2019-2020 Catalog

Applied Psychology, Bachelor of Arts

The B.A. in Applied Psychology program is designed to provide a thorough grounding in behavioral science at a practical level that will allow students entry into human services professions. It also prepares students wishing to advance to graduate work in counseling, social work, allied health professions, education or business. With innovative combinations of theory and practice, the curriculum engages students in creating a foundation for making knowledge work in the “real world.” The program provides successful graduates with necessary interpersonal skills, critical thinking abilities, theoretical knowledge, ethical consciousness, cross-cultural competence, and self-awareness to be contributing members of their professional communities.

The Bachelor of Applied Psychology will prepare students to:

  • Articulate models of human behavior and interaction through multiple perspectives.
  • Articulate own beliefs, values, thoughts, and knowledge effectively.
  • Commit to ongoing self-exploration and reflection.
  • Commit to lifelong learning and continuing education.
  • Compare and contrast the major schools of thought in psychology.
  • Develop critical thinking and analytical skills.
  • Develop effective communication skills.
  • Practice written communication that meets the highest professional standards.
  • Take clear personal responsibility for actions and interactions.
  • Understand the central importance of ethical principles in human relations.
  • Work collaboratively with clients, colleagues, supervisors, and other professionals.
  • Work constructively with people of diverse ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, religious beliefs, and socio-economic status.
  • Take clear personal responsibility for actions and interactions.

Total Required Credits (180 Credits)

Required

College Composition

5

College Mathematics***

5

Humanities*

15

Social Sciences*

15

Natural Science/Math*

15

Lower – Division Electives

25

Preparatory Courses

PSY 201Introduction To Psychology (SS)

5

PSY 202Understanding Human Development (SS)

5

*A minimum of two different academic disciplines within each of the areas is required to meet the distributions of Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences/Math.

*** This program requires MATH 107 (Mathematical Reasoning and its Applications) or higher.

Applied Psychology Core (60 Credits)

PSY 240Critical Thinking and Writing Skills in Social Sciences (HU)

5

PSY 209Fundamentals of Research Methods in Social Sciences (NS)

5

PSY 313Ethics (SS)

5

PSY 314Personality Theory (SS)

5

PSY 315Learning Theory (SS)

5

PSY 316Psychology of Difference (SS)

5

PSY 245Introduction to Social Psychology (SS)

5

PSY 411Organizational Behavior (SS)

5

PSY 413Neuropsychology (NS)

5

PSY 220Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology (SS)

5

SOC 412Sociology of the Family (SS)

5

PSY 498Senior Seminar

5

Upper Division Elective (5 Credits)

BAAP Specialized Study (25 Credits)*

The Specialized Study emphasis allows students to frame a degree focus in a specific area consistent with their current or anticipated field of interest or specialization. Students work with their advisor to identify the courses required for the specialized study concentration and document the rationale for the selections. This concentration proposal is subject to approval by the Program Director.

*Credits must be approved by Program Director