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Online Information Session BA in Psychology Degree

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Online Information Session BA in Psychology Degree


Hello, everyone. This is the BA in psychology
program. So for a little bit of context about the CUNY school of professional studies, the
school began in 2003. And we are part of the CUNY graduate school and university center.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with CUNY, CUNY is the largest urban university system
in the United States. So there are lots of individual campuses. And one of those campuses
is the graduate school. Which is the home to master’s programs, Ph.D. programs and we
are situated within that. So we have an individual school called the school of professional studies
that has master’s degrees programs of course. But it has bachelor’s degrees programs and
certificates. We are accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Why
that is important is because when you’re looking at any school that you’re interested in, I
would highly looking at accreditation. What it tells you is that this program has been
vetted and it’s been deemed worthy of the accreditation of this particular body. And
it’s going to let you know that what you’re getting is going to be a quality education
that is going to have rigor and it’s going to prepare you for whatever field you’re going
into. It’s also going to let you know that that particular school is one that meets all
of the different criteria of whether it’s the particular grants institution, but also
state regulations. And other higher ed regulations as well. So a little bit more about SPS, we’ve
added a couple of master’s degree programs very recently. So we have been expanding very
quickly. So we have a little more, but around 13 or so master’s degrees programs, 12 bachelor
degrees programs, dual degree programs, and then as I mentioned, certificate and advanced
certificates. We have well over 3,000 students currently enrolled in our degree programs
here at SPS. Like any traditional school, we offer financial aid, career services, tutoring
and advisement. What sets us aside from a lot of schools, including many of the schools
or I should say all of the schools at CUNY, we offer a psychology program at the undergraduate
and graduate levels that are fully online. So there are some programs that will offer
a class or two. But it’s very hard to find an accredited institution like CUNY offering
a fully online bachelors in psychology program. So if you’re interested in psychology, you’re
aware that what psychology is looking at is the way that people behave and the way they
think and the way they feel about a variety of different things. So there are concentrations
in every area of psychology, sports psychology, cognitive psychology, social psychology, you
name it. Political psychology. There is something related to psychology. That’s really because
of so much of what we do is about human behavior and the way that we are engaging with things.
Either the way we’re thinking about them, the way we’re feeling about them or how we’re
behaving in the particular complex. So our particular program has really a foundation.
Where we look at things like motivation and learning and cognition and social behavior
and development. And those form the crux of the foundation for the psychology program
and then we build on that. Now, for our program, as I mentioned, we are fully online, but we
really focus on degree completion. So for students who come to our program, they need
to have completed credits elsewhere. We’ll talk more about that shortly. But we gear
things towards working adults. We recognize that while of our students have 19, 20 years
old, many of our students are much older than that. Many of them have been out in the workforce
for a while and they’re now deciding to come back to school. Maybe that’s you. But really
that helps to guide how we think about who our students are. What they’re coming to us
with, what kind of knowledge base and experience. Also how we treat students, how much hand
holding if you want to call it, support systems. And we recognize that the needs of students
who have a lot of responsibilities are much different than maybe a student who more the
traditional student, younger who maybe has more free time on their hands, doesn’t have
as many responsibilities and maybe they’re going to school full‑time. Now, we do have
students like that. Like I said, our students tend to be the former that I mentioned. You’re
going to be dealing with faculty who have one foot in the academic world, but also one
foot in the real world, if you want to say. They’re working in these fields that they’re
also teaching about. So we have three tracks in our bachelor’s in Psychology program. We
also have an MA in Psychology program that I mentioned earlier that started in spring
2016. It’s something to just keep in mind. Because our students, you know, can go through
our bachelor’s program and then go into our master’s program. Obviously they have to apply
and meet the criteria. But once our students have been in the SPS system and they know
how online learning works, sometimes it’s a lot easier for them to continue with a system
in place that they’re already familiar with. So the three tracks that we offer in psych
fall into one of these three areas. As I mentioned before, we have that foundation that all of
the students receive, those are the required courses. And then students can venture into
one of these three areas and focus their concentration and elective courses in IO psychology. Short
for Industrial / Organizational Psychology. And also Psychological Development, Psychopathology.
For the IO psychology, this track and people interested in this track are focused on how
human behavior functions in organizations and workplace. A lot of people aren’t aware
that psychology is not just about gauging you know, more of a clinical setting. We’ll
get to that in a moment. That’s more along the psychopathology track. How we can take
what we know about human behavior and make other areas better. Not just an individual’s
mental well‑being, but how they’re functioning in the workplace. Motivation, burn‑out,
job satisfaction, et cetera. So it’s really, I think about IO as being sort of a meeting
of the minds of psychology and business. And so some people are interested in this area
and they would follow that track. We also have a psychological development track. Sometimes
we can flip this and call it developmental psychology. But developmental psychology is
a very broad field. It’s focused on the human growth of people throughout their entire life
spans. It covers everything from infancy all the way through adulthood late, and late adulthood.
