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Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Whether you’re planning to apply for jobs right out of college or head straight to graduate school, you’re going to find the right fit in Ursuline’s Psychology program.

The rigor of our research track closely resembles the academic experience you’d receive if you chose a top-tier research university, but with the kind of personalized attention you’ll only find here. Student outcomes from demonstrate the strength of the Psychology curriculum – just a couple years ago two Ursuline graduates scored in the 99th percentile on the major field test in Psychology – an exam that measures learning outcomes of Psychology programs nationwide.

You’ll learn about research, and you’ll conduct your own as well. The Psychology research lab is a state-of-the-art space dedicated to supporting your work, and you’ll have the chance to present your findings at the Student Research Symposium each year. Like many Ursuline students before you, you may have your proposal accepted to present at a regional and national conferences like the annual APA meeting and the Mullen Research Scholarship is a special award you can earn to support the cost of this kind of travel. In your time here, you might also land an internship with our partnership with the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism, earn an induction into Ursuline’s Psi Chi chapter, or find inspiration from one of the many alum video-chats your professors will host between their current and former students to help you build your professional network. With all this, our graduates have an excellent graduate school admission track record, continuing on to graduate programs at Xavier University, The University of Houston, and Florida Institute of Technology.

Outcomes of this program

  • You’ll build strong technical writing, interpersonal, and oral presentation skills
  • You’ll gain insight into human behavior
  • You’ll sharpen your critical thinking, research methods, tech and statistical skills
  • You’ll build your leadership skills
  • You’re going to refine your values based on your new knowledge

Whether you’re planning to apply for jobs right out of college or head straight to graduate school, you’re going to find the right fit in Ursuline’s Psychology program.

The rigor of our research track closely resembles the academic experience you’d receive if you chose a top-tier research university, but with the kind of personalized attention you’ll only find here. Student outcomes from demonstrate the strength of the Psychology curriculum – just a couple years ago two Ursuline graduates scored in the 99th percentile on the major field test in Psychology – an exam that measures learning outcomes of Psychology programs nationwide.

You’ll learn about research, and you’ll conduct your own as well. The Psychology research lab is a state-of-the-art space dedicated to supporting your work, and you’ll have the chance to present your findings at the Student Research Symposium each year. Like many Ursuline students before you, you may have your proposal accepted to present at a regional and national conferences like the annual APA meeting and the Mullen Research Scholarship is a special award you can earn to support the cost of this kind of travel. In your time here, you might also land an internship with our partnership with the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism, earn an induction into Ursuline’s Psi Chi chapter, or find inspiration from one of the many alum video-chats your professors will host between their current and former students to help you build your professional network. With all this, our graduates have an excellent graduate school admission track record, continuing on to graduate programs at Xavier University, The University of Houston, and Florida Institute of Technology.

Outcomes of this program

  • You’ll build strong technical writing, interpersonal, and oral presentation skills
  • You’ll gain insight into human behavior
  • You’ll sharpen your critical thinking, research methods, tech and statistical skills
  • You’ll build your leadership skills
  • You’re going to refine your values based on your new knowledge

A bachelor’s degree in psychology is very much a pre-professional degree. That is, just like anyone who is “pre-med” or “pre-law” as an undergraduate, we always know that she needs to go to medical school or law school in order to be able to practice her craft. Psychology is the same way. If one wants to work in the psychology field, then going to graduate school in psychology is necessary.

However, there are plenty of jobs available with a B.A. in psychology. Rather than only consider psychology specific careers (which require advanced training and degrees), consider what skills and knowledge a B.A. psychology major brings to the workforce. Suddenly many employment opportunities become evident.

Some of the jobs you might pursue with your psychology degree:

  • Alcohol/drug abuse counselor
  • Behavior analyst
  • Career counselor
  • Case manager
  • Child protection worker
  • Community organizer
  • Congressional Aid
  • Corrections officer
  • Employment counselor
  • Family services worker
  • Group home coordinator
  • Law enforcement officer
  • Office manager
  • Parole Officer
  • Probation officer
  • Public information officer
  • Rehabilitation counselor
  • Residential youth counselor
  • Sales Representative
  • Social services director
  • Statistician
  • Technical writer
  • Trainer

Some of the jobs you might pursue with advanced training after completing your psychology degree:

  • Mental Health Counselor
  • School Counselor
  • School Psychologist
  • Marriage and Family Counselor/Therapist
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • College/University Faculty
  • Researcher
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychologist
  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Consultant

You’ll take the following classes, in addition to your Ursuline Core Curriculum, to fulfill the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology:

  • Psychology 101 – General Psychology
  • Psychology 222 – Behavioral Statistics
  • Psychology 322 – Research Methods I
  • Psychology 330 – Abnormal Psychology
  • Psychology 350 – Theories of Personality
  • Psychology 370 – Cognitive Therapy
  • Psychology 490 – Capstone

If you plan to enter the workforce after earning your BA, you’ll take these classes:

  • Psychology 335 – Psychological Testing
  • Psychology 310 – Autism Spectrum Disorders

If you plan to enter graduate school after earning your BA, you’ll take these classes:

  • Psychology 324 – Research Methods II
  • Psychology 380 – Human Memory and Cognition with lab
  • Psychology 430 – Physiological Psychology

If you plan to focus on Industrial Organizational Psychology (IO), providing you with the opportunity to learn about the dynamic relationship between psychology and the workplace, you’ll take these classes:

  • Business 210 – Principles of Management
  • Business 336 – Organizational Behavior
  • Business 330 – Human Resource Management
  • Business 335 – Compensation
  • Business 430 – Labor Relations
  • Management 450 – Leadership Competencies

You’ll also need 4 to 5 elective courses, and this is a perfect opportunity to specialize in the type of work you hope to do. You can pick electives in one of the following concentrations:

  • Clinical Forensic Psychology
  • Experimental/Cognitive Psychology
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • School Psychology

Read course descriptions and learn about additional requirements and options in the Course Catalog.

Christopher L. Edmonds, Ph.D. (Chair)
Thomas W. Frazier, Ph.D

Are you ready?

If you’re ready to see how you can change the world as an Ursuline student, begin your application below. Not ready to apply yet? Start learning more about Ursuline by requesting information or visiting today.

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