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Track System

Given that LIU Post psychology majors are likely to follow a number of different paths (e.g., graduate school, the job market), the tracks presented below are designed to provide students with groups of courses, which can be tailored to reflect their individual interests. The courses that make up each track are recommended, not required. In addition, these tracks are not mutually exclusive. Depending upon a student’s interest, he or she may choose to follow the suggested courses from more than one track.

The General Graduate Track

This track is designed for students who plan to continue their education beyond a bachelor’s degree. A career in psychology (e.g., teaching, research, practice) usually requires an advanced degree. Be sure to talk to your professors about whether or not this career goal is right for you.

  • Critical Thinking (PSY 15)
  • Tests and Measurement (PSY 24)
  • Neuroscience (PSY 37)
  • Psychological Statistics II (PSY 54)

At least one of:

  • Psychopharmacology (PSY 39)
  • Cognition and Perception (PSY 57)
  • Learning and Memory (PSY 62)

At least one of:

  • Developmental Psychology: Childhood (PSY 25)
  • Personality: Research and Theory (PSY 30)
  • Social Psychology (PSY 32)
  • Abnormal Psychology (PSY 63)

The Abnormal Psychology Track

This track is designed for those students interested in the causes and treatments of psychological problems.

  • Tests and Measurements (PSY 24)
  • Personality: Research and Theory (PSY 30)
  • Abnormal Psychology (PSY 63)
  • Systems and Theories of Psychotherapy (PSY 64)

At least two of the following:

  • Developmental Disabilities (PSY 29)
  • Humanistic Psychology (PSY 65)
  • Psychosomatics: Bodily Protest (PSY 68)
  • Applied Behavior Analysis (PSY 75)

The Applied Behavior Analysis Track

This set of courses is intended for those students who have an interest in the analysis of behavior, both as a general approach and as a treatment modality. Students qualify to take the Board Certified assistant behavior analyst examination by completing PSY 21, 22, 62 and 75.

  • Tests and Measurements (PSY 24)
  • Developmental Disabilities (PSY 29)
  • Learning and Memory (PSY 62)
  • Applied Behavior Analysis (PSY 75)
  • Practicum in Psychology: Applied Behavior Analysis (PSY 76)

At least one of:

  • Developmental Psychology: Childhood (PSY 25)
  • Developmental Psychology: Adolescence (PSY 26)
  • Developmental Psychology: Adulthood and Aging (PSY 70)

The Applied Psychology Track

This track is designed for those students who are interested in the application of psychology in a range of different areas.

  • Tests and Measurements (PSY 24)
  • Forensic Psychology: The Law and Human Behavior (PSY 43)
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology (PSY 47)
  • Abnormal Psychology (PSY 63)
  • Applied Behavior Analysis (PSY 75)

The Developmental Psychology Track

This track is designed for students with an interest in normative developmental processes, especially in children, but also across the lifespan.

  • Developmental Psychology: Childhood (PSY 25)
  • Developmental Psychology: Adolescence (PSY 26)
  • Personality: Research and Theory (PSY 30)
  • Developmental Psychology: Adulthood and Aging (PSY 70)

At least one of:

  • Tests and Measurements (PSY 24)
  • Applied Behavior Analysis (PSY 75)

Three elective Psychology courses

  • Play and Play Therapy (PSY 27)
  • Assessment of Stress and Coping in Children and Adolescents (PSY 28)

The Neuroscience Track

This track is designed for students with an interest in the brain and its relation to behavior.

  • Introduction to Neuroscience (PSY 37)
  • Psychopharmacology (PSY 39)
  • Human Neuropsychology (PSY 42)
  • Differential Diagnosis of Central Nervous System Disorders (PSY 44)
  • Sensation and Perception (PSY 60)

The Social Psychology Track

This track is designed for those students interested in the prediction of people’s thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors based on situational factors and the real or imagined presence of other people.

  • Social Psychology (PSY 32)
  • Advanced Issues in Social Psychology (PSY 34)
  • Psychology of Gender (PSY 40)
  • Environmental Psychology (PSY 36)
  • Personality: Research and Theory (PSY 30)