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Online Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology

Generalist Concentration

  • Online
  • Full-Time, Part-Time
  • 4 Years Full-Time

Through The Chicago School’s online Bachelor’s in Psychology program, graduates will be prepared to pursue a wide range of professional careers in a changing global economy or to continue on to a graduate degree program. Guided by practitioner faculty, Bachelor’s in Psychology students will be equipped with a broad foundation in psychological principles, such as: […]

Through The Chicago School’s online Bachelor’s in Psychology program, graduates will be prepared to pursue a wide range of professional careers in a changing global economy or to continue on to a graduate degree program.

Guided by practitioner faculty, Bachelor’s in Psychology students will be equipped with a broad foundation in psychological principles, such as:

  • Research skills
  • Problem solving
  • Decision making
  • Communication
  • Critical thinking

Graduates from the online Bachelor’s in Psychology program will be qualified to pursue a graduate degree in a variety of different fields. In addition, they will be prepared to use their education to further their professional careers in a variety of settings through the program’s four distinct concentrations.

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Bachelor’s in Psychology: Online Student Experience

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Fundamentals of Psychology

This course 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.

Abnormal Psychology

This psychology 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.

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.

Research Methods

Using individual and team review and investigation, this course will explore applied research in psychology, and will focus on issues specific to ethical psychological research, including the role of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and its overarching relationship to the research process. Students will cover research design methodologies. Students will be exposed to a variety of types of research and research data, and will examine research findings for rigor, integrity, and validity. This course will also examine how sociocultural contexts and personal biases may affect the development and design of research questions, data collection, and data interpretation.

Admission to the B.A. Psychology program is open to any person who meets entrance requirements as outlined below. Applicants will be judged on their overall ability to successfully complete an undergraduate degree program. Generally, a high school cumulative GPA of a 2.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale is required for admission. However, applicants with a cumulative high school GPA below 2.3 or applicants seeking admission with a GED will be considered for admission with the submission of additional required documents. It is recommended that transcripts are submitted from all undergraduate schools where credit was received (and no degree was earned) to support their application and request for transfer credit.  (See Undergraduate Transfer Credit Policy).

Factors and materials to be considered for admission will include:

  • Completed application and $50 application fee
  • Applicants must provide proof of the qualifying conferral – high school graduation (or the equivalent) or proof of an earned Associate degree. Proof of qualifying conferral must be provided in one of the following ways:
    • Official high school transcript showing an earned high school diploma and date of graduation.  A copy of a high school diploma or unofficial transcriptions, if official transcripts are not immediately available, can be submitted with a contingency that original transcripts will be on file prior to day 9 of the term/semester of entry. Financial aid will not be disbursed until the compliant documentation is received.
    • Official Associate degree transcript from a regionally-accredited institution showing degree earned and date conferred
    • Official college transcript from a regionally-accredited institution that contains the high school name and date of graduation
    • Official NACES or AICE evaluation of an international diploma that contains the high school name and date of graduation
    • High school equivalency completed through home schooling as defined by state law
    • Official General Educational Development (GED) document.  A copy of the student’s GED Certificate, or unofficial GED score issued by the state, can be submitted with a contingency that the Official GED document will be on file prior to close of census. Financial aid will not be disbursed until the compliant documentation is received.
    • Official Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) document
    • Official High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) document
    • Official documentation showing a passing score on a state-authorized exam that the state recognizes as equivalent to high school graduation
    • Letter showing the date of graduation written on high school letterhead and signed by a high school administrator with an academic title
    • Form DD214 showing the high school name and date of graduation, if listed.

Applicants with a cumulative high-school or undergraduate GPA below 2.3 and applicants seeking admission with high school equivalency documentation that does not show a GPA (such as GED, home school, or testing) are required to submit additional documentation.

  • Curriculum Vita/ Resume
  • One Letter of recommendation (optional)
  • Essay of intent
  • Please compose a written essay to answer the questions below. Your essay should be typed, double-spaced, and three pages (approximately 500-750 words) while clearly addressing the program for which you are applying.
  • Psychology is a vast discipline with many career options:
    • Why are you interested in this particular program to earn your undergraduate degree in psychology?  Cite specific experiences and examples.
    • What are your professional career goals as they relate to this degree?  Why do you believe this program will assist you in reaching these goals?
    • Why is it important to you to study this discipline at a school that emphasizes cultural awareness, competence, and understanding of diversity (see our Commitment to Diversity Statement)?
    • If you are a first generation undergraduate degree student, please integrate this into your essay.
  • SAT/ACT scores are not required for admission, however applicants who have taken the SAT/ACT may submit their scores to enhance their application.

The Chicago School is dedicated to keeping our professional online B.A. in Psychology degree programs accessible to anyone regardless of financial status. In addition to the scholarships that may be available, our Financial Aid Department will help provide you with information to determine what financial arrangements are right for you.

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