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Bachelor of Arts in Psychology | Online Psychology Degree | Undergraduate Degree Program

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology | Online Psychology Degree

About Ottawa’s Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Program

Earn your accelerated, online psychology degree at Ottawa University and gain the skills you need to prepare for a number of career opportunities in the field of mental health, business, and public service. As you pursue your Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree, you will develop the tools you need to understand and care for others in the behavioral health field. An online degree in Psychology gives you a foundation in human physiological, mental, intellectual, personal, and social development, preparing you for any number of careers in the public or private sectors.

Curriculum​​

In this accredited, online psychology degree program, you will develop critical-thinking skills and the ability to analyze and integrate information from other disciplines and apply it to the field of psychology. A psychology major partners well with your other liberal arts courses and enhances your ethical thinking, self-awareness, and empathy within a global perspective.

Specific coursework within this accelerated, online Bachelors in Psychology program is focused on research, theories and processes useful for understanding oneself and others, both as individuals and as members of various societies, groups, cultures, and organizations. Students are encouraged to think critically, to analyze and integrate information from other disciplines and sources, and to draw conclusions which can lead to the application of psychology to the identification and realization of individual and group goals. Graduates are prepared for advanced study leading to professions in counseling and psychotherapy, teaching, church ministry, youth work, research, and organizational development.A communication concentration for your psychology degree program is also available.

For curriculum and course descriptions, please download a program overview.

For more information about earning your undergraduate degree in psychology at Ottawa University or any requirements for joining the programcontact us today!

See Also: 

Bachelor of Arts in Human Services

Master of Science in Addiction Counseling

Master of Arts in Counseling

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Education and Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree in psychology qualifies a person to assist psychologists and other professionals in community mental health centers, vocational rehabilitation offices, and correctional programs. A Master’s degree, licensure and/or certification may be required depending on job duties. Many graduates of our Bachelor in Psychology degree continue their education with a Master of Arts in Counseling degree.

Upon completion of your online Psychology degree, you will be qualified for a number of careers. Substance abuse counselors can work in a variety of settings, including private practices, hospitals, mental health clinics, and rehabilitation facilities:

  • Counseling
  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Consulting
  • Social services
  • Human resources

Careers in Psychology

According to the U.S Department of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for psychologists is projected to grow because of greater demand for psychological services in schools, hospitals, mental health centers, and social service agencies. Demand for clinical and counseling psychologists will increase as people continue to turn to psychologists for help with their problems. Psychologists also will be needed to provide services to an aging population, helping people deal with the mental and physical changes that happen as they grow older. Psychological services will also be needed for veterans suffering from war trauma, for survivors of other trauma, and for people with developmental disorders, such as autism.

Careers in Psychology may include:

  • Clinical psychologists 
  • Counseling psychologists 
  • Developmental psychologists 
  • Forensic psychologists 
  • Industrial–organizational psychologists 
  • Rehabilitation psychologists 
  • School psychologists 

Psychology Major Courses

Introduction to Statistics or Statistics for Social Sciences

Introduction to Statistics | MAT 20044 (4 credits)

Offers the student an intuitive introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics covered include data organization, averages and variation, elementary probability theory, binomial and normal probability distributions, Central Limit Theorem, estimation, hypothesis testing, linear regression and correlation.  Prerequisite: Score of 16 on non-math track initial placement or MAT 10443 Intermediate Algebra.

Statistics for Social Sciences | PSY 36000 (3 credits)

Introduction to descriptive and inferential statistical techniques used in the social sciences. Topics include data collection procedures, measures of dispersion, correlation designs, probability, statistical inference, and analysis of variance. Cross-listed with HUS 36000.

 

General Psychology | PSY 12053 (3 credits)

Introduces basic elements in understanding human behavior. Emphasis on basic concepts and terminology of psychology including the biological basis of behavior, sensation, perception, history of psychology, growth and development, motivation, learning, measurement and scientific methodology, emotion, personality, abnormal behavior, and psychotherapy.

 

Survey Developmental Psychology or Developmental Psychology

 

Survey Developmental Psychology | PSY 20153 (3 credits)

Study of child's developmental process from the prenatal stage to adulthood: physical, psychological and social changes a child goes through in order to adjust to his/her environment. Emphasis on areas of abuse and neglect and how they foster mental illness. Look at methods of changing behavior of children with problems.

