Collection Development Policy for Psychology

Objectives: The collection is designed to support the teaching and research needs of the undergraduate level through the Ph.D. level. Programs offered:

B.A. The undergraduate B.A. in psychology is offered at Pomona, Pitzer, Scripps, and Claremont McKenna. In addition, Pomona offers a major in Neuroscience, and Pitzer and Claremont McKenna offer a concentration in Psychobiology.

M.A. The M.A. degree in psychology, which requires the completion of a thesis, may be a terminal degree or an interim degree received before advancement to candidacy for the Ph.D. program.

M.S. The M.S. degree in human resources management in related to the evaluation concentration in the psychology Ph.D. program. Collection responsibility for this program is shared between psychology and business.

Ph.D. The Ph.D. degree is offered with concentrations in 1) social psychology, 2) organizational behavior, 4) applied developmental psychology, or 5) evaluation. Candidates must pass qualifying seminars, assemble a portfolio to provide evidence of professional development in an area of career specialization, submit acceptable dissertation research, and take an oral examination on their dissertation research.

Graduate degrees are offered at Claremont Graduate University through the School of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences.

Subjects and collecting levels: The collection should be developed at the comprehensive level in the following areas to support the doctoral program: cognition, developmental psychology, organizational behavior, evaluation, research methods, and social psychology. The collection should be developed at the instructional support level in these additional areas to support the undergraduate programs: abnormal psychology, behavioral science, communication, computer applications, cultural psychology, educational psychology, environmental psychology, medical and health psychology, motivation, neuroscience and psychobiology, perception, personality, physiological psychology, statistics, and tests and measures.

Types of materials collected: Monographs and serials are collected. Printed, microform, and electronic materials are collected. Videotapes are collected when requested by faculty to support instruction. Generally excluded are motion pictures and sound recordings, although specific items may occasionally be acquired for instructional purposes.

Languages: Major emphasis is on English language materials, although no language is specifically excluded. Publications in other languages may need to be acquired when the desired material is not available in English.

Geographical emphasis: No geographical area is excluded.

Chronological limits: Emphasis is on contemporary materials, though some historical material may also be collected.

Last updated: 7/28/2011 5:11:34 PM