Bachelor’s graduates in psychology may find jobs in human resources, education, public affairs, mental health facilities, and social services. A degree in psychology is also a good choice for careers in other fields because employers value psychology graduates’ research, writing, and analytic skills as well as their understanding of people. Some graduates pursue a graduate degree, Master’s or PhD, to prepare them for careers as researchers, psychologists and professors.
Required Courses for the American BA degree:
- PSYC 1100 Introduction to Psychology
- PSYC 1800 Careers in Psychology (1 credit hour)
- PSYC 2750 Introduction to Measurement and Statistics
- PSYC 2825 Introduction to Research Methods
- PSYC 3550 History, Philosophy, and Systems of Psychology
- PSYC 4900 Senior Seminar or PSYC 4825 Senior Thesis
Biological and Evolutionary Perspectives:
- PSYC 4300 Health Psychology
- PSYC 4400 Human Sexuality
- PSYC 4550 Drug and Chemical Dependency
- PSYC 4650 Physiological Psychology
Clinical and Counseling Perspectives
- PSYC 3125 Abnormal Psychology
- PSYC 3775 Personality Theory
- PSYC 3900 Intro to Counseling
- PSYC 4225 Intro to Clinical Psychology
Lifespan Development Perspectives
- PSYC 2200 Child Psychology
- PSYC 2250 Adolescent Psychology
- PSYC 2300 Human Development
- PSYC 2950 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging
Learning and Cognitive Perspectives
- PSYC 3325 Psychology of Learning Processes
- PSYC 3350 Cognitive Psychology
- PSYC 3725 Psychology of Judgment and Decision Making
- PSYC 3850 Sensation and Perception
Social and Cross-Cultural Perspectives:
- PSYC 3475 International Psychology
- PSYC 3575 Organizational Behavior
- PSYC 3600 Social Psychology
Plus 5 electives in Psychology, 10 GCP courses and 17 electives courses.
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Describe the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
- Discuss the occupational pursuits available in a variety of settings given their psychological knowledge, skills, and values.
- Analyze and apply research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
- Implement the use of critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to examine problems related to psychology.
- Discuss the factors contributing to diversity, multiculturalism, and inequality within and among nations.
- Apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.