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Curry College continuing education students in class pursuing a psychology degreeAdvance your career

Start or complete your bachelor's degree in psychology through the continuing education program at Curry College.  Learn to effectively relate to others and apply your knowledge in the workplace as a counselor, social worker, probation officer, marketing executive, human resources director, educator or any profession that requires in-depth understanding of human behavior.

In classes with busy, working adults just like yourself, you'll learn to evaluate scientific research and develop conclusions about human behavior. You'll improve your skills in critical thinking, problem solving, presentation and communication as you apply theory to practice and acquire the academic foundation for future graduate work.

Courses begin every eight weeks

The time required to complete your degree depends on the number of courses you take each term, which you can determine according to your personal and professional responsibilities. With new courses beginning at Curry every eight weeks, your progress can be as fast or as flexible as you choose.

Make the most of your transfer credits and work experience

Curry helps you fast-track your degree completion by offering:

  • Transfer credits for courses completed at other colleges - with no time limit on transfer credits, including science courses. At least 30 credits must be completed at Curry College to earn a degree.
  • College credit for equivalent education and relevant work experience.
  • College credit for a passing score on CLEP, DANTES or Regents examinations.

No Application fee required

Curry has no application fee, and you can enroll in most continuing education courses while you're compiling the application materials. Once complete, we promptly review your materials and mail an acceptance letter to you. If you apply for financial aid, Curry's Student Financial Services Office will notify you after you are accepted about eligibility for a financial aid award.

Degree Requirements and Schedules

Prerequisites:
When possible, these courses should be completed first, however the order in which coursesare taken often depends on the course schedule for each term.

PSY 1030 - Introduction to Psychology
or
PSY 1400 - Child Development

Requirements:

PSY 2050 - Experimental Psychology (4 credits)
Four PSY courses at the 2000-level
Four PSY courses at the 3000- or 4000-level
PSY 3500 - Senior Seminar

Requirements in Related Areas:

MATH 1150 - Statistics

Concentrations (Optional):

Optional concentrations have been designed to correspond to the major areas of study in psychology. For psychology majors, selecting a concentration is advisable if a student wishes to focus on a specific area, structure the coursework in an organized way, and/or determine whether to pursue further academic or career opportunities in a specific area. Students must take a minimum of five courses (15 or more credits) designated as appropriate to that concentration, including the required (*) core courses. Psychology students may elect to concentrate on one of the following areas:

Gerontology Concentration
This program prepares students for entry-level care-taking and administrative positions working with and for the elderly. Knowledge and skills are developed to help students advance in the workplace or through graduate studies.

Concentration Courses:
PSY 2060 - Aging and the Life Cycle
PSY 2220 - Death, Dying and Bereavement
PSY 2400 - Human Development
PSY 3350 - Health Psychology
PSY 3450 - Internship in Gerontology
Note: The internship may be waived for students who have completed NSG 3983: Senior Practicum in a Geriatric setting.
PSY 3600 - Issues in Aging

Related Requirements:
SOC 2410 - Working with Individuals

Select at least one of the following:
BIOL 1075/1175 - Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 1085/1185 - Anatomy and Physiology II
COM 2150 - Health Communication
BUS 2263 - Health Care Law

Substance Use Counseling Concentration
This concentration is ideal for those who are interested in careers in substance abuse services or in areas where an understanding of substance abuse is an important part of job performance, such as nursing and health care, social work and psychology, law enforcement and criminal justice, college counseling and youth services. It is also relevant for students planning to pursue graduate studies in the social and behavioral sciences, as well as professional degrees in law, social work, nursing and criminal justice.

Concentration Courses:
PSY 2125 - Substance Use Counseling: Theory and Practice*
PSY 2300 - Abnormal Psychology*
PSY 2330 - Drugs and Behavior*
PSY 3120 - Counseling Theory*
PSY 3350 - Health Psychology*
PSY 3450 - Internship in Substance Use Counseling
Select one of the following:
HW 2000 - Foundations of Community Health
SOC 2420 - Working with Groups and Communities
SOC 3390 - Crisis Intervention

Curriculum is subject to change.  Unless otherwise noted, all courses are 3 credits.

Part-time or Full-time - you choose the pace that's right for you

The Division of Continuing and Graduate Studies classes meet just once a week for 8 or 15 weeks.  Our evening and weekend schedule, coupled with our in-class, online, and blended learning formats, provide you the opportunity to pursue your education while managing life's responsibilities.

Part-Time
Carrying a part-time schedule, you can complete up to 6 courses a year by attending classes 1 evening or Saturday per week.

Full-Time
Attend full-time by carrying a part-time course load.  How?  By enrolling in 2 courses every 8 weeks, you will complete a full-time course load on a part-time basis.  You may also consider taking a combination of our 8-week and 15-week classes.

YOU CHOOSE...

Course Schedules and Registration Information

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Tuition Assistance Award

Finishing your degree is more affordable than ever. Continuing Education students can take 9 or more credits per semester and reduce your per-credit cost to just $375/credit. Talk to your Advisor for complete Tuition Assistance Award details. Award eligibility and availability of courses is not guaranteed. 

Take the next step

We're excited you're considering one of our outstanding Curry College continuing education programs and look forward to helping you reach your career goals.