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The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology focuses on the development of skills that employers value, such as scientific reasoning and problem-solving, written and oral communication, ethical and social responsibility, and professionalism, preparing students for a wide range of occupations requiring only a bachelor’s degree while also preparing students for graduate training in psychology and professional programs.

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School of Arts and Sciences
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Psychology at FranU

Psychology Degree Options

FranU offers two psychology degree options:

Option 1 is primarily for degree-seeking students only interested in a Psychology degree.

Option 2 allows students to embed Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) courses and internships into a 121-credit hour degree plan. Successful completion of the degree plan results in students receiving both a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a certificate in ABA.

Please visit our ABA page to find more information about the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) certificate.

See the curriculum below for a degree plan with ABA certificate courses embedded. Currently, ABA courses are only offered in the face-to-face format; however, other courses in the psychology degree plan may be offered online or face-to-face.

Program Mission

The mission of the psychology program at FranU is to cultivate Franciscan servant leaders with integrated knowledge of the science of psychology for community engagement. Through vocational discernment, learner-centered teaching, and active-learning experiences, psychology graduates will be prepared for 21st century careers and entry into advanced degree programs.

Program Goals

  • Educate students with an integrated knowledge of the science of psychology;
  • Develop skills necessary for 21st century careers and entry into graduate or professional training programs;
  • Provide evidence-based educational experiences that promote integrated knowledge of the science of psychology, vocational discernment, community engagement, and Franciscan core values; and
  • Provide educational experiences that meet the needs of the communities we serve.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology graduates will demonstrate the following competencies and skills:

  • Knowledge and application of psychological concepts and frameworks to complex behavioral problems;
  • Skills related to scientific reasoning and problem-solving, including theory use and executing research methods;
  • Ethical and socially responsible behaviors in professional and personal settings in a landscape that involves increasing diversity and personal and professional values that can strengthen community relationships and contributions;
  • Competency in writing and in oral and interpersonal communication skills; and
  • Application of psychology-specific content and skills, effective self-reflection, project-management skills, teamwork skills, and career preparation.

FAQs

How many credits would I need to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology?

The Bachelor’s degree in psychology requires 120 credits to complete, which includes general education courses, psychology and psychology-related courses, and general electives.

What will I learn in the psychology program?

Students in the psychology program take courses that firmly establish the scientific foundation of the discipline and provide opportunities to develop competencies in scientific inquiry and critical thinking, ethical and social responsibility, communication, and professional development.

What types of courses can I choose to take in the psychology program?

Students select courses from four content domains identified by the American Psychological Association (APA, 2013): (1) developmental psychology, (2) sociocultural psychology, (3) psychology of learning and cognition, and (4) biological psychology to achieve an integrated knowledge of psychology. Additional upper division courses from each domain can be selected to align with students’ vocational goals.

What kinds of learning experiences can I have outside the classroom?

Students chose either a (1) practicum or (2) research project as a capstone experience, depending on students’ vocational goals. That is, students desiring to enter the workforce following graduation may choose to engage in a practicum experience with a FranU community partner; students desiring to pursue graduate training in psychology after graduation may choose to engage in a faculty-guided research project and present their research at the FranU Student Research and Scholarship Showcase.

Can I earn a professional certification as a student in the psychology program?

Students may choose to embed Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) courses and internships into the psychology program, allowing students to earn both the BA in Psychology and a certificate in ABA.

How can I explore potential career opportunities while earning my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology?

Vocational discernment and professionalism are cultivated and refined in two vocation-related courses, Vocations in Psychology and Senior Seminar.

Can I earn a minor in psychology?

Students majoring in other degree programs may earn a minor in Psychology. See the University Catalog for information on requirements for a minor in psychology.

How is FranU accredited as an institution?

FranU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees and is a member of the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities (institutions characterized by Franciscan values).

Accreditation

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University.

Curriculum

Curriculum Notes:

Total hours for Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology is 120 Credit Hours

Total hours for Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with the embedded Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) courses and internships is 120 Credit Hours

Additional requirements: 6 credits of Service-Learning Courses

*General Education Requirement: Students completing a baccalaureate degree must complete 44 credit hours of general education coursework. See the academic catalog for information on general education requirements.

**General Elective courses may be selected from a variety of disciplines with departmental approval. Coursework to fulfill requirements for a minor may be used to meet this requirement.