St. John's College of Liberal Arts and SciencesQueens Campus, Staten Island Campus
You can prepare for exciting opportunities by earning your Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Psychology at St. John's University. Offered through St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the University's oldest division, this acclaimed, 120-credit program is nationally known for the quality of its professors and graduates.
The program provides extensive training in research methods and specialized areas of psychological study, including experimental, developmental, abnormal, personality and social psychology. Faculty and students regularly present at conferences hosted by major organizations including the American Psychological Association.
You also gain practical experience through student-led research experiments and collaboration with faculty on various research projects. Fieldwork is available through St. John's Center for Psychological Services and clinics throughout the local community.
Willam Chaplin, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Marillac Hall, Room 409
For more information about admission to this and other acclaimed undergraduate programs at St. John’s University, please visit Undergraduate Admission.
To earn your B.A. in Psychology, you complete a minimum of 120 credits including core requirements, major requirements, and free electives. The major requirements are outlined below. For more information about courses, please see the St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section of our Undergraduate Bulletin.
Twenty-eight credits of Free Electives are required for the Psychology program. However, this total may vary slightly depending on the courses taken to complete the Free Electives and St. John’s College Core Elective requirement. Regardless, the student must complete all requirements and finish a minimum of 120 credits with at least a 2.0 in both their overall and major indices to be eligible for a Bachelor of Arts degree.
You also complete one course from each of the following groups for a total of 12 credits.
In addition, you complete two electives from among the department offerings for a total of six credits. You may choose these additional electives from unselected courses in the groups above.
1000C Introductory Psychology
2010 Cross-Cultural Psychology
2030 Statistical Methods for Social Sciences
2030L Statistics Lab
2040 Research Methods in Psychology
2040P Research Methods Lab
2050 Educational Psychology
2070 Child Psychology
2080 Adolescent Psychology
2100 Altered States of Consciousness
2150 Physiological Psychology
2180 International Psychology
2190 Psychology of Humor
2200 Abnormal Psychology
2210 Theories of Personality
2220 Child & Adolescent Psychopathology
2230 Psych of the African American Experience
2240 Psychology of Women
2250 Forensic Psychology
2260 Positive Psychology
2270 Health Psychology
2280 Sport Psychology
2380 Psychology of Anger, Aggression, Hate & Violence
2990 Sophomore Seminar
3040 Psychology Research Laboratory I
3041 Psychology Research Laboratory II
3220 Introduction to Clinical Psychology
3260 Introduction to Psych Measurement
3270 Experimental Psychology of Learning
3280 Cognitive Psychology
3290 Experimental Psy of Sensation & Perception
3320 Social Psychology
3330 Industrial & Personnel Psychology
3410 Autism and Intellectual Disabilities
3420 Applies Behavior Analysis
3800 History & Systems of Psychology
4903 Internship in Clinical/Counseling/School Psychology
4904 Internship in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
4951 Independent-Guided Study I
4952 Independent-Guided Study II
4953 Independent Research 1
4954 Independent Research 2
The career outlook is excellent for students interested in psychology. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for graduates with degrees in the psychological sciences are expected to increase over the next five years due to high demand in schools, hospitals, social service agencies, mental health centers, substance abuse treatment clinics, consulting firms and private companies.
You benefit from St. John’s location in dynamic New York City. Our faculty and Career Services have strong ties to employers and other professional and educational resources throughout the New York area.
You also benefit from St. John's focus on an international academic experience. The University offers extensive study abroad courses during the academic year as well as the winter and summer semesters. You can live and learn at St. John's Rome, Italy, campus and Paris, France, location. For more information, please visit Global Education.
At St. John's, you learn from a nationally acclaimed faculty of scholars and practioners. You have opportunities to conduct research and participate in field work at St. John’s Center for Psychological Services, a state-of-the-art facility that serves community residents in Queens, NY.
You can also gain an academic and professional edge by joining the Psychology Club. One of more than 180 student clubs and organizations at St. John's University, the Psychology Club provides a warm, social atmosphere. The club holds events and discussions that enhance members' educational experience while assisting you in your preparation for careers and graduate study.
St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers membership in two honor societies of special interest to psychology majors:
Facilities include high-tech classrooms, laboratories, and our 1.7 million-volume University Library. Our D’Angelo Center is a five-story, 127,000-square-foot University and Student Center with classrooms, lecture halls, a Starbucks Café, and a full-service food court.