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  Sep 23, 2017
 
 
    
2016-2017 South University Academic Catalog Version II

Psychology (BA)


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The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree program is designed to provide students with a broad background in general education, and to provide initial training and quality instruction for students wishing to seek entry-level positions in psychology or a graduate degree in the behavioral sciences upon graduation.  Graduates should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the major theories and content areas comprising the foundation of psychology.
  • Actively engage in the process of critically evaluating concepts, theories, research, and applications in the field.
  • Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of cultural factors impacting the field of Psychology according to historical and current issues.
  • 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.
  • Apply the principles of scientific methodology according to human, social, and applied context.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate an understanding and articulate a need for continued professional growth in the field.
  • Understand and articulate the connection between theory, concepts, research and clinical application in the field for current and emerging issues.

General Concentration

The program includes the required general education courses and completion of a core of required psychology courses covering a general foundation stressing the scientific study of human behavior. Additionally, students complete upper-level advanced courses in many disciplines in the field of psychology.

Behavioral Health Concentration

This program includes the required general education courses and completion of a core of required psychology courses covering a broad foundation stressing the scientific study of human behavior. Students will have an opportunity to learn advanced strategies in order to investigate and analyze mental health issues in the field and in the context of an individualized project. This concentration is designed to aid in  the preparation of students pursuing graduate school or entry-level employment in the fireld of mental health.

Experimental/Research Concentration

This program includes the required general education courses and completion of a core of required psychology courses covering a broad foundation stressing the scientific study of human behavior. Students will have an opportunity to learn advanced strategies to investigate and analyze trends in human behavior (e.g., consumers). This concentration will also prepare students to understand the most effective methods of developing assessment strategies through quantitative and qualitative methodology while using multimedia technology. This concentration aids the preparation of students pursuing a career in the areas of Personnel Analyst, Market Researcher, Research Assistant, and those pursuing graduate school in Psychology.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology General Concentration: 180 Credits


Area I General Education Requirements: 64 Credits


Professional Development


Basic Communications


Mathematics and Statistics


Choose two additional courses from the following:

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.

Arts and Humanities


Social and Behavioral Sciences


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


General Track Concentration: 40 Credits


Concentration Electives

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Behavioral Health Concentration: 180 Credits


Area I General Education Requirements: 64-68 Credits


Professional Development


Basic Communications


Mathematics and Statistics


Choose two additional courses from the following:

Note(s):

*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.

Arts and Humanities


Social and Behavioral Sciences


Area II Foundation Requirements: 32 Credits


Choose three courses from the following:


Elective Pool (five courses or 20 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


Behavioral Health Concentration


Choose one additional course from the following:

Concentration Electives

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Experimental/Research Concentration: 180 Credits


Area I General Education Requirements: 64-68 Credits


Professional Development


Basic Communications


Mathematics and Statistics


Choose two additional courses from the following:

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.

Arts and Humanities


Social and Behavioral Sciences


Area II Foundation Requirements: 36 Credits


Elective Pool (five courses or 20 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 Program Requirements: 80 Credits


Experimental/Research Concentration: 36 Credits


Concentration Electives

Note(s):


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