Pursue your interests and advance your career with one of nine concentrations in our BS in Psychology degree program.
Through the Human Services concentration, you can gain knowledge to help create meaningful and positive change in your community. Following an interdisciplinary approach, you’ll examine many of the challenges facing society today—including poverty, drug addiction, and domestic violence—and learn how to work effectively with families, human services agencies, and organizations to implement solutions that improve quality of life. You can develop skills in such areas as crisis intervention and conflict management and then apply those skills to better serve clients in your community. This concentration can also help you prepare for a career as a caseworker, advocate, or policymaker.
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 advisor 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.)
In addition to the five required courses, choose two additional courses from the other four described below.
|Course Code||PSYC 4008||Course||Intergroup Conflict and Peace Building||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||HUMN 1020||Course||The Humanitarian Professional in a Changing World||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||HUMN 4001||Course||Case Management for Persons in Need||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||HUMN 4002||Course||Effective Human Services Interviewing||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||PSYC 3010||Course||Crisis and Intervention||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Choose two additional courses from the following|
Interdisciplinary Experience: Change and Population Movements Across Borders
Interdisciplinary Experience: Sustaining Quality of Life in the City
Human Development: Childhood and Adolescence
Human Development: Adulthood
In a world encumbered with conflict, tension, and injustice, strategies for building peace are essential. In this course, students assess theories and principles of conflict management and resolution. They examine and employ theories and applications of intergroup dynamics; principles and underlying philosophies of non-violence; and social science principles to understand conflict and promote peace. Students gain practical experience applying principles of peace building to proposing solutions for contemporary, individual, and social issues. PSYC 1001 [or PSYC 1002 and PSYC 1003] and PSYC 2000.)
The social service and humanitarian services field provides rewarding and challenging situations as professionals support diverse populations in an effort to change the lives of individuals, families, and communities. Students in this course explore the profession and the role of a humanitarian professional in this increasingly diverse and complex world. As students explore the range of humanitarian efforts, they self-assess their own aspirations, abilities, skills, characteristics, ethics, and cultural identity in preparation for their future in the humanitarian profession. Students examine a range of roles, responsibilities, and social change efforts of humanitarian professionals. Students also explore ethical issues that can arise when working in diverse cultures around the globe. Applying foundational concepts, students also investigate current trends in the field of humanitarian service.
This course is designed to provide students with practical skills for organizing and brokering community resources for human service clients. This will include emphasis on needs assessment for different client communities, developing plans for comprehensive care services, and utilizing formal and informal networks to maximize client access to services. Emphasis will be placed on interagency coordination as well as human service community resource building to achieve success in service delivery.
This course is designed to provide students with basic skills for directly interfacing with a diverse community of clients. This will include emphasis on active listening, paraphrasing and summarizing, and respecting clients' cultural backgrounds in all aspects of information gathering. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the roles of different types of interviews, and the differing functions of open or closed questions for addressing distinct problems in living and areas of need that clients present.
In this course, students examine situational procedures and techniques necessary in defusing situations identified as crises. Students work toward gaining skills to evaluate crisis experiences by combining active listening with an understanding of crisis patterns. Through class activities, such as case studies and comparative analyses, they learn how to work through difficult emotional, social, and health crises. Students also assess concepts and share perspectives though peer discussion on related topics, such as intervention models and strategies; system crisis intervention; collaboration; countertransference; secondary traumatic stress disorder and vicarious trauma; burnout prevention; and referral resources. (Prerequisite: PSYC 1001.)
Explore the changes—both real and perceived—experienced by immigrants and the members of an existing community. Students collaborate to explore multiple perspectives derived from the social and natural sciences and the humanities. Subject matter is treated as unresolved issues to be explored rather than defined knowledge to be learned. Upon completion, students will be able to identify how population movements affect individuals and communities. IDST 1001 or IDST 3035 or PSYC 1002 and PSYC 1003.)
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.)
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 nine courses from General Education, B.S. in Psychology, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least four credits must be at the 3000–4000 level. Elective credits must total 45 credits to meet the B.S. in Psychology program requirements.