Psychology (BA) with an Emphasis in Mental Health

Effective 1 June 2014 through 31 May 2015

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This program offered by College of Arts & Sciences/Psychology Department

Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology with an Emphasis in Mental Health is designed to proved an understanding of how cognitive, behavioral, personality, and social factors are involved in mental health and illness. Students who have successfully completed the degree will be prepared to pursue a variety of graduate and career opportunities within mental health-oriented fields (e.g., counseling, nursing, psychology, social work).

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology with an Emphasis in Mental Health will need to pursue a graduate degree before they are able to obtain professional licensure. Students are encouraged to check entrance requirements for any post-graduate programs prior to finishing their BA at Webster in the event they need to take additional coursework.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  2. Discuss the psychological and behavioral processes in mental health and illness.
  3. Implement the use of critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to examine problems related to psychology.
  4. Describe the research methods and statistical techniques used in psychology.
  5. Discuss the factors contributing to diversity, multiculturalism, and inequality within an international context.
  6. Discuss the occupational pursuits available in a variety of settings given their psychological knowledge, skills, and values.

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Special Requirements

  •  A minimum of 49 credit hours must be selected from within psychology. Within the required 49 hours, 24 hours must be at the 3000 level and above with at least 9 hours at the 4000 level.
  • In addition to the psychology requirements, a minimum of three hours in a non-native language (expertise demonstrated by course work or testing) are required for the major. Courses used towards the International Language requirement may also be used to fulfill general education requirements or a major/minor in a foreign language. Students whose native language is not English and who are studying in English will be considered to have achieved their foreign language requirement if they successfully pass an ESL test of their English Proficiency (e.g., TOEFL).
  • No more than 6 credit hours total obtained in senior thesis, practica, independent learning experiences, reading courses, directed study, and assessment of prior learning may be applied toward the 49 credit hours required for a major. However, students may use any number of thesis, practica, independent learning experiences, etc. towards their overall bachelor degree requirements of 128 credit hours.
  • Transfer students can apply up to 15 credit hours of approved PSYC course work from other universities towards the PSYC major. Students may transfer in 3 credit hours of approved foreign language course work to meet the International Language requirement for psychology.
  • Courses completed with a grade below a C- do not count toward fulfilling the specific course requirements of the major.

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Degree Requirements

A minimum of 128 credit hours consisting of the following:

  • 49 required credit hours
  • 3 international language requirement credit hours
  • Applicable university global citizenship or general education program hours
  • Electives

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Required Courses

Within the 49 credit hours students are required to complete the following courses:

  • PSYC 1100 Introduction to Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 1800 Careers in Psychology (1 hour)
  • PSYC 2300 Lifespan Development (3 hours)
    or PSYC 2200 Child Psychology
    or PSYC 2250 Adolescent Psychology
    or PSYC 2950 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging
  • PSYC 2750 Introduction to Measurement and Statistics (3 hours)
  • PSYC 2825 Introduction to Research Methods (3 hours)
  • PSYC 3125 Abnormal Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 3325 Applied Learning Theory (3 hours)
    or PSYC 3350 Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYC 3550 History, Philosophy, and Systems of Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 3600 Social Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 3775 Personality Theory (3 hours)
  • PSYC 2525 Introduction to Social Work (3 hours)
    or PSYC 3900 Introduction to Counseling
    or PSYC 4225 Introduction to Clinical Psychology
  • PSYC 4650 Physiological Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 4900 Senior Overview (3 hours)

A least TWO courses must be completed from the following:

  • PSYC 3175 Community Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 4300 Health Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 4400 Human Sexuality (3 hours)
  • PSYC 4550 Drug and Chemical Dependency (3 hours)
  • PSYC 4700 Psychological Tests and Measurements (3 hours)

Psychology Electives (6 hours)

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