Explore the mysteries of the human mind and use those insights to change lives.
For individuals in the helping professions who want to gain knowledge in psychology or help prepare themselves for an advanced degree, the Applied Psychology concentration provides a foundation. Learn about psychological development at all stages of life. Study the most common psychological disorders and keys to effective diagnoses. Improve your abilities in research, statistics, and data analysis.
Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.
This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment specialist at 855-646-5286.
|Course Code||HMNT 1001||Course||Living and Learning in a Technological World||Credits||(6 cr.)|
Imagine life without cell phones, television, or the Internet. Recent technological developments have significantly altered all aspects of human life: at work; in play; and in personal, family, and social interactions. In this course, students examine the advantages, disadvantages, and controversies of living and learning in an ever-changing technological environment. By exploring multiple perspectives, students discover how technology is changing media, culture, business, health, human behavior, and overall access to information. In a dynamic, reflective, and engaging classroom environment, students use a variety of audio, visual, literary, and artistic resources, to engage in open dialogue. Students are also introduced to the tools essential to success at Walden. Students complete the course with a personalized success plan that provides a customized roadmap and tools that they can use immediately on their journey toward the completion of their bachelor's degree. *Note: virtual, cyber, digital, and asynchronous are used to describe online environments in this course.
|Course Code||PSYC 1001||Course||Introduction to Psychology||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||PSYC 2000||Course||Psychology Seminar||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||PSYC 2001||Course||Cross-Cultural Psychology||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||PSYC 2009||Course||Theories of Personality||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||PSYC 3002||Course||Introduction to Basic Statistics||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||PSYC 3003||Course||Methods in Psychological Inquiry||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||PSYC 4010||Course||Psychology Capstone||Credits||(5 cr.)|
In this course, students will be introduced to the scientific study of observable behavior and internal experiences such as thoughts and feelings. Psychological facts, principles, and theories associated with methods of analysis, learning, memory, brain functioning, sensation, perception, motivation, emotions, personality, social behavior, human development, and psychological disorders and treatment will be introduced. Students will learn to understand human behavior by examining the integrative influences of biological, psychological, and social-cultural factors. The concepts in this course will prepare psychology majors for more in-depth study of the major areas of psychology, and will provide a foundational understanding of human behavior for non-psychology majors.
In this survey course, BS in Psychology program majors assess their marketable skills, career needs, and career goals. Students learn to make informed choices and plans regarding graduate training in psychology or other related fields of study, as well as job-seeking skills in psychology. Additional topics covered are introductory-level approaches to critical thinking, information literacy skills, and writing in the format and style of the discipline. Students will also reflect on how their chosen major of psychology relates to Walden's mission of social change. This course is graded as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. PSYC 1001.)
Contemporary life requires the ability to relate to people who are different. In this course, students will explore major areas of psychology in light of culture's influence, challenging their own world views and unconscious biases in order to develop greater sensitivity to the impact of cultural differences on interactions in a variety of settings. Topics include definitions and approaches to understanding culture; the role of psychology in understanding bias; cultural aspects of cognition and intelligence; emotion; motivation; development and socialization; disorders; and applications of cross-cultural psychology. PSYC 1001 [or PSYC 1002 and PSYC 1003] and PSYC 2000.)
This course is an introduction to the theoretical approaches to understanding personality. Students examine key theorists and theories including psychoanalytic, neopsychoanalytic, humanistic, trait, biological, behaviorist, and social-cognitive approaches. Perspectives on personality are applied to personal and social issues. PSYC 1001 [or PSYC 1002 and PSYC 1003] and PSYC 2000.)
A hallmark of science is the use of numbers to convey research findings; understanding these numbers has both practical and academic value. In this course, students examine basic statistical principles and vocabulary, differentiating methods of data analysis, and interpreting statistical results. The goal of the course is for students to better understand the importance of statistics in research. PSYC 1001 [or PSYC 1002 and PSYC 1003] and PSYC 2000.)
