Psychology

Bachelor's Degree in Psychology

Overview

The goal of the BA in Psychology program is for you to build a broad understanding of social sciences theory and the application of these theories in real-world work environments. Our faculty teaches you the skills and competencies required to launch your career.

The BA in Psychology degree can also prepare you for graduate study in psychology fields such as counseling, social work, and marriage and family therapy. Our curriculum is complementary to the master's and doctoral degree programs in the College of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences at Argosy University.

Gainful Employment Information

Concentrations

In the BA in Psychology degree program, you may choose a concentration in:

  • Advanced Studies in Psychology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Human Services
  • Organizational Psychology
  • Substance Abuse
  • Child and Adolescent Studies

Course List

General Education Curriculum Requirements (42 Credit Hours)

Students enrolled in the BA in Psychology degree program are required to successfully complete fourteen general education courses (42 credit hours)4 distributed as follows:

  • 6 credit hours in academic and interpersonal skills5
  • 6 credit hours in communications, including ENG101 - Composition I and ENG210 - Writing in the Social and Behavioral Sciences 
  • 6 credit hours in humanities6
  • 6 credit hours in social sciences, including PSY101 - General Psychology 7
  • 6 credit hours in natural sciences
  • 6 credit hours in mathematics, including MAT210 - Statistics in the Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • 6 credit hours in elective courses8
Notes

4The General Education Curriculum requirements at Argosy University, Sarasota and Argosy University, Tampa are 45 credit hours.

5 To satisfy the Academic and Interpersonal Skills requirements, students are required to take ASP100 - Skills for Success and COM180 - Interpersonal Effectiveness during the first semester of attendance. The requirement to take ASP100 Skills for Success will be waived for students who are admitted with a CGPA of 2.0 and who have either 1) completed an associate's degree from a regionally accredited institution or 2) successfully completed at least 60 semester credit hours of college level coursework. Transfer credit is not accepted for either course. Exceptions to this policy may occur in the case of established course equivalencies with institutions that have a transfer or articulation agreement with Argosy University. Academic and Interpersonal Skills requirements are 3 credit hours at Argosy University, Twin Cities and are fulfilled by successful completion of COM180 Interpersonal Effectiveness. Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities who are required to take ASP100 Skills for Success apply this course towards the Open Electives requirements. Arkansas residents who are enrolled in bachelor's degree programs offered through Argosy University Online Programs are not required to take ASP100 Skills for Success and COM180 Interpersonal Effectiveness.

6 Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities are required to take 9 credit hours within the humanities category.

7 Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities are required to take 9 credit hours within the social sciences category.

8 Students at Argosy University, Sarasota and Argosy University, Tampa are required to take 9 credit hours of general education elective courses. Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities are required to take 3 credit hours general education elective courses. Students who receive a waiver for ASP100 Skills for Success take an additional 3 credit hours of general education elective courses as follows. Students at all campuses except Argosy University, Sarasota, Argosy University, Tampa, and Argosy University, Twin Cities take 9 credit hours of general education elective courses. Students at Argosy University, Sarasota and Argosy University, Tampa take 12 credit hours of general education elective courses. Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities apply ASP100 Skills for Success towards the open elective requirements of their selected degree program, and therefore their general education elective requirements are not impacted by the course waiver.

Psychology Core Requirements (33 Credit Hours)

Students enrolled in the BA in Psychology degree program are required to successfully complete eleven psychology core courses (33 credit hours).

Psychology Core Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

PSY212 - Career Choices in Psychology
(3)

(3)

PSY302 - Research Methods
(3)

(3)

PSY310 - Social Psychology
(3)

(3)

PSY316 - Child and Adolescent Development
(3)

(3)

PSY350 - Physiological Psychology
(3)

(3)

PSY362 - Personality Theories
(3)

(3)

PSY363 - Cognitive Psychology
(3)

(3)

PSY381 - Abnormal Psychology
(3)

(3)

PSY405 - Interviewing Techniques
(3)

(3)

PSY430 - Ethics in Psychology
(3)

(3)

PSY492 - Advanced General Psychology
(3)

(3)

Psychology Core Requirements—33 Credit Hours

 

Psychology Electives Requirements (12 Credit Hours)

Students enrolled in the BA in Psychology degree program are required to successfully complete four psychology elective courses (12 credit hours). Students may select one of the optional concentrations that will be applied to this requirement.

