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October 12, 2007

New Applied Psychology Degree at Farmingdale State College

Dr. W. Hubert Keen, president of Farmingdale State College, is proud to announce that a new Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology is now among the 33 degree offerings at the college. With a concentration in industrial/organizational psychology, the program focuses on developing a student's ability to use the core knowledge and analytical skills of the discipline to promote productive worker activities in the business world. According to Dr. Eugene Indenbaum, Chair of the Department of Psychology, "Students will learn the concepts and foundations of industrial/organizational psychology including personnel management, organizational behavior, and organizational development. The program's objectives are to prepare students for meaningful and rewarding entry-level positions in business and human resource management or to prepare students to attend graduate school in psychology and other related areas."

To keep up with new technology, global competition and the overall rate of organizational change required to remain competitive, many companies seek individuals with expertise in industrial/organizational psychology. As demand increases, so does the number of jobs in this field. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, industrial/organizational psychology is likely to remain competitive now and in the future ( www.bis.gov ).

The Long Island region continues to experience a shortage of skilled personnel that is both essential to efficient business operation as well as necessary for the development of a competitive advantage worldwide. Graduates of this new "hands on" Applied Psychology program will learn the skills necessary to help businesses efficiently recruit, develop, and organize their human resources. Commensurate with the expectations of a BS in Applied Psychology and with the current requirements of entry-level jobs in the area of industrial/organizational psychology, students will be required to successfully complete an applied research project or an internship.

For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 934-420-2000 or go to the Farmingdale State website at www.farmingdale.edu.