A variety of factors may cloud judgment when interpreting experiences.In this course, students learn about research methods that psychologists use to test hypotheses in an objective and systematic manner to minimize biases, providing a framework for more accurate conclusions. Students examine experimental and non-experimental methods, issues related to the validity and reliability of measurement, dependent and independent variables, sampling, and ethical concerns related to psychological research. PSYC 1001 [or PSYC 1002 and PSYC 1003] and PSYC 2000 or PSYC 3002.)
In this course, students integrate knowledge and skills attained through their psychology coursework to create a final Capstone Paper that examines one area of psychology through a professional lens. In addition, students engage in scholarly discourse about key issues and theories, including ethics, learned throughout the program. Finally, students reflect on their experience in the program and consider career possibilities that might utilize their learning while considering ways to contribute to positive social change. PSYC 1001, PSYC 2000, and PSYC 2101.)
Human Development: Childhood and Adolescence
Human Development: Adulthood
|Course Code||PSYC 3001||Course||Cognitive Psychology||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||PSYC 3004||Course||Psychological Disorders||Credits||(5 cr.)|
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|Course Code||PSYC 2004||Course||Motivation and Emotion||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||PSYC 4001||Course||Cultural Perspectives in Health Psychology||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||PSYC 4002||Course||Brain and Behavior||Credits||(5 cr.)|
Humans experience many developmental changes throughout the lifespan, but those of greatest significance occur from conception to young adulthood. In this course, students examine key theories related to various aspects of development in infants, children, and adolescents. Students apply social, biological, and cognitive maturation processes and perspectives to better understand their own development and personal experiences. They also discuss related topics, such as cross-cultural issues, attachment and temperament, language and personality development, and puberty and sexual development. PSYC 1001 [or PSYC 1002 and PSYC 1003] and PSYC 2000.)
Adulthood represents a rich developmental experience including many significant life transitions. In this course, students explore the key theories, transitions, and applications of adult development. They examine the social, biological, and cognitive maturation processes that define development of adulthood into older age. Students engage in assignments designed to provide practical application of theories to specific transitions and topical issues, such as career changes, attachment and marital satisfaction, personality, retirement, and cognition. Applying concepts presented in the course, students discuss cross-cultural issues in development, emotional development, adult roles, memory, and physical aging. PSYC 1001 [or PSYC 1002 and PSYC 1003] and PSYC 2000.)
Students in this course are provided with a comprehensive overview of cognitive psychology, the scientific study of mental processes: How people acquire, store, transform, use, and communicate information. Topics may include perception, attention, language, memory, reasoning, problem solving, decision making, and creativity. PSYC 1001 [or PSYC 1002 and PSYC 1003] and PSYC 2000.)
Psychological disorders form the basis of diagnosis in psychology. In this course, students examine a wide variety of common psychological disorders, including mood, thought, anxiety, substance abuse, sexual, personality, and dissociative disorders. Students also explore underlying causes, symptoms, diagnoses, and treatments. They examine concepts of normal and abnormal as related to psychology, methods used in the process of diagnosis, and the measurement of psychological functioning. Students also differentiate among disorders and learn limits to effective diagnosis. Applying concepts and theories learned in the course, students demonstrate their understanding through practical application and case study assignments. PSYC 1001 [or PSYC 1002 and PSYC 1003] and PSYC 2000.)
What drives people to do what they do? In this course students have the opportunity to answer this question as they explore basic theories of motivation and emotion. They also explore bodily needs, such as hunger, thirst, and sex, that drive people to action; concepts in motivation, such as achievement, altruism, and conflict; and concepts related to emotion, including happiness, hormonal influences, and mood. Students assess content and share different perspectives through peer discussions on related topics, such as sources of motivation, hunger and eating, need for power, extraversion, goals, and decision making. PSYC 1001 [or PSYC 1002 and PSYC 1003] and PSYC 2000.)
