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Psychology is the study of the mind and behavior. It helps us understand how humans and animals think, feel, act and interact individually and in groups. Many modern challenges are rooted in human behavior, and psychological knowledge can help us find solutions.

Why Choose Psychology?

The psychology program emphasizes both the humanistic and scientific aspects of the field, and is designed for students who want to enter psychology as a profession or as a foundation for further training in other professions in education, healthcare, technology and beyond.

Majoring in psychology will help you develop excellent analytical and research skills, and provide job prospects in a wide range of careers.

The Classes

The psychology major includes the study of statistics and research methods, and allows you to choose course topics in the areas of clinical, developmental and social psychology as well as cognitive neuroscience, such as:

  • Abnormal psychology
  • Organizational psychology
  • Motivation and emotion
  • Sensation and perception
  • Childhood psychology

All psychology majors also take Advanced Research Methods. In this class, you will design and execute your own research project by selecting a topic, developing your methodology, and collecting and analyzing data. You will present your findings to faculty and peers at the Psychology department's annual poster session presentation.

The Faculty

The faculty who teach these courses are experts in their respective knowledge areas. This translates into exceptional course content, experiential activities and research opportunities. Faculty specialties include:

  • Animal cognition & behavior
  • Clinical psychology
  • Personality & social psychology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Cultural psychology
  • Street & sexual harassment
  • Industrial-organizational psychology
  • Cognitive science
  • Sport and performance psychology

Hands-on Learning

Professors in this department are eager to collaborate with students on research projects  an essential experience for students considering postgraduate studies. Many of these partnerships lead to journal publications and academic presentations. Students regularly present their work at regional and national conferences, including the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) and American Psychological Association (APA).

Recent research topics include:

  • Effects of organizational culture on decision-making and employee attitudes
  • The impact of coping with discrimination
  • Using cultural scripts to communicate mental illness in non-Western cultures
  • Bullying and factors related to bullying among children, teens, and athletes 
  • Animal behavior and communication, including how animals adapt to different environments
  • Aspects of shapes that are judged as beautiful
  • Mother-adolescent conflict narratives and self-competencies
  • Women's experiences of street harassment and catcalling
  • Using cultural scripts to communicate mental illness in non-Western cultures
  • Mindfulness and emotion regulation processes

Some students seek internship experiences with agencies, hospitals, and private practices. Past placements include:

  • Center for Visual Management
  • Child Psychiatric Epidemiology Group at Columbia University
  • Federation of Organizations
  • Methodist Home for Nursing and Rehabilitation
  • NYU Langone Medical Center
  • NYC Department of Probation
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital
  • NYU Summer Program for Kids

At Home and Abroad

You will have the opportunity to study in some of the most interesting places in the world. Choose to study away or abroad for a semester or a year through Manhattan College's Study Abroad programs. Or take part in a faculty-led study abroad excursion that focuses on a specific area of psychology.

Past excursions include:

  • A winter intersession program exploring the concept of happiness in Scandinavia
  • A two-week summer program researching the behavior and communication of wild dolphins in the Bahamas

And let’s face it: there is no better place than New York City to observe and study human behavior. The Big Apple is home to more than 8 million people from all over the world, all with different backgrounds, beliefs and perspectives. At the end of four years, you will know exactly what makes New York City  and by proxy, the world  tick.

What Will You Learn?

You will learn to analyze, evaluate and apply psychological principles and theories, all of which are applicable to you professionally and personally. As a psychology major, you will:

  • Engage in a critical examination of a variety of exciting psychological concepts
  • Develop exceptional research skills, spanning a variety of techniques
  • Develop essential intellectual, critical thinking, and analytical skills
  • Hone your communication skills - both written and verbal

Choose from a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree with the help of your academic advisor, who will guide you based on your career goals and interests. You may also choose an optional concentration in industrial/organizational psychology.

Additionally, education students have the option to concentrate in psychology.

See degree requirements

What Will You Do?

You will be prepared to progress in an advanced degree program in psychology or a related area, or pursue a career in a variety of fields.

Manhattan College has an amazing Psychology Department filled with welcoming faculty and many opportunities to become involved with research studies. I was able to work as a research assistant and co-authored professional presentations. The psychology professors each have unique research interests that give students the opportunity to explore their true passions in the field.

Bridget Gerstel '12, Therapeutic Mentor and Therapeutic Training & Support, North Suffolk Mental Health