Sep 25, 2023
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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 will 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.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology: 180 Credits
Area I General Education Requirements: 64 Credits
Mathematics and Statistics
Choose two additional courses from the following:
Natural Sciences (choose two)
*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
Arts and Humanities (choose two)
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
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.
Capstone (choose one, 4 credit hours)