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Online Psychology Major

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology offers students a robust, contemporary and rigorous experience in the methods and content of psychology. Graduates of the program develop lifelong skills in scientific thinking and understanding of human thought, behavior and interaction. The educational learning in combination with the internship experience prepares students to enter a career of their choice. 

This is a 44-credit program. For tuition and financial aid information,
please call 
888-859-0641 or visit online.csp.edu. 

APPLICATION PROCESS -
For admission consideration, a student must submit:
1. Bachelor of Arts application
2. Official transcripts from all previous institutions attended
3. Personal statement

TO APPLY-
Applications are available at www.csp.edu/apply or by contacting the Office of Admission.
Email application materials to: onlineinfo@csp.edu. 

A list of classes can be found on this Continuing Studies website Search for Classes choosing Psychology Major from the drop down category list. Then register through CSP Connect. 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

PSY101 Intro to Psychology - 4 credits
This course introduces the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Psychological, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, psychodynamic and social-cultural perspectives are explored. Topics such as scientific method, statistical reasoning, neuroscience, learning, cognitive processes, development, psychological adjustment, therapy, social psychology, diversity and community are studied.

* Students choose one of the following developmental courses.

*PSY210 Child Psychology and Development -4 credits
A broad sketch of human growth and development is provided from the prenatal stages to the adolescent years. Developmental processes are studied from both a biological and social-cultural perspective to understand physical and perceptual development, cognition and language, personality and social development. Child studies of children at the students? projected levels of teacher certification are required. (Prerequisite: PSY101)

*PSY220 Adolescent Psychology - 4 credits
This course examines developmental phenomena of adolescence, its physiological, emotional, cognitive, parent-child, social, vocational and religious dimensions, with opportunity for personal exposure to youth?s needs and interacting societal institutions. (Prerequisite: PSY101)

*PSY 230 Lifespan Developmental Psychology - 4 credits
This course is a scientific study of development from prenatal life through late adulthood, with emphasis on the interplay of psychological processes, heredity and environment. This chronological review addresses physical, cognitive, social and emotional changes across the lifespan. Students observe children in the campus Early Childhood Center or in a similar setting off campus. (Prerequisite: PSY101)

*PSY215 Child & Adolescent Psychology for K-12 Ed- 4 credits
This course will provide K through 12 educators an understanding of human growth and development from the prenatal stages through adolescence. Developmental processes are studied from both a biological and social-cultural perspective to understand physical and perceptual development, cognition and language, personality and social development. Child studies, examining various aspects of child and adolescent development, are required. (Prerequisite: PSY101)

PSY380 Research Methods - 4 credits
This course covers a variety of research strategies for studying psychological phenomena. Students will conduct studies using different research methodologies and will gain experience in analyzing data and writing research reports. Descriptive Statistics, measures of central tendency, correlation, multiple regression, inferential statistics, chi-square, t-tests, analysis of variance, hypothesis testing with application to research methodologies will be taught. (Prerequisites: PSY101, MAT110)

PSY330 Introduction to Counseling - 4 credits
Basic theory, principles, and techniques of counseling and its application to counseling settings are explored. In addition, students develop counseling skills in the following three theoretical areas: person-centered therapy, behavioral contracting, and reality therapy. The student becomes both teacher and subject in experiential laboratory sessions. (Prerequisite: 8 credits of psychology)

PSY300 Cognition, Learning & Memory -4 credits
This course introduces students to important insights and theoretical principles of modern cognitive science. Students study human cognition, perception and attention, memory, knowledge representation, language, reasoning, problem solving, cognitive development, creativity, learning, and individual differences in cognition. (Prerequisite: PSY101)

PSY360 Abnormal Psychology - 4 credits
An introduction to the study of abnormal psychology. The course covers a wide range of behaviors that are distressing to a person or society or which are otherwise identified as abnormal. A comprehensive review of the etiologies of psychological disorders, discussion of available treatments and a focus on the effects that mental illness has on the individual, the family system, and society are included. Current controversies in the field are identified. (Prerequisite: PSY101)

SOC451 Social Psychology - 4 credits
Students examine how the individual?s personality, behavior and attitudes are shaped through interaction with others. The course deals with such issues as conformity, persuasion, aggression, altruism, and attraction. Individual behavior is understood in light of symbolic communication and the social construction of the self. (Prerequisite: SOC152 or PSY101)

PSY370 Intro to Personality Theories - 4 credits
This course introduces the student to a variety of personality theories including psychoanalytic, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic and trait and type theories. Issues in personality measurement and assessment techniques are also presented and discussed. (Prerequisite: PSY101)

PSY498 Psychology Internship - 12 credits
This internship provides the student with an in-depth field experience in a work setting that provides services that are psychological in nature. The student learns to apply psychological theories and principles. The student in conjunction with the academic advisor selects an appropriate internship site which meets the needs and vocational interests of the student.