The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology examines the workings of the human mind by studying aspects of developmental, organizational, and abnormal psychology. Emphasis is on applying the science of human behavior to vocational, personal, academic, and clinical settings. This online bachelor’s degree is intended for students who plan to work in public-facing professions such as politics, law, counseling, human services, education, law enforcement, military service, human-computer interaction, and public management.

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and general education level learning objectives, this degree also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates.

Graduates in this degree program will be able to:

  • Articulate the major theoretical, historical, and conceptual ideas that underpin the broad discipline and specialty areas of psychology.
  • Delineate the education, training, roles and professional responsibilities of psychologists.
  • Compare methodologies used in psychological research and data analysis.
  • Apply results of psychological research to contemporary issues in the field.
  • Evaluate how behavior is influenced by internal, environmental, and soci-cultural factors.

Degree at a Glance

General Education Requirements30
Major Required48
Final Program Requirements3
Elective Requirements39
Total Semester Hours120

Degree Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (30 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Art Appreciation
Film and Literature
Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop
World Literature through the Renaissance
World Literature since the Renaissance
English Literature: Beowulf to18th Century
English Literature: 18th Century to Present
American Literature before The Civil War
American Literature from The Civil War to Present
Arabic I
Arabic II
French I
French II
German I
German II
Introduction to Japanese
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Ethics
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours) 1
Introduction to Psychology
Select 1 course from the following:3
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Social Media and Society
Intercultural Communication
Microeconomics
Macroeconomics
Humane Education: A Global Interdisciplinary Perspective
Introduction to Geography
Practical Food Safety and Awareness
International Relations I
Contemporary World Culture Through Literature
Cultural Diversity in Contemporary American Literature
American Government I
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (8 semester hours)
COMM110Information & Digital Literacy2
ENGL110Making Writing Relevant3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Public Speaking
Effectiveness in Writing
Composition and Literature
Technical Writing
Scientific Writing
Business Writing
Human Relations Communication
Information Literacy and Global Citizenship
Introduction to Information Technology Writing
Human Relations
History (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following3
American History to 1877
American History since 1877
World Civilization before 1650
World Civilization since 1650
Western Civilization before The Thirty Years War
Western Civilization since The Thirty Years War
African-American History before 1877
African-American History since 1877
History of the American Indian
History of Science
Mathematics and Applied Reasoning (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Accounting for Non Accounting Majors
Fundamentals of Programming
College Algebra
College Trigonometry
Introduction to Statistics
Math for Liberal Arts Majors
Calculus
Natural Sciences with Lab (4 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:4
Habitable Worlds Are We Alone with Lab
Introduction to Biology with Lab
Introduction to Chemistry with Lab
Introduction to Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab
Introduction to Physics with Lab
Introduction to Astronomy with Lab
Introduction to Meteorology with Lab
Introduction to Environmental Science with Lab
Total Semester Hours27
1

All literature courses require successful completion of ENGL101 - Proficiency in Writing or ENGL110 - Making Writing Relevant.

Major Required (48 semester hours)

PSYC102Professional Careers and Education in Psychology3
PSYC221Personality Theories3
CHFD342Human Life Span Development3
PSYC303Learning and Cognition3
PSYC300Research Methods in Psychology3
SOCI332Statistics for Social Science3
PSYC304Perception3
PSYC305History and Systems of Psychology3
PSYC325Biopsychology (Prerequisite: CHFD342 - Human Life Span Development)3
PSYC406Psychopathology (Prerequisite: PSYC101 - Introduction to Psychology)3
Select 6 courses from the following 2 categories:18
Social/Developmental Psychology
Introduction to Social Psychology
Human Sexuality
Infant-Toddler Development
Introduction to Child Development
Child and Adolescent Development
Adult Development
Clinical/Forensic/Applied Psychology
Psychology of Disaster
Psychology of Combat
Psychology of Terrorism
Sports Psychology
Psychology of Addiction & Substance Abuse
Total Semester Hours48

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

PSYC498Senior Seminar in Psychology (to be taken as the last course before graduation) 13
Total Semester Hours3
1

Prerequisite: Senior Standing and completion of all major courses prior to enrollment.

Elective Requirements (39 semester hours)

Select any courses that have not been used to fulfill major requirements. Credits applied toward a minor or certificate in an unrelated field may be used to fulfill elective credit for the major.