Bachelor of Arts
Psychology students gain insight to the workings of the human mind, creating a better understanding of themselves and the world.
In an ever-changing world, the ability to understand human behavior is a distinct advantage in any career involving human interaction. Our Bachelor of Arts in psychology program facilitates the development of critical and analytical thinking and research skills and helps you apply this knowledge in real-life situations. The curriculum offers a breadth of knowledge of the discipline as a foundation in preparation for graduate or professional training in psychology or in a related discipline.
Our psychology program provides a perspective on the many different career choices that an undergraduate degree in psychology can offer. You will gain an understanding and an appreciation of the scientific investigation of behavior as well as an opportunity to engage in and present an original research project with our faculty mentors.
What can I do with a degree in psychology?
This 18-hour program consists of a structured selection of courses by which you can enrich your academic preparation and complements a variety of majors by broadening the student’s academic experience.
Certificate of Proficiency
This 9-credit hour program provides curriculum designed for those in helping professions such as human services, health care organizations, educators, and others. Courses include Intermediate Spanish I, II, and Spanish for the Professions. Beginning Spanish I and II or required placement scores are prerequisites for Intermediate Spanish I.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the B.A. in psychology, the student will be able to:
- identify, discuss, and debate ethical dilemmas and affected parties; critically evaluate ethical issues and assess applicable values. (Ethics)
- demonstrate analytical reasoning of quantitative statistical measures; demonstrate the ability to justify and apply appropriate descriptive and inferential statistical models for analyzing behavioral data and to draw reasonable conclusions from those data. (Analytical: Statistics-Quantitative)
- critique classic and modern psychological theories; assess with justification their applicability in everyday living to reach viable solutions to a problem; and draw a self-assessment about the relevance of psychological theories in their own lives. (Knowledge-Analytical).
- demonstrate analytical reasoning in scientific methodology; critically evaluate empirical behavioral research literature; differentiate good science from that with methodological dilemmas; formulate simple hypotheses; and design, implement, appropriately analyze, report, and defend a basic original empirical research project in a public setting. (Analytical: Methodology Quantitative)
- demonstrate an understanding of and appreciation for global and cultural diversity; differentiate between global and cultural awareness; and show the relevance of behavioral science in global and cultural events. (Global-Cultural Awareness)
- demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology via various forms of communication such as verbal and written assignments, poster and paper presentations, and other summative examinations. (Knowledge-Breadth of Psychology, assessed across all required PSYC courses)