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  Oct 19, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Academic Catalog

Psychology (B.A.)


Psychology is the multifaceted scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. The program at AUC emphasizes physical, cognitive, emotional, personal, and social development from conception to death. Biopsychosocial development is studied against a background of major theoretical and applied domains of psychology, concentrating on important influences of individual, group, and multicultural dynamics.

Bachelor of Arts

The mission of the Bachelor of Arts is to provide undergraduate students with a solid grounding in the theory, methodology, and core content areas of contemporary psychology by involving them in experiential learning, community engagement, and scientific research. This foundation of knowledge is enriched by incorporation of cultural diversity, local context, and interdisciplinary perspectives. The program will prepare students wishing to continue further studies leading to a professional career in psychology.

Students who intend to seek the Psychology degree must have taken PSYC 1000 and have obtained a grade of “B” or higher. In addition, students must have successfully taken or be currently enrolled in PSYC 2000. Admission is competitive. A combination of discipline-relevant factors, including performance in PSYC 1000 and PSYC 2000 , GPA and evidence of commitment to the field of psychology will be used to determine eligibility.

A total of 120 credit hours is required for the bachelor’s degree in psychology:

Core Curriculum (40 credits)


Students must take one of the following for the science requirement:

Additional Requirements


  • One additional 300-level psychology course
  • Three additional 400-level psychology courses (not including   or   )

Collateral Requirements (24 credits)


Six courses to be approved by the adviser in addition to:

Electives (7 credits)


Community Based Learning Requirement


Students must complete at least one designated community-based learning course (in psychology or from another department). Semester abroad experience can also meet this requirement.