Degree Requirements - Psychology

B.A. PSYCHOLOGY

GENERAL EDUCATION 49-53
FOUNDATION REQUIREMENTS(1): 13

GE 1000 Transition to Kean(2) 1
ENG 1030 College Composition(3) 3
MATH 1000; 1010; 1016; 1030; 1054 Mathematics
COMM 1402 Speech Communication for Critical Citizenship 3
GE 2023 Research & Technology 3

DISCIPLINARY/INTERDISCIPLINARY DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS
Humanities 9

ENG 2403 World Literature 3
Select two from different areas:
Fine Arts or Art History 3
Philosophy or Religion 3
Foreign Languages 3
Music or Theatre 3
Interdisciplinary 3
Social Sciences 9
HIST 1000 Civil Society in America 3
PSY 1000 General Psychology(3, 4) ** 3
Select one course from areas below:   
Economics or Geography 3
Political Science 3
Sociology or Anthropology 3
Interdisciplinary 3
Science & Mathematics 10-11
Math or Computer Science 3
Select two courses from areas below;
one must be a lab science
Biology 3,4
Chemistry or Physics 3,4
Astronomy, Earth Science, Geology or Meteorology 3, 4
Interdisciplinary 3, 4
Health/Physical Education 2-3
ID 1225 Issues in Contemporary Health 3
OR
ID 1010 Leisure and Recreation 3
OR
Physical Education 2

ADDITIONAL REQUIRED COURSES(5) 6-8
(Two courses selected from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.)

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS(6) 31

REQUIRED COURSES 16
PSY 2000 Professional Psychology: Principles and Practices 3
PSY 3200 Psych Statistics 3
PSY 4200 Tests and Measurements (7, **) 3
PSY 4230 Experimental Psychology (7, **) 4

MAJOR ELECTIVES 12
Four psychology courses selected with departmental advisement.

MAJOR GE/CAPSTONE COURSE 3
PSY 4940 Seminar: Issues in Contemporary Psychology** (3)

FREE ELECTIVES: 39-44
Selected with advisement. At least 50% must be at 3000 level or above.

TOTAL 124


(1) See prerequisites and equivalencies.
(2) Required of all freshmen and transfers with fewer than 10 credits.
(3) Requires a grade of C or better.
(4) PSY 1000 is a prerequisite for all psychology courses.
(5) Not required of students with a second major, minor or collateral.
(5) Require a grade of C or better.
(6) All major courses including Capstone require a grade of C or better
(7) PSY 3200 is a prerequisite.
** May be taken as honors courses. See PSY 1005, 4205, 4235, 4945

B.S. DEGREE PSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHIATRIC REHABILITATION

Coordinator: Dr. Sharon Boyd-Jackson
EC 226E, (908) 737-5877

This program is designed for students interested in obtaining a dual major in Psychology and Psychiatric Rehabilitation. This is a joint program that Kean University has established with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Students will take courses for the Psychology and General Education components of this major at Kean University. UMDNJ faculty at their Scotch Plains Campus will teach most of Psychiatric Rehabilitation classes. Please Note: Kean University will be responsible for registration for all classes for this major option, however, all tuition and fees for the Psychiatric Rehabilitation courses will be charged according to UMDNJ’s tuition and fee rates for all students.

The completion of this major will give students three career options in the area of Psychology that would allow for either gaining experience for work in the field or entrance into graduate school. More specifically, the three options include:
  • Working in the field with a BS degree - the practical skills gained with this major give students experience in the area of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and prepares them for employment in this area
  • Graduate school in Psych Rehab - The completion of this program will give students a focused option for a career in Psychiatric Rehabilitation. Students who choose to obtain graduate education in this area may apply for admission to UMDNJ's Master of Science Degree and Doctoral Degree Programs in Psychiatric Rehabilitation
  • Graduate school in any area of Psychology - The dual major provides students with essential undergraduate courses needed in Psychology and valuable practical experience in a specialized area that will enhance an application for graduate education in any area of psychology.
The 1000 level courses are open to all students. However, students interested in becoming an intended major should speak to program coordinator. Students interested in becoming a declared major must meet the following GPA requirements before applying to the program: 1) G.P.A. of 3.0 in Psychology; 2) Overall G.P.A. of 2.5. For applications and additional requirements please see the program coordinator. Application will be accepted each March 1st for the Fall semester and November 1st for the Spring semester.

Transfer students may apply to the university and this program simultaneously. Transfer students from Middlesex County College and Union County College with an Associate Degree in Psychosocial Rehabilitation will follow a slightly different curriculum.

Note: This program does not accept Second Bachelor Degree candidates.

GENERAL EDUCATION 43-45
FOUNDATION REQUIREMENTS(1) 13

GE 1000 Transition to Kean(2) 1
ENG 1030 College Composition(3) 3
MATH 1000; 1010; 1016;
1054 Mathematics 3
COMM 1402 Speech Communication for Critical Citizenship    3
GE 2023    Research & Technology 3

DISCIPLINARY/INTERDISCIPLINARY/ DISTRIBUTION REQUIREMENTS:
Humanities 6

ENG 2403 World Literature* 3
Select one course:
Fine Arts or Art History 3
Philosophy or Religion 3
Foreign Languages 3
Music or Theatre 3
Interdisciplinary 3
Social Sciences 6
HIST 1000 Civil Society in America* 3
PSY 1000 General Psychology(3, 4 **) 3
Science & Mathematics 7
Math or Computer Science 3
Lab Science 4

PSYCHOLOGY MAJOR REQUIREMENTS(5&7) 25

PSYCHOLOGY REQUIRED COURSES 13
PSY 3200 Psychological Statistics 3
PSY 3310 Psychology of Learning    3
PSY 3320 Theories of Personality 3
PSY 4200 Tests and Measurements(6**) 3
PSY 4230 Experimental Psychology(6**) 4

PSYCHOLOGY ELECTIVES 6
Two psychology courses selected with
departmental advisement.

