Brittnei P., Class of 2020; Antwan S., Class of 2020 Military Veteran

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Brittnei P. & Antwan S.
Class of 2020 & Class of 2020, Military Veteran
Brittnei P., Class of 2020; Antwan S., Class of 2020 Military Veteran

Understand the Power of the Mind to Help Others

If helping people is your passion, the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program will provide you with a comprehensive introduction to the contemporary discipline of psychology. The online psychology degree program will cover a wide variety of topics like biological psychology, developmental psychology, psychopathology, social psychology, personality theory, and much more. Gain an in-depth understanding of human behavior and valuable critical-thinking skills that will challenge your perspectives on social change, culture, diversity, and the many factors that impact our lives.

Upon graduation, you will be well prepared for a variety of entry-level roles in administration, business, or social services. This program will also help prepare you to enter a psychology graduate program.

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Watch this video to hear from Dr. Brian Tilley from the Psychology Department discuss the BA in Psychology program and what to expect.

Program Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of National University’s BA in Psychology program, you will be able to:

  • 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
  • Perform information searches relevant to psychology and organize and evaluate the soundness of the information
  • Use current technologies in both research and communication
  • Write papers in psychology using different literary formats, e.g., narrative, exposition, critical analysis, and APA format
  • Use current technologies in both research and communication

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National University’s BA in Psychology classes can be completed on-site or online, meaning you won’t have to put your life on hold while working toward your degree. With small class sizes and faculty mentors who bring real-world experience, you’ll gain practical skills that are relevant and applicable in today’s job market.

NU offers four-week classes, so you can focus on one subject at a time, one month at a time and finish your degree faster. Plus, with year-round enrollment, you don’t have to wait to apply and can begin classes as soon as next month. As a military-friendly Yellow Ribbon school, active-duty servicemembers and their immediate family members have access to tuition discounts.

Your desire to help people with their mental health can also open up a variety of career opportunities. There are a wide variety of career options for students graduating with a degree in psychology. Upon earning your Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, continue your psychology education with the Master of Arts in Psychology and Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) programs right here at National University. You may also pursue career opportunities in numerous fields, including psychology, mental health, education, business, health care, social services, human services, public administration, and many others.

Psychology majors can be found in many different professions within the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. A few examples include:

  • Entry-level counseling
  • Academic counselors within educational facilities
  • Career counselors
  • Counselors for at-risk youth
  • Social and community services

*SOURCE: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the internet, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/media-and-communication/home.htm (viewed June 3, 2021)

To receive a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree, you must complete at least 180 quarter units. Of those 180 quarter units, 76.5 units must be completed at the upper division level, 45 units must be completed in residence at National University, and a minimum of 70.5 units must be completed of the University General Education requirements.

In the absence of transfer credit, you may need to take additional general electives to satisfy the total units for the degree.

(2 courses; 9 quarter units)

  • MTH210* Probability and Statistics
    Prerequisite: Accuplacer test placement evaluation or MTH 12A and MTH 12B
  • PSY 100* Introduction to Psychology

*May be used to satisfy general education requirement.

Requirements for the Major

  • (9 courses; 40.5 quarter units)
Course Description
PSY 426 History & Philosophy of Psych – Prerequisite: ENG 100, ENG 101 and PSY 100
PSY 427 Biological Psychology – Prerequisite: ENG 100, ENG 101 and PSY 100
PSY 428 Developmental Psychology – Prerequisite: ENG 100, ENG 101 and PSY 100
PSY 429 Intro to Personality Theory – Prerequisite: ENG 100, ENG 101 and PSY 100
PSY 430
PSY 432 Social Psychology – Prerequisite: ENG 100, ENG 101 and PSY 100
PSY 433 Cognitive Psychology – Prerequisite: ENG 100, ENG 101 and PSY 100
PSY 441 Global Psychology – Prerequisite: PSY 100
HUB 441 Research Design and Analysis – Prerequisite: ENG 100, ENG 101, MTH 210 and PSY 100
CHD 440 Drugs, Values and Society
PSY 480 Senior Project – Prerequisite: All other courses required for the major must be completed prior to enrolling in this course.

