Accelerated Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science in Organizational Behavior/ Applied Psychology

The accelerated program in organizational behavior/ applied psychology prepares students for a wide variety of careers in social services, management, human resources, training and development. This major also provides students with a strong foundation for entering a graduate program.


Community and Social Service Occupations (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Occupational Outlook: Psychologists (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Psychology Graduate Programs (Career Development Center)

Albright College Faculty

  • Wendy Bartkus, M.S.
    Organizational Behavior/Applied Psychology Program Coordinator
    Accelerated Degree Program - B.S., DeSales University
    M.S., Chestnut Hill College
    tel: 610-866-5595
  • Laura Gelety, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Psychology, Accelerated Degree Program - B.S., The Pennsylvania State University; M.S., Ph.D., Lehigh University
  • Lindsay Phillips, Psy.D.
    Assistant Professor of Psychology, Accelerated Degree Program - B.A., Albright College; M.E., Temple University; Psy.D., Chestnut Hill College
  • Lisa Hain, Assistant Professor of Psychology
    B.A. Pennsylvania State University; M.S. Millersville University; Psy.D. Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Course Descriptions

  • APS 916 Topics in Psychology
  • APS 900 Organizational Behavior
  • APS 920 Adult Development
  • APS 938 Learning & Motivation
  • APS 950 Group Dynamics
  • APS 905 Management Concepts
  • APS 914 Abnormal Psychology
  • APS 940 Ethics
  • APS 911 Human Resource Management
  • APS 925 Quantitative Methods
  • APS 930 Research Methods
  • APS 936 Program Evaluation
  • APS 935 Applied Project I
  • SYN 397 Cross-Cultural Diversity
  • APS 960 Professional Issues
  • APS 965 Applied Project II

Learning Outcomes

The Psychology Department follows the student learning outcomes from the American Psychological Association.

  1. Theory and Content of Psychology — Students will demonstrate familiarity with major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in psychology.
  2. Research Methods in Psychology — Students will comprehend and have the ability to implement basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis and interpretation.
  3. Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology — Students will gain appreciation for and engage in critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry and, when possible, employ the scientific approach to problem solving related to behavior and mental processes.
  4. Application of Psychology — Students will know and be able to apply psychological principles to personal, social and organizational issues through community service experiences and student internships.
  5. Values in Psychology — Students will value empirical evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.(APA Guideline, Goal 5)
  6. Information and Technological Literacy — (A) Students will exhibit competence in information science assessed according to the ACRL Psychology Information Literacy Standards and (B) have the ability to utilize computers and relevant software programs necessary to function in an entry level professional position or in a graduate school program.
  7. Communication Skills — Students will demonstrate competence in effective interpersonal communication including written, verbal, and non verbal forms. They will recognize, respect, and adjust to other people’s ways of communicating, learning, and doing things.
  8. Sociocultural and International Awareness — Students will recognize, understand and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity, realizing it is impossible to fully understand a person without understanding her or his culture, ethnic identity, gender identity and other important sociocultural factors.
  9. Personal Development — Students will develop insight into the behaviors and mental processes of themselves and others and be able to apply effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement.
  10. Career Planning and Development — Students will emerge from this program with realistic ideas about how to implement their psychological knowledge, skills and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings.​