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Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

The Psychology major prepares graduates for employment in social service careers, and for graduate study in Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology. 

Students may complete a double major in Psychology and Sociology by substituting overlapping courses. Psychology majors may also complete a Sociology, Anthropology or Christian Behavioral Science minor.

Traditional Program Requirements

Psychology Major (44 units) BA

Lower Division Requirements

PSY 213 General Psychology

Methodology Requirements

BEH 250 Professional Reading handwriting in the Behavioral Science

BEH 333 Epistemology handwork

BEH 383 Statistical Techniques in Behavioral Science with SPSS

BEH 385 Methods of Research with SPSS

Upper Division Requirements

PSY 301 History and Systems of Psychology

PSY 320 Life-Span Development

PSY 322 Theories of Personality

PSY 325 Tests and Measurements

PSY 328 Cognitive Psychology

PSY 346 Abnormal Psychology

PSY 422 Theories of Counseling

PSY 473 Psychophysiology

Three (3) additional upper division units in psychology

Optional Concentrations* (12 units)

Students can earn a concentration in the following areas by completing the certificate requirements**: Anthropology, Christian Behavioral Science, Cognitive Psychology, Diversity, Life Span Development, Religion and Behavior, or Social Work.

*Each optional concentration requires the completion of twelve (12) distinct units beyond the major.

**Certificate requirements are located in the Academic Program section of the catalog by certificate title.

Psychology Major (44 units) BA

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Content: discipline knowledge and skills (theories, concepts, and terms of the discipline)
    • Explain the major historical theories of psychology and their influence on developing theories, the individual and society.
    • Understand and critique methods of critical analysis/research and articulate their influence on the field of psychology and an understanding of human behavior.
    • Verbalize and analyze the terminology of psychology and how it relates to professional practice.
  • Critical thinking: skill in analysis, synthesis, and use of evidence; problem solving (reflective and analytical)
    • Use psychology concepts to explain personal experiences and recognize the limitations of personal experience in understanding psychological phenomenon
    • Differentiate the science of psychology from pseudoscience/anecdote
    • Use quantitative and/or qualitative analyses to argue for or against a particular hypotheses within specific contexts (research, professional practice and daily living)
  • Communicate effectively using appropriate speaking and writing skills; technology literacy; research skills
    • Construct thorough literature reviews using APA style and applying fundamental strategies such as thesis development, revision, and correct grammar and syntax
    • Display and communicate quantitative data clearly and concisely using basic statistics, graphs and tables
    • Deliver effective oral presentations in a variety of communication settings appropriate to diverse audiences, integrating visual elements and professional demeanor
    • Lead and participate effectively in group discussions, applying active listening skills and demonstrating respect for diverse views
    • Select the most appropriate sources and databases for accessing and obtaining needed information. Evaluate the reliability, validity, quality, timeliness, potential biases, and overall credibility of these sources
  • Integrity/values: academic integrity, discipline specific ethical issues; an understanding of ethics; respect for social diversity
  • Project management: team work skills; informed participation in multiple levels of community applying academic studies to the workplace and professional environments

Lower Division Requirements

Methodology Requirements

Upper Division Requirements

Optional Concentrations* (12 units)

Students can earn a concentration in the following areas by completing the certificate requirements**: Anthropology, Christian Behavioral Science, Cognitive Psychology, Counseling Ministry, Diversity, Life Span Development, Psychology, Religion and Behavior, or Social Work.

*Each optional concentration requires the completion of twelve (12) distinct units beyond the major.

**Certificate requirements are located in the Academic Program section of the catalog by certificate title.