Applied Psychology

 

Program Highlights

    • FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING includes accelerated, online, hybrid, evening and weekend courses.
    • HIGHLY CREDENTIALED faculty with expertise in a variety of areas of psychology.
    • EVENING COURSES offered in a wide variety of subjects, taught by the same full-time faculty who teach Cedar Crest daytime students.
  • CUSTOMIZED DEGREES: Take multiple courses in a particular area of psychology or add a major or minor such as criminal justice, health and wellness, social work, art therapy or nutrition.
  • PERSONALIZED ATTENTION, due to smaller class sizes and an assigned faculty adviser for each student.
  • STATE-OF-THE-ART RESEARCH LABS with the latest technology, focus-group space and an observation room.
  • OPTIONAL INTERNSHIPS offer opportunities to explore careers and connect with employers.

 

Program Overview

According to the United States government, the demand for those trained in the field of psychology is on the rise. Earning a bachelor of arts in applied psychology opens the door to this diverse professional field—one of the most challenging and rewarding today. In addition, the professional applications of a psychology degree are endless: Since psychology is the study of human and animal behavior, thoughts, and emotions, virtually every career path in existence can be enhanced by a strong understanding of psychology.

At Cedar Crest College, the applied psychology program is designed to prepare you for a wider array of careers because our curriculum extends beyond the basic principles of psychology. Here, in addition to receiving a high-quality education and a strong foundation of knowledge of basic psychological principles, you will also be taught the fundamentals of research design and data collection, opening up additional career opportunities.

You will also develop stronger people skills and problem-solving skills as you learn the theories and methods behind the study of psychology. The resulting combination of knowledge and skills makes our graduates more marketable to graduate schools and employers.

In keeping with Cedar Crest’s liberal arts tradition, the applied psychology major also emphasizes:

  • Developing critical thinking ability
  • Enhancing communication skills
  • Improving awareness of ethical and global issues
  • Developing students’ personal value systems

Why Choose SAGE at Cedar Crest College for This Degree

The applied psychology major at Cedar Crest College is designed for students enrolled in our School of Adult and Graduate Education (SAGE). This major is similar to the psychology major offered to traditional students at Cedar Crest; however, the applied psychology major provides more flexibility in terms of course requirements and timing: Many of the courses for this major are offered in the evening in accelerated 7-week sessions via online or hybrid course formats. Like traditional students, SAGE students will have access to Cedar Crest’s experienced faculty, state-of-the-art labs and other resources.

The Cedar Crest College Advantage

Highly qualified faculty

Every faculty member in the psychology department holds a Ph.D. degree, and each has expertise in a different area of psychology, including clinical and counseling psychology, biopsychology, cognitive psychology, health psychology, industrial organizational psychology, and forensic psychology. Our faculty also work individually with students to design a degree based upon the student’s career goals.

Flexible scheduling

All of the core courses for this degree are offered in a nontraditional format, such as an online, accelerated, hybrid, evening, or weekend format. Many electives are also offered in this format. In fact, the entire degree may be completed without attending any daytime classes.

Unique course offerings

Cedar Crest offers a number of courses that other colleges do not make available at the undergraduate level, such as Counseling Children, Women in the Workplace, Criminal Behavior and Profiling, Mind-Body Medicine, and Cross-Cultural Psychology.

State-of-the-art research facilities

Our high-tech laboratories are equipped with the latest computer software, observation rooms, and other resources. You will use these facilities to observe and document the behavior of humans and animals in response to various stimuli.

A strong liberal arts base

Our curriculum is designed to encourage students to pursue interdisciplinary studies in areas such as criminal justice, education, business, art and more. It also emphasizes the development of valuable skills such as communication and leadership.

Multiple presentation opportunities

Students have the opportunity to present their research to large audiences at psychology conferences the College attends each year.

Professional development

Faculty and staff are available to help you find an internship, improve your resume, apply to graduate schools, connect to alumnae in the field, and anything else that will assist your overall career and educational goals.

Community service and outreach

Cedar Crest offers opportunities for you to participate in health-and-wellness-related community service and women’s leadership activities through the Psychology Club and the Women’s Health Alliance. Students who excel academically may apply to join the Psi Chi National Honor Society and participate in their many outreach programs and on-campus activities.

Program Requirements

Any student desiring to declare Applied Psychology as a major must have a cumulative grade point average at the college of at least 2.00.

