Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
With a curriculum designed to adhere to American Psychological Association (APA) Standards, our Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree program will prepare you for a career in a variety of fields—from human resources and health care to sales, education, and customer service. The mission of our BA Program in Psychology degree program is to impart a broad knowledge of psychology and the skills you will need to work with people in diverse settings.
Our graduates have found careers in such areas as Adult and Elderly Care; Children and Youth; Community Advocacy, Referral, and Social Services; Criminal Justice and Law; Education; Drug, Alcohol, and Chemical Dependency; Mental Health; Mental Retardation; Graduate and Professional School. A BA in Psychology degree also opens the door for an advanced degree in psychology and many other fields.
To help you succeed in this academically rigorous program, our social science faculty will provide academic advising and registration completion assistance for all BA in Psychology students accepted to upper-level courses for the program. Advisors will be available Monday-Saturday during registration prior to the beginning of each semester.
Acceptance Requirements to the BA in Psychology Program and Upper-Level Courses:
- Completion of the College’s General Core Curriculum requirements in English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Sciences with:
- Cumulative GPA of 2.0 with a grade of “C” or better in all coursework attempted;
- A grade of “B” or better in ENG 162 (Composition II), ENG 165 (Speech), and a grade of “C” or better in MAT 225 (Introductory Statistics);
- Submission of a formal application, including a 300-word statement explaining the student’s interest in the program and professional goals;
- Submission of two letters of recommendation.
Practicum in Psychology
As a student in the BA in Psychology program, you will be required to complete a Field Experience Practicum during the 16-week course PSY 450 Senior Seminar. As part of this hands-on experience, you will learn and apply skills during a semester of structured practicum experiences—completing 200 hours of supervised experience during your senior seminar (PSY 450) in locations approved by a faculty advisor. Practicum courses involve some classroom time in which students will discuss ethics, share learning experiences, and review skill development and proficiency.
Empowered to Succeed
As a graduate of the BA in Psychology program, you will be prepared to:
- Demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings to discuss how psychological principles apply to behavioral problems.
- Respect and use critical thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes. Use reasoning to recognize, develop, defend, and criticize arguments and other persuasive appeals.
- Recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity. Interact effectively and sensitively with people of diverse abilities, backgrounds, and cultural perspectives.
- Communicate effectively and demonstrate writing skills in various formats (e.g., essays, correspondence, technical papers, note taking) and for various purposes (e.g., informing, defending, explaining, persuading, arguing, teaching effective oral communication skills in various formats (e.g., group discussion, debate, lecture) and for various purposes. Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication skills.
- Apply psychological content and skills to career goals; exhibit self-efficacy and self-regulation; refine project management skills; enhance teamwork capacity; and develop meaningful professional direction for life after graduation.
*The above 5 program outcomes reflect the 5 learning goals identified in the APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major-Version 2.0 (2012).
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BA in Psychology FAQ:
Q: How long is the Bachelor Degree in Psychology Degree Program?
A: This is a typical 4 year program, compiled of 120 total credit hours that can be taken at your leisure.
Q: Can I get my BA in Psychology degree online?
A: Yes! The Psychology Bachelor’s degree program is offered both online and in person. Our online model is a real-time livestream of the courses, so students have the flexibility to to learn completely online, in-person, or a combination of both.
Q: What is the career outlook for BA Psychology Graduates?
A: The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts growth in the field. A degree in Psychology is valued in various business fields, such as Human Resources, behavioral health, sales and customer service. A wide range of jobs and careers await graduates of Psychology, including positions in the following areas:
- Adult and Elderly Care
- Children and Youth
- Community Advocacy
- Referral, and Social Services;
- Criminal Justice and Law
- Drug, Alcohol, and Chemical Dependency
- Mental Health;
- Mental Retardation
- Graduate and Professional School
Our AA in Liberal Arts & Sciences degree curriculum* with a Psychology concentration lays the foundation for a career in psychology, providing you with an understanding of key psychological concepts. There is a wide range of professional paths available in the field of psychology, including human resources, business, marketing, and jobs in social services. The Psychology major is often a foundation toward pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in the field.
*The general education core for this degree complies with guidelines of the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI)
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Concentration in Psychology FAQ:
Q: How long is the Associate Degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences with a Psychology Concentration Program?
A: This 2 year Psychology program is compiled of 60 total credit hours that can be taken at your leisure.
Q: Can you get an Associate’s degree in Psychology?
A: St. Augustine College offers a AA degree programs in Liberal Arts & Sciences with seven (7) concentrations, one focusing on Psychology.
The Psychology Concentration in our AA in Liberal arts & Sciences prepares students for milestones after graduation, whether that’s a new career after graduation, or transferring to a Bachelor’s Degree program in liberal arts.