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Psychology

Overview

Students majoring in Psychology at Hofstra are choosing an area of study that can be applied to a vast variety of fields, including advertising, business, drama, education, journalism, law and technology. Hofstra can also set you on the path to a career as a counselor or a medical professional. You'll learn skills required for success in a variety of health service and administrative professions.

Our faculty's proficiencies and expertise include neuroscience, social psychology, developmental psychology, health psychology, industrial-organizational psychology, school psychology, clinical psychology, and many other areas.

Career opportunities for psychology majors vary, depending on the industry and your role.In the New York region, graduates with a bachelor's degree in psychology earned an average annual salary of $52,526, and job growth for this major is projected to increase 10.6 percent by 2026, according to New York area labor market data retrieved in July 2018 by Burning Glass Technologies.

Curriculum

At Hofstra University, there are two Psychology degrees to consider:

The BA in Psychology prepares you for graduate study in psychology or a career in human service professions and behavioral research (such as in a hospital or government setting). The degree is also appropriate if you are considering work or graduate study in a wide range of fields outside of psychology, including business, education, health, law, and technology. Psychology BA students are taught to think critically about truth claims involving behavior and to reason and communicate scientifically.

The BS in Psychology is more appropriate if you are planning post-graduate studies in medicine or other health-related professions. It provides a solid background in basic biomedical sciences as well as in behavioral and cognitive sciences.

Up-to-date information about required classes and more is available in the Hofstra Bulletin.

BA in Psychology Requirements BS in Psychology Requirements

Both degrees’ strengths are in research sequence, where students learn methods and statistical skills that are transferable to a variety of careers and occupations. The research courses are capped at smaller numbers to allow faculty to work closely with students and provide an intimate class setting.

Unlike other schools, Hofstra requires an additional research seminar that helps build advanced skills and prepares students for graduate school in psychology or other career paths.

Hofstra also offers a minor in psychology, and a wide range of graduate degrees including:

Recent Alumni Outcomes

Students who elect to study Psychology as undergraduates at Hofstra University value the experience, flexibility and foundation that their degree affords them.

Recent graduates are working for companies and organizations such as:

  • Anne Arundel Medical Center
  • Center for Autism & Related Disorders
  • Developmental Disabilities Institute, Inc.
  • Family Service Society
  • Huntington Hospital
  • National Family Resiliency Center
  • Northwell Health
  • South Shore Association for Independent Living
  • Townhouse Nursing Home
  • U.S. Pretrial Services

Students are also pursuing advanced degrees at schools like:

  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Boston University
  • Columbia University
  • New York University
  • Rowan University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • Rutgers University
  • Temple University
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • University of San Diego
95% are employed, grad school or both
97% accept a position within six months
$48K median salary*
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*Represents median salary for the first year following graduation

What You'll Learn

Student in Class

You will learn the methods, theories and research pertaining to diverse areas of psychology such as cognitive science (including perception, cognitive psychology and behavioral neuroscience), child development, human and animal learning, abnormal psychology, and social psychology. Along with a grounding in core areas, you may take classes in specific applied areas such as health psychology, industrial-organizational psychology, and psychology and the law.

One of the strengths of Hofstra University’s program is the research sequence that teaches methods and statistical skills that are wide-ranging and can suit a variety of occupations.

Serving on the faculty are approximately 30 full-time psychologists, all of whom have doctoral degrees as well as research interests covering more than 20 specializations. With focuses like Clinical Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Psychopathology, School Psychology and more, the faculty can help you find a focus on the track you choose.

Internships

Getting real world experience from an internship, field research with a distinguished professor, or a study abroad program is a critical part of your preparation for life after college. National studies show that employers look very favorably on college graduates who have internships as part of their undergraduate experience.

Beyond that, we understand that internships and other experiential learning programs give students a chance to apply what they've learned, help them discover what they love to do, and allow them to make better-informed choices about their future.

The Department is also home to the undergraduate Psychology Club, which brings in guest speakers, hosts career events and provides volunteer opportunities to students.

Additionally, many students serve as research assistants with faculty and graduate students and top students complete honors theses in which they conduct original research. The Joan and Arnold Saltzman Community Services Center, located on Hofstra’s campus, is a multidisciplinary clinical service center. One of its clinics, the Psychological Evaluation Research and Counseling Clinic, is one such place where undergraduate students assist with research.

Top Internships

  • Alzheimer's Association
  • American Cancer Society
  • Center for Addiction Services and Psychotherapy Interventions Research
  • LICADD - Long Island Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence, Inc.
  • Long Island Crisis Center
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • National Eating Disorders Association
  • Safe Harbor Child Access Centers
  • The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
  • United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County

On average, 61% of psychology majors make an internship part of their academic experience. Many will have more than one during their time at Hofstra - the average is 2.4. Some examples include:

  • Aid for AIDS International
  • Autism Behavior Consulting
  • Bio Behavioral Institute
  • Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Child Psychiatric Epidemiology Group
  • Cohen's Children's Medical Center
  • Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families
  • Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
  • Long Island Crisis Center
  • Melillo Mental Health Center
  • Mental Health Association of Nassau County
  • Nassau County Police Department
  • Nassau University Medical Center
  • NBC / NBC News
  • North American Family Institute
  • Ocean Front Adult Day Care
  • Queens treatment/diversion court
  • Resilience Advocacy Project
  • Rockland Psychiatric Center
  • Safe Center LI
  • United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County
  • US Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Woodmere Nursing Home

Experience

Research Presentation

Hofstra University psychology students enjoy small classes, a variety of areas in which to focus their studies, research opportunities and the mentorship of their professors. They have opportunities to attend lectures and colloquia.

They can take advantage of internship opportunities through the Psychology Department Internship Course and also by contacting the Hofstra Career Center's HCLAS liaison Sabeen Sheikh or calling 516-463-6060.

Meet RACHAEL DURANT

 
 

A double major in psychology and public relations, Rachael Durant spend much of her time involved in an array of clubs and activities available at Hofstra. During her time volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, Durant helped families who lost their homes during Hurricane Sandy. Durant also held multiple internships, including one for a Massachusetts senator and another at a strategic communications firm in Boston that yielded a freelance position during her senior year. She discusses how Hofstra opened up the doors to these opportunities.


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