Psychology Electives Requirements — Students Choose Four of the Following

 

PSY230 - Psychology in the Community
(3)

(3)

PSY250 - Writing in Psychology
(3)

(3)

PSY301 - Children and Violence
(3)

(3)

PSY303 - Introduction to Crime and Causes
(3)

(3)

PSY304 - Human Sexuality
(3)

(3)

PSY307 - Adulthood and Aging
(3)

(3)

PSY308 - Abnormal Child and Adolescent Psychology
(3)

(3)

PSY309 - Psychology of Exceptional Children
(3)

(3)

PSY311 - Child, Family, and Community Relationships
(3)

(3)

PSY312 - Diversity
(3)

(3)

PSY313 - Psychology of Gender
(3)

(3)

PSY320 - Industrial/Organizational Psychology
(3)

(3)

PSY370 - Introduction to Addiction and Addictive Behavior
(3)

(3)

PSY382 - Positive Psychology
(3)

(3)

PSY383 - Learning and Behavior
(3)

(3)

PSY384 - Sensation and Perception
(3)

(3)

PSY400 - Counseling Theories
(3)

(3)

PSY415 - Psychological Assessment
(3)

(3)

PSY422 - Forensic Psychology
(3)

(3)

PSY450 - History and Systems of Psychology
(3)

(3)

PSY481 - Substance Abuse and the Family
(3)

(3)

PSY494 - Substance Abuse Treatment in the Criminal Justice System
(3)

(3)

PSY496 - Substance Abuse Assessment
(3)

(3)

PSY497 - Substance Abuse Treatment
(3)

(3)

PSY498 - Psychology and the Criminal Mind
(3)

(3)

PSY499 - Psychology Field Experience and Seminar
(3)

(3)

Psychology Electives Requirements—12 Credit Hours

 

Optional Concentration Requirements (12 Credit Hours)

Students enrolled in the BA in Psychology degree program may select a concentration that will be applied towards the fulfillment of the psychology electives requirements. The primary goal of the psychology concentration is to help students gain the knowledge, skills, and competencies in a specific area of study.

Students may choose to complete one of the following optional concentrations:

  • Advanced Studies in Psychology
  • Child and Adolescent Studies
  • Criminal Justice
  • Human Services
  • Organizational Psychology
  • Substance Abuse
Advanced Studies in Psychology Concentration Requirements

The Advanced Studies in Psychology concentration offers coursework for students interested in pursuing graduate study in psychology and related fields, such as counseling and social work. In addition to the four required courses, other courses offered by Argosy University may also assist students in building the foundation for advanced coursework.

Advanced Studies in Psychology Concentration Requirements–Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

PSY383 - Learning and Behavior
(3)

(3)

PSY384 - Sensation and Perception
(3)

(3)

PSY415 - Psychological Assessment
(3)

(3)

PSY450 - History and Systems of Psychology
(3)

(3)

Advanced Studies in Psychology Concentration Requirements–12 Credit Hours

 

Child and Adolescent Studies Concentration Requirements

The Child and Adolescent Studies concentration offers coursework for students seeking an in-depth understanding of the psychological development of children and teens. Students will have the opportunity to examine psychological theory and practice, as well as socio-cultural influences related to typical and exceptional development from infancy through adolescence. This concentration is designed to provide knowledge necessary for graduates to seek entry-level positions in a variety of human services settings and may also assist students in pursuing advanced coursework in areas related to developmental psychology such as clinical/school psychology, counseling, social work, or education.

Child and Adolescent Studies Concentration Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

PSY301 - Children and Violence
(3)

(3)

PSY308 - Abnormal Child and Adolescent Psychology
(3)

(3)

PSY309 - Psychology of Exceptional Children
(3)

(3)

PSY311 - Child, Family, and Community Relationships
(3)

(3)

Child and Adolescent Studies Concentration Requirements—12 Credit Hours

 

Criminal Justice Concentration Requirements

The Criminal Justice concentration offers coursework for students interested in the causes, treatment, and impact of crime on communities. Students examine psychological perspectives on the offender, including the history and theories of criminal justice. Policies and procedures of criminal justice, legal, and mental health settings will also be explored. Students also have the opportunity to learn about effective treatment approaches that are effective with offenders, particularly substance abuse treatment.

Criminal Justice Concentration Requirements — Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

PSY303 - Introduction to Crime and Causes
(3)

(3)

PSY422 - Forensic Psychology
(3)

(3)

PSY494 - Substance Abuse Treatment in the Criminal Justice System
(3)

(3)

PSY498 - Psychology and the Criminal Mind
(3)

(3)

Criminal Justice Concentration Requirements — 12 Credit Hours

 

Human Services Concentration Requirements

The primary goal of the Human Services concentration is to help students acquire the knowledge, skills, and competencies they need to seek entry level positions in a variety of mental health and social services organizations such as entry-level counselor, case manager, intake counselor, etc.

