The Undergraduate Program
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.
The Psychology Major
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.
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
- Passing score on Parts 3, 4 and 5 of the Special Math Placement Exam. See the Dolciani Mathematics Learning Center, 3rd floor HN, for information and test administration schedule.
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
Although a course may meet the requirements for more than one area, the student may use that course to fulfill only one content-area requirement. All of these content-area courses must be at or above the 200 level, with at least 6 credits at or above the 300 level. In addition to the four courses meeting the above criteria, two additional (elective) courses in psychology, at the 200 level or higher, must be completed. Qualified undergraduates may register for graduate-level psychology courses with the permission of the instructor and the graduate advisor. Most psychology majors intending to attend graduate school take more than the minimum 26 credits in psychology and design their course of study in close consultation with a faculty mentor. Students should pick up a copy of the "Psychology Major Handbook" from the undergraduate advising office as soon as they declare the major.
We also urge you to visit the section of this site that lists faculty and their research interests. Although the department does not formally require that a student do research, if you are planning to go to graduate school, it is imperative that you get some research experience. PSYCH 201, 395, 396 & 398 are courses that allow the student to do this.
The Psychology Department feels that it is essential that students have a good understanding of what a natural science class is like and require requires that the student take two natural science classes with lab components. Please note that this is not part of the 26 psychology credit requirement. The first class must be completed before taking PSYCH 250. The second class must be taken before graduation. Because of CUNYPathways, many departments are changing the numbering of their science classes. Make sure that you consult with an advisor before registering for their laboratory classes.
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As of Spring 2009, the minor is no longer required for students in the School of Arts & Science. If the minor was declared prior to Spring 2009 with Psychology as the major, the old rules apply: 12 credits and half should be over 200 level. If the minor was declared after Spring 2009, please consult the department in which you declared the minor for terms of that department.
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Psychology courses taken for the major may not be taken on a CREDIT / NO CREDIT basis; PSYCH 248, 249 or 250 may not be taken on a CREDIT / NO CREDIT basis.
Courses Taken on Permit and Courses Transferred to Hunter
Declared Psychology majors must take all the Psychology courses that they wish to count toward the major at Hunter College. (Courses taken at other colleges, referred to as "permit courses," are graded as CREDIT and thus not allowed.) In contrast, psychology courses that were taken before the student enrolled at Hunter and that have been transferred to Hunter may count toward the major if they are deemed equivalent to a Hunter College course. This assessment is made by the Office of Admissions and by the undergraduate psychology advising office.