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Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

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

Earning a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology is the first step toward a rewarding career in psychology. Our well-rounded curriculum and initial training will qualify you for entry-level positions in this fascinating field. Subjects include psychological disorders, intrapersonal and interpersonal processes such as conformity, social perception, persuasion, group dynamics, and self-esteem, personality development, structure, dynamic assessment, and psychological adjustment.

A completed Bachelor of Arts in Psychology online degree will provide the knowledge necessary for a position in the field of psychology, including the major theories of psychology, the impact of cultural factors on the field, a proficiency in communication skills, an understanding of scientific methodology as well as of the connection between theory, concepts, research, and clinical application.

Course Requirements

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology: 180 Credits
Area I General Education Requirements: 64 Credits
Professional Development
ITS1000 Computer and Internet Literacy, 4 Credit Hours
UVC1000 Strategies for Success, 4 Credit Hours
Basic Communications
ENG1100 Composition I, 4 Credit Hours
ENG1200 Composition II, 4 Credit Hours
ENG1300 Composition III, 4 Credit Hours
SPC1026 Public Speaking, 4 Credit Hours
Mathematics and Statistics
MAT2058 Statistics, 4 Credit Hours
Choose two additional courses from the following:
MAT1001 College Algebra I, 4 Credit Hours
MAT1005 College Algebra II, 4 Credit Hours
MAT1500 College Mathematics, 4 Credit Hours
MAT2000 Pre-Calculus, 4 Credit Hours
MAT2101 Calculus I, 4 Credit Hours
MAT2102 Calculus II, 4 Credit Hours
Natural Sciences (choose two)
BIO1011 Anatomy and Physiology I, 4 Credit Hours

(must be taken concurrently with BIO1012 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab)

*

BIO1012 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab, 2 Credit Hours
BIO1013 Anatomy and Physiology II, 4 Credit Hours

(must be taken concurrently with BIO1014 Anatomy and Physiology II Lab)

*

BIO1014 Anatomy and Physiology II Lab, 2 Credit Hours
BIO1020 Biology I, 4 Credit Hours
BIO1021 Biology II, 4 Credit Hours
CHM1010 General Chemistry, 4 Credit Hours
Note(s):

*NOTE:  If a Psychology (BA) student chooses to take an Anatomy and Physiology course, only BIO 1011 and BIO 1013 satisfy the Natural Sciences requirement. Students enrolling in either course must, however, also take the related co-requisite lab courses: BIO 1012 and BIO 1014 respectively. Students electing this option for their Natural Sciences requirement will complete 184 credit hours of work for their degree, depending on their exact choice.

Social and Behavioral Sciences
POL1150 Contemporary Issues, 4 Credit Hours
POL2076 American Government, 4 Credit Hours
PSY1001 General Psychology, 4 Credit Hours
SOC1001 Introduction to Sociology, 4 Credit Hours
Arts and Humanities (choose two)
ENG2002 World Literature I: From the Ancient World to the Middle Ages, 4 Credit Hours
ENG2003 World Literature II: From Enlightenment to Modernity, 4 Credit Hours
ENG2011 Introduction to American Literature: 1865 to present, 4 Credit Hours
ENG2020 Introduction to Film Studies, 4 Credit Hours
HIS1101 U.S. History I: Colonial to 1865, 4 Credit Hours
HIS1102 U.S. History II: 1865 to Present, 4 Credit Hours
HUM1001 History of Art through the Middle Ages, 4 Credit Hours
HUM1002 History of Art from the Middle Ages to Modern Times, 4 Credit Hours
HUM2101 World Civilization I: Prehistory to 1500 C.E., 4 Credit Hours
HUM2102 World Civilization II: 1500 to Present, 4 Credit Hours
PHI2301 Introduction to Philosophy, 4 Credit Hours
REL1001 World Religions, 4 Credit Hours
Area II Foundation Requirements: 32 Credits
Elective Pool (eight courses or 32 credit hours)

Transfer students may transfer any course to help fulfill the elective pool requirements, provided the course meets the standards of the Credit for Transcripted and Non-transcripted Work policy found in the Academic Affairs section of this catalog.

Non-transfer students, with their advisor's consultation and approval may choose courses from any department recommended and listed course or more broadly from any course offered by South University. Work from other fields must include any required prerequisite courses in the elective field.

A course can be used to meet only one requirement in Area I, Area II, or Area III, but not simultaneously in two areas. Students should work with their academic advisor or counselor to be sure they are making appropriate course choices.

