Psychology BA

Total Units Required: 120

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The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology is a rich liberal arts program, giving the students a solid foundation in the scientific study of mind and behavior. The knowledge objectives of our major include the biological bases of human behavior, cognitive and perceptual mechanisms, learning and memory processes, social and cultural influences on behavior, the psychological aspects of human development, analysis and treatment of abnormal behavior, and determinants of personality and health. We also want students to learn about the role of methodology and statistics in psychology by critically evaluating research, designing studies, and statistically analyzing data. The major offers many opportunities to practice and develop professional communication skills by writing professional reports and making oral presentations.

We value studying human behavior from a scientific perspective. We also emphasize the importance of ethical and social responsibility and cultural influences on human behavior in a diverse world. The psychology program is interested in using psychology to help others, emphasizing tolerance for ambiguity, the development of critical thinking skills, and promoting ethical responsibility for professional conduct.

To accomplish these learning goals, the psychology major is a diverse program offering a variety of learning experiences. It requires the completion of two laboratory courses that emphasize student-centered and active learning. All students are required to complete a senior seminar—either in the regular or honors program. We also encourage students to participate in internships and in research with faculty. The major consists of 42 to 44 units, leaving room for majors to add a minor, choose a number of electives, or work on prerequisites for postgraduate plans, giving flexibility for a multitude of career plans.