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  Sep 23, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

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Psychology, B.A.



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Psychology majors pursue a focused study of human thought, behavior and experience. Most of your required coursework is in psychology, but you’ll also gain a solid foundation in the theories, methodologies and applications of other human sciences.

Career Paths

Psychology graduates gain a strong, holistic sensibility that is good preparation for work in clinical, therapeutic, educational and research settings. Graduates go on to work in the helping professions, social sciences, organizational and community development, the nonprofit sector, and in secondary and higher education. The degree also prepares you well for graduate study in psychology and related disciplines such as social work, education, counseling, art therapy and interdisciplinary studies.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing a B.A. in Psychology will be able to:

  1. Trace the history and progression of psychological theory and practice.
  2. Attain an understanding of the processes of thought, learning and development.
  3. Recognize the ways in which theory, scientific investigation, politics and public opinion influence the identification, classification and treatment of psychological disorders.
  4. Develop an understanding of the contributions of social and biological influences on human behavior.
  5. Think critically about the elements of sound research methodology, including how to choose the appropriate methodologies for one’s inquiry.
  6. Demonstrate a basic working knowledge of the distinctions between and commonalities among human sciences disciplines.
  7. Understand and enact the process of scholarly inquiry to answer questions appropriate for human scientific research.

Summary of Degree Requirements


Major Requirements 60 credits
Marylhurst Core Requirements
 Note: Quantitative Reasoning satisfied within the major
40 credits
General Electives 80 credits
Total credits required for degree 180 credits

Major Requirements


Major Electives - 8 credits


Any psychology (PSY) or human studies (HMS) course may be used to meet this requirement.

Total for the Major: 60 credits


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