Aug 03, 2020  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Academic Catalog

Psychology, B.A.


The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program at Goldey-Beacom College will help prepare students for entry level employment in the social service field, education, counseling, mental health, or other helping professions. Successful students will also have the skills and knowledge to pursue further studies in the behavioral sciences at the graduate level.

Beyond the four-year Bachelor of Arts in Human Services, the College has recently added a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology that provides all the coursework necessary to be eligible to sit for licensure exams on the path to becoming a licensed professional counselor.  The program provides an in-depth understanding of human dynamics for those planning a career in human services, education, management, or many of the helping professions.  This program is unique in the region for its comprehensive coursework, spanning topics from children & adolescents, family counseling, group process, and crisis intervention, to counseling techniques, counseling theories, substance abuse, and psychopathology.  Students completing the Bachelor degree are offered generous scholarship to continue their studies at the Master's level at GBC.

Program Goals:

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree, students will:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the major concepts, terminology, theoretical approaches, and historical trends in psychology.
  • apply psychological principles personally and professionally.
  • demonstrate how to apply research methods including research design, data analysis, and interpretation of findings.
  • demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues in psychology and adhere to high standards of professional, academic and scientific integrity, ethics, and values.
  • demonstrate a greater awareness of self and others, respect for others, and an appreciation of cultural diversity and individual differences.
  • obtain employment in a field directly related to psychology or pursue graduate study.

Suggested sequence of courses:


Freshman Year


Fall Semester (15 Credits)


Sophomore Year


Fall Semester (15 Credits)


Spring Semester (15 Credits)


Junior Year


Fall Semester (15 Credits)


Spring Semester (15 Credits)


Senior Year


Fall Semester (15 Credits)


Spring Semester (15 Credits)


Minimum credits required: 120


GE Electives include Business Courses; students can take 15 credits in business; 6 toward BA and 9 additional to earn a minor in Business (129 total credits).