PSY 100 is a prerequisite to all other psychology courses.
PSY 100/200 level courses are for 1st/2nd Year Students
PSY 300 level courses are for 3rd/4th Year Students

Double majors who are exempt from taking PSY 213 and PSY 214 due to completing accepted research methods and statistics courses in their second major MUST meet the minimum credit requirement in psychology by substituting electives. The minimum number of credits in psychology in order to be awarded the major is 40.

Course Requirements


Two-Year Degree Completion

Your SAGE adviser will assist you in developing a schedule of studies that works best for you. Typically, students take 2 or 3 courses during the fall and spring semesters. Courses are also available during winter and summer sessions.The applied psychology major requires:

19 credits: Core Requirements
plus
21 credits: Elective Requirements
plus
Transfer Your General Education Credits
Learn how you can transfer up to 90 credits with our generous transfer policy.

You can also speak to your SAGE adviser to learn about earning your general education requirements here at Cedar Crest College.

Customize Your Degree

The applied psychology major is very flexible, with over half of the courses being comprised of electives in a subject matter of the student’s choosing. Common minors include criminal justice, social work, and art therapy.

Career Opportunities & Internships


The professional applications of a psychology degree are endless: Since psychology is the study of human and animal behavior, thoughts, and emotions, virtually every career path in existence can be enhanced by a strong understanding of psychology.
At Cedar Crest College, our psychology programs are designed to prepare you for a wider array of careers than other programs because our curriculum extends beyond the basic principles of psychology. Here, you will receive a high-quality education coupled with numerous opportunities to conduct and present your own research, which will make you more marketable to future graduate schools and future employers.

Career Opportunities

Students who graduate with a bachelor’s degree in applied psychology are well-suited for graduate school or a career in one of many areas including the following. (Note: Some career paths may require additional training or education.)

  • Art therapy
  • Business
  • Criminal justice
  • Human resources
  • Human services
  • Marketing communications
  • Social sciences
  • Social work
  • Therapeutic support specialist

Career Planning Resources

As you approach graduation, the psychology department will offer you numerous resources, including a career development course, networking opportunities, and access to the College’s career planning office. If you choose to participate in career planning coursework, you will also gain direct assistance from faculty in writing resumes, completing graduate school applications, searching for a job and more.
The psychology department also maintains strong relationships with our alumni. We often invite former students to the campus to talk to current students and to answer their questions. This allows students to hear from professionals whose educational background is similar to their own and also provides a great opportunity for networking.

Internships and Fieldwork

Many of our students gain a great deal of real-world experience through internships and fieldwork, which they undertake in addition to coursework. If you would like, you may also do an internship. Your faculty adviser and our career planning office will help you locate internships in the local area, particularly ones that best suit your interests and career goals.

Faculty

Every faculty member in the psychology department holds a Ph.D. degree, and each has expertise in a different area of psychology, including clinical and counseling psychology, biopsychology, cognitive psychology, health psychology, industrial organizational psychology, and forensic psychology. They are practitioners and researchers—scholars and specialists. This means we can offer you many unique and diverse perspectives on the field. Our faculty also place a strong emphasis on personal advising, working individually with students to design a degree based upon the student’s career goals.

» Read full profiles of faculty members.

Course Descriptions

The department offers a variety of core and elective courses in many of Psychology’s sub-fields. These courses provide broad preparation for students desiring entry into helping professions, graduate study in psychology or related disciplines, and careers in a variety of areas, such as human resources, public relations, and social services.

Research facilities available to students include an animal colony, individual experiment rooms, computers, one-way mirrors, and psycho-physiological instruments.

» Read full descriptions of courses.

Alumni Success Stories

The high-quality education that students receive at Cedar Crest, along with the internship and research opportunities our psychology department offers, combine to offer our students a distinctive edge when looking to further their education in a focused area within the field. Some of our students have gone on to pursue their Ph.D. in experimental, industrial organizational, health psychology, or forensics.

Cedar Crest psychology graduates have continued their psychology studies at:

  • Centenary College New Jersey
  • Chestnut Hill College
  • Immaculata University
  • Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
  • Marywood University
  • The Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology
  • Ohio University
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Springfield College
  • The University of Scranton
  • West Chester University
  • Widener University

Cedar Crest psychology graduates have gone on to careers in:

  • Animal care
  • Behavioral disabilities
  • Community advocacy
  • Counseling
  • Data analysis
  • Human resources
  • Medicine
  • Mental health
  • Nutrition marketing
  • Public health
  • School counseling
  • Social work law
  • Technical writing
  • Youth counseling


Next Steps

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Call 610-740-3770
email sage@cedarcrest.edu

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