The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at St. Edward’s prepares you to delve deeply into the causes of human behavior. You’ll develop insights and core skills that translate to nearly every professional setting, including education, sales, human resources, marketing, research and social services.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
As a BA in Psychology major, you’ll learn about psychological facts and theories and how to conduct in-depth research to gain a scientific understanding of human behavior. You’ll also focus on treatments for a spectrum of psychological disorders.
Analytical and problem-solving skills, communicating with clarity and empathy, and a desire to understand what makes people tick are valuable qualities for students pursuing this field. Students are encouraged to pursue for-credit internships, including organizations that provide grief support and counseling, training for new parents, resources for at-risk youth, hospice care and other services. Our students have worked in schools, community centers and nonprofit organizations.
With this diverse degree, graduates might work in human or social services, or even in business. Professional paths include positions as a case manager for a social service agency, a career counselor for students at a university, a researcher of consumer behavior for a marketing firm, and a manager of a daycare center for children.
Graduate studies typically are required for career advancement in psychology. Our graduates frequently continue their studies and pursue fields such as counseling, social work and human resources.
For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the New College Bulletin (course catalog).
REQUIRED COURSES FOR MAJOR (31 CREDIT HOURS):
• General Psychology
• Human Growth and Development
• Theories of Personality
• Social Psychology
• Experimental Psychology
• Abnormal Psychology
• Behavioral Neuroscience or Learning and Cognition
• Independent Research
• History and Systems of Psychology
CAREER EMPHASIS (9 CREDIT HOURS):
Choose electives in Psychology to prepare for a career in Psychology; at least 3 hours must be upper division.
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES (UP TO 39 CREDIT HOURS)
MISSION COURSES (UP TO 13 CREDIT HOURS)
Consult an admission coordinator for credit transfer options.