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 in the BA in Psychology degree program can choose one of five concentration areas: Advanced Studies in Psychology 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 and meet one of the following conditions:
ACT Composite score of 18 or above, or
Combined Math and Critical Reading SAT score of 870, or
Minimum High School or College GPA as follows:
For students with 12 or fewer college credits, cumulative High School GPA of 2.0 or above
For students with 13 or more college credits, cumulative College GPA of 2.0 or above
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, ÒEnglish Language Proficiency Policy.Ó
Applicants with lower grade point averages and scores on ACT or SAT will be admitted and assigned ÒAcademic/Financial Aid WarningÓ in accordance with Argosy UniversityÕs Standards for Satisfactory Progress.
Other Admission Requirements
Proof of high school graduation 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, or an appropriately certified foreign institution that shows proof of high school graduation
Proof of high school graduation or earned college degree
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.
Official transcripts from all postsecondary schools attended*
Proof of high school graduation or GED or college degree from a regionally accredited institution or nationally accredited institution approved and documented by the faculty and dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies
*Students admitted on the basis of their high school GPA need only submit official transcripts for coursework they wish to have considered for transfer credit.
Program Learning Outcomes
Program Outcome One: Critical Thinking
Apply critical and creative thinking, 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
Present 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 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
Analyze 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 ÒC-Ó 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 ÒC-Ó 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 associateÕs degree from a regionally accredited institution or 2) successfully completed 60 semester credit hours of college level course work. Transfer credit is not accepted for PSY180 Interpersonal Effectiveness. 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.
Psychology Core Requirements (33 credit hours)
All students in the BA in Psychology degree program must complete eleven psychology core courses or 33 credit hours.
Psychology Core Requirements Ñ Students Are Required to Take the Following
PSY210 - Psychological Statistics (3)
PSY260 - Child and Adolescent Development (3)
PSY302 - Research Methods (3)
PSY310 - Social Psychology (3)
PSY350 - Physiological Psychology (3)
PSY362 - Personality Theories (3)
PSY363 - Cognitive Psychology (3)
PSY381 - Abnormal Psychology (3)
PSY405 - Interviewing Techniques (3)
PSY430 - Ethics in Psychology (3)
PSY492 - Advanced General Psychology (3)
Psychology Core Requirements Ñ 33 Credit Hours
Psychology Electives Requirements (12 credit hours)
Students are required to complete four psychology electives, or 12 credit hours. Students may select one of the optional concentrations that will be applied to this requirement.
Psychology Electives Requirements Ñ Students Choose Four of the Following
PSY230 - Psychology in the Community (3)
PSY250 - Writing in Psychology (3)
PSY270 - Careers in Psychology (3)
PSY301 - Children and Violence (3)
PSY304 - Human Sexuality (3)
PSY307 - Adulthood and Aging (3)
PSY312 - Diversity (3)
PSY313 - Psychology of Gender (3)
PSY382 - Positive Psychology (3)
Psychology Electives Course Requirements Ñ 12 Credit Hours
PSY-prefix courses listed under the Concentration Requirements may be taken to fulfill the Psychology Electives Requirements.
Optional Concentration Requirements
Students may select a concentration that will be applied towards the fulfillment of the Psychology Elective 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 an optional concentration in Advanced Studies in Psychology, Criminal Justice, Human Services, Organizational Psychology, or 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 RequirementsÐStudents Are Required to Take the Following
PSY383 - Learning and Behavior (3)
PSY384 - Sensation and Perception (3)
PSY415 - Psychological Assessment (3)
PSY450 - History and Systems of Psychology* (3)
Advanced Studies in Psychology Concentration RequirementsÐ12 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 Ñ Students Are Required to Take the Following
PSY303 - Introduction to Crime and Causes (3)
PSY422 - Forensic Psychology (3)
PSY494 - Substance Abuse Treatment in the Criminal Justice System (3)
PSY498 - Psychology and the Criminal Mind (3)
Criminal Justice Concentration Requirements Ñ 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 RequirementsÐStudents Are Required to Take the Following
PSY370 - Introduction to Addiction and Addictive Behavior (3)
PSY383 - Learning and Behavior (3)
PSY400 - Counseling Theories (3)
PSY499 - Psychology Field Experience and Seminar (3)
Human Services Concentration RequirementsÐ12 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 Ñ Students Are Required to Take the Following
MGT411 - Human Resource Management (3)
BUS381 - Solutions-Focused Leadership (3)
PSY320 - Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3)
PSY415 - Psychological Assessment (3)
Organizational Psychology Concentration Requirements Ñ 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 of substance abuse/dependency counselors.
Substance Abuse Concentration Requirements Ñ Students Are Required to Take the Following
PSY370 - Introduction to Addiction and Addictive Behavior (3)
PSY481 - Substance Abuse and the Family (3)
PSY496 - Substance Abuse Assessment (3)
PSY497 - Substance Abuse Treatment (3)
Substance Abuse Concentration Requirements Ñ 12 Credit Hours
Open Electives (33 credit hours)
Students take 11 courses or 33 credit hours from any area, although they are encouraged to develop a broad understanding of the social sciences.
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 ASP 100 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.