Psychology is the study of why humans behave the way they do. Topics in psychology include: how the brain works; how we learn, make decisions, and form emotional connections with other people; how social groups operate; and how to treat anxiety, depression, and addiction.

Minor in Developmental Psychology

Developmental Psychology is the study of how we learn to think, talk, make emotional connections, and interact with others from infancy to old age. It is useful for anyone considering careers working with children, adolescents, or the elderly (education, pediatrics, gerontology).


 First Semester Planning

We recommend that students register for approximately 15 credits each semester and no more than 16 credits in their first semester. Your schedule should be well-balanced and include coursework from a variety of subjects. A diverse schedule will help you begin your studies in potential majors and minors; explore a breadth of new knowledge across departments at Rutgers to meet SAS Core Curriculum learning goals; and survey broader academic interests through elective courses as you work to attain the required 120 degree credits for graduation.

Your schedule will look something like this: 

College Writing or English course per placement results (3 credits)

Major Exploration course (3-4 credits)

Major or Minor Exploration course (3-4 credits)

Course beyond main academic interest, such as SAS Core or elective course (3 credits)

Course beyond main academic interest, such as SAS Core or elective course (3 credits)

 Byrne or First-Year Interest Group Seminar (FIGS) (1 credit) 

 Total Credits: 15-16



Suggestions for Transfer Students interested in Pursuing Psychology

For your first semester, we want you to focus on selecting appropriate courses, begin to understand the expectations and rigor of college, and identify resources to help you succeed at Rutgers. But, we also know that it is important to provide information for future planning.

In addition to the information below, students interested in exploring possible career options may find this resource from the Office of Career Exploration and Success helpful - you'll find that a degree in this subject prepares you for a wide variety of career options!

Additional Information Beyond the Classroom

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Programs Offered:

Major in Psychology
Minor in Psychology
Minor in Developmental Psychology

Livingston Campus
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