B.A. in Psychology

Jump-start your future with a bachelor’s in psychology.

Understanding human thought and behavior—the essence of psychology—is crucial for success in any field. Adelphi undergraduate psychology majors develop the knowledge, analytical abilities and experience to excel in fields as varied as education, healthcare and business.

At Adelphi’s Derner Institute, you will find knowledgeable and accessible faculty members who are committed to your success. Undergraduates regularly collaborate with each other and with faculty members on original research.

Begin the learning process by creating a strategic plan that focuses on your career goals. With the help of one of our faculty advisers, you can determine whether that plan should include non-psychology courses, for instance, and you can also choose the courses that are most applicable to your discipline. Just know that every student must complete 41 credits in psychology, and these courses generally follow a defined sequence.

Curriculum for the B.A. in Psychology degree is divided into these four categories:

  • Foundation Courses: These are typically prerequisite courses for advanced studies in psychology. They are designed to provide broad exposure to the fundamental disciplines in psychology.
  • Methods and Lab Courses: Here’s where you gain that initial familiarity with the research, including statistics and the process of designing and conducting research.
  • Central Courses: These courses are not only the major areas of psychological science and practice, but they also act as a prerequisite for an advanced seminar. 
  • Advanced/Seminar Courses: This is your chance to examine specific areas of research or practice in the sub-disciplines of psychology. In addition, students have opportunities to apply the knowledge they have acquired during their tenure at the university to a research or clinical experience representing diverse areas of psychology. Topics vary yearly and are chosen based on recent developments in the field, faculty research interests and students’ needs. 

A wide range of supervised experiences—both in the field and in the laboratory—are available to students.

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