Bachelor of Arts Psychology

Union Institute & University’s Psychology major prepares you for a rewarding career in a variety of mental health and human services fields. Small online classes are taught by a dynamic group of practicing mental health professionals, who bring real-world experience to their teaching and value the life experience you bring to your studies. We offer concentrations in Holistic Studies, Forensic Psychology, and Addiction Studies.

120 Total credits
$545 Cost Per Credit Hour
Feb 28 Next Start Date

Union Institute & University’s Psychology major prepares you for a rewarding career in a variety of mental health and human services fields. Small online classes are taught by a dynamic group of practicing mental health professionals, who bring real-world experience to their teaching and value the life experience you bring to your studies. We offer concentrations in Holistic Studies, Forensic Psychology, and Addiction Studies.

Pyschology Concentration Options

Students who choose the Psychology Major may complete a generalized program or elect one of the following three concentrations within the major:

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Addictions Studies (ADDS)

The Addictions Studies concentration focuses on knowledge and skills specific to work in the addictions field. Students may choose from a variety of electives that focus on core competencies in addictions counseling, as well as special topics such as mindfulness-based approaches, trauma and recovery, and group work.  Core courses are taught by credentialed chemical dependency counselors and are designed to adhere to credentialing standards for chemical dependency counselor assistants.   

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Forensic Psychology (FPY)

The Forensic Psychology concentration focuses on the interface between psychology and the law. It focuses on knowledge and skills integral to careers in criminal justice, law enforcement, correctional psychology, and victim advocacy. Students choose from elective courses in the psychology major and the criminal justice management major. Electives in this concentration include topics such as Criminal Behavior, Gangs and Gang Subculture, and Social Psychology - among others.  

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Holistic Psychology (HPY)

This concentration examines the interrelationships among health, psychology, and spirituality. It focuses on knowledge and skills needed to be successful in careers such as holistic health, counseling, and spiritual direction.

  • 120 credit hour program (minimum)
  • Full & part-time options
  • Classes start every eight weeks
  • Transfer up to 90 credit hours
  • 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
  • GPSY 120- Essential Topics in Psychology
  • GSTA 221- Statistics for the Professional
  • CJM 309- Drugs in Society
  • CJM 317- Human Sex Trafficking as a Global Phenomenon
  • CJM 330- Gangs and Gang Subculture
  • FOR 310- Forensic Science Management
  • FOR 315- Forensic Science and Criminology
  • FOR 320- Emerging Trends in Forensic Science
  • PSY 100- Independent Studies
  • PSY 100/200/300/400- Independent Studies
  • PSY 314- Psychology and the Law
  • PSY 353- Criminal Behavior
  • PSY 354- Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling
  • PSY 355- Art Therapy: Theories and Methods
  • PSY 356- Forensic Psychology
  • PSY 402- Organizational Psychology
  • 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
  • PSY 499- Capstone Portfolio: Self-Assessment and Reflection on Learning

Applying Your Degree to Real World Experience

The major is designed to prepare adult students for a variety of careers in the mental health and human services field at the baccalaureate level. In addition, the real-world focus of this program offers ideal preparation for students interested in pursuing a career in clinical or counseling psychology through graduate-level study. It is closely aligned with Union’s Master of Arts major in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, which allows qualified students to begin their masters during their final term of the major. In addition, there is an accelerated pathway from the Bachelor of Arts program to the fully online Master of Arts program, where students can select from five unique programs.

Graduates frequently gain employment in organizations such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Mental Health Centers
  • Addiction Programs
  • Health and Wellness Centers
  • Aging and Long-term Care Facilities
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Youth Service Settings
  • Human Resources Departments
  • Marketing Departments

Skills & Benefits Union Students Gain

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Consider multiple perspectives in psychology.
  • Interpret basic psychological research, and demonstrate psychology information literacy.

Study at Your Own Pace

Union’s Psychology program is available to you whenever you find the time to study. Union’s flexibility gives you the power to advance your career.

Accelerated Bridge/Dual Enrollment Opportunities

Undergraduate students who excel in the Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology program have the opportunity to accelerate their progress into a master’s degree program in the final term required to complete the B.A. degree. Undergraduates meeting established criteria may enroll in two three-credit courses at the graduate level to bridge into a master’s degree.

 
  • Master of Arts with a major in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Science in Health Care Leadership
  • Master of Arts (except Applied Nutrition and Dietetics major)
  • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership
 

To learn more about our dual enrollment opportunities, view page 189 of the University Catalog, or call us at 800.861.6400 for more details.

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