Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Program Overview

Students in the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology apply the science of understanding and explaining thoughts, emotions, and behavior to solving real-world problems. Topics include stress, biological influences on behavior, growth, and development of children, and diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders. Elective courses may be used to specialize in a number of areas of psychology and to gain hands-on experience in research labs. The degree prepares students for graduate school and employment in a range of fields, including clinical, applied, and experimental areas of psychology and related fields such as education, law, human resources, and health care.

The Psychology major includes the following optional concentration:

  • The Counseling Careers concentration is designed to prepare students for employment in a range of fields and for masters-level study in all fields of Counseling. Topics include human adjustment, stress and coping, human development, personality, psychological disorders, treatment and intervention techniques, psychometrics, psychopharmacology, and clinical or counseling-related research experience.

Students interested in other career paths within psychology may pursue the major without a concentration.

This Program is Right for You If

  • You are comfortable facing highly emotional situations as part of your job.
  • You have strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • You possess steadfast patience and astute problem-solving skills.

This Program Will Teach You

  • Describe the basic theoretical perspectives, principles, concepts, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  • Understand and use fundamental data analysis techniques.
  • Understand and apply basic research methods/tools in psychology and evaluate the adequacy of research designs.
  • Write effectively in the discipline.
  • Recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.