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BA in Psychology

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program in Psychology prepares adults for career change, advancement or graduate education, while providing personal enrichment. The program has a strong focus on psychological principles and research methods, and explores the psychological approaches to various problems in the humanities, social sciences and the life sciences. Students develop a broad general knowledge of the traditional liberal arts disciplines while developing a greater depth of knowledge in psychology.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical concepts, and historical trends in psychology
  • Use the scientific method to examine psychological questions
  • Articulate the importance of values, ethical standards and diversity in psychology
  • Apply psychological principles to personal, social and organizational issues

BA in Psychology Credit Distribution

Subject Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 60
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Literacy
  • Information Literacy
    SOS-110: Critical Information Literacy
B. Civic and Global Learning 9
  • Diversity
  • Ethics
  • Civic Engagement
C. Knowledge of Human Cultures 12
D. Understanding the Physical and Natural World 4-7
E. General Education Electives 17-20
II. Area of Study: Psychology 39
A. Required Courses 30
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Research in Experimental Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • History and Systems of Psychology
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Ethics in the Social Sciences
B. Capstone 3
  • LIB-495 Liberal Arts Capstone
C. Psychology Electives* 
  • Adolescent Psychology
  • Child Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology Relations
  • Group Dynamics
  • Humanistic Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Personality
  • Psychology of Addiction
  • Psychology of Adulthood
  • Psychology of Aging
  • Psychology of Death & Dying
  • Psychology of Learning
  • Psychology of Love & Interpersonal
  • Psychology of Minority Experience
  • Sensation & Perception
  • Tests and Measurements
D. Requirements  
  • Courses transferred to Thomas Edison State University are equated to the following levels: 100, 200, 300 or 400. A minimum of 18 credits equating to 300 or 400 are required.
III. Electives 21
Total Credits 120

*This list is a guide. Other psychology courses may be appropriate for the area of study.

Note 1:
The following TECEP® exam, DANTES DSST exam or Guided Study course may be used as an elective in the psychology area of study.

  • SOS-305-DE Drug and Alcohol Abuse (3 credits)
  • SOS-304-GS Drugs and Society (3 credits)

Note 2: SOS-304-GS Drugs and Society DUPLICATES SOS-305-DE Drug and Alcohol Abuse.

Transfer Your Credit

Have you attended college before? If so, you may be able to transfer credits earned at other regionally accredited colleges or universities. The University also offers a variety of other ways to earn credit – all designed around the needs of adult learners, like you.

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