The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology is designed to provide students with a foundation in the field of Psychology. Students will gain an understanding of the complexity and diversity of
human behavior and the psychological theories and concepts which help explain human behavior. As a psychology student at Webster University, you will have the opportunity to study the specific issues, theories and science of the discipline and also attain an understanding of the complexity and diversity of human behavior.
To achieve this, you will use approaches that range from the scientific to the philosophical, from the experimental to the theoretical. Through these methods you will develop and apply problem-solving skills that will help you think analytically and to communicate clearly and persuasively throughout your life and career.
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.
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
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.
Plus 5 electives in Psychology, 10 GCP courses and 17 electives courses.