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As a student you will become familiar with the major theoretical approaches, findings, and historical trends in psychology; understand and use major research methods in psychology, including design, data analysis, and interpretation; and gain an understanding of how to apply psychology to personal, social, and organizational issues.

In addition to gaining a core knowledge of psychology, you will develop essential skills in effective oral and written communication, critical thinking and problem-solving, techniques to ensure information literacy, and methods for quantitative fluency — experiences that will put you on a path to lifelong learning.

TOTAL UNITS — 123

45 GENERAL EDUCATION UNITS

REQUIRED COURSES — 18 UNITS

UGP 10
Gateway to Success (to be taken in first term of program)
CRTH 10
Critical Thinking
ENGL 1A
Expository Writing
ENGL 1B
Research Writing
ENGL 120
Business Writing
Plus one of the following:
COMM 35
Speech Communication
COMM 40
Understanding Communication

LIBERAL STUDIES CORE — 21 UNITS

ARTS 50
Contemporary Arts and Culture (or any other ARTS course offered)
HIST 50
Contemporary American Economic History (or any other HIST course offered)
HUM 50
Examining the Humanities (or any other HUM course offered)
LIT 50
Principles of Storytelling (or any other LIT course offered)
PHIL 50
Professional and Personal Ethics (or any other PHIL course offered)
SCI 50
Science, Technology and Social Change (or any other SCI course offered)
SOSC 50
American Government in the 21st Century (or any other SOSC course offered)

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

FOUNDATION REQUIREMENTS — 6 UNITS

MATH 20
Intermediate Algebra
MATH 40
Statistics

PSYCHOLOGY COURSES — 27 UNITS

PSYCH 10
Introduction to Psychology
PSYCH 102
Lifespan Development: Theories & Applications
PSYCH 108
Research Design & Experimental Methods
PSYCH 115
Introduction to Biopsychology
PSYCH 120
Principles & Methods of Counseling
PSYCH 121
Abnormal Psychology
PSYCH 125
Psychology of Death, Dying, & Bereavement
PSYCH 143
Psychology of Leadership
PSYCH 190
Strands of a System: Psychology Capstone

PSYCHOLOGY ELECTIVE COURSES — 6 UNITS

Two of the following
LIT 100
Business, Psychology, & Modern Literature (If not used to fulfill Liberal Studies Core Requirement.)
MGT 141
Organizational Leadership
OLHS 110
Emotional & Social Intelligence at Work
OLHS 111
Engagement, Thriving, & Well-Being in Organizations
OLHS 115
Diversity & Inclusion in Organizations
PSYCH 113
Psychology and Technology
PSYCH 198A-ZZ
Special Topics In Psychology

ELECTIVE COURSES — 45 UNITS

Fifteen 3-unit upper or lower-division courses from any subject.


Each course listed carries three semester units of credit, unless otherwise noted.


Pathway Program

This program can serve as a pathway to GGU’s graduate psychology programs. Applicants to these programs who have previously earned bachelor’s degrees from GGU may receive a waiver for certain required graduate-level courses with comparable undergraduate-level coursework completed at GGU and used to satisfy the requirements of their GGU bachelor’s degree program. See the following program descriptions for more information: MA in Counseling Psychology, MA in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Conflict Resolution Graduate Certificate, Counseling Skills Graduate Certificate, Industrial-Organizational Psychology Graduate Certificate.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students who complete the BA in Psychology, including the general education curriculum, will be able to:

Knowledge Base in Psychology
  • Describe apply concepts, principles and overarching themes in psychology.
  • Develop a working knowledge of the major theoretical approaches, findings, historical trends and content domains in psychology.
  • Apply psychological principles to explain and evaluate personal, social, and organizational issues.
  • Develop innovative approaches and solutions to an existing or emerging challenge in psychology that also draw on disciplinary perspectives in ethics, other humanities and/or social sciences.
Critical Thinking, Scientific Inquiry, Information Literacy, and Quantitive Fluency
  • Apply scientific reasoning to interpret and explain phenomena.
  • Locate, evaluate and apply information, using a variety of research tools and methods from the field of psychology.
  • Address complex problems in psychology using innovative and integrative strategies and insights leading to actionable solutions.
  • Demonstrate abilities to interpret, design, and conduct basic psychological research, including qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Identify and evaluate sociocultural factors in scientific inquiry.
  • Analyze, interpret and explain quantitative data about topics and issues in psychology, including complex statistical findings in graphs, studies and reports.
  • Analyze and interpret quantitative data about a topic in psychology and apply results in business/organizational or interpersonal settings, habits, and/or practices.
Ethics and Social Responsibility
  • Apply ethically acceptable standards to evaluate psychological science and practice.
  • Apply ethically sound principles and values to ameliorate and/or mitigate real-world personal and/or professional challenges and to build and enhance personal relationships.
  • Identify and express common values that build community at local, national, and global levels.
  • Explain how psychology can elaborate and deepen the understanding of cultural diversity, and human biology, and lifespan development.
Communication
  • Construct written communications that clearly articulate ideas and arguments appropriate to various audiences.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal communication and project management skills, either through persuasive speech, and/or in providing clear oral directions, instructions, and/or guidelines, that address a problem in psychology.
  • Demonstrate effective presentation skills for various purposes.
Professional Development and Lifelong Learning
  • Demonstrate the self-awareness and habits required to identify, integrate, and apply new information and skills that increase personal and professional effectiveness, including applying psychological insights and skills to career goals, exhibiting self-efficacy and self-regulation, and developing meaningful professional direction for life after graduation.
  • Apply psychological principles to career goals.

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