientific study of human and animal behavior, thoughts, and emotions. In keeping with Cedar Crest’s liberal arts tradition, the Psychology Major emphasizes developing students’ critical thinking ability, communication skills, awareness of ethical and global issues, and the development of their personal value systems. The Major requires rigorous academic engagement and scholarship and facilitates students’ connections between Psychology and the liberal arts.

The Psychology curriculum seeks to prepare students in a science with a variety of techniques and research methods. Required coursework is structured to include experiences conducting research as well as exposure to an array of contemporary theories in a variety of psychological fields. During the junior or senior year, students may engage in the entire research process in which their creative projects are designed, carried out, and presented at a research conference.

Students also may engage in fieldwork designed to allow them to experience psychology in the working world, as well as to clarify their career goals. Students can also earn a double major by combining Psychology with any number of other disciplines. Because Psychology examines how and why people act, think and feel, the Psychology Major (or Minor) is particularly useful when combined with other disciplines such as elementary/special education teacher training, criminal justice, communication, business, pre-medicine, pre-law, dance, and art.

The Psychology faculty is committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. During a student’s academic career, she will have opportunities to collaborate with a faculty member on a research or consulting project. Students can participate in community service and women’s leadership activities through the Psychology Club and the Women’s Health Alliance that emphasizes the value of health and well-being. Students who excel academically may apply to join the Psi Chi National Honor Society and participate in their many outreach programs and on-campus activities.

The Psychology Program’s objective is to ensure that every undergraduate receives high-quality instruction in all of the essential areas of psychology, and be exposed to a wide range of subfields so that undergraduate students are prepared for entry-level employment in the field of psychology or advanced graduate education.

Psychology Major

Total number of credits required by program

A minimum of 39 psychology credits is required for a major in Psychology. A minimum of 18 Psychology credits for the major must be taken at Cedar Crest College. At least 18 psychology credits are required for a minor in Psychology, 9 of which must be completed at Cedar Crest College.

Program Requirements

Any student desiring to declare Psychology as a major or a minor must have a cumulative grade point average at the college of at least 2.00.

PSY 100 is a prerequisite to all other psychology courses.
PSY 100/200 level courses are for 1st/2nd Year Students
PSY 300 level courses are for 3rd/4th Year Students
Double majors who are exempt from taking PSY 211 and PSY 212 due to completing accepted research methods and statistics courses in their second major must meet the minimum credit requirement in psychology by substituting electives. The minimum number of credits in psychology in order to be awarded the major is 39.

Course Requirements for the Psychology Major

A grade of C or better must be obtained in each course to satisfy requirements for the psychology major; this includes all Liberal Arts requirements.

PSY 100: General Psychology, 3 credits
PSY 211: Experimental Methods, 4 credits
PSY 212: Statistical Methods, 4 credits
PSY 229: Introduction to Biological Psychology, 3 credits
OR
NEU 200: Introduction to Neuroscience, 3 credits
PSY 250: Life-Span Development, 3 credits
PSY 309: Abnormal Psychology, 3 credits
OR
PSY 351: Theories of Personality, 3 credits
PSY 317: Learning, 4 credits
OR
PSY 336 Cognitive Processes, 4 credits

Fulfillment of LAC Requirements

To fulfill the Oral Presentation (OP) requirement, a student must successfully complete a specific course outside of the Psychology Department; that is, THS 105 Public Speaking.
A student fulfills the Information Literacy (IL) requirement through the successful completion of PSY 211 Experimental Methods.
A student fulfills the Technology (Tech) requirement through the successful completion of PSY 212 Statistical Methods.
To fulfill the Science (SCI) requirement, a student may NOT count PSY 229 Introduction to Biological Psychology or NEU 200 Introduction to Neuroscience. That course counts as a Psychology requirement only. However, a student may take another cross-listed course PSY/NEU 220 Sensation and Perception without the lab, and fulfill the 3 credit SCI requirement. All other SCI requirements must be fulfilled through qualified courses outside of the Psychology Department.
To fulfill the Math and Logic requirement, a student must successfully complete a course outside of the Psychology Department; that is, MAT 102 or higher.
Other LAC requirements (WRI-2, Ethics, Global Studies) must be fulfilled .

Note: Successful completion of these courses requires a grade of a C or better.

Psychology Minor

Course Requirements for the Psychology Minor (18 credits)

At least 18 psychology credits is required for a minor in Psychology, 9 of which must be completed at Cedar Crest College. A grade of C or better must be obtained in each course to satisfy requirements for the psychology minor; this includes all Liberal Arts requirements.

PSY 100 General Psychology 3 credits
PSY 250 Life-Span Development 3 credits
PSY 309 Abnormal Psychology 3 credits
OR
PSY 351 Theories of Personality 3 credits
Plus 9 additional elective credits in psychology