Psychology Major (BA and BS)

The Psychology Department  offers two degree programs. One leading to the BA and the other leading to the BS degree.

Degree Programs and Courses

To declare a major in psychology, please go to the Social Sciences Office in 211 Parker Hall

Anna Freud

  • BA Option: A minimum of 11 units in Psychology. DOWNLOAD BA Psychology Checklist
  • BS Option: Student must satisfy the requirements for the BA and must satisfy the requirements for a minor in one of the natural sciences: biology, chemistry, physics, microbiology, computer science, or mathematics. DOWNLOAD BS Psychology Checklist

Course of Study

Please see a copy of the Wagner College Undergraduate Academic Catalog for course descriptions. Some of these courses have prerequisites.
Students are required to complete 11 courses in psychology

A. Five core courses (with suggested time to enroll; all core courses are offered in fall and spring semesters):

  • PS 101 Introduction to Psychology (freshman)
  • PS 116 Psychological Statistics and Methodology (recommended sophomore year)
    *includes PS 116L (lab), fulfills General Education requirement for Technological Competency (TC)
  • PS 213 Psychological Testing (recommended junior year, 116 required)
    Psychology: Then and Now

    • PS 400 Senior RFT in Psychology
    • PS 441 History of Psychology

B. At least two of the following experimental psychology courses
(Note: students are required to have completed PS 116 prior to enrolling in these courses).  You are encouraged to take more than two if you are planning to apply to a doctoral program.

  • PS 302 Learning and Motivation (fall)
  • PS 303 Sensation and Perception (alternate spring)
  • PS 304 Memory and Thinking (alternate spring)
  • PS 305 Environmental Psychology (alternate spring)
  • PS 306 Human Development (alternate spring)
  • PS 308 Social Psychology (fall)

C. And at least four courses from the list below and list B above:

  • PS 111 Child Psychology (required of elementary education students)
  • PS 112 Adolescent Psychology
  • PS 113 Adulthood and Aging
  • PS 209 Is Religion "Man-made?" (cross-listed as RE
  • PS 212 Psychopathology (Abnormal Psychology)
  • PS 214 Death and Dying
  • PS 220 Forensic Psychology
  • PS 239 From Table to Laboratory: Exploring Food Choice (ILC only)
  • PS 240 Psychology of Prejudice (D)
  • PS 241 Psychology of Gender (D)
  • PS 244 Decisions and Persuasion (D)
  • PS 245 Psychology of Boys and Men
  • PS 246 Psychology of Creativity
  • PS 247 "Other" Sexualities (D)
  • PS 248 Existential Psychology
  • PS 249 Psychology of Media
  • PS 251 Sleep & Dreams
  • PS 252 Health Psychology
  • PS 253 Positive Psychology
  • PS 291 Special Topics in Psychology
  • PS 311 Theories of Personality
  • PS 314 Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • PS 315 Principles of Counseling Psychology
  • PS 351 Drugs, the Brain and Behavior
  • PS 382 Philosophy and Psychoanalysis (cross-listed as PH 302)
  • PS 397G Internship in Psychology
  • PS 442 Physiological Psychology
  • PS 497 Psychological Field Experience (internship)
  • PS 593 Independent Study