Area III Major Requirements: 84 Credits
Core: 44 Credits
PSY2007 Statistics for Behavioral Sciences, 4 Credit Hours

(must be taken concurrently with PSY2008 Statistics for Behavioral Sciences Lab)

PSY2008 Statistics for Behavioral Sciences Lab, 2 Credit Hours
PSY2010 Abnormal Psychology, 4 Credit Hours
PSY2022 Human Growth and Development, 4 Credit Hours
PSY2050 History and Systems, 4 Credit Hours
PSY2060 Research Methods, 4 Credit Hours

(must be taken concurrently with PSY2061 Research Methods Lab)

PSY2061 Research Methods Lab, 2 Credit Hours
PSY3001 Cognitive Psychology, 4 Credit Hours

(must be taken concurrently with PSY3002 Cognitive Psychology Lab)

PSY3002 Cognitive Psychology Lab, 2 Credit Hours
PSY3010 Social Psychology, 4 Credit Hours

(must be taken concurrently with PSY3011 Social Psychology Lab)

PSY3011 Social Psychology Lab, 2 Credit Hours
PSY3200 Biological Psychology, 4 Credit Hours
PSY3300 Personality, 4 Credit Hours
Major Curriculum: 36 Credits

Students must take one course within each of the four areas below (16 credit hours) plus an additional 20 credit hours (5 courses) from any area below.  Students should work with their academic counselor or program director to be sure they are making appropriate course choices.

Behavioral Health
PSY4001 Addictions, 4 Credit Hours
PSY4030 Multicultural Psychology, 4 Credit Hours
PSY4400 Child and Adolescent Disorders, 4 Credit Hours
PSY4540 Introduction to Professional Counseling, 4 Credit Hours
PSY4541 Introduction to Clinical Psychology, 4 Credit Hours
PSY4600 Anxiety and Mood Disorders, 4 Credit Hours
Behavioral Neuroscience
PSY3400 Sensation and Perception, 4 Credit Hours
PSY3500 Motivation, 4 Credit Hours
PSY4610 Advanced Analysis and Methods, 4 Credit Hours
PSY4620 Learning and Memory, 4 Credit Hours
PSY4630 Principles of Behavioral Neuroscience, 4 Credit Hours
PSY4640 Comparative Cognition, 4 Credit Hours
PSY4650 Human Neuropharmacology, 4 Credit Hours
Human Development
PSY3520 Child/Adolescent Development, 4 Credit Hours
PSY3530 Adult Development, 4 Credit Hours
PSY3540 Elderly Development, 4 Credit Hours
PSY3800 Introduction to Psychological Testing and Assessment, 4 Credit Hours
PSY4040 Human Sexuality, 4 Credit Hours
PSY4320 Psychology and Gender, 4 Credit Hours
Social/Organizational
PSY4200 Psychology and the Media, 4 Credit Hours
PSY4420 Health Psychology, 4 Credit Hours
PSY4470 Forensic Psychology (formerly Psychology and Law), 4 Credit Hours
PSY4480 Psychology of Religion, 4 Credit Hours
PSY4560 Industrial Organizational Psychology, 4 Credit Hours
PSY4580 Psychometrics and Assessment, 4 Credit Hours
Capstone (choose one, 4 credit hours)
PSY4800 Senior Seminar, 4 Credit Hours

OR

PSY4900 Field Placement, 4 Credit Hours

OR

PSY4861 Senior Thesis I, 2 Credit Hours

AND

PSY4862 Senior Thesis II, 2 Credit Hours

Note:  Senior Thesis I and Senior Thesis II jointly count as one capstone option.

Admission Requirements

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

Outcomes

pon earning your psychology bachelor’s degree, you should be equipped to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the major theories and content areas forming the foundation of psychology.
  • Critically evaluate concepts, theories, research, and applications in the field.
  • Understand historical and current cultural factors impacting the field of Psychology.
  • Write and present psychological concepts, including communicating clearly and effectively using APA style.
  • Apply scientific methodology principles according to human, social, and applied context.
  • Understand professional issues in Psychology, including an understanding of The Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct.
  • Understand and articulate a need for continued professional growth in the field.
  • Understand and articulate the connection between theory, concepts, research, and clinical application for current and emerging issues.

Career Outlook

The BA in Psychology program can prepare you to study in graduate programs in the behavioral sciences or to work in entry-level positions such as:

  • Counselor aide
  • Therapeutic assistant
  • Academic advisor
  • Career advisor
  • Human resources administrator
  • Caseworker
  • Behavioral intervention specialist
  • Child care worker
  • Community organizer

 

Online Classroom

Haven’t experienced online learning before or wondering what it’s like to earn your degree online at South University? While the mode of learning is different from the traditional classroom experience with added convenience and flexibility, we hold the same high standards of academic excellence in the online classroom. 

South University’s online programs combine a curriculum designed for student outcomes and a classroom designed for flexibility and engagement. Our online classroom learning platform, Brightspace, provides you with a host of features to enhance your learning experience, including:

  • Advanced media content
  • Personalized navigation
  • Simplified online learning atmosphere
  • Access to digital books
  • Emailing and instant messaging options

We provide more than just an online classroom, bringing a range of campus experiences and services online. In addition, the online classroom is accessible on the go via mobile devices and with tools like the Pulse App. Pulse helps you stay connected and on track with your course by providing a number of features such as course calendars, readings and assignments, feedback and grades, and announcements.

Read more about online requirements here

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.”

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