Community Psychology (CPSY) Undergraduate Programs
B210 EDUCATION BUILDING/(320) 308-2160
Programs at a Glance
- BS – Chemical Dependency
- BS – Community Psychology
- BES – Community Psychology
- Minor – Community Psychology
Program admission and performance requirements
Admission to BS – Community Psychology
- submission of major application
Admission to BS – Chemical Dependency
- submission of a formal application
- successful completion of personal interview/statement
University minimum requirements for bachelor’s degrees
- 120 credits
- 40 credits in Liberal Education
- 45 credits in upper-division (300-400) courses
- 30 credits in residence at SCSU
- 2.00 GPA overall, in major, and in minor (departments may set higher standards)
(See this section and the section on the School of Health and Human Services for more information.)
Chairperson: Dr. Manijeh Daneshpour
Faculty: Baker, Daneshpour, Dowds, Downing, Edrisinha, Hoover, Jorgensen, Kuhlman, Lepkowski, Livingston, Mayhew, M., Mayhew, K., Merchant, Rapp, Rudrud, Schulze, Tacker, Vesely, Weatherly, Wilson.
The mission of the community psychology program is 1) to prepare professionals to understand, empower and advocate for the well being of diverse individuals, families, and groups, within the framework of their culture, and the community; 2) to offer curriculum and community experience to prepare students competent to enter the work force as a bachelor's level practitioner or continue on for a graduate degree; and 3) to be effective in working in a culturally diverse and global context.
Community Psychology is an application of psychology that examines mental and behavioral health and relationships within the context of a person's needs, abilities and community. People are understood both from an individual and ecological, holistic, and system's perspective, thereby including the levels of individual, family, group, culture, institutions and community. The Community Psychology program emphasizes experiential learning, outreach and empowerment of underserved populations, and an ethic of giving back to the community. Graduates of this program may be employed in a wide variety of human service agencies, corporations, and government agencies or continue on for a graduate degree.
It is important that students consult a Community Psychology program advisor by the spring of their sophomore year 1) to review any transfer or substitute courses that may be appropriate and 2) to complete the application process.
A program handbook for majors and minors may be obtained on the department website. Students may choose a degree in Community Psychology or Chemical Dependency (or double major in both by taking additional courses in the Chemical Dependency major and CPSY 445 instead of 444). A minor is not needed with a CPSY major, however if students choose to do a minor, minors that complement Community Psychology include Child and Family Studies, Communication Studies, Criminal Justice, Gerontology, Human Relations/Multicultural Education, Psychology, Therapeutic Recreation, and Women's Studies.
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE-COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY
Requirements for completion of the major are:
Community Psychology Major (44 Credits)
CPSY 101, 102, PSY 115, STAT 219, CEEP 262
CPSY 323,324, 325, 330, 384, 433, 327 or 434, 326 or 444 or 445
CEEP 419, 476
Electives with consent of CPSY advisor
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE-CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY
This program of study meets the academic requirements for Chemical Dependency Counselor Licensure. Admission to the major requires: 1) completion of the application materials; and 2) successful completion of a personal interview/statement. Careful attention will be given to previous work experience, academic background, interpersonal skills, and commitment to the field of chemical dependency.
Chemical Dependency Major (81 Credits)
Community Psychology Courses:
CPSY 101, 102, PSY 115, STAT 219, CEEP 262, CPSY 323, 324, 325, 327, 330, 384, 433, CEEP 419, 476
Chemical Dependency Courses:
CPSY 402, 428, 437, 438, 439, 445, 446, 484
Community Psychology Minor
The Community Psychology minor serves as an excellent complement to major fields such as Child and Family Studies, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Social Work, Women's Studies, and Bachelor of Elective Studies.
Community Psychology Minor (26 Credits)
CPSY 101, 102, PSY 115, CEEP 262, CPSY 323, 324, 330, 384, CEEP 419
Electives with the consent of CPSY advisor.
BACHELOR OF ELECTIVE STUDIES-COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY
Requirements for completion of the major are:
Community Psychology Major (36 Credits)
Completion of 36 credits in Community Psychology with consent of advisor.
Upper Division Writing Requirement: CEEP 476, Research Methods, is the Upper Division Writing Requirement for the Community Psychology and Chemical Dependency majors and BES in Community Psychology. Students must successfully pass the course in order to graduate.