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Degree Overview

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Dr. Laura May, Department Chair and Program Director, Pyschology

At South University's Atlanta Off-Campus Instructional Site, our well-rounded curriculum and practical training is designed to prepare you for a variety of entry-level psychology positions. Our interactive courses and labs allow you to explore topics that include psychological disorders, cognitive psychology, personality development, and social psychology processes like conformity, persuasion, group dynamics, and self-esteem.

Earning your Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree can help you strengthen your communication skills and critical thinking, as well as develop an understanding of the major theories of psychology, the scientific methodology, the impact of cultural factors on the field, and the connection between psychology theory, concepts, research, and clinical application. Along the way, our faculty will be committed to helping you succeed and pursue your goals, whether that means preparing for graduate studies or for one of the many possible exciting careers in psychology.

Disclaimer: All courses for The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the South University, Atlanta off-Campus Instructional Site are taught via SouthVR or online delivery.

Admission Requirements

Please see the South University academic catalog for program specific admissions requirements.

Career Outlook

The BA in Psychology program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions such as:

  • Counselor Aide
  • Therapeutic Assistant
  • Academic Advisor
  • Career Advisor
  • Human Resources Administrator
  • Case Worker
  • Behavioral Intervention Specialist
  • Child Care Worker
  • Community Organizer

 

Course Requirements

Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the major theories and content areas comprising the foundation of psychology.
  2. Actively engage in the process of critically evaluating concepts, theories, research, and applications in the field.
  3. Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of cultural factors impacting the field of Psychology according to historical and current issues.
  4. Develop effective verbal and written communication skills necessary in the field. Specifically, students will demonstrate an ability to write and present psychological concepts including an ability to communicate clearly and effectively using APA style.
  5. Apply the principles of scientific methodology according to human, social, and applied context.
  6. Demonstrate awareness and understanding of current and future professional issues in the field of Psychology including an understanding of The Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding and articulate a need for continued professional growth in the field.
  8. Understand and articulate the connection between theory, concepts, research and clinical application in the field for current and emerging issues.
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success stories

Outstanding Education for Remarkable Careers

We're committed to helping our graduates make an impact in their professional and personal lives. We applaud our alumni and the difference they make. Check out what some of our counseling and psychology graduates have to say.

Sandy S Johnson 2008
Sandy Johnson Grad Alumni
Class of '08
Master of Arts in Professional Counseling

“Having [instructors] that are experts in the field was an inspiration to me and allowed me that firsthand experience of the day-to-day knowledge. I am elated that I had these professors, and when I have had to call on them post-graduation, they have always been so helpful. Having a master's degree has made me a competitive applicant…[and has] given me the confidence in myself to accomplish any goals I may set for myself.”

Mary Blevins 2014
Mary Blevins Grad Alumni
Class of '14
Master of Arts in Professional Counseling

“My education has made a huge difference in my life! Without my degree from South University, I would still be working a dead-end job. The professors had worked extensively in the field and incorporated real-life experiences into the textbook material. For the first time in my life, I can genuinely say I am happy with my career and where I am in life.”

LaDonna Cook 2011
LaDonna Cook Grad Alumni
Class of '11
Master of Arts in Professional Counseling

“South University impacted my life in numerous ways, from the phenomenal staff and faculty who helped me to believe in and challenge myself, to my amazing peers in my cohort, who became lifelong friends. My time at South University was the best. The faculty and staff encouraged us to excel in all areas of our lives, and it pushed me to be a better person and counselor.”

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Niya Warner Calderon Grad Alumni
Class of '10
Master of Arts in Professional Counseling

“My professors at South University placed a great deal of knowledge and resources at my fingertips. My classes were never just a presentation of material; they were a discourse of experience where the instructor could answer the question directly when I asked.”

Ty White 2009
Ty White Grad Alumni
Class of '09
Master of Arts in Professional Counseling

“The teachers were so caring and personable. We all became family. We cried together. We laughed together. It was a domino effect: the people at South University were so helpful to me that I wanted to help others.”