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Psychology Major

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The Department of Applied Psychology offers major programs which prepare students for careers in Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counseling, Psychological Services, Rehabilitation Services and for advanced training in psychology and related fields. In addition, it contributes to the liberal arts education of all students.

Students majoring either in Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counseling or Psychological Services are required to take the total of 47 credit hours in the department of Applied Psychology.

Major in Applied Psychology: Option in Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counseling

The objectives of the program in Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counseling:

  1. prepare students for immediate employment upon graduation;
  2. provide a service to the community for a problem that has gained national concern;
  3. familiarize students with community, state, and federal agencies that aid individuals disabled by or dependent on alcohol or other substances;
  4. train students to serve as alcoholism and drug abuse counselors by:
    • encouraging their sensitivity to individuals disabled by or dependent on alcohol or other substances; 
    • providing an understanding of alcoholism and other addictions;
    • providing an understanding of the effects of social factors such as socio-economic status and urban setting on alcohol abuse and other addictions;
    • encouraging the development of general skills in counseling as well as specific skills in counseling individuals disabled by or dependent on alcohol or other substances of abuse;
    • providing the student with the appropriate background in human psychological development, interviewing, learning, assessment and evaluation, behavior modification, abnormal psychology, and clinical psychology;
    • ensuring that the student can prepare psychological reports and analyze statistical data.

Graduates in this program are eligible for equivalent credits for certification by the State of Maryland Board of Counseling Certification.

Required Courses in Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counseling

PSYC 207 Basic Statistics in Behavioral Sciences *  3
PSYC 233 Psychological and Physiological Aspects of Substance Abuse  3
PSYC 306 Personality 3
PSYC 335 Developmental Psychology
PSYC 341 Psychological Assessment and Evaluation
PSYC 342 Psychological Reports Writing
PSYC 343 Psychological Research **  4
PSYC 351 Counseling Techniques  4
PSYC 352 Counseling in Groups  3
PSYC 411 Abnormal Psychology  3
PSYC 440 History & Systems of Psychology  3
PSYC 347 Alcohol Abuse and Other Addictions in the Inner city and Other Communities  3
PSYC 354 Foundations of Effective Alcohol Abuse and Other Addictions Counseling  3
PSYC 451 Field Placement I  3
PSYC 452 Field Placement II  3

Total  47

NOTE: PSYC 201 is a prerequisite for all other PSYC courses.

*Prerequisite: MATH 110 College Algebra or MATH 125 Mathematics for Liberal Arts

**Prerequisite: PSYC 207 Basic Statistics in Behavioral Sciences

Major in Applied Psychology: Option in Psychological Services

The objectives of the program in Psychological Services are to:

  1. present a career oriented program to undergraduate students in psychology;
  2. encourage communication between the College and community agencies in order to facilitate adequate professional preparation of students;
  3. prepare the student for graduate training in psychology;
  4. train students to perform effectively as employees of various governmental and private agencies by offering to the student 
    • the appropriate training in interviewing, psychological assessment, abnormal psychology, and research; 
    • information about human needs and problems;
    • opportunities to develop the needed competencies for communicating or reporting psychological information and statistics.

Required Courses in Psychological Services

PSYC 207 Basic Statistics in Behavioral Sciences * 3
PSYC 210 Applied Psychology 3
PSYC 306 Personality
PSYC 335 Developmental Psychology
PSYC 341 Psychological Assessment and Evaluation
PSYC 342 Psychological Reports Writing 3
PSYC 343 Psychological Research **
PSYC 351 Counseling Techniques 4
PSYC 352 Counseling in Groups
PSYC 411 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 440 History & Systems of Psychology
PSYC 345 Behavior Modification
PSYC Psychology Elective
PSYC 451 Field Placement I
PSYC 452 Field Placement II

NOTE: PSYC 201 is a prerequisite for all other PSYC courses.

*Prerequisite: MATH 101 College Algebra

**Prerequisite: PSYC 207 Basic Statistics in Behavioral Sciences


Applied Psychology Major Concentration:Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counseling

Level I (First Year)
Fall Semester
 *ENGL 101  English Composition  3
 *MATH 125  Math for Liberal Arts  3
 *»HIST 205  AA History I  3
 *†IDIS 102  Music & Dance  3
 *PSYC 201  Intro to Psychology  3
 **ORIE 101  Freshman Seminar  1
 Semester Total 16

Spring Semester
 *ENGL 102  English Composition II  3
 *»HIST 202  AA History II  3
*•PHSC 103  Tech and Human Affairs  3
 *‡SPCH 105  Speech  3
 **MISY 150  Tech Fluency  3
 Semester Total 15

Level II (Sophomore)