MAJOR GE/CAPSTONE COURSE 3
PSY 4940 Seminar: Issues in Contemporary
Psychology(5**) 3

PSYCH REHAB REQUIREMENTS(7 45***, #) REQUIRED COURSES 33***
PSRT 1101 Intro to Psychosocial Rehab 3
PSRT 1102 Comm Tech. For Interv & Rehab 3
PSRT 1103 Introduction to Group Dynamics 3
PSRT 1204 Clinical Principles in Rehab 3
PSRT 2121 Comm Resource and Sys Mgmt 3
PSRT 2231 Emerging Trends and Topics 3
PSRT 4121 Case Management Approaches 3
PSRT 4111 Pract in Psychiatric Rehab I 6
PSRT 4112 Pract in Psychiatric Rehab II 6

PSYCHIATRIC REHAB ELECTIVES 12***
Four courses selected from below or with advisement.
PSRT 4209 Vocational Rehab Approaches 3
PSRT 4231 Independent Living Rehab 3
PSRT 4261 Substance Abuse and Mental III 3
PSRT 4251 Developmental Disabilities 3
PSRT 4271 The Role of Families in Rehab    3
PSRT 4015 Wellness and Recovery    3
PSRT 4271 Research Methods in Rehab 3

FREE ELECTIVES 22***

May include 2 PSRT grad courses.

TOTAL 124

(1) See prerequisites and equivalencies.
(2) Required of all freshmen and transfers with fewer than 10 credits.
(3) Requires a grade of C or better.
(4) PSY 1000 is a prerequisite for all psychology courses.
(5) All major courses including Capstone require a grade of C or better.
(6) PSY 3200 is a prerequisite.
(7) An average GPA of at least a “B” must be maintained in major courses and an average GPA of at least a 2.5 must be maintained overall for all Psychology/Psych Rehab Majors in order to remain in good standing
*Required Distribution Course.
**May be taken as honors courses. See PSY 1005, 4205, 4235, 4945
***Subject to Change by Department
#Descriptions for all PSRT courses should be obtained from the program coordinator


MINOR
A variety of specializations may be taken with the minor in psychology. Some examples are: developmental, for those who wish to gain a perspective on human behavior over the life span; business-related, for those who plan to work in business or industry; education-related, for those who plan to teach; experimental, for those who wish to develop research skills; professional, for those who plan to enter a graduate program in psychology. Particulars of these or other individualized approaches should be discussed with the departmental advisor to minors.

The minor in Psychology must include General Psychology (PSY 1000) plus at least one course in each of the three areas listed below, plus three additional courses chosen from any of the areas - for a total of 21-22 credits.

Note that General Psychology is a prerequisite to all the other courses. This means it must be completed before any of the other courses are taken. In addition, some courses have an additional prerequisite or prerequisites beyond General Psychology; these are indicated with an asterisk (*), and the specific prerequisite(s) are detailed in the course description. At least three (3) of the courses in psychology must be taken at Kean University. All courses for the minor must be completed with a final course grade of C or better.

DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
PSY 2100 Child Psychology
PSY 2110 Psychology of Adolescence
PSY 3110 Life-Span Developmental Psychology
PSY 3120 Adult Psychology*
PSY 3130 Psychology of Aging*

EXPERIMENTAL, MEASUREMENT, SPECIALIZED AREAS AND APPLICATIONS
PSY 3200 Psychological Statistics
PSY 3300 Research Design and Analysis
PSY 3310 Psychology of Learning
PSY 3330 Psychology of Consciousness*
PSY 3360 Theories of Motivation
PSY 3400 Organizational Behavior
PSY 3420 Environmental Psychology
PSY 4200 Tests and Measurements*
PSY 4230 Experimental Psychology*
PSY 4360 Physiological Psychology
PSY 4380 Psychology of Perception
PSY 4390 Cognitive Processes
PSY 4400 Principles of Behavioral Analysis*
PSY 4420 Industrial/Organizational Psychology
PSY 4440 Functional Neuropsychology* PERSONALITY, SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY AND GROUP PROCESSES
PSY 2630 Psychological Perspectives on Prejudice and Racism
PSY 3320 Theories of Personality
PSY 3340 Psychology of Women
PSY 3540 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 3630 Social Psychology
PSY 3650 Understanding Self and Others
PSY 3660 Community Psychology
PSY 4310 History and Systems of Psychology
PSY 4450 Survey of Therapeutic Psychology*
PSY 4520 Psychodynamics of Individual and Group Behavior
*Courses require a prerequisite beyond PSY 1000

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:
DR. Paula Avioli

East Campus, EC 234B
T: 908-737-5873
F: 908-737-5875

pavioli@kean.edu

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