BA in Psychology

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program in Psychology prepares adults for career change, advancement or graduate education, while providing personal enrichment. The program has a strong focus on psychological principles and research methods, and explores the psychological approaches to various problems in the humanities, social sciences and the life sciences.  Students develop a broad general knowledge of the traditional liberal arts disciplines while developing a greater depth of knowledge in psychology.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical concepts, and historical trends in psychology
  • Use the scientific method to examine psychological questions
  • Articulate the importance of values, ethical standards and diversity in psychology
  • Apply psychological principles to personal, social and organizational issues

BA in Psychology Credit Distribution

Subject Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 60
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • English Composition I (ENC-101)
  • English Composition II (ENC-102)
  • College-Level Math Course
  • Electives in Intellectual and Practical Skills
B. Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World 18
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences or Interdisciplinary
C. Personal and Social Responsibility 9
  • Diversity/Global Literacy
  • Responsible Ethical Leadership
  • Other Ethics or Diversity Course
D. General Education Electives 18
II. Area of Study: Psychology 33
A. Required Courses 9
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Experimental Psychology
B. Capstone 3
  • LIB-495 Liberal Arts Capstone
C. Psychology Electives* 
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Adolescent Psychology
  • Child Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology Relations
  • Group Dynamics
  • Humanistic Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Personality
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Psychology of Addiction
  • Psychology of Adulthood
  • Psychology of Aging
  • Psychology of Death & Dying
  • Psychology of Learning
  • Psychology of Love & Interpersonal
  • Psychology of Minority Experience
  • Sensation & Perception
  • Social Psychology
  • Tests and Measurements
D. Requirements  
  • Courses transferred to Thomas Edison State College are equated to the following levels: 100, 200, 300 or 400. A minimum of 18 credits equating to 300 or 400 are required.
III. Free Electives 27
Total 120


*This list is a guide. Other psychology courses may be appropriate for the area of study.

Note 1:
The following TECEP® exam, DANTES exam or Guided Study course may be used as an elective in the psychology area of study.

  • SOS-301-TE Alcohol Abuse: Fundamental Facts (3 credits)
  • SOS-303-TE Substance Abuse: Fundamental Facts (3 credits)
  • SOS-305-DE Drug and Alcohol Abuse (3 credits)
  • SOS-304-GS Drugs and Society (3 credits)

Note 2: SOS-304-GS Drugs and Society DUPLICATES SOS-303-TE Substance Abuse: Fundamental Facts AND SOS-305-DE Drug and Alcohol Abuse.


Transfer Your Credit

Have you attended college before? If so, you may be able to transfer credits earned at other regionally accredited colleges or universities. The College also offers a variety of other ways to earn credit - all designed around the needs of adult learners, like you.

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