ADDITIONAL MAJOR IN PSYCHOLOGY
DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY
The Department of Psychology at Hebrew Theological College provides an opportunity for
students to pursue an additional major in Psychology and acquire the knowledge and skills
necessary for entrance into various graduate and professional schools in psychology, social
work, health professions such as occupational and speech therapy, public administration,
geriatrics, and other advanced study fields. The program has been designed to provide
students with the ability to critically analyze research and conduct their own research in a
broad range of behavioral sciences. Courses are designed to equip students with both
theoretical perspectives on human development and behavior, as well as practical
understanding of the application of psychological principles to teaching, child rearing,
motivation, learning, life stage issues, and the underlying perceptual, neurological, and
sensational processes. Emphasis is placed on communicating information and ideas, both in
written and oral presentations. The use of technology for research, communication, and
individual learning and adaptation is an integral part of the curriculum.
Admission to the Department of Psychology
Students planning to pursue an additional major in Psychology must declare that intent after
completing 30 semester hours. Transfer students must have completed 12 of these semester
hours at HTC. Applicants must meet the following requirements at the time of application:
- Satisfactory progress and good standing in Judaic Studies.
- An interview with the Chairperson of the Department.
Applicants who do not meet all of the above criteria must schedule an appointment for an
interview with the Chair of the Department and the Dean of the Division of HTC to which
the student has been admitted. Depending on the circumstances, provisional admission may
be granted with a plan of remediation. Upon successful completion of this plan, the student
may receive regular admission status.
Curriculum Requirements: Additional Major in Psychology
A minimum of 120 semester hours is required for all students who graduate from Hebrew
Theological College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Students pursuing an additional major
in Psychology must complete 32 semester hours in Psychology courses.
PSYC 372 Research Methods in Psychology and at least 8 additional semester hours in
other 300-level courses must be completed in residence.
Judaic Studies: Consistent with the mission and policies of Hebrew Theological College,
all degree-seeking students pursuing an additional major in Psychology must complete the
requirements for a primary major in an area of Judaic Studies. A student who is not
progressing satisfactorily (see Academic Progress Policy, page 90) in the Judaic Studies
major will not be permitted to continue in the additional major program.
General Education: Students must complete Hebrew Theological College’s General
Education Requirements as listed in this catalog. Students lacking sufficient skills and
knowledge in Mathematics and Natural Sciences will be guided towards appropriate
Core Curriculum: The following 26 semester hours constitute the core curriculum for
students seeking an additional major in Psychology.
PSYC 101 General Psychology (3 semester hours)
PSYC 217 Developmental Psychology (3 semester hours)
or PSYC 262 Child Development (3 semester hours)
PSYC 272 Statistical Analysis (3 semester hours)
PSYC 286 Psychology and Biology of Visual and Auditory Perception (3 semester hours)
PSYC 301 Psychology of Personality (3 semester hours)
PSYC 317 Abnormal Psychology (3 semester hours)
PSYC 322 Brain and Behavior (4 semester hours)
PSYC 372 Research Methods in Psychology (4 semester hours)
Students must pass ENGL 211 or its equivalent with a C or better and a college level
biology course or demonstrate adequate background as determined by the Biology
Electives: Additional courses (6 semester hours) with the approval of the Department Chair
to complete the minimum of 32 semester hours in Psychology.
Selection should be geared towards meeting career and academic goals. Thus, for example,
students planning to pursue graduate studies in Social Work may select PSYC 267 Maturity
and Aging and PSYC 224 Family. Students planning to pursue careers in Clinical or School
Psychology may select PSYC 305 Cognitive and Language Development and PSYC 316
Assessment of Learning and Behavior. MATH 301 is highly recommended for all students
who plan advanced study in Psychology.