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    Psychology (BA)

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    Office of Undergraduate Admission
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    New York, NY 10011
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    212.229.5150 or 800.292.3040

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    Lisa Rubin
    80 Fifth Ave., Room 605
    New York, NY 10011
    rubinl@newschool.edu
    212.229.5727 x3104

  • Earn a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in a program open to transfer students, adults, and other nontraditional undergraduates. Study the science of the mind, behavior, and human experience and gain broad knowledge in areas including human development, personality, psychopathology, social and organizational behavior, language and cognition, and neuroscience. The program combines academic study with research training and a senior capstone.

    • Degree Bachelor of Arts
    • Credits 120 (up to 84 transfer credits)
    • Format Full-time or part-time, on campus (some classes available online)
    • Start Term Fall or Spring

    Career Paths

    Course offerings at The New School prepare students for graduate study in academic or applied psychology, including at The New School for Social Research's renowned psychology programs, and in psychology-related human service fields such as social work and counseling.

  • Learn from and work with faculty mentors who are academic scholars and professional leaders in psychology fields.

  • Featured Courses

    • For years, psychological research was shaped by a belief in universality that effectively ignored the impact of culture. Recently culture has received more serious consideration in psychological theory. Psychologists have begun to examine cultural influences on moral development, cognition, and memory and to reconsider basic tenets of the scientific method, including the generalization of research findings. New York City's multicultural landscape provides a rich field for investigating fundamental theories of social, cultural, and developmental psychology employing this refreshing new perspective. This course is an opportunity to see and experience this city of immigrants through a psychological lens.

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    • Heterosexuality is both pervasive and normative yet ironically elusive, under-researched, and undertheorized in psychology. Historically psychological research has assumed heterosexuality as a "given" and "normal" and focused on sexualities outside of this supposed norm. In this course, we dislodge heterosexuality from its privileged status within psychology by putting it under the theoretical and empirical microscope.

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    • Psychological science demonstrates that appearance matters, influencing our judgments of the character and well-being of others as well as our sense of self. Nonetheless, “appearance matters” as an integrated field of psychological inquiry is just beginning to take shape. This course provides an overview of key topics in appearance-related research in psychology, including beauty ideals in a diverse society, body image and eating problems, gender and visual media, and visible differences related to illness and disability.

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    • How has Western psychology understood the concept of gender? How have conceptualizations of gender changed over time? Over the past 35 years, feminist psychologists have challenged what we study, whom we study, how we study, and what (we think) we know about gender in psychology. Feminist psychology has both informed and been transformed by queer theory, critical race theory, and disability studies. These frameworks are integrated throughout the course. After interrogating the gender binary, we examine the gender stereotypes that support this binary and the consequences of these stereotypes for cognition, behavior, and affect. Key topics include gender in developmental psychology, sex, and sexualities; objectification theory; medicalization; mental health; gender in the workplace; and gender-based violence.

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    • In this course, we look at how personality can be understood through a variety of theoretical perspectives, including psychoanalytic, trait-based, biological, behavioral, cognitive, and humanistic approaches. We also examine personality assessment using a variety of approaches and explore personality disorders and their diagnosis and treatment. This course emphasizes both primary-source material and the research supporting each perspective.

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  • The Psychology program introduces students to cutting edge research and contemporary theory in order to understand human thought, emotion, and behavior. Our curriculum emphasizes the importance of culture and context and is uniquely ‘New School’ in situating Psychology within a larger interdisciplinary landscape. Our graduates engage in a range of pursuits including graduate study in Psychology, Social Work, and Organizational Behavior, or working directly in the non-profit and for-profit sectors.

    Lisa Rubin, Associate Professor of Psychology
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