OR

PSY 491 Guided Study for Honors Students (variable units) – Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of core courses with a GPA of 3.75 or higher.

Upper-Division Electives

  • (5 courses; 22.5 quarter units)

Students not pursuing a minor must choose five upper-division electives from following:

Course Description
BIO 420
CJA 400 Gangs in America
CJA 431 Criminology
CJA 448 Violence and Society
HUB 400 Group Structure & Dynamics – Prerequisite: ENG 100, ENG 101 and PSY 100
HUB 401 Conflict Resolution – Prerequisite: ENG 100, ENG 101 and PSY 100
HUB 410 Psychology for Managers – Prerequisite: ENG 100, ENG 101 and PSY 100
HUB 420 Human Communication – Prerequisite: ENG 100, ENG 101 and PSY 100
HUB 440 Organizational Development – Prerequisite: ENG 100, ENG 101 and PSY 100
HUB 500 Cross-Cultural Dynamics – Prerequisite: ENG 100, ENG 101 and PSY 100
PSY 302 Foundation of Sport Psychology – Prerequisite: ENG 100, ENG 101 and PSY 100
PSY 340A Counseling Techniques I – Prerequisite: ENG 100, ENG 101 and PSY 100
PSY 431 Psychological Testing – Prerequisite: ENG 100, ENG 101 and PSY 100
PSY 445 Applied Sport Psychology – Prerequisite: ENG 100, ENG 101 and PSY 100
PSY 446 Positive Psychology – Prerequisite: ENG 100, ENG 101 and PSY 100
PSY 454 Psychology of Religion – Prerequisite: PSY 100 with a minimum grade of C and ENG 100 with a minimum grade of C
PSY 455 Psychology of Bereavement – Prerequisite: ENG 100, ENG 101 and PSY 100
PSY 457 Forensic Psychology – Prerequisite: ENG 100 and PSY 100
PSY 458 Health Psychology – Prerequisite: ENG 100, ENG 101 and PSY 100
PSY 469 Human Sexuality
SOC 344 Marriage, Sex and the Family – Prerequisite: ENG 100 and ENG 101
SOC 443 Sociology of Deviance – Prerequisite: ENG 100, ENG 101 and SOC 100
SOC 445 Contemporary Social Problems – Prerequisite: ENG 100 and ENG 101

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.

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FAQs

No, however, a BA in Psychology is a great first step in the process to becoming a psychologist. All psychologists require an advanced degree. Required qualifications for psychologists vary based on individual fields of psychology and state-specific licensing requirements. To become a practicing psychologist, you will also need a master’s and/or doctorate in psychology, along with licensure approval/achievement. Learn more about our Doctor of Clinical Psychology program here.

You can complete your BA in Psychology at NU in as few as 16 months.

No. You need an advanced degree, along with licensure approval, to practice as a psychologist. If that is your career goal, a bachelor’s degree is a first step to learn the foundational concepts of psychology.

To learn more about career opportunities and benefits of a bachelor’s in psychology, read our post on What Can I Do With a Bachelor’s in Psychology? Many professional positions within this field require a master’s or doctoral degree, along with licensure for practitioners.

To learn more about career opportunities and benefits of a bachelor’s in psychology, read our post on What Can I Do With a Bachelor’s in Psychology? Many professional positions within this field require a master’s or doctoral degree, along with licensure for practitioners.

To become a clinical psychologist, you will need graduate degree(s) as well as licensure approval, which can take over eight (8) years to complete.

Like all of our programs, the BA in Psychology program at NU is academically rigorous and requires commitment from each student. However, students are equipped with support and resources to help them succeed.

If you are interested in human behavior or development, psychology might be a good career path for you. A BA in Psychology will give you a foundation of in-depth understanding of human behavior, as well as critical-thinking skills, which can help you to pursue a career in psychology.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of psychologists is projected to grow 3% from 2019-2029, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job prospects should be best for those who have a doctoral degree in an applied specialty.

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Successful completion and attainment of National University degrees do not lead to automatic or immediate licensure, employment, or certification in any state/country. The University cannot guarantee that any professional organization or business will accept a graduate’s application to sit for any certification, licensure, or related exam for the purpose of professional certification.

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