B.A. in Psychology

Psychology Department

Psychology is typically defined as the study of mind and behavior. This simple definition encompasses the complexity of psychology and includes the systematic study of thought, emotion, cognition, perception, learning, development, personality, interpersonal relationshipsat the biological, mental, and social level.

The psychology major is one of the most popular majors at William Paterson University. The major consists of 38 credits designed to expose the students to the breadth of Psychology and includes: developmental psychology, social psycholhogy, clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, and physiological psychology. Our psychology faculty are dedicated teachers and distinguished scholars.

The Department of Psychology is situated within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, serving both undergraduate and graduate students. The Department provides undergraduates with core and elective courses that introduce the theoretical, conceptual, methodological, empirical and ethical foundation of psychology. The Department expects that all students will demonstrate growth in knowledge and critical thinking, including substantial development of analytic, writing and speaking skills. It is our hope and expectation that students will also acquire a foundation for lifelong learning and a good grasp on career and professional development issues in psychology and associated fields. The program offers relatively-small class sizes, and individualized academic advisement. Moreover, the department’s mission is buttressed by a strong belief in the intrinsic value of advancing knowledge.

William Paterson University's psychology program allows graduates to pursue a variety of jobs upon earning their bachelor's degree; it also prepares them to continue graduate study in the field.

 Psychology provides a solid background for those interested in advanced study in such areas as social work, education, law, public administration, business, medicine and theology. Within the field itself, career opportunities exist at bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels. Here are some examples.

Bachelor's level
Social Services, Health Care, Human Resources, Marketing or Market Research  

Master's level
Social Worker (MSW), Mental Health Worker (e.g. alcohol/drug abuse, school, mental hospital, agencies), Organizational Consultant, Community College Instructor or Research Technician


Requirements of the Psychology Major

Major Requirements 38 CREDITS

  1. A.    Pre-requisites 10 credits

PSY 1100

General Psychology


Math 1100 or 1300 or other

Contemporary Math or Elementary Statistics or other college level math


BIO 1140 or 1200

Applied Anatomy and Physiology or Human Biology


Students majoring in psychology are required to earn no less than a grade of C- in any Psychology course.

B.  Major Requirement 38 credits

PSY 2020

Experimental Psychology I: Applied Statistics


PSY 2030

Experimental Psychology II: Laboratory


PSY 2100

Developmental Psychology


PSY 2200

Social Psychology


PSY 2300

History and Systems of Psychology


PSY 3500 or 3510

Theories of Personality  or Abnormal Psychology


PSY 3530

Physiological Psychology


PSY 3540 or 3750

Learning or Cognitive Psychology



Three electives within Psychology


PSY 4800

Seminar in Psychology



Psychology electives will be offered on site and online on a rotating basis.

Tips for Transfers with AA/AS Degrees, Psychology Majors at MCCC

Make sure you have the following MCCC prerequisite courses:

MCCC Prerequisite

William Paterson University Equivalencie

Biology 106 Human Anatom BIO 1140 Applied A & P
Psychology 101 Introduction to Psychology PSY 1100 General Psychology
Psychology 207 Developmental Psychology

PSY 2100 Developemental Psychology


Completing two of the following math courses will fulfill William Paterson University Math requirements

  • Math 108, 125, 126, 149, and 200 are recommended.

Make sure you have the courses required for graduation:

Six credits of one foreign language (American Sign Language I and II is acceptable, also)