Mission and Learning Goals

Mission of the Undergraduate Psychology Program:

The main mission of the Psychology Department is to provide a broad-based undergraduate education in the classic liberal arts tradition. At the creation of the present divisions of Queens College, the then Chair, Dr. Razran, insisted that the Psychology Department become part of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Therefore, a second mission of the Psychology Department is to insure the teaching of Psychology in the scientific tradition. The department thus has both required and elective undergraduate courses dedicated to the teaching of Psychology as a scientific discipline. The Psychology Department has a minimum number of 36 credits necessary to complete a major, including minimum grades for all courses used to fulfill the major. The following sections briefly summarize the courses.

Required Undergraduate Psychology Courses: There are four required courses that comprise 16 of the minimum 36 credits for the undergraduate major.  Psychology majors are required to earn a grade of C or better in each of these four required courses.

  • Introductory Psychology (Psychology 101),
  • Statistical Methods (Psychology 107.3 & 107.1   Formerly Psych 107),
  • Experimental Psychology (Psychology 213W) and
  • Advanced Experimental Psychology (AEP) which has the following wide choice of sub-discipline areas: AEP: Learning (Psychology 311), AEP: Sensation and Perception (Psychology 312), AEP: Cognition (Psychology 313), AEP: Social-Personality (Psychology 314), AEP: Neurobiology (Psychology 316), AEP: Behavior Modification (Psychology 317), AEP: Human Memory (Psychology 319), AEP: Special Topics (Psychology 320), and AEP: Clinical (Psychology 321).

Elective Undergraduate Psychology Courses: The majority of courses needed to complete the major are elective, and thereby are dedicated to the central proposition of providing our undergraduates a broad-based education in the classic liberal arts tradition. Course diversity is considered important to our mission, and as such, we offer our students the ability to sample within broad array of subject areas that vary somewhat from semester to semester. Topics include, but are not limited to, several courses in Developmental Psychology, Clinical/Social Psychology, Industrial Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience and Learning/Applied Behavior Analysis. In addition, undergraduate students can perform research in sponsored settings with full-time faculty. Psychology majors are required to earn a grade of C- or better in each of the elective courses

The Psychology Department has implemented the following Learning Goals for Undergraduate Psychology Majors:

  1. Understand the natural science approach to the study of behavior
  2. Be fluent with the principles of behavior and their application
  3. Understand the interplay between theory and data
  4. Be competent in statistical analysis and interpretation of data
  5. Know the principles of research design and interpretation
  6. Effectively communicate the results of empirical research
  7. Competently use printed and electronic resources to review the literature of psychology
  8. Know and understand the application of the ethical principles governing psychological research and practice.

Course Requirements for the Psychology Major