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Fundamental psychological areas of study include: biological, clinical, cognitive, developmental, and social approaches to the field of psychology. Throughout, students 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 applications of psychology to personal, social, and organizational issues.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BACHELOR OF ARTS IN PSYCHOLOGY

The degree requires completion of 120 units as follows: 36 units of general education, 39 units for the major, and 45 units ofelective courses, including courses taken to earn minors. (See Declaring Minors for more information.) Each course listed carries three semester units of credit, unlessotherwise noted. A cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 “C” or higher is required in all courses taken at Golden GateUniversity.

All degree-seeking undergraduate students must complete their English, mathematics and critical thinking requirements withintheir first 27 units at Golden Gate University, unless they have already earned credit for the equivalent courses from another in-stitution and have had those courses accepted in transfer by Golden Gate University. If either Math or English requirements forthe degree have not been satisfied, newly enrolled students must take placement tests to ensure proper placement in the appro-priate Math or English course. Students may also choose to waive the placement tests and enroll in the first course in either se-ries, which are ENGL 10A and MATH 10. (See the course descriptions below to identify courses that have prerequisite courserequirements.)

TOTAL UNITS — 120

GENERAL EDUCATION - 36 UNITS

Lifelong Learning and Self Development - 3 units

UGP 10
Gateway to Success (to be taken in first term of program)

Communication and Critical Thinking - 9 units

CRTH 10
Critical Thinking
ENGL 60
Research Writing
And one of the following:
COMM 35
Speech Communication
COMM 40
Understanding Communication

Quantitative Reasoning - 3 units

One of the following:
MATH 20
Applied Intermediate Algebra
MATH 50
From Numbers to Decisions

LIBERAL STUDIES — 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 10
Foundations of Literary Study (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 - 39 Units

FOUNDATION COURSES — 6 UNITS

ENGL 120
Business Writing
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

Select fifteen additional 3-unit upper or lower-division courses from any subject for a total of 45 units. Note: courses used to complete minors also count toward this requirement.

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.

Declaring Minors

To be eligible to declare minors, students must have already completed the required coursework, or be able to complete it intheir final terms without requiring waivers, substitutions, or directed study courses, unless they are approved in advance by thedepartment chair, program director, or dean.

Students may declare minors when they have completed the required coursework, or after the “Last Day to Drop Course with-out Tuition Charge” (per the Academic Calendar) for their final terms.

Students may not declare the same minor as their major (i.e., students majoring in accounting may not also declare minors inaccounting.) Students may declare up to two minors in a given degree program. Students seeking to declare more than twominors will be required to appeal to the dean for approval. Students’ diplomas will list the minors that they had successfullycompleted at the time their degrees were conferred. Students may not declare additional minors after their degrees have been conferred.

Students may select from the following minors:

  • Accounting Minor
  • Business Minor
  • Data Analytics Minor
  • Finance Minor
  • Human Resource Management Minor
  • Information Technology Minor
  • International Business Minor
  • Law Minor
  • Literature Minor
  • Management Minor
  • Marketing Minor
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management Minor
  • Organizational Leadership and Human Skills Development Minor
  • Psychology Minor
  • Public Administration Minor

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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