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Psychology (BA)

About the Psychology Bachelor Degree

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program at Fisher College provides students with a solid background in the scientific study of human behavior, both individually and within society. The program helps students understand themselves and others, while also helping students acquire a wide range of interpersonal skills, as well as develop their expertise in reading, writing, conducting research, and critical thinking.

Learning Outcomes
  • Describe the development of children, adolescents and adults over the course of a lifespan, including their cognitive, emotional, psychological, social, and physical development within a socio-cultural context.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of psychological theory.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of psychological research by having learned how to identify, conduct, and critically evaluate quantitative and qualitative studies used throughout the psychological studies.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with issues of ethical principles in psychology.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of multicultural issues such as race, culture, ethnicity, gender, social economic status, sexual orientation, religion, and spirituality, and its impact on the individual.
  • Discuss the purposes, history, and contributions of psychology.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of a variety of mental processes, including areas such as perception, imagery, language, problem solving, reasoning and decision-making.
  • Use critical thinking skills professionally in everyday life.
Psychology Career Track

Graduates with a degree in Psychology can obtain jobs in a variety of settings, including child care, social service agencies, drug treatment centers, youth and adult residential care centers, crisis centers, community mental health centers, senior citizen centers, state and local agencies serving families and children, research, or can pursue advanced degrees in Psychology or related fields.

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Psychology Program Requirements

First Year

Course Number Course Title Fall Spring
CS101 Computer Concepts and Applications    3
EN101 English I 3  
EN102 English II   3
IS105 Common Experience 1  
PS101 Introduction of Psychology 3  
PS105 Human Development   3
PS222 Psychology Personality   3
  Global Awareness Elective 3  
  Humanities Elective 3 3
  Math/Science/Computer Science 3  
  Total Credit 16 15


Second Year

Course Number Course Title Fall Spring
CM105 Public Speaking 3  
EN201 Intermediate Writing 3  
PS208 Abnormal Psychology   3
PS210 Statistics for Psychology 3  
PS211 Research Methods in Psychology   3
PS212 Psychology of Learning    3
SC129 Human Biology (Lab Science)   4
SO121 Social Justice, Race, and Gender Issues in American Society 3  
  Free Elective  3 3
  Total Credits 15 16

Third Year

Course Number Course Title Fall Spring
IS220 Preparation for Careers and Life after College   3
PS315 Social Psychology 3  
PS322 Cognitive Psychology    3
PS325 Psychological Basis of Behavior 3  
PS415 Psychology: History and Systems   3
  Program Elective (300/400 level) 3 3
  Social Science Elective 3 3
  Free Elective 3  
  Total Credits 15 15


Fourth Year

Course Number Course Title Fall Spring
PS450 Senior Seminar    3
PS460 Psychology Internship 3  
  Experiential Learning1   3
  Humanities Elective (300/400 level)   3
  Program Elective (300/400 level) 3  
  Social Science Elective  3  
  Free Elective 6 6
  Total Credits 15 15

1 May be fulfilled by PS430, PS461, IS317/IS318 or a program director-approved research project.