|Bachelor of Arts in Psychology|
BACHELOR OF ARTS IN PSYCHOLOGY
In keeping with the graduation requirements of UWest, the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology requires the completion of 120 semester units of coursework, with a minimum grade-point average of 2.0. The 120 units include a minimum of 48 units in General Education, of which 9 units must be upper division courses, and 30 units of electives. Forty-two (42) units must be taken in Psychology, of which 36 must be upper division courses. Furthermore, 30 semester units must be completed at the UWest, of which 24 must be upper division courses.
1) Psychology Major Prerequisites (6 units)
2) General Education Requirements (48 units): For details, please refer to General Education Requirements
3) Psychology Major Requirements (42 units)
Lower Division Courses (6 units)
Goals and Objectives: Coursework for the psychology major is divided into lower and upper division courses. Students who have completed the lower division courses will be able to demonstrate a breadth of familiarity with psychological terms, concepts, theories, and major debates within the field. They will also gain increased awareness of their own cultural identity and related values and beliefs.
Upper Division Courses (36 units)
Goals and Objectives: Upper division coursework will result in students’ ability to demonstrate real life applications of psychological terms, concepts, theories, and major debates within the field of psychology.
Students will also have a more sophisticated awareness of their cultural identities and be able to transfer this self awareness into an awareness of the pervasive influence of culture. Cultural awareness includes, but is not limited to, cultural distinctions in values and beliefs, as well as issues of power, privilege, discrimination, and bias. Furthermore, students having completed upper division courses will demonstrate depth in select topic areas of coursework completed.
Core Courses (18 units)
Electives (15 units – select at least 2 courses from each of the following sections)
Capstone Course (3 units)
The learning outcomes for the B.A. Psychology degree are informed by the American Psychological
1. Wisdom and Skillful Means: Students are thoroughly prepared for academic and professional success. A prepared student acquires the following:
• Students will demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
• Students will be able to apply psychological principles to personal, social and organizational issues.
• Students will be able to weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect the values that are the underpinning of the discipline of psychology.
• Students will maintain their academic integrity.
• Students will be able to use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry and, when possible, the scientific method to discern, evaluate and criticize specific issues in psychology.
• Students will be able to clearly articulate their study of psychology in speech and writing.
2. Self-Awareness: Students are prepared to engage in an on-going process of self-understanding that enables them to lead happy, purposeful lives characterized by healthy relationships to self and others. This enatails the following:
• Students will be able to relate their training in psychology to their own self-exploration and character development.
• Students will be able to demonstrate effective leadership skills.
• Students will be able to use their knowledge of psychology to explore and express ideas about themselves.
• Students will demonstrate effective teamwork skills.
3. Liberation: Students recognize the diversity and dignity of all beings and understand their own role in the pursuit of social justice.
• Students will be able to recognize, understand and respect sociocultural and international diversity, especially in regard to its impact on psychology.
Liberation from Suffering
• Students will be able to relate issues in psychology to social, economic and environmental issues.
4. Interdependence: Students possess a holistic understanding of global interdependence in order to cultivate compassionate thought, speech, and action in service to themselves, others, and the environment.
• Students will recognize their ability to increase wellness and reduce suffering of self and others through service-oriented activities.
• Students will demonstrate an understanding and respect for diverse contributions to Western Psychology theory, research, and practice.
• Students will demonstrate compassionate sensitivity toward themselves and others.