Many of today’s most pressing social problems relate directly to problems in behavior. Violence (at home or on the street), drug addiction and poor interpersonal relationships are just some examples of the types of issues explored in the field of psychology. Psychologists strive first to describe, understand and explain behavioral problems and also to contribute solutions to such problems, through careful collection of data, analysis of data, and development of intervention strategies.
The B.A. in Psychology provides students with a broad understanding of the principles that explain human behavior and interaction. In addition to learning the latest science and theory regarding human and nonhuman animal behavior, students in the program gain the vital skills and experience employers seek. These skills include research and writing skills, problem-solving skills, and, well-developed, higher-level thinking ability as evidenced in analyzing, synthesizing and evaluating information.
Concentrate in general psychology, abnormal psychology, applied behavior analysis, applied psychology, developmental psychology, neuroscience, and social psychology.
Choose from electives in forensic psychology, psychosomatics, neuroscience, social psychology, and industrial and organizational psychology.
In addition to working directly in psychology-related fields such as counseling and teaching, our students and graduates find jobs in such varied areas as public affairs, education, business, sales, service industries, health, the biological sciences and computer programming. They also work as employment counselors, correction counselor trainees, interviewers, personnel analysts, probation officers, and writers.
Credit and GPA Requirements
Minimum Total Credits: 128
Minimum Liberal Arts & Sciences Credits: 96
Minimum Major Credits: 33
Minimum Credits in Courses > 100 Level: 48
Ancillary Course Requirements: see above
Minimum Major GPA: 2.0
Minimum Overall GPA: 2.0
All undergraduate and graduate programs at the LIU Brooklyn are registered with the New York State Education Department and accredited by the Commission of Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. In addition, various academic programs in the Richard L. Conolly College of Liberal Arts and Science are accredited by professional organizations, signifying they meet the highest standards of educational quality as determined by leaders in the field.
American Psychological Association
The Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, offered by the Department of Psychology, has been accredited since 1974 by the American Psychological Association (APA), which is based in Washington, D.C., and is the largest association of psychologists worldwide. APA accreditation is a voluntary, non-governmental process of self-study and external review intended to evaluate, enhance, and publicly recognize quality in higher education. The Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology’s most recent APA accreditation visit occurred in 2007 when the program was awarded full accreditation status.
American Chemical Society
The B.S. in Chemistry, offered by the Department of Chemistry, is certified by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Degree programs receiving ACS certification offer a rigorous, broad-based education in chemistry, and are characterized by accomplished faculty and state-of-the-art facilities. Graduates from ACS certified programs possess experimental and communication skills that prepare them for careers or further study at the graduate level. Employers and graduate schools recognize the value of the ACS credential.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
The M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology, offered by the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, is accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). ASHA is a professional, scientific, and credentialing association with over 140,000 members and affiliates. ASHA represents speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists in the United States and internationally.