Psychology Bachelors Degree (BA)
About the Degree
Students who major in psychology can expect a breadth of knowledge about human thoughts and behavior, human development, how people connect with others, and the psychological disorders humans endure. Students will gain such knowledge and understanding through:
- A comprehensive set of core courses in psychology that provide foundational education in Psychology’s major areas.
- An intriguing list of elective courses that allow students to explore more specific, and sometimes novel topics in Psychology.
- A challenging and practical capstone senior course where students can complete their degree with their own research project or a field placed internship.
Graduates of the psychology program think scientifically, speak and write well, respect and appreciate others, and are well-prepared to enter the workforce and or pursue their graduate education.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology will learn:
- Various content areas of psychology, such as the history of psychology, social & personality psychology, abnormal psychology, psychology of religion, and the psychology of intimate relationships.
- How to assess and evaluate theories and critique key psychological concepts as they relate to specific domains of psychological science.
- How to apply basic research methods in psychology, such as formulating hypotheses and collecting real-world data, to evaluate and even conduct their own psychological research.
- How to discuss, critique, and synthesize an understanding of psychological principles and how such knowledge applies to the helping professions.
What Can I Do With a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology?
The following examples represent professional settings in which graduates with a Psychology degree may be hired:
- Advertising, promotions and marketing manager
- Journalism or public relations
- Government worker (e.g., Special agent, Police officer, Probation/Parole officer)
- Human Resources Specialist
- Psychiatric/Behavior Technician
- Lab Assistant
- Social Services Specialist
*Note: The bachelor’s degree with a major in psychology does not prepare the graduate for immediate placement as a professional psychologist. Consequently, students who wish to become professional psychologists must be prepared to do graduate study.
HCU offers a variety of different graduate degrees that prepare students for careers within the field of psychology, including an accelerated 5-year Bachelor of Arts to Master of Arts in Psychology (BA to MAP) that allows a student to start a master’s degree in psychology a full year sooner than the traditional track.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (BA)
|PSYC 1313: General Psychology||3|
|PSYC 2301: Introductory Statistics||3|
|PSYC 2364: Abnormal Psychology||3|
|PSYC 3313: Human Growth and Development||3|
|PSYC 3410: Experimental Psychology||3|
|PSYC 4310: History & Theoretical Systems||3|
|PSYC 4330: Psychology of Learning||3|
|PSYC 4334: Psychology of Religion||3|
|PSYC 4322: Cognitive Psychology OR
PSYC 4353: Physiological Psychology
|PSYC 4332: Social Psychology OR
PSYC 4360: Cultural Psychology
|12 hours from below courses (9 hours of upper levels required)|
|PSYC 2325: Dating and Intimate Relationships
PSYC 2330: Human Sexuality
PSYC 2340: Health Psychology
PSYC 3305: Psychology of Personality
PSYC 4316: Child Psychopathology
PSYC 4323: Theories of Counseling
PSYC 4326: Psychology of Dying, Bereavement & Counseling
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Accelerated BA to MAP (Master of Arts in Psychology)
HCU also offers an accelerated 5-year Bachelor of Arts to Master of Arts in Psychology (BA to MAP) for students who wish to start a masters degree in psychology a full year sooner than the traditional track.
Get Your Psychology Degree Online
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