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B.A. Degree In Psychology

The B.A. Psychology degree program at Roberts Wesleyan provides students with a broad background in Psychology.  The BA in Psychology is also available in a new accelerated 3-Year format. Students learn to do basic research and beginning level skills for helping people.  

Graduates from the B.A. Psychology Program are prepared to do basic supportive counseling and behavior modification at pre-professional entry levels in agencies that serve such groups as troubled youth, the developmentally disabled, and the mentally ill.  

Graduates who wish to obtain employment at the professional level must plan on earning at least a master’s degree (M.A., M.S., M.S.W.) and must strive to obtain a GPA of at least 3.0 to be eligible for admission to these advanced programs.   Those graduates who go on to master’s level training are prepared for such professions as school psychology, mental health counseling, etc.

The BA degree requires a minimum of 124 semester hours with 90 semester hours being in Liberal Arts credit.  The major requires a minimum of 34 credits in psychology, providing ample opportunity to double major or minor in another interest area.  A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required for admission to the major and to graduate. 

The B.A. major in Psychology requires 34 semester hours that include:

  • General Psychology (PSY 101)
  • Research Methods (PSY 309)*
  • Psychology & Theology (PSY 406)
  • Field Work Preparation (PSY 450A)

Students must also choose:

One of the following laboratory courses:

  • Cognitive Psychology (PSY 304)
  • Psychology of Learning & Cognition (PSY 305)
  • Physiological Psychology (PSY 307)

One of the following:

  • Personality Theory (PSY 401)
  • History of Psychology (PSY 403)

Three of the following:

  • Developmental Psychology (PSY 201) or

Child and Adolescent Development (PSY 203)(Students may take either PSY 201 or 203, but not both.  PSY 201 is highly recommended for the major).

  • Human Sexuality (PSY 202)
  • Organizational Behavior (PSY 260)
  • Psychology of Gender (PSY 301)
  • Social Psychology (PSY 306)

Two of the following:

  • Psychological Testing (PSY 302)*
  • Counseling Theory & Practice (PSY 308)
  • Abnormal Psychology (PSY 402)
  • Advanced Counseling (PSY 405)

One of the following:

  • Research Practicum (PSY 407)
  • Field Work (PSY 450B)

*Statistics (MTH 200) is a prerequisite for Psychology 302 and 309. 

To view the checksheet/sequencing sheet for the major, click on the link below.

Psychology B.A. Check Sheet 
Psychology Course Rotation Sheet 
Psychology B.A. Course Sequence

NOTE: Since checksheets may vary year to year, students currently enrolled at RWC should obtain checksheets directly from the department.