What do I have to do to become a Psychology major?
I am not sure if I want to major in Psychology. Who do I talk to?
Can lower freshmen be Psychology majors?
What do I have to do to complete the major?
How many Psychology majors are there at QC?
Who signs my Elementary Education Department form to declare Psychology as my co-major?
What do I have to do to be a Psychology minor?
Who do I talk to about the Psychology interdisciplinary major?
When are Psychology courses offered?
I want to P/NC a psychology course; how do I go about doing that?
Can I withdraw from a Psychology course without being evaluated?
What do I do about an incomplete (INC) in a Psychology class?
If I take a 3-credit course and retake the same course with a different topic, will I get 3 credits for the repeated class?
How many Psychology courses can I repeat?
Can I overtally into a Psychology class?
How many courses can I take each semester?
I took General Psychology in High School. Can I get credit for it?
I am a transfer student. What about psychology courses taken at other schools?
How do I take Psychology courses at another institution and get course credit at QC?
More about Psychology
Where do I find out more about Psychology?
How can I find out about degrees and careers in Psychology?
I want to be a Clinical Psychologist. Where do I start?
How do I found out more about School Psychology, Art Therapy, Forensic Psychology, and Counseling Psychology?
How do I contact the Departmental Ombudsman?
Complete the Declaration of Major form and bring it to the Psychology Office (SB E318) to be signed. Then, take the form to the Registrar as quickly as possible. A major can be full-time or part-time, day, evening, or weekend.
In general, it is to your advantage to declare a major. Arrange a meeting by e-mail with the chairman, Dr. Robert Lanson, or Dr. Tsippa Ackerman (for evening students). Indicate 3 to 5 different appointment days, dates and times in priority order and you will be notified which are mutually convenient. You may also find it helpful to speak to a Psychology Peer Couselor in the departmental office.
There are 4 required courses: Psychology 101 (General Psychology), Psychology 107 (Statistics), Psychology 213W (Experimental Psychology) and an Advanced Laboratory course from the Psychology 311 to 320 sequence. Psychology 107, 213W, and 311-321 have the preceding course as prerequisites and so take three semesters to complete. If you became a major between September 2000 and August 2005, the required total number of credits in Psychology is 35. If you declared a Psychology major after September 2005, the required minimum total of Psychology credits is 36. Psychology majors/minors who entered QC starting Fall 2013 need a minimum grade of C in Psych 101, 107, 213W, and Advanced Lab courses even if the courses were transferred to QC. A minimum grade of C- is required for all other Psychology electives, and no P/NC grades in any Psychology class.
As of 2013, there were 1,700 majors in the day, evening, and weekend sessions.
You must contact the Psychology department chair and ask him to sign the Education Department form.
You have to fill out this form , bring it to the Psychology Office (SB E-318) for signature and take the completed form to the Registrar. A minor consists of any 18 psychology credits, at least 9 of which must be taken at Queens College. Psychology majors who entered QC before Fall 2013 must have a minimum 2.0 grade point average in Psychology, and no P/NC grades in any Psychology class.
Dr. Ray Johnson Jr. is the Psychology Interdisciplinary Major Advisor.
Psychology classes are given during the day and evening as well as in the Weekend College. Classes are available during the Fall, Spring, and both Summer sessions, except Psych 107 and Psych 213W which are offered only during the summer II session.
Students cannot P/NC a course in their major.
Students may withdraw from courses between the 4th and 8th weeks of classes without being evaluated by the USSC.
An INC on a transcript that is not resolved by the end of the following semester becomes a FIN and is calculated as an F in the GPA. Therefore, students must speak to the Professor to resolve an INC as soon as possible.
No, and if a student repeats a course in order to earn a better grade, the most recent grade will be counted towards the student’s GPA.
Under the repeat grade policy, students can repeat a maximum of 16 credits.
The Psychology Department does not do overtallies but the student can contact the department chair to find out if more seat will be added to the class in question.
If you are in good standing, you can register for up to 18 credits.
There is no one answer to this question. If you scored 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement exam in Psychology, you will get credit for Psychology 101, subject to regular transfer evaluation procedures. If the course was offered in conjunction with a college Psychology department, credit may be allowed, subject to the regular evaluation procedures.
The courses need to be evaluated. There is a requirement that at least half (18) of the credits toward the major (including the Advanced Experimental course) must be taken at Queens College. Psychology 213W is a writing intensive course. Students are strongly advised to take that course at Queens, because otherwise it will not transfer as an equivalent of Psych 213W.
Talk to the department chair to make sure that the courses will be approved by the Psychology Department. Once these courses are approved, you can file for e-permit online or through the Registrar.
Take Psychology 101. It is a prerequisite for all other Psychology courses and a required course for the major and minor. You can also get more information from the American Psychological Association website.
Many people do not realize how broad a field Psychology really is. There are at least 50 different divisions in the American Psychological Association. You can find out more about careers in psychology here. Also, join the Psychology Honor Society Psi Chi, or attend their informative meetings. See Psychology Peer Advisors in the departmental office for additional materials. Students who graduate with a BA in Psychology have been among the most successful in the job market.
Start with Psychology 101. Clinical Psychology is a very popular field. Getting into a Clinical Psychology graduate program requires excellent credentials. Clinical graduate programs look for students who sample broadly from different fields of psychology at the undergraduate level. They do not want you to be a specialist as an undergraduate. Be alert to talks regularly given by Psychology faculty on the “helping professions.” Further information on Clinical Psychology may also be found here.
While we do not have specific courses in these areas, our undergraduate curriculum prepares you for graduate work in these as well as other areas of psychology. If you want further information on these areas, consult specific graduate programs. Note that School and Counseling Psychology courses at Queens College are offered through the Education Department.
The Ombudsman resolves disputes from a neutral, independent viewpoint. If you have a problem with a Psychology professor or instructor, you may discuss the problem confidentially with the Psychology Department Ombusdman, Professor Pytte. Her job is to investigate and try to resolve problems. Please contact Dr. Pytte at 718-997-4528 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Among the Gen Ed Requirements (PATHWAYS or PERSPECTIVES) needed for graduation, the following courses from other departments should be included, if possible:
- A minimum of one semester of college-level Mathematics, preferably Math 110 or its equivalent
- A minimum of one year of Natural Science, of which one semester should be Biology 107 or 108 (NOT Biology 11; Bio 107 and 108 DO NOT cover Gen Ed Requirements for Pathways or Perspectives)
- A minimum of one year of Social Science, of which one semester should be either Sociology or Anthropology
- A minimum of one semester of Philosophy
Since writing skills are so valuable, majors are strongly advised to take advantage of theWriting Skills Workshop offered free of charge by Queens College in Kiely Hall Room 229.
Psych 107 Tutoring is offered in the Psych Office (Science Building Room E318), please check hours posted in the office. Psych 107 and 213W tutoring is also offered in Content Tutoring, Keily Hall 127.
It is also recommended that students intending to do graduate work in Psychology take courses that will lead to a reading knowledge of a foreign language. Programs with a language requirements find French, German, or Russian acceptable.
Gen Ed (PATHWAYS or PERSPECTIVES) Requirements and Psychology
Psychology majors are encouraged to sample broadly in fulfilling the Liberal Arts and Sciences area requirements (LASAR). They should also be aware that some Psychology courses can be applied to their requirements.