Catalog • 2012-2013
Psychology - Major/Minor
For information, contact Dr. Kerrie Baker, Chair of the Psychology Department
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 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 and discussion of important psychological theories. During the junior or senior year, students can conduct their own research project and make a presentation 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, nursing, 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.
Total number of credits required by program
For the most recent and complete departmental policies and course listings, please refer to the Psychology Department website. A minimum of 40 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. Courses transferred in must be taken within the last ten years.
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 40.
Course Requirements for the Psychology Major
A minimum of 40 psychology credits is required for a major in Psychology. 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. A course may be repeated (taken a second time) only once due to a grade less than a C. A student wishing to repeat a course more than one time (taken a third time) must seek permission from the Department and the Registrar's Office. A student withdrawal (For any reason) at any point in the course will count as taking the course; subsequently, the course from which a student withdraws could be repeated only one additional time.
PSY 100: General Psychology, 3 credits
PSY 211: Experimental Methods, 4 credits*
*Plus SPS 170/171 Understanding and Using APA Editorial Style, 1 credit to be taken concurrently with PSY 211
PSY 212: Statistical Methods, 4 credits
PSY 229: Introduction to Biological Psychology, 3 credits
NEU 200: Introduction to Neuroscience, 3 credits
PSY 250: Life-Span Development, 3 credits
PSY 309: Abnormal Psychology, 3 credits
PSY 351: Theories of Personality, 3 credits
PSY 317: Learning, 4 credits
PSY 336 Cognitive Psychology, 4 credits
Plus 15 additional credits of Psychology electives (i.e., any PSY courses tailored to your interest).
Fulfillment of Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC) Requirements
To fulfill the LAC 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 LAC Information Literacy (IL) requirement through the successful completion of PSY 211: Experimental Methods.
A student fulfills the LAC Technology (Tech) requirement through the successful completion of PSY 212: Statistical Methods.
To fulfill the LAC 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. Additional SCI requirements must be fulfilled through qualified courses outside of the Psychology Department.
To fulfill the LAC Math and Logic requirements, a student must successfully complete a course outside of the Psychology Department; that is MAT 102 or higher. The course PSY 212: Statistical Methods fulfils the 2nd LAC Math and Logic requirement.
Other LAC requirements (WRI-2, Ethics, Global Studies) must be fulfilled, by courses designated as such, outside of the Psychology Department.
Note: Successful completion of these courses requires a grade of a C or better.
Course Requirements for the Psychology Minor (18 credits)
For the most recent and complete departmental policies and course listings, please refer to the Psychology Department website. 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. Courses transferred in must be taken within the last ten years.
PSY 100 General Psychology, 3 credits
PSY 250 Life-Span Development, 3 credits
PSY 309 Abnormal Psychology, 3 credits
PSY 351 Theories of Personality, 3 credits
PLUS 9 additional elective credits in psychology