Developmental Psychology | PSY 32353 (3 credits)

Examines theory and research on issues of human growth and development.

 

Theories of Personality | PSY 30153 (3 credits)

Emphasizes modern psychoanalytic, behaviorist and humanistic theories of personality development. Prerequisite: PSY 12053 General Psychology.

 

Psychopathology | PSY 30353 (3 credits)

Study of biological, psychological and sociocultural influences contributing to abnormal behavior patterns. Includes history, identification, diagnosis, and treatment of various psycho-pathological disorders.

 

Physiological Psychology | PSY 31354 (3 credits)

Examines physical basis of human behavior and experience, how the brain and nervous system work, information flow, and processing at higher levels of organization. Addresses issues of intelligence, consciousness, addictions, and deviant behavior from a neurophysiological standpoint.

 

Social Psychology or Ethnic Relations & Multiculturalism

Social Psychology | PSY 32153 (3 credits)

Examines social influences on human behavior including attitude formation and change, influence and persuasion, social attraction, theories of aggression, conformity, cultural impact, leadership styles, power and status, social roles, and environmental influences. Prerequisites: PSY 12053 General Psychology.

Ethnic Relations & Multiculturalism | SOC 30653 (3 credits)

Focuses on inter-group and intra-group experiences of various ethnic populations within the United States. Includes impact of integration, discrimination, prejudice, and social dynamics of conflict and assimilation to various groups. Prerequisite: SOC 10153 Social Thought or SOC 10453 Introduction to Sociology.

 

Research Design and Analysis | PSY 32253 (3 credits)

Reviews basic research methods focusing on conceptual basis for experimentation. Includes basic design components such as control, sampling, data collection, and analysis. Prerequisites: PSY 12053 General Psychology or SOC 10453 Introduction to Sociology and MAT 32044 Statistics.

 

History and Systems of Psychology | PSY 40854 (3 credits)

Reviews historical antecedents of contemporary psychology, critical analysis of selected psychological theories and discussion of application of these theories in contemporary psychology. Prerequisites: PSY 12053 General Psychology.

 

Senior Comprehensive or Seminar in Psychology

 

Senior Comprehensive | PSY 49053 (3 credits)

Examination or project designed to assess student's achievement of goals of his/her major program. Prerequisites: Senior standing.

Seminar in Psychology | PSY 49201 (4 credits)

Capstone course that guides students in development of integrative written project that demonstrates personal achievement of learning outcomes in the psychology major. Culminates in a major theoretical paper, written in APA format, investigating and discussing a major issue or issues within the field and presented in seminar form in class.

Recommended Courses

Interpersonal Communication | COM 30163 (3 credits)

Examines models of relational interaction, verbal and nonverbal messages, language use, critical listening, relational dynamics, self-concept, identity-management, disclosure, intimacy, defensiveness, supportiveness, perceptual processes, emotional influences, interpersonal conflicts, and the impact of gender, race and culture on communication.

 

The Family | HUS 21253 (3 credits)

Explores historical, anthropological and theoretical perspectives of family. Dynamics of family relationships, communication styles and interactions addressed, as well as issues relating to dating, love and friendship, human sexuality, relationships, life styles, divorce, child rearing and other related issues. Prerequisite: PSY 12053 General Psychology or SOC 10153 Social Thought or SOC 10453 Introduction to Sociology.

 

Introduction to Sociology | SOC 10453 (3 credits)

Introduces theory and method in social sciences as they relate to key concepts in the field of sociology including socialization, culture, status, stratification, conflict, and change.

Psychology Full Degree Catalog

For curriculum and course descriptions, please download a program overview.

 
Full Degree Catalog

University Accreditation

Ottawa University, as a whole, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Specific degree programs within our institution have also been accredited by relevant bodies within the field:

We are proudly recognized for our commitment to student excellence by the following designations:

Why Choose Ottawa
The courses in Ottawa University's programs are 100% online and accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. We make it easy for you to transfer credits in order to help keep tuition costs down. We also offer courses in accelerated 8-week terms in order to reduce your time to completion. These are just a few of the reasons why we are proud to be the best, fastest, and most affordable option locally in the Kansas City, Milwaukee, and Phoenix areas, as well as serving students nationally through our online degrees.

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