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Our B.A. in Psychology program is designed for students with busy lives who want to execute their goals and advance their careers. Featuring convenient schedules, online courses, and hands-on learning experiences, the psychology program will position you well for success in a variety of fields.

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

  • Racial Trauma (PSYC330)

    Review the origins and impact of Racial Trauma on the individual, family, and community. Understand the differences and similarities between personal or psychological trauma, historical trauma, intergenerational trauma, structural and institutional trauma, secondary trauma, and vicarious trauma. Demonstrate ability to recognize signs and symptoms of Race Based Traumatic Stress and make appropriate referral for support services. Explore individual and group or communal approaches to healing strategies for Racial Trauma.

    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

  • The Body's Response to Trauma (PSYC345)

    Demonstrate an ability to critically examine trauma's effect on the human brain. Explain how traumatic memories are stored in the brain. Examine the Fight/flight/freeze response and polyvagal theory. Explore the mind/body/spirit connections of trauma and what is dissociation. Describe repressed memory.

    3 credits

  • Trauma-Informed Care (PSYC350)

    Research therapeutic trends including PTSD in the Military. Demonstrate an ability to critically examine somatic experiencing. Discuss spiritual healing. Investigate the mental health crisis. Explore issues with cognitive behavior therapy and exposure therapy.

    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

  • 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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