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The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology degree program is intended for students with clearly defined career goals. The program is designed to blend theory and practice in psychological science to enable students to attain foundational knowledge and skills to pursue entry level positions in community mental health centers, group homes, and shelters, human resource departments, and management and business services, or to pursue graduate study in fields such as clinical psychology, counseling, social work, and marriage and family therapy.
Through completion of a dynamic group of psychology core and elective courses, students can choose to prepare for entry-level employment or graduate study. The BA in Psychology degree program is designed to prepare students to begin human services careers in such capacities as entry-level counselor, case manager, human resources administrator, management, and business services, as well as graduate study in fields such as counseling, social work, and marriage and family therapy.
This dynamic program is built around flexible online and blended classes intended to help student complete their degree requirements rapidly.
All students admitted to the BA in Psychology degree program are expected to possess the following basic skills: The ability to use standard written and spoken English effectively; basic calculation skills (pre-algebra) and the ability to use a calculator to perform basic operations.
Students enrolled in the BA in Psychology degree program can choose one of six concentration areas:
- Advanced Studies in Psychology
- Child and Adolescent Studies
- Criminal Justice
- Human Services
- Organizational Psychology
- Substance Abuse
The goal of the program is to build broad, basic understanding of theory and application in psychology. This foundation is designed to provide skills and competencies that apply to many work environments.
- Applicants must provide proof of high school graduation or GED documented by one of the following:
- Official high school transcript
- State issued high school equivalency (home school)
- Official General Educational Development (GED) document
- Official college transcript from a regionally accredited institution or nationally accredited institution approved by the Dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies that shows proof of high school graduation or an appropriately certified foreign institution that shows proof of high school graduation
- Official DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty Form*
- 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 Undergraduate Studies
- 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 .”
*Applies to only those applicants who graduated from high school or earned their GED prior to August 2009.
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
- Application fee (Non-refundable, except in California and Arizona. In the state of Arizona, the application fee is refundable if the application is canceled within three business days of the applicant signing the Enrollment Agreement.
Program Learning Outcomes
Program Outcome One: Critical Thinking
Apply critical and creative thinking skills, skeptical inquiry, and the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
Seek and evaluate scientific evidence for psychological claims.
Program Outcome Two: Research
Apply basic research methods, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation to become informed consumers of research.
Access and select appropriate information from a variety of print and electronic sources and apply them responsibly to written and oral presentations.
Program Outcome Three: Oral and Written Communication Skills
Demonstrate proficiency in presenting psychological concepts orally for various purposes using technology when appropriate.
Present psychological information in writing, using technology, style, and professional conventions as appropriate to the audience.
Program Outcome Four: Values
Justify the necessity of ethical behavior in the science and practice of psychology.
Analyze the complex variations in populations and contexts as related to psychological explanations, and evaluate the importance of diversity in the practice of psychology.
Program Outcome Five: Knowledge Base of Psychology
Explain and analyze major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
Program Outcome Six: Application of Psychology
Apply psychological principles to examine and analyze personal, social, and organizational issues.
Program Outcome Seven: Interpersonal Effectiveness
Justify the importance of effective communication skills in developing strong interpersonal and organizational relationships that are culturally sensitive and respectful of diversity.
Solicit and utilize feedback to develop adaptable strategies of facilitating dynamic interpersonal and organizational relationships.
- Satisfactory completion of all required courses within the program major with a grade of “C-” or better
- Completion of 120 credit hours as follows
- 42 credit hours General Education Curriculum Requirements1
- 33 credit hours Psychology Core Requirements
- 12 credit hours Psychology Elective Requirements2
- 33 credit hours Open Electives3
- Completion of a minimum of 42 credit hours of upper division courses
- Satisfactory completion of all required psychology courses at Argosy University within the core coursework with a grade of “C-” or better
- An Argosy University grade point average of 2.0 or higher
- A completed Petition to Graduate submitted to campus administration
1 The General Education Requirements at Argosy University, Sarasota and Argosy University, Tampa are 45 credit hours. To satisfy these requirements, students choose an additional general education elective. Open Electives Requirements are 10 courses or 30 credit hours. The total credit hours required to complete the program remains the same at 120 credit hours.
2 Students may select an optional concentration that will be applied towards the Psychology Elective Requirements.
3 The Open Electives Requirements are 30 credit hours at Argosy University, Sarasota and Argosy University, Tampa.
The BA in Psychology degree program requires the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours distributed as follows.
General Education Curriculum Requirements (42 credit hours) 4
- 6 credit hours in academic and interpersonal skills4
- 6 credit hours in composition
- 6 credit hours in humanities5
- 6 credit hours in social sciences, including PSY 101 General Psychology 6
- 6 credit hours in natural science
- 6 credit hours in mathematics
- 6 credit hours in elective courses7
4 To satisfy the Academic and Interpersonal Skills requirements, students are required to take ASP 100 Skills for Success and PSY 180 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) transferred in at least 60 semester credit hours of college level course work at the time of admission. Transfer credit is not accepted for either PSY180 Interpersonal Effectiveness or for ASP100 Skills for Success. Academic and Interpersonal Skills requirements are 3 credit hours at Argosy University, Twin Cities and are fulfilled by successful completion of PSY180 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.
5 Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities are required to take 9 credit hours within the humanities category.
6 Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities are required to take 9 credit hours within the social sciences category.
7 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.