Fall Semester
 *×PHIL 102
 Intro to Logic
 3
 *ANTH 207
 Cultural Anthropology  3
 *•BIOL 101
 Biological Science
 4
 *○WLIT
 World Literature
 3
 ■PSYC 207
 Behavioral Statistics  3
 Semester Total 16

Spring Semester
 ■PSYC 233
 Phys & Psyc Aspects
 3
 ■PSYC 306
 Personality Theories  3
 ■PSYC 335  Developmental Psychology
 3
 ■PSYCH 347
 Alcohol Abuse City
 3
 ♦  General Elective  3
 Semester Total 15

Level III (Junior)

Fall Semester
 ■PSYC 341
 Psychology Assessment
 3
 ■PSYC 354  Addiction Counseling  3
 ■PSYC 351  Counseling Techniques
 3
 ♦
 General Elective  3
 ♦  General Elective  3
 Semester Total 15

Spring Semester
 ■PSYC 343  Psychological Research
 3
 ■PSYC 352  Group Counseling
 3
 ♦PSYC 342  Psychological Report Writing  3
 ♦  General Elective  3
 ♦  General Elective  3
 Semester Total 15

Level IV (Senior)

Fall Semester
 ■PSYC 411  Abnormal Psychology
 3
 ■PSYC 451  Field Placement I
 3
 ♦  General Elective
 3
 ♦  General Elective  3
 ♦  General Elective
 3
 Semester Total 15

Spring Semester
 ■PSYC 440  History & Systems  3
 ■PSYC 452  Field Placement II  3
 ♦
 General Elective  3
 ♦  General Elective  3
 ♦  General Elective
 3
 Semester Total 15
TOTAL CREDITS
122




Major: Applied Psychology-Concentration:Psychological Services

Level I (First Year)
Fall Semester
 *ENGL 101  English Composition  3
 *MATH 125  Math for Liberal Arts  3
 *»HIST 205  AA History I  3
 *†IDIS 102  Music & Dance  3
 *PSYC 201  Intro to Psychology  3
 **ORIE 101  Freshman Seminar  1
 Semester Total 16

Spring Semester
 *ENGL 102  English Composition II  3
 *»HIST 202  AA History II  3
*•PHSC 103  Tech and Human Affairs  3
 *‡SPCH 105  Speech  3
 **MISY 150  Tech Fluency  3
 Semester Total 15

Level II (Sophomore)

Fall Semester
 *×PHIL 102
 Intro to Logic
 3
 *ANTH 207
 Cultural Anthropology  3
 *•BIOL 101
 Biological Science
 4
 *○WLIT 207
 World Literature
 3
 ■PSYC 207
 Behavioral Statistics  3
 Semester Total 16

Spring Semester
 ■PSYC 210
 Applied Psychology
 3
 ■PSYC 306
 Personality Theories  3
 ■PSYC 335  Developmental Psychology
 3
 ▲
 Program Elective
 3
 ♦  General Elective  3
 Semester Total 15

Level III (Junior)

Fall Semester
 ■PSYC 341
 Psychology Assessment
 3
 ■PSYC 345  Behavior Modification  3
 ■PSYC 351  Counseling Techniques
 3
 ♦
 General Elective  3
 ♦  General Elective  3
 Semester Total 15

Spring Semester
 ■PSYC 343  Psychological Research
 3
 ■PSYC 352  Group Counseling
 3
 ♦PSYC 342  Psychological Report Writing  3
 ♦  General Elective  3
 ♦  General Elective  3
 Semester Total 15

Level IV (Senior)

Fall Semester
 ■PSYC 411  Abnormal Psychology
 3
 ■PSYC 451  Field Placement I
 3
 ♦  General Elective
 3
 ♦  General Elective  3
 ♦  General Elective
 3
 Semester Total 15

Spring Semester
 ■PSYC 440  History & Systems  3
 ■PSYC 452  Field Placement II  3
 ♦
 General Elective  3
 ♦  General Elective  3
 ♦  General Elective
 3
 Semester Total 15
TOTAL CREDITS
122


 *  General Education Requirement
 **  University Graduation Requirement
 ■  Major Course
  »  or any 2 part 200 level History
 or any ENGL 200 level or above
 BIOL 101 or 107 or CHEM 101 or PHSC 101 or PHSC 103
×  PHIL 103 or PHIL 102
 or IDIS 103 or any Foreign Language or ART 105 or MUSC 201 or DANC 226 or THEA 211

 or any 3 credit Health course, or SPCH 202 or SPCH 204 or GEOG 102
 ♦  General Elective - any University course
 ▲  Program Elective - any non-required course within the discipline
 ▬  Support Course
§  Management Science Elective

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