How does one's culture influence health-related behavior and how does culture impact an individual's response to stress, pain, and illness? In this course, students learn how biological, psychological, sociological, and cognitive factors affect individual health behaviors. Students engage in discussions and practical, application-based assignments on a variety of topics, including cultural responses to health, stress management, and coping mechanisms; pain theory and management techniques; health psychology theories and models; and strategies for helping people achieve health psychology goals when faced with illness. Students apply principles of health psychology to case studies and real-life examples related to promoting, achieving, and maintaining optimal health as well as psychological adjustment to illness in different cultures. PSYC 1001 [or PSYC 1002 and PSYC 1003] and PSYC 2000.)
The study of the brain and how it functions has contributed significantly to the understanding of how people react and adapt to their environments. In this course, students examine basic brain physiology and learn how the brain functions to control behavior. Students explore specific applications of brain structure to memory and attention, sensation and perception, development, socialization, motivation and emotion, and socialization. They apply concepts and theories about the brain to psychological health and well-being. PSYC 1001 [or PSYC 1002 and PSYC 1003] and PSYC 2000.)
Choose two of the four courses listed below or any two 3000-level or 4000-level courses from the other BS in Psychology concentrations.
|Course Code||PSYC 3005||Course||Racial and Ethnic Identities||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||PSYC 3006||Course||Psychology of Gender||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||PSYC 3007||Course||Influence and Persuasion||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||PSYC 4006||Course||Global Perspectives in Psychology||Credits||(5 cr.)|
Most people recognize and appreciate the individuality of human beings, including race and ethnicity as related to self-perception and to the perception of others. In this course, students explore their own racial and ethnic identities in the context of contemporary psychological knowledge as well as contemporary issues and challenges related to race and ethnicity. Students explore and discuss a variety of topics, including the development of racial and ethnic identities; social classification; privilege and stigma; perceptions of racial and ethnic identities; assimilation; inequalities in race and ethnicity; and the relationship of race and ethnicity to social change. Students apply psychological concepts to better understand their own sense of ethnic and racial identities and how these identities shape their experiences in the world. PSYC 1001 [or PSYC 1002 and PSYC 1003] and PSYC 2000.)
Researchers have demonstrated that there are few psychological differences between men and women. And yet history and conventional thinking indicate otherwise. Students in this course are introduced to the basic theories, principles, and applications of gender and gender differences. Students explore distinctions between sex and gender, masculinity and femininity, and sexuality and sexual orientation; gender differences in social behavior, perception, and cognitive abilities; and cross-cultural research on gender and sexuality. Through discussions and applications, students debunk myths surrounding sex and gender similarities and differences, and they apply theories to case examples and individual experiences. PSYC 1001 [or PSYC 1002 and PSYC 1003] and PSYC 2000.)
Students in this course examine major concepts and theories of influence and persuasion. Understanding the psychology of influence and persuasion, and recognizing how we use it in daily interactions—or how we experience it used by others—is a vital component of making positive decisions about relationships and careers, as well as everyday challenges and opportunities in our lives. Students will apply specific theories to common situations to analyze and evaluate the impact of influence and persuasion on their own and others' attitudes, beliefs, and behavior. Particular areas of study include influence and persuasion in daily communication; cultural considerations; media and consumer behavior; and politics and leader influence. Throughout the course, students also apply self-reflection strategies to case studies and their personal experiences and also assess the ethical aspects of influence and persuasion. PSYC 1001 [or PSYC 1002 and PSYC 1003] and PSYC 2000.)
While traditional psychology in the United States has been Western in focus, increased globalization has promoted an examination into human behavior from a broader perspective that includes the influence of cultural and global trends on individual and group behavior. In this course, students explore a variety of global perspectives in psychology as well as some of the issues and controversies facilitated by differing cultures. They explore and discuss trends and research methods in global psychology, indigenous psychology, psychotherapy in a global world, and the role of psychologists internationally. Students critically evaluate psychological issues from a global rather than a domestic perspective. PSYC 1001 [or PSYC 1002 and PSYC 1003] and PSYC 2000.)
Choose 13 courses from General Education, BS in Psychology, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least four credits must be at the 3000–4000 level. Elective credits must total 65 credits to meet the BS in Psychology program requirements.