Human Services Concentration Requirements–Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

PSY370 - Introduction to Addiction and Addictive Behavior
(3)

(3)

PSY383 - Learning and Behavior
(3)

(3)

PSY400 - Counseling Theories
(3)

(3)

PSY311 - Child, Family, and Community Relationships
(3)

(3)

Human Services Concentration Requirements—12 Credit Hours

 

Organizational Psychology Concentration Requirements

The primary goal of the Organizational Psychology concentration is to help students acquire the knowledge, skills, and competencies they need to seek entry-level management or leadership positions in a variety of organizations.

Organizational Psychology Concentration Requirements — Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

BUS320 - 21st Century Leadership and Beyond
(3)

(3)

MGT411 - Human Resource Management
(3)

(3)

PSY320 - Industrial/Organizational Psychology
(3)

(3)

PSY415 - Psychological Assessment
(3)

(3)

Organizational Psychology Concentration Requirements — 12 Credit Hours

 

Substance Abuse Concentration Requirements

The primary goal of the Substance Abuse concentration is to help students acquire the knowledge, skills, and competencies they need to seek entry-level positions in substance abuse counseling settings. In addition to the four required courses, other courses offered by Argosy University may be required on individual campuses to meet specific state regulations for licensure or certification of substance abuse/dependency counselors. It is the student’s responsibility to determine the requirements for professional licensure/certification for the state in which they wish to practice. Students interested in pursuing professional opportunities as a substance abuse/dependency counselor should contact that state’s department of professional regulation for information. Licensure or certification requirements for one state may not meet the requirements in another state.

Substance Abuse Concentration Requirements — Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

PSY370 - Introduction to Addiction and Addictive Behavior
(3)

(3)

PSY481 - Substance Abuse and the Family
(3)

(3)

PSY496 - Substance Abuse Assessment
(3)

(3)

PSY497 - Substance Abuse Treatment
(3)

(3)

Substance Abuse Concentration Requirements — 12 Credit Hours

 

Open Electives (33 Credit Hours)

Students enrolled in the BA in Psychology degree program are required to successfully complete eleven courses (33 credit hours) to fulfill the open electives requirements. Students may select courses from any area listed under Section Twelve, Undergraduate Course Listings, although they are encouraged to develop a broad understanding of the social sciences.

Students may be eligible to complete select graduate courses to fulfill some of his/her undergraduate electives. To qualify to take graduate courses, the student must apply and be accepted in the Master's Accelerated Plan (MAP); application criteria include a CGPA of at least 3.0, successful completion of a minimum of 60 credit hours toward the bachelor's degree, and approval from the College Dean. If approved, students may take up to 24 graduate credit hours in an area of interest (see list below). Upon completion of the bachelor's degree, the student may apply to the master's program associated with the area of interest listed below. If accepted, the elective courses completed with a grade of B- or better as an undergraduate student may transfer into the graduate degree. 

  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology (up to 18 credit hours may apply)
  • Master of Arts in Industrial Organizational Psychology (up to 18 credit hours may apply)
  • *Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (up to 24 credit hours may apply)
  • Master of Science in Human Resource Management (up to 15 credit hours may apply)
  • Master of Science in Human Services (up to 18 credit hours may apply)
  • Master of Public Health (up to 18 credit hours may apply)

*Note: MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling courses are offered in a 7.5 week form only.

Note

The Open Electives requirements at Argosy University, Sarasota and Argosy University, Tampa are 10 courses or 30 credit hours.

Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities apply ASP100 - Skills for Success towards the Open Electives Requirements. Students who receive a waiver for ASP100 Skills for Success may select a different course to apply towards the Open Electives requirements.

Admissions Requirements

  • Applicants must provide proof of high school graduation or GED documented by one of the following:
    • Official or unofficial high school transcript (except in Georgia and Tennessee)
    • High School diploma (except in Georgia and Tennessee)
    • State issued high school equivalency (home school) (except California)
    • Official General Educational Development (GED) document
    • Official Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) document
    • Official High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) document
    • Official college transcript from a regionally accredited institution or nationally accredited institution approved by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences that shows proof of high school graduation or an appropriately certified foreign institution that shows proof of high school graduation

-OR-

  • Official college transcript from a completed associate's degree from a regionally accredited institution or nationally accredited institution approved by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
  • A minimum score on an Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, English Language Proficiency Policy.

Other Admission Requirements

All applications for admission must be submitted to the Admissions Department. An admissions representative will help interested applicants complete the following required documentation:

  • Complete Application for Admission Form