Online B.A. in Psychology


Program Description

The online bachelor's completion program provides students with the opportunity to complete their undergraduate degree at one of the nation’s leading institutions dedicated to the study of psychology and behavioral health via a flexible online program that does not interfere with employment or family commitments. The Chicago School's online program is unique in that it provides students with a pathway towards graduate education opportunities that will allow them to further their professional growth in the field of psychology.

Ideal for adult learners completing their education, students who have completed their Associate’s degree at a regionally accredited institution, or students who have finished their general education and would like to complete their core program/specialization in psychology, this flexible, bachelor's completion program provides graduates with an educational foundation in the science and practice of psychology. 

Additionally, graduates from our online B.A. in Psychology program are equipped with a broad foundation in research skills, problem solving, decision making, communication, and critical thinking, preparing them to pursue a variety of career options and serve in a wide range of professional contexts in a changing global economy.

In keeping with the evolving demands of the 21st century workplace, the online B.A. in psychology program offers five distinct concentration areas including: Business Psychology, Child & Adolescent Psychology, International Psychology, Social Services, and Generalist. 

Graduates may also have an opportunity to transition into several master’s degree programs offered by The Chicago School following the successful completion of their bachelor’s degree, allowing for additional professional and educational growth.

Department

Concentrations

Generalist
Business Psychology
Child & Adolescent
International Psychology
Social Services

Licensure

None

Total Credits

42-72. A minimum of 42 credits are required for program completion; however, students may take up to 72 credits as determined by the number of courses approved for transfer.

Fieldwork Requirements

Program Time to Completion

2 years part time, 11 months accelerated
Degree
  • Official transcripts from regionally accredited post-secondary schools relevant to the minimum standard of the 48 credit hour general education requirement. With official transcripts from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution, a student may transfer in an additional 18 credit hours beyond the 60 credit hour general education requirement.
  • Transfer 42-72 undergraduate credits C or above at regionally accredited post secondary institution
Coursework
  • Writing and Communications: 3 courses (9 credit hours)
  • Humanities and Fine Arts: 3 courses (9 credit hours)
  • Mathematics 2 courses: (6 credit hours)
  • Physical and Life Sciences: 2 courses (8 credit hours including at least one lab component)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences*: 3 courses (9 credit hours)

*If a student resides in AR, one of the 3 courses will need to be completed in US History or US Government

Additional
  • N/A
Admission Requirements

GRE Requirements

N/A

Sample Courses

Fundamentals of Psychology

Introduction to Psychology engages students in a detailed overview of the history and current scientific issues involving the behavioral sciences. Students will encounter a considerable body of information about the principles, methodologies, and terminology of psychology. This course is designed for students who intend to major in psychology and is designed as a foundation for future concentration courses in psychology.

Neuropsychology

This course is a comprehensive introduction and examination of human neuropsychology and is intended to provide students with a basic understanding of the relationship between the brain and behavior. It will provide the basis for appreciating the many different ways in which behavior is related to specific regions of the human brain. Topics will include foundations of neuropsychology, structure of the nervous system, functional specialization of the brain, as well as cognitive functions and assessment of brain disorders.

Developmental Psychology

This course will explore the field of developmental psychology, and will investigate developmental changes regarding physiological, behavior, and emotional and mental processes across the life span. Students will examine the individual through the various stages of development from infancy to the aging adult. The course will include an evaluation of current methods of psychology evaluation, including its theoretical conflicts and sociocultural contexts.

Abnormal Psychology

This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to theories and research concerning abnormal behavior (psychopathology). The course will address such topics as the incidence (frequency) of abnormal behavior of various types; how abnormal behaviors are classified into various diagnostic categories; the etiologies (causes) of psychological disorders; and the variety of methods employed in the treatment of abnormal behavior.

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