So it’s not just looking at physical growth. It’s looking at emotional growth, social growth,
cognitive growth. And people tend to end up focusing on one area. So youth or geriatrics
or infants. Or you know, elementary school children, et cetera. But some people look
at the whole life span. It’s really up to whoever is in this field, where their area
of focus might be. But it’s nice and broad. It allows people to work in places like hospitals,
school settings. And also in places like juvenile detention centers or prisons or nursing homes.
So it’s a very broad area. And then there’s psychopathology. This is what people think
of when they usually think about the term psychology. Looking at the origins and the
development, manifestations of treatment of mental health and mental well‑being and
behavioral disorders. Now, who should apply to our program? It should really be, I mean,
anyone can apply of course. But people tend to fall into one of these categories. Those
that wish to pursue graduate studies in psychology or a closely related area or those that wish
to prepare for a shift into psychology, they want to get out of whatever current career
path that they have right now and getting the credentials in psychology makes that shift
easier for them. And then people who maybe are ready in the field and they’re front line
workers. So they’re people who have been doing things related to psychology for quite some
time. But they don’t have the credentials that they need to move up in their current
work environment. Maybe they want to get a job as a supervisor. They want to move up
that ladder, but they need that bachelor’s degree to be able to do it. We have a 120 units
for our degree. We have those nine core courses that I mentioned before. You have those track
courses. And then you have your general ed and general electives. We always recommend
to students to think about concentrating some of those elective credits from the general
elective, right here, 48, into maybe a minor. To get a minor in our school, you could minor
in disability studies, for example. Or in some other area. But you really only need
to take 12 of those credits and apply them to walk away with a minor. Why that’s advantageous
is because if you’re already getting a degree in psychology, why not add more credentials
without spending any more money or any more time because you need to take those general
electives anyway. So rather than spread them out amongst a lot of different fields, it
can take 12 of them and concentrate them in one particular area and receive a minor as
well. We have academic advisors. Each student is assigned to an advisor when they start
at SPS. That advisor follows them through their entire time with us. Helping them pick
out classes and how much they can handle and helping to navigate themselves through the
major. That advisor can help also with stacking credentials and getting a certain number of
credits targeted toward a particular minor. So they’re there to assist with that. Here
are some of the courses that students have to take. General psych, biological bases of
behavior. Developmental psych, learning and cognition stats social cultural approaches.
And then everyone completes a senior project. But then you have the options to take one
of the concentrations. So for the IO track, we call it organizational psych, you take
two of the courses on the left side of your screen and then you choose one of the courses
on the right. Now, you can also use some of those electives I talked about earlier and
you can take more of those courses, all of them if you want. There is the psychological
development concentration courses, you’ll notice the two on the left are the required
courses and then you choose one on the right. And you’ll notice some of them have overlap
from the courses that were offered in the track previously shown. Again, psychopathology,
you have the two that are required on the left. One on the right. So in terms of applying
to the bachelor’s program, I had mentioned earlier that all of our students are transfer
students. So they’ve all completed some coursework elsewhere. 24 credits are needed from an accredited
college or university. You see that phrase again, accredited college or university. So
it’s important when you’re looking at a university or a college to ensure that it’s accredited
because you want to make sure that those credits, you can use them towards something else, so
if you do plan on going to graduate school, they’re going to want to see credits from
an accredited university. We have had instances where students have come to us for the master’s
program, where they have not come from an accredited university and we cannot accept
them. So it’s important to look at accreditation. Students need to send their transcripts and
those need to indicate a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. And then I have listed the link. But the easiest
way to find it is to go to the bachelor’s in psychology program on our website page.
You’ll see my contact information. And below that, there should be a ‑‑ sorry. Above
that. There is an apply now button, you can click and that will take you to the application
portal. So if you have a chance, you can take through some of our areas where psychology
graduates can find themselves. Mainly human and social services. Personal and training.
Marketing and market research. A lot of people don’t think about marketing and market research
as directly related to psychology until they really start to think about what marketing
really is. Marketing is so much about persuasion and framing things and positioning things
and trying to make people think differently and feel differently about things. So marketing
and market research tends to be a great place for people who have a background in psychology,
particularly because they learn about research and how to do research, taking two research
classes. Intro to research methods class and advanced research methods class. And also
taking a course like statistics, which helps analyze data. And then there is research and
data analysis. So my contact information is there. I’m going to leave this slide up while
we do the Q&A session. You’re welcome to reach out to me. My information is at the top. Carla
Marquez‑Lewis. You also see Ayanna our assistant and she can help answer questions as well,
if anything comes up while you’re going through the application process.
If you have any other questions that come up, as you start thinking more about this
program or school, or about the application process or while you’re going through the
application process, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. You can reach out to our
admissions team any time. So thank you again. And have a great day.

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