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BA in Psychology - Mental Health

Students of Southern New Hampshire University's Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a specialization in Mental Health program have the opportunity to develop clinical and counseling skills while gaining an understanding of psychological theories and processes. Learn more about this online undergraduate program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Mental Health

School Offering Program:

Southern New Hampshire University

Program Prerequisites:

Prospective students of the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Mental Health program should have strong interpersonal and communication skills. All applicants to Southern New Hampshire University programs must have earned a high school diploma or equivalent.

Program Description:

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Mental Health program at Southern New Hampshire University combines an introductory education in psychology with coursework and field experiences in counseling techniques and assessment methods. Psychology electives offered in the program curriculum include the study of helping professions, role-playing opportunities, psychological testing procedures, assessment techniques, and a hands-on experience in a community service organization. Students can also participate in an internship within a professional mental health environment. Topics covered in core courses include human development, human behavior, personality theories, cognitive processes, and current topics in psychology. All students at Southern New Hampshire University are required to complete the B.A./B.S. core, which includes introductory courses in all major areas of study.

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Federal financial aid is available to those who qualify. 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 with a concentration in Mental Health:

Psychology Major

  • 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)

Mental Health Concentration Courses

The following courses should be taken in place of PSY electives:

  • PSY 291: Experiential Learning Practicum
  • PSY 315: Counseling Process and Techniques
  • PSY 335: Assessment and Testing
  • PSY 443: Internship in Psychology

B.A./B.S. Core

Skills Courses:

  • ENG 120: College Composition I
  • ENG 121: College Composition II
  • MAT 130: Applied Finite Math
  • MAT XX: Mathematics Elective
  • COM 212: Public Speaking
  • IT 100: Introduction to Information Technology
  • SNHU 101: First Year Seminar/Foundations in Critical Thinking or one free elective for online and on location students and transfers with 15+ credits

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 200 level Literature Elective
  • 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 Science Elective (not SCI 215)
  • Choose four (4) other electives (no more than two of these four in the same discipline):
    • Social and Behavioral Science Elective (ATH, ECO, POL, PSY, SOC, SSC)

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Upon completion of Southern New Hampshire University's Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a specialization in Mental Health program, graduates could enhance their skills and knowledge by pursing a master's degree. A master's degree might be necessary for career advancement or for those who wish to seek careers in the educational field.

Master's degrees graduates could pursue include but are not limited to:

  • Master of Science in Psychology
  • Master of Science in Clinical Psychology
  • Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling

Career Paths:

Graduates of Southern New Hampshire University's Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a specialization in Mental Health program could be prepared to administer therapy to patients in a variety of professional settings. They could work for clinics, hospitals, community health centers, nonprofit health organizations, or rehabilitation centers. Careers graduates might explore include:

  • Life Coach
  • Family Counselor
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Crisis Intervention Counselor

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