Psychology

Bachelor with Psychology Focus

Psychology programs at Touro College Berlin

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.

Career perspective

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.

B.A. in Psychology (American Degree)

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.

General education

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.

Required General Education (34 American credits)
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
Examples of Additional General Education Electives (55 credits, of which 25 must be in liberal arts and sciences)
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
Required Psychology Courses (22 American 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
Four Electives from the Following (12 American 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

Full selection of courses and course descriptions

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B.A. in Psychology (German Degree)

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“.