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Psychology, Bachelor of Arts

The program provides extensive training in research methods and specialized areas of psychological study, including experimental, developmental, abnormal, personality and social psychology.

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.

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Social Sciences
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  • Queens Campus
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Ernest Hodges, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Psychology


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-two 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.

PSY 1000CIntroduction to Psychology3
PSY 2990Sophomore Seminar3
PSY 2030 & 2030LStatistical Methods for the Social Sciences with Lab4
PSY 2040 & 2040PResearch Methods in Psychology with Practicum4
PSY 2150Physiological Psychology3
PSY 3260Introduction to Psychological Measurement3
PSY 3800History and Systems of Psychology3

You also complete one course from each of the following groups for a total of 12 credits. 

Group 1: Abnormal, Social, or Personality – 3 Credits

PSY 2200Abnormal Psychology3
PSY 2210Theories of Personality3
PSY 3320Social Psychology3

Group 2:  Developmental Psychology – 3 Credits

PSY 2070CChild Psychology3
PSY 2080CAdolescent Psychology3

Group 3: Experimental Psychology – 3 Credits

PSY 3270Experimental Psychology of Learning3
PSY 3280Cognitive Psychology3
PSY 3290Experimental Psychology of Sensation and Perception3

Group 4: Emerging Areas of Psychology – 3 Credits

PSY 2220Child and Adolescent Psychopathology3
PSY 2240Psychology of Women3
PSY 2250Forensic Psychology3
PSY 2260Positive Psychology3
PSY 2270Health Psychology3

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
  • 3500       Special Topics in Psychology
  • 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

Career Outcomes

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.  

Global Approach to Education

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 international academic experiences. The University offers extensive study abroad opportunities, from our nationally unique Global Passport program for first-year students, to short-term and semester opportunities throughout your academic year. The Department of Psychology offers a fall semester program in Rome tailored specifically to the academic needs of our majors. For more information on all of our study abroad programs, please visit the Office of International Education.

Additional Information

At St. John's, you learn from a nationally acclaimed faculty of scholars and practitioners. 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:

  • Psi Chi: The St. John's Chapter of this international honor society.
  • Roger Bacon Society: For students in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, Physics or Psychology.

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.

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