Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

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The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program offers a comprehensive introduction to the contemporary discipline of psychology. Graduates of this program are well prepared to seek employment in personnel, vocational counseling, criminal justice, journalism, or entry-level counseling in the context of a county-funded agency or hospital. They are also prepared to seek admission to graduate programs at the master s or doctoral level.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Articulate major theories, concepts, and historical trends in psychology.
  • Explain behavior, cognition, and emotion from multiple schools of thought and multicultural perspectives.
  • Identify a problem in psychology, examine available evidence, analyze assumptions, and apply research methods to solve the problem. This includes the ability to interpret numbers and apply basic statistical procedures.
  • Write papers in psychology using different literary formats, e.g., narrative, exposition, critical analysis, and APA format.
  • Perform information searches relevant to psychology and organize and evaluate the soundness of the information.
  • Use current technologies in both research and communication.


To receive a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree, students must complete at least 180 quarter units as articulated below, 76.5 units of which must be completed at the upper-division level, 45 units which must be completed in residence at National University and a minimum 70.5 units of the University General Education requirements. The following courses are specific degree requirements. In the absence of transfer credit, students may need to take additional general electives to satisfy the total units for the degree. Students should refer to the section on undergraduate admission procedures for specific information on admission and evaluation.
Students in the undergraduate psychology program will complete a portfolio. Each portfolio is comprised of specific artifacts completed and collected by the candidate via signature assignments throughout their program. The portfolio is submitted at the onset of Senior Project and is used to inform the candidate of their strengths and weaknesses upon entering the capstone course.
Preparation for the Major (2 courses; 9 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):
Requirements for the Major (11 courses; 49.5 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):
Upper-Division Electives (5 courses; 22.5 quarter units)
Students not pursuing a minor must choose five Upper-Division Electives from following:
  • BIO 420 Animal Behavior
  • BIS 301 Intro. to Interdisciplinary Studies
  • CJA 440 Gangs in America
  • CJA 431 Criminology
  • CJA 448 Violence in America
  • HUB 400 Group Structure and Dynamics
  • HUB 401 Conflict Resolution
  • HUB 410 Psychology for Managers
  • HUB 420 Human Communication
  • HUB 440 Organizational Development
  • HUB 500 Cross-Cultural Dynamics
  • PSY 302 Foundation of Sport Psychology
  • PSY 340A Counseling Techniques I
  • PSY 431 Psychological Testing
  • PSY 445 Applied Sport Psychology
  • PSY 446 Positive Psychology
  • PSY 454 Psychology of Religion
  • PSY 455 Psychology of Bereavement
  • PSY 457 Forensic
  • Psychology PSY 458 Health
  • Psychology SOC 344 Marriage, Sex, and the Family
  • SOC 443 Sociology of Deviance
  • SOC 445 Contemporary Social Problems

Other electives must be approved by the department chair or regional full-time or associate faculty. Students may not take PSY 301 as an Upper-Division Elective.