Make a Difference in Your Career

Union Institute & University’s Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Psychology will prepare you for a variety of careers in the mental health and human services fields.

It is also ideal preparation for students interested in pursuing a career in clinical or counseling psychology through graduate-level study and is closely aligned with Union’s Master of Arts major in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Designed for working adults who want a flexible, practical approach to college study, Union Institute & University offers fully online classes guided by faculty who are practitioners in the field. As a student, you won’t have to put your career on hold to achieve your personal and professional goals.


Careers for Psychology Graduates

Graduates of Union’s Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Psychology are prepared for positions in a variety of human service settings:

  • Hospitals
  • Mental health centers
  • Addiction programs
  • Health and wellness centers
  • Aging and long-term care facilities
  • Corrections
  • Youth services settings
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Human resources
  • Childcare
  • Management

Program Benefits

  • Transfer up to 90 college credits to accelerate your degree completion
  • Study online from wherever you live and work.
  • Customize your degree to reflect your interests and enrich your personal development.
  • Learn from professional psychologists who understand the challenges of working adults.
  • Work closely with a personal advisor and supportive staff who understand your academic and scheduling needs.
  • Accelerate your completion by earning college credits through CLEP, DSST, prior learning assessment, certified learning, and credits recommended by ACE through military training.
  • Qualified students can begin the master’s in clinical mental health counseling program during their final term.


  • Analyze key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in psychology.
  • Describe and evaluate the impact of psychological factors on lifespan development.
  • Use scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena.
    Demonstrate psychology information literacy.
  • Interpret basic psychological research.
  • Evaluate psychological science and practice in light of professional ethical standards.
  • Recognize values that support diversity and social justice.
  • Integrate psychological content and skills in career and personal goals.
  • Express self-reflection in relation to learning, career, and personal goals.

Learning goals and outcomes for the online degree program are based on the latest guidelines of the American Psychological Association (APA).


Students in the Psychology major may complete a generalized program or select a concentration within the major:

Forensic Psychology (FPY)

The Forensic Psychology concentration focuses on the interface between psychology and the law. You’ll be prepared with the knowledge and skills for careers in the criminal justice system, law enforcement, and correctional psychology and be able to:

  • Discuss the roles and responsibilities of a clinician when working within the legal system.
  • Evaluate key concepts regarding criminal behavior and apply psychological knowledge to understanding and treating offenders

Holistic Psychology (HPY)

The Holistic Psychology concentration focuses on the intersections between science, psychology, and spirituality. You’ll develop the knowledge and skills for careers in holistic health, counseling, and spiritual direction and be able to:

  • Discuss the interaction of psychological, physical, and spiritual factors on health and wellness.
  • Integrate contemplative and mindfulness techniques and learn approaches to teaching these techniques to others.

Addictions Studies (ADDS)

The Addictions Studies concentration focuses on knowledge and skills specific to applied work in the addictions field. You’ll learn theories of addiction, assessment, and therapeutic methods and be able to:

  • Discuss and evaluate theories and research regarding addictions etiology and treatment.
  • Formulate socially and culturally responsive approaches to diverse populations.
  • Evaluate ethical conflicts within the addictions field and articulate ethical responses.

Core Curriculum

General Education Courses

View a complete list of curriculum requirements.

Major Core Courses

The Psychology program requires a minimum of 48 credits in the major.

  • PSY 209 The Helping Relationship
  • PSY 229 Child Development: Contexts for Growth
  • PSY 230 Adult Development: Perspectives on Human Flourishing
  • PSY 235 Research Methods in Psychology
  • PSY 350 Personality Theories: Frameworks of Understanding in Psychology
  • PSY 351 Abnormal Psychology: Explorations through Film
  • PSY 352 Community Psychology: Cultural and Global Perspectives
  • PSY 499 Capstone Portfolio: Self-Assessment and Reflection on Learning (Culminating Graduation Requirement)
  • PSY 100/200/300/400 Independent Studies (May be taken two times – 1-4 cr.)

View core course descriptions.

General Education Courses Required for Psychology Majors

  • GPSY 120 Essential Topics in Psychology
  • GSTA 221 Statistics for the Professional

*Each course is three credits each unless noted otherwise


  • PSY 314  Psychology and the Law (4 cr.)
  • PSY 353  Criminal Behavior
  • PSY 354  Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling
  • PSY 355  Art Therapy: Theories and Methods
  • PSY/ESM 402  Organizational Psyhology (4 cr.)
  • PSY 440  Mindfulness Based Therapies
  • PSY 441  Empathy and Compassion
  • PSY 442  Life Stories & Spiritual Development
  • PSY 443  Counseling Theories and Practice for the Skilled Helper
  • CJM 309  Drugs in Society (4 cr.)
  • CJM 330  Gangs and Gang Subcultures (4 cr.)
  • FOR 315  Forensic Science & Criminology (4 cr.)
  • FOR 320  Emerging Trends in Forensic Science (4 cr.)

View electives descriptions.

Culminating Graduation Requirement

PSY 499 Capstone Portfolio

Self-Assessment and Reflection on Learning is the capstone course and final culminating graduation requirement (CGR) of the psychology major. With the support and advice of faculty, students select and revise key artifacts from previous courses that reflect their achievement of the Union Institute & University Learning Outcomes and Major Outcomes. A self-reflective process paper will accompany these materials and together they serve as the CGR for the major. The portfolio and process paper challenges students to integrate and reflect on the knowledge and skills they gained through their studies.