Is a Psychology Major for Me?

Are you fascinated by the human mind? Consider a future in psychology! The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology major focuses on an essential and fundamental understanding of major elements in the field of psychology: the science of mental function and behavior.

Whether you complete your studies in the classroom or choose to earn an online psychology degree, this program will teach you to evaluate psychological theories and research while examining ethical issues in the practical application of psychological theories. Enrich your skills and abilities in organizational life and choose to pursue employment in an organizational role including but not limited to:

  • Intake worker
  • Child care worker
  • Mental health worker
  • Social service worker
  • Administrative support personnel

Do you want to go to an accredited school for an online psychology degree? Southwestern College is here for you. Our Bachelor of Arts in Psychology major is designed for individuals who wish to study the function of the mind and complete a general degree in psychology or prepare for an advanced degree in psychology.

Program Outcomes

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology major focuses on an essential and fundamental understanding of the major elements in the field of psychology. Learners in this major will evaluate psychological theories and research while examining ethical issues in the practical application of psychological theories. Individuals enrolled in this major can enrich their skills and abilities in organizational life and choose to pursue employment in a variety of organizational roles, including but not limited to, intake workers, child care workers, social service workers, and administrative support personnel. The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology major is designed for individuals who wish to complete a general degree in psychology or prepare for an advanced degree in psychology.

Program Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate breadth and depth of key concepts and generally accepted theories, research, and practical applications in psychology (such as human development, cognition, psychological disorders, learning, history and theories, emotions, and personality).
  2. Describe the skills necessary for competency in understanding and working with people, including personality types and roles of psychology professionals applicable to preparation for a career in psychology related fields.
  3. Apply critical thinking to the completion of class projects and assignments associated with the field of psychology
  4. Show an understanding of how to effectively lead people in complex environments.
  5. Craft documents that showcase an understanding of the use of technological tools related to the field of psychology.
  6. Explain and understanding of ethical reasoning in the application of psychological theories and practices.
  7. Prepare documents using effective written communication.

Required and Core Courses

Foundation Courses

CORE101 Developing Academic and Professional Strengths
CORE110 Information Literacy
ENGL101 Composition I
ENGL102 Composition II
COM 125 Speech
Mathematics Requirement*
HUM 201 Ethics
COM 301 Professional Communication

Disciplinary Perspective Courses

Humanities (6 credits)
Natural Sciences/Mathematics (4 credits)
Social Sciences (6 credits)

Required Prerequisites

MASC110 Statistics & Probability
PSY 110 General Psychology

Required Major Courses

PSY 252 Developmental Psychology
PSY 262 Social Psychology
PSY 332 Biological Foundations of Psychology
PSY 352 Cognition
PSY 362 Personality Theories
PSY 400 Psychological Research methods
PSY 410 Emotion
PSY 420 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 430 History & Systems of Psychology
PSY 440 Psychological Assessment
CAPS495 Senior Capstone

* MASC110 Statistics & Probability, or MASC115 College Algebra, or more advanced college credit bearing mathematics course requiring college algebra or higher as a prerequisite

Course Descriptions

PSY 110 General Psychology

This course explores major perspectives, principles, theories, and methods that govern the study of mental processes and behaviors. Learners will trace psychology’s historical roots, scientific basis, and major perspectives and consider contemporary and historical theories of how biological, cognitive, and environmental factors underlie and influence human development, sensation and perception, consciousness, intelligence, and social dynamics. Learners will also examine the theories and processes essential to learning, memory, motivation, and personality, identify psychological disorders and their treatments, and discuss application of psychological principles to everyday experiences and real-life examples.

MASC110 Statistics and Probability

This course acquaints learners with the tools and major components of statistics. Learners will apply technology to analyze data. The course also includes the foundational terminology and practices used in contemporary statistics, such as data collection, metrics, score interpretation, and experimental design. Additionally, this course will promote the skills that learners need to be able to take information from the world around them and use it to make sound decisions based on solid evidence.

PSY 252 Developmental Psychology

Learners will gain a basic understanding of the biosocial, cognitive, and psychosocial development in humans from birth through adolescence, with an additional emphasis on young adult through death. Prerequisite PSY 110

PSY 262 Social Psychology

The course explores the social factors in behavior of individuals and groups, including attitudes, leadership, and personality and culture. Prerequisite PSY 110

PSY 332 Biological Foundations of Psychology

The course offers an introduction to the study of the anatomy, physiology, and function of the nervous and endocrine systems, and their relationship to psychological issues. Prerequisite PSY 110

PSY 352 Cognition

This course covers the psychological study of attention, pattern recognition, memory, language, reasoning, problem solving, and creativity. Prerequisite PSY 110

PSY 362 Personality Theories

The course provides an in-depth examination of the contemporary approaches to the psychological study of personality. Prerequisite PSY 110

PSY 400 Psychology Research Methods

The course is designed to provide learners the opportunity to study the theory and methodology of psychological research design, execution, and presentation of scientific research in psychology. Prerequisites PSY 110 and MASC110.

PSY 410 Emotion

The course offers a survey of the major historical and contemporary theories of human emotion, including biological, developmental, cognitive, and social perspectives. Prerequisite PSY 110

PSY 420 Abnormal Psychology

The course provides an introduction to personality disorders and major psychiatric disorders. The emphasis of the course is on theories of pathology and treatment. Prerequisite PSY 110

PSY 430 History & Systems of Psychology

The course is a study of the evolution of psychology as a science through an examination of philosophical and physiological history, major systems and schools of thought, and contemporary approaches. Prerequisite PSY 110

PSY 440 Psychological Assessment

The course offers an examination of classic and current theories and methods of psychological assessment, including personality assessment, interviewing, projective techniques, and observation and behavioral techniques. Prerequisite PSY 110

CAPS 495 Senior Capstone

This course is for human resource development, psychology, and strategic leadership majors. Learners will be required to develop a portfolio project that demonstrates their knowledge, presentation of evidence and artifacts from their major courses as well as recent research relevant to their specific program outcomes. The purpose of the final portfolio project is to document learner achievement and to ensure learning outcomes are met. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all major courses.

All classes are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

Admission Requirements

Entering learners must have earned at least 6 college credits from previous college coursework or ACE evaluated military training, a GPA of 2.0, and have three years of work experience. Transfer hours accepted for Professional Studies admittance should include English Composition I and II, and mathematics (college algebra preferred). These courses may be considered in transfer or completed at Southwestern College.

Contact a program representative to evaluate your options.

Graduation Requirements

A total of 124 credit hours must be earned to graduate. You must have at least 60 credit hours from a four-year university or college and at least 30 hours from Southwestern College (does not include prior learning experience credits). Of the 30 hours required from Southwestern, 15 of the last 30 hours earned toward your degree must be at Southwestern College. Contact your Academic Success Coach for more information.

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