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Our B.A. in Psychology is designed to custom-fit the lives of busy adults across the country. The program's online format allows you to complete your coursework in your home community, empowering you to apply what you’ve learned in your unique context. With dynamic enrollment, you can start any time and earn your degree in as few as two years.

You need to have 60 credits to start this program. Your enrollment counselor can help you explore your options for obtaining credits, including taking courses in our associate degree programs.


Fully Online

You'll complete 100% of your coursework online.

Location: Online

Start Dates: Courses start every 6 weeks. Contact your enrollment counselor for details.

Total Credits


Finish in as Few as

2 years


  • Introduction to Psychology (PSYC100)

    Methods, theories, and principal findings of psychological investigation.

    3 credits

  • Lifespan Development (PSYC305)

    Identification of the various stages of life from conception to death. Examination of the perspectives of various developmental theorists and their role in historical, contemporary, and controversial issues. Analysis of the biosocial, cognitive, and psychosocial domains and their contribution to human development while maintaining a focus on individual differences.

    3 credits

  • Social Psychology (PSYC320)

    Exploration of key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in social psychology (including conformity, persuasion, social cognition, attraction, altruism, aggression, prejudice, and group behavior). Applications of social psychological principles to everyday life. Interpret and critique phenomena and controversial topics in social psychology.

    3 credits

  • Introduction to Statistics (PSYC335)

    Introduction to descriptive, correlational, non-parametric, and inferential statistics and the use of research and statistics in society. Perform and interpret statistical analyses. Understand statistical analyses in published research articles.

    3 credits

  • Psychopathology (PSYC340)

    Classification, causes, symptoms, treatment, and identification of various forms of psychopathology. Analysis of faith based and secular perspectives of psychopathology. Survey of some major issues in the study of psychopathology. Critique research in the field of psychopathology.

    3 credits

  • History of Psychology (PSYC360)

    Historical roots of contemporary psychology. Focus is on the influence of historical trends, people, and events including evolution of psychological questions, enduring conflicts, constructs, methods, and issues. Explain major perspectives of psychology. Compare and contrast them with faith perspectives.

    3 credits

  • Disabilities and Giftedness (PSYC370)

    Focus on the development of individuals with disabilities and giftedness from a lifespan perspective. Identification of cognitive, physical, emotional, and sociocultural variables impacting the development of the individual. Critical analysis of psychosocial educational interventions.

    3 credits

  • Motivation and Emotion (PSYC380)

    Explain how biological, environmental, cognitive, emotional, and personal systems interact to initiate and direct human behavior. Evaluate how experimental psychologists study emotional and motivational systems. Identify connections between personal faith and/or beliefs, motivation, and emotion..

    3 credits

  • Research Methods (PSYC400)

    Analysis of standard research methods and designs in psychology. Understanding of empirical research and ethical practices with human subjects from various backgrounds. Evaluation and critique of published research.

    3 credits

  • Principles of Counseling and Psychotherapy (PSYC410H)

    Introduction of major therapy systems, basic counseling techniques, and current ethical issues facing the counseling professions. Analysis of the systems, techniques, and issues from faith-based and secular perspectives.

    3 credits

  • Advanced Psychopathology (PSYC430)

    Analysis of issues pertaining to the nature and occurrence of psychological disorders, including classification, cultural context, developmental considerations, etiology, and treatment. Critical evaluation of contemporary theory and research, including conceptualizations, methodologies, and statistical approaches. Comparison of the perspectives of those affected by mental illness with one’s own perspectives.

    3 credits

  • Families in Cross-Cultural Perspective (PSYC435)

    Introduction to contemporary, historical, and cross-cultural perspectives on diversity. Identification of values and assumptions underlying these systems, roles, and intergenerational relationships within the context of family. Evaluation of the personal impact of theological, cultural, and historical perspectives of diversity of family. Examination of the impact that chemical dependency and mental health issues have on diversity.

    3 credits

  • Introduction to Addictions Counseling (PSYC450)

    Examination of addiction from a variety of perspectives and evaluation of the twelve core functions of an addictions counselor. Description of the process of change in the context of the continuum of care. Cultivation of a personal philosophy around spirituality and addiction.

    3 credits

  • Psychology Internship and Seminar (PSYC480)

    A supervised, applied learning experience in the work world. Includes an online seminar component with students and instructor. Application of psychology to the workplace, personal worldview and careers, emotional intelligence. Development of effective workplace relationships, cultural competence, self-career planning, ethical issues, self-care, work-life balance, job search strategies, and professional development strategies.

    3 credits

  • Senior Seminar (PSYC490)

    An in-depth exploration of a psychological topic of the student’s choosing. Review of foundational issues explored throughout the psychology program.

    3 credits


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