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BA in Psychology

Individuals interested in exploring the human mind and understanding human behavior should consider the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program at Southern New Hampshire University. Learn more about how the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program can help students develop psychological knowledge and critical thinking, communication, and research skills.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

School Offering Program:

Southern New Hampshire University

Program Prerequisites:

Potential applicants to the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program may be seeking to establish a career in counseling, human services, research, human resources, or public relations, to name a few. All applicants to Southern New Hampshire University programs must have earned a high school diploma or equivalent.

Program Description:

Southern New Hampshire University's Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program introduces students to a variety of psychology topics, including human growth and development through the life span, abnormal behavior, personality theories, and cognitive psychology. Various research methods, such as case-history, experimental, co-relational, and survey techniques, are also examined. Students can choose a concentration in mental health, forensic psychology, or child and adolescent development.

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Federal financial aid is available to those who qualify in the forms of loans and grants. Contact the SNHU Financial Aid office to learn more about your financial aid options.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology:

Psychology Major Courses

  • PSY 108: Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY 211: Human Growth and Development
  • PSY 215: Psychology of Abnormal Behavior
  • PSY 216: Psychology of Personality
  • PSY 224: Research Methods
  • PSY 305: Cognitive Psychology
  • PSY 444: Senior Seminar in Psychology
  • Four Psychology Electives
  • Free Electives (21 credits)

B.A./B.S. Core Skills Courses

  • ENG 120: College Composition I
  • ENG 121: College Composition II
  • MAT 130: Applied Finite Math
  • MAT ELE: Mathematics Elective
  • COM 212: Public Speaking
  • IT 100: Introduction to Information Technology
  • SNHU 101: First Year Seminar/Foundations in Critical Thinking

B.A./B.S. Core Knowledge Courses

  • Choose one of the following:
    • FAS 201: Introduction to Humanities I
    • FAS 202: Introduction to Humanities II
    • FAS 223: Appreciation and History of Music
    • FAS 340: Modern Art
    • FAS 370: American Art
  • Choose one of the following:
    • HIS 109: Western Civilization I
    • HIS 110: Western Civilization II
    • HIS 113: United States History I
    • HIS 114: United States History II
  • Choose one of the following:
    • PHL 210: Introduction to Western Philosophy
    • PHL 212: Introduction to Ethics
    • PHL 214: Logic, Language, and Argumentation
    • PHL 230: Religions of the World
  • Choose one 200-level Literature Elective
  • Choose one Science Elective (not SCI 215)
  • Choose four other electives:
    • Social and Behavioral Science Elective (ATH, ECO, POL, PSY, SOC, SSC)
    • No more than two of these four in the same discipline

Post-Graduation Opportunities:

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program may wish to pursue graduate studies in psychology or a related social science. Earning a master's degree can help students prepare for careers in their chosen field of psychology. There are many master's programs graduates can choose from, including:

  • Master of Arts in Psychology
  • Master of Applied Positive Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Industrial Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology

Career Paths:

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program offers a well-rounded liberal studies education. Graduates of the program could seek entry-level employment in a variety of fields, including human resource management, human services, and other social science areas. Graduates seeking to practice psychology should check with their intended state of practice for licensing requirements.

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