What is Psychology?
Psychology is the science of all facets of human behavior and mental processes that includes both the research and applied fields of scholarship. Its goal is to better comprehend the complexities of our humanity in order to benefit individuals as well as society at large. Researchers seek to understand, explain, and forecast thought, emotion, and behavior through empirical investigation. Practitioners use psychological research to design remedial and proactive goals in areas such as mental and emotional health treatment, interpersonal relationship enhancement, personal maturity, industrial development, and occupational guidance.
Why Study Psychology?
People often imagine the field of psychology as exclusive to clinicians assisting people with a mental illness. However psychologists, seeking to understand the full range of human behaviors, can be found in all career fields. Prospective students can anticipate and prepare for employment in many vocations such as business, law, ministry, industry, education, and community development. The field of psychology is devoted to understanding human thought and behavior from a range of perspectives, including biological, cognitive, developmental, and social. Psychology investigates the roles of biology, family history, society, and personal spiritual choices on the formation of the individual. Students, enlightened by an understanding of the theories and practices of psychology, gain a sharpened insight tempered with deepened compassion to see beyond the exterior of people’s lives and understand the inner dynamics of their family, friends, coworkers, community, as well as themselves. Our psychology courses include both theory and practice, taught by professors trained with field experience and equipped with examples from real-life professional experiences. Psychology majors at Nyack can expect lively and inspiring classroom discussions, which include both theory and practice, taught by professors trained with field experience and equipped with examples from real-life professional experiences.
This major is offered at the Rockland campus and the Manhattan campus
PSY101 General Psychology
PSY110 Psychology Research Methods
PSY253 Integration of Psych and Theology: A Survey
PSY321 History of Psychology
PSY337 Statistics for Social Science
PSY339 Experimental Psychology
PSY342 Abnormal Psychology
PSY441 Theories of Personality
PSY438 Physiological Psychology or PSY443 Psychology of Learning
PSY470 Psychology Seminar
PSY246 Child Psychology or PSY248 Adolescent Psychology
Psychology electives (15 credits)