The Bachelor of Arts (BA) program offers a comprehensive liberal arts curriculum and a foundation in psychology that allows for the application of psychology to bachelor's level careers in industry, government, and nonprofit agencies. The program also provides the basic knowledge and skills for Students to seek further education in psychology and related fields.
Northcentral's affordable online bachelor's in psychology program will introduce Students to the field of psychology and behavioral studies, including basic understanding of human behavior and covering the fundamental bodies of theoretical and applied psychology. Students will integrate formal academic studies with personal experiences so that learning will be meaningful, personalized and relevant to personal and professional needs.
- The goals of the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree program are to:
- Provide students with a knowledge base in psychology, including major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
- Familiarize students with basic concepts related to research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
- Promote the development of critical thinking skills in psychology, including respect for and use of critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and a scientific approach to solving problems related to behavior as well as emotional and cognitive processes.
- Further the ability of students to understand and relate psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
- Promote the values of ethical action, use of empirical evidence in making decisions, tolerance of ambiguity, recognition and respect for diversity, and understanding of the role of psychology in fostering positive social, civic and global outcomes.
- Provide students opportunities to develop information literacy and communication skills related to print and electronic media.
- The Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology degree requires a total of 120 semester credits.
- An official high school transcript, or the equivalent of a high school diploma.*
- An academic transcript of a student who has successfully completed at least 60 semester transfer credits from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution with a cumulative 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, OR a conferred Associate's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution of a student who has successfully completed at least 60 semester transfer credits with a cumulative 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale may be considered for transfer.
- Do not exceed a maximum of 90 lower and upper division semester credits;
- Conferred degree as a basis for admission is subject to Dean approval.
- A minimum of 30 credits of instruction must be completed through Northcentral University.
- A minimum of 42 credits in the Psychology program area with 15 of those credits in the required core courses.