Bachelor of Arts
This major is available on the Aurora, George Williams College, and Woodstock Center campuses.
This major is offered in the traditional and AU Online format.
Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behavior. A bachelor of arts degree in psychology can prepare students for a variety of career options, including careers in the human services, business management, personnel, counseling, behavioral instruction, or as a family worker and youth advocate. The major is also an excellent preparation for graduate study in a variety of areas including psychology, business, education, social work, and law. As a psychology major, students will study human behavior from a lifespan developmental perspective including both abnormal and normal behavior as it is affected by the learning process, personality development, motivation, the cultural environment, and interaction with others.
This dynamic field has long been one of the most popular areas of study for Aurora University students. Because of the flexible program requirements and the opportunity to develop individual interests, the psychology major is often teamed with criminal justice, sociology, social work, recreation, political science, business, or communication in a student’s pursuit of a double major or a minor. Independent study and internship opportunities are readily available. Aurora University students have worked in local hospitals, social service agencies, group homes, schools, as well as in various businesses, state institutions and government offices.
|PSY-3380||Brain and Behavior||4|
|PSY-3410||Career Exploration in Psychology||4|
|PSY/SOC-3500||Statistics in the Behavioral Sciences||4|
|PSY-3520||Research Methods in Psychology||4|
|PSY-4700||Contemporary Issues in Psychology||4|
|Select 8 semester hours of the following:||8|
|Learning and Motivation|
|Child and Adolescent Development|
|Adult Development and Aging|
|Select 4 semester hours of the following:||4|
|Clinical and Counseling Psychology|
|Select 4 semester hours of the following: 1||4|
|Applied Behavior Analysis|
|Issues in Study of Gender and Sexuality|
|Selected Topics in Psychology|
|Selected Topics in Psychology|
|Sensation and Perception|
Students may also select another four semester hour course from Group A or B list.
Students seeking professional preparation for the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) certification or additional coursework in forensic psychology should consult the Supplemental Course Listing section for guidance in major and free elective course selection.
Undergraduate Degree Requirements
A student who graduates from Aurora University with a baccalaureate degree will have met the following requirements:
- Completion of all requirements for an approved major (with no grades lower than “C”).
- Overall completion of at least 120 semester hours of coursework with a GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale (a course may be utilized only once in application toward a degree requirement, unless otherwise noted in the academic regulations). The 120 semester hours of coursework must include:
- At least 52 semester hours completed at a senior college.
- Residency Requirement - At least 30 semester hours completed at Aurora University, including the last 24 semester hours in the degree, and including at least 18 semester hours in the major. (Portfolio assessment credit, life and vocational experience credit, off-campus experience credit, examination credit, participation credit, and block credit, shall not count toward the residency requirement).
- Upper-Division Requirement - A minimum of 30 semester hours numbered 3000 or above. Of these 30 semester hours, 15 semester hours must lie within the major and 15 semester hours must be completed at Aurora University.
- Completion of all General Education requirements (with no grades lower than “C”), as follows:
- Quantitative and Formal Reasoning competency requirement
- ENG-1000 Introduction to Academic Writing
- IDS-1200 Discover What Matters or GWC-1000 or IDS-3040 Global Justice
- IDS-1150 First Year Experience or GWC-4000 - Not required for Transfer or AU Online students)
- Satisfactory participation in the junior-year mentoring and assessment process designed to guide students to successful completion of their degree and to encourage planning for next steps beyond graduation. (IDS-3500 Junior Mentoring Program I and IDS-3550 Junior Mentoring Program II - Not required for ADC or AU Online students)
- Distribution Requirements
Students will complete one approved course1 from each of the following categories:
- Artistic Literacy
- Cultural Literacy
- Human Inquiry
- Scientific Inquiry
In addition to the above, ADC and Online students will also complete one approved course1 from the following category:
- Integration and Application
Only courses that are approved to meet the distribution requirement can be used toward this requirement. See the list of approved courses for available options. Courses taken to meet distribution requirements are 4 semester hours apiece, with the following exceptions:
- Knowledge Base in Psychology:
- Describe key concepts, principles, content domains, and overarching themes in psychology
- Describe applications of psychology
- Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking:
- Use scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena and engage in integrative thinking and problem solving
- Demonstrate psychology information literacy
- Interpret, design, and conduct basic psychological research
- Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice
- Demonstrate proficiency in probabilistic reasoning and statistical analysis
- Professional Development:
- Demonstrate effective writing for different purposes
- Exhibit effective presentation skills for different purposes
- Interact effectively with others
- Develop meaningful professional direction for life after graduation