B.A. in Psychology

Students in APU’s B.A. and B.S. in psychology programs learn about human behavior and how to help people with their psychological and emotional needs.

48 units

The B.A. in Psychology program helps students learn about human behavior through the development of critical thinking skills, and gives them experience in methods of research and conducting scientific inquiries. Students who complete the program are well equipped to pursue graduate education and/or careers in clinical/counseling areas of psychology and child life, and in a variety of applied psychology and allied areas (e.g., organizational psychology, educational psychology, and social work).

Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology is ideal for students interested in clinical/counseling or other applied areas of psychology. The core requirements (Domain 1) give students grounding in the discipline and an understanding of the basics of human behavior. The career-focus electives (Domain 2) provide students with clear applications of psychology, clustered by common themes and areas of employment. And the applied-learning electives (Domain 3) provide students with internship and/or research experience. 

Prerequisite Courses
Introduction to Statistics 1
Choose one of the following:
Biology and Society (recommended) 2
General Biology I 2
Domain 1: Core Courses27
General Psychology 3, 4
Data Analysis in Psychology
Writing 2: Psychology Subdisciplines and Career Trajectories 5
Abnormal Psychology
Research Methods in Psychology
Writing 3: Senior Seminar in Psychology and Christian Integration 6
Developmental
Choose one of the following:
Human Growth and Development 4
Psychology of Child and Adolescent Development 4
Psychology of Adult Development
Neurocognition
Choose one of the following:
Introduction to Brain and Behavior
Cognition
Psychology of Learning
Neurological and Behavioral Disorders
Sociocultural
Choose one of the following:
Global-Local Cultural Psychology Integration I
and Global-Local Cultural Psychology Integration II
Social Psychology
Multicultural Psychology 7
Domain 2: Career Focus18
Choose any six courses (18 units) from any of the following clusters. A course may be used to meet the requirement of one domain only.
Business and Community Cluster
Global-Local Cultural Psychology Integration I
Global-Local Cultural Psychology Integration II
Social Psychology
Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Psychology of Conflict Management and Mediation
Community Psychology
Multicultural Psychology
Political Psychology 8
Clinical and Counseling Cluster
Introduction to Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor Credentialing
Psychology of Personality
Psychology of Suicide
Group Process
Intervention Strategies with Children
Psychology of the Family
Counseling Theory
Interventions in Counseling
Counseling in the Christian Community
Substance Use Assessment and Interventions
Case Management in Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders
Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
Theories of Counseling and Therapy
Advanced Developmental Psychology
Development and Education Cluster
Human Growth and Development 4
Educational Psychology
Psychology of Child and Adolescent Development 4
Psychology of Adult Development
Psychology of Exceptional Children
Psychosocial Interventions in Pediatric Health Care
Advanced Child Development 9
Family Systems Theory and Applications 9
Theories and Practices of Grief and Loss 9
Introduction to Child Life 9
Coping Strategies for Children Experiencing Stress and Trauma 9
Methods Cluster
History of Psychology
Research Methods II
Research Experience 10
Psychological Testing and Measurement
Theory, Research and Practice in Psychology 9
Experimental Research Methods 9
Non-Experimental Research Methods 9
Analysis of Variance 9
Neurocognition Cluster
Introduction to Brain and Behavior
Cognition
Psychology of Learning
Bilingualism, Biculturalism, and Cognition
Cognitive Neuroscience
Neurological and Behavioral Disorders
Restoring Wholeness Cluster
Sports Psychology
Health Psychology
Psychology of Religion
Drugs, Behavior, and Society 11
Stress and Coping
Domain 3: Applied Learning3
Field Experience 10, 11, 12, 13
Total Units48

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. DISCIPLINARY KNOWLEDGE- Students demonstrate a working knowledge of psychology's content domains, key theories, concepts, principles, themes, and applications of psychology in society.
  2. CRITICAL THINKING, SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY AND EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION- Students demonstrate effective expression of critical thought and scientific inquiry in their engagement with (a) psychology literature, (b) conduct of psychological research, and (c) written, (d) oral, and interpersonal communication.
  3. VALUES AND ETHICS- Students (a) demonstrate knowledge of the APA ethical (a.1) and multicultural ethical (a.2) standards for the practice of psychology and are able to utilize those standards in decision making and actions in scientific inquiry (a.3), sociocultural (a.4), and interpersonal contexts (a.5). Students (b) articulate and behaviorally express values that build and enhance interpersonal relationships and community engagement at local, multicultural, and cross cultural levels.
  4. APPLICATION TO VOCATION- Students demonstrate the ability to utilize and apply psychological knowledge and professional skills to: (a) develop vocational post-baccalaureate goals, (b) work collaboratively with diverse others, (c) serve others needs, (d) self-regulate and manage projects successfully, and (e) solve increasingly complex problems.
  5. FAITH INTEGRATION- Students demonstrate skill in the integration of Christian faith and theology with the science of psychology as it relates to the nature and content of: humanity (F1), knowledge (F2), values and ethics (F3), and vocational and spiritual formation (F4).