Bachelor with Psychology Focus
The American Psychology program is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and state recognition for the German Psychology program is pending (as of August 28th, 2013).
The programs in Psychology promote an understanding of the psychological processes underlying normal and abnormal human behavior. We plan to start the American psychology program in Fall 2013. Some of the psychology classes and the general education part are offered already.
It is planned that the German Psychology degree will open doors to the same counseling and education careers and to the same advanced Master studies than comparable Bachelor's degrees in state-recognized German universities. The psychology program will only start next semester, so there is no experience with employability, but a look at our other programs might be helpful. English instruction, combined with intercultural perspectives and general education components seems to be successful in the labor market.
Psychology courses: Students can focus on the study of for example educational, social, and intercultural psychology. Our diverse faculties will provide opportunities for students to gain experience via research and internships.
The general education part of the American psychology program helps you to gain broader perspectives besides your technical knowledge. This is important not only because German Human resource managers explicitly demand more of this quality from their hires from private universities. This is important not only because a broad education offers you full access to Master studies in the American university system. The most important point is that openness and a profound general knowledge help you to develop a rich personality and prepare you for a good and satisfied life.
|GPL 100||The American Political System||3 credits|
|GCA 101||Public Speaking||3 credits|
|GHS 106||History of the United States 1877-Present||3 credits|
|GLL 110||Introduction to College Writing||3 credits|
|GCO 120||Fundamentals of Computers with Microcomputer Applications||3 credits|
|GLL 121||College Writing 1||3 credits|
|GLL 122||College Writing 2||3 credits|
|GSM 130||College Mathematics||3 credits|
|BIO 101||Principles of Biology||4 credits|
|GLL 202||Introduction to American Literature||3 credits|
|GLL 232||Multicultural American Literature||3 credits|
|GPH 101||Introduction to Philosophy||3 credits|
|GCA 141||Art of Western Civilization||3 credits|
|GBK 101||Principles of Marketing||3 credits|
|GBM 101||Principles of Management||3 credits|
|GSO 121||General Survey of Sociology and Anthropology||3 credits|
|GCA 215||Interpersonal Communication||3 credits|
|GCA 217||Introduction to Public Relations||3 credits|
|GCA 305||Intercultural Communication||3 credits|
|GJS 124||Modern Jewish History||3 credits|
|GHS 262||History of the Holocaust||3 credits|
|MAT 261||Statistics for Social Science Major||3 credits|
|PSY 101||Introduction to Psychology||3 credits|
|PSY 201||Developmental Psychology||3 credits|
|PSY 301||Experimental Psychology + Lab||4 credits|
|PSY 335||Abnormal Psychology||3 credits|
|PSY 351||Biological Psychology||3 credits|
|PSY 493||Advanced Topics in Psychology||3 credits|
|PSY 102||Social Psychology||3 credits|
|PSY 205||Psychology of Motivation||3 credits|
|PSY 210||Learning||3 credits|
|PSY 221||Industrial Psychology||3 credits|
|PSY 231||Psychological Testing||3 credits|
|PSY 302||Advanced Experimental Psychology||3 credits|
|PSY 310||Personality||3 credits|
|PSY 340||Introduction to Counseling and Therapy||3 credits|
|PSY 345||Psychology of Health and Illness||3 credits|
|PSY 401||Psychology of the Exceptional Child||3 credits|
|PSY 402||Clinical Psychology||3 credits|
|PSY 492||Senior Honors Seminar||3 credits|
|PSY 494||Senior Honors Project in Psychology||3 credits|
The goals and the career paths of the German psychology studies will be comparable to the American programs. However, the German study program will be more psychology-focused, will include less course choices, less general education components, and can be studied within a shorter timeframe (three years). The diversity of courses and focus on intercultural psychology and soft skills will still be remarkable for a German psychology program. It will be possible to integrate the German program into the studies of the American program, leading to an improved international validity of the degree.
The German degree will deliver the general requirements to enable further studies in German master's program in psychology (Anschlussfähigkeit) which includes “Psychologisches Grundlagenwissen und seine Anwendung in Forschung und Praxis” (140 Credit Points), “Grundlagen wissenschaftlichen Arbeitens” (15 Credit Points) „Nichtpsychologischem Wissen zu kultur- und zivilisationstheoretischen Grundlagen“ (25 Credit Points).
Required psychology courses (140 Credit Points) will include "Allgemeine Psychologie I und II”, „Grundlagen der Diagnostik", „Sozialpsychologie, „Entwicklungspsychologie“, „Biologische Psychologie“, „Persönlichkeitspsychologie“, „Klinische Psychologie“, „Arbeits- und Organisationspsychologie“, „Kommunikation und Interaktion“, „Diagnostik und Intervention“, „Statistik I, II“, „Psychologische Forschungsmethoden, „Psychologisches Praktikum“, „Studien- und Forschungsprojekt“, „Bachelor-Thesis“.