Pursue your interests and advance your career with one of nine concentrations in our BS in Psychology degree program.
In this concentration, you will gain a solid foundation and knowledge of psychological principles and practices that relate to many different occupations. The curriculum will help you build on your ability to relate to all types of people as you increase your understanding of life in a complex world.
The curriculum charts below outline a program are designed for those who wish to pursue their MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC).
|Course Code||PSYC 1001||Course||Introduction to Psychology||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||PSYC 2000||Course||Psychology Seminar||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||PSYC 5723||Course||Multicultural Counseling||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.)
Students can increase their sensitivity, awareness and knowledge of, and skills related to multicultural counseling and working effectively with diverse clients in this course. Students explore how their own cultural development, biases, values, and strengths impact the development of their counseling approach. Embracing diversity and various client identity issues and their impact on the counseling relationship are foundational to the course. The application of traditional theoretical orientations and current multicultural theories to culturally diverse groups is also addressed. Topics include age, race, gender, sexual orientation, religious preference, physical disability, social class, ethnicity and culture, culturally sensitive diagnosis and assessment, and family patterns. Counseling Residency I.)
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.)
Choose five courses from any BS in Psychology concentration.
|Course Code||HUMN 5316||Course||Techniques of Counseling||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||PSYC 5102||Course||Introduction to Mental Health Counseling||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||PSYC 5306||Course||Ethics and Legal Issues in Counseling||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||PSYC 5722||Course||Counseling and Psychotherapy Theories||Credits||(5 cr.)|
Students in this course focus on principles and skills related to interviewing and observation as well as related legal, ethical, and cultural issues. Students gain practice in conducting interviews, making behavioral observations, collecting and interpreting data during an interview, and developing written reports of findings.
Students are introduced to the mental health counseling profession in this course. The history, philosophy, and theoretical foundations of the profession, and the scope of practice, credentialing, and other professional issues are explored. The focus in this course is on the student as a future mental health counselor. Students receive an overview of the mental health counseling program, the profession, and professional competencies.
Students in this course are provided with an introduction to the field of professional counseling and the foundations of counseling. Students explore the history, philosophy, cultural dynamics, and trends in professional counseling. They examine consultation as well as client and counselor advocacy, focusing on the counselor's role as social change agent. Students also examine and apply ethical standards of the counseling profession, including the American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics and counselor ethical decision-making processes. Through a final reflective project designed to influence their future ethical framework, students define their ethical perspectives, including influences, values, and goals.
There are hundreds of therapeutic theories and techniques available to frame the practice of counseling and psychotherapy. An important skill for mental health counselors is to understand the strengths and limitations of these theories to determine which are most appropriate and work best in their own personal practice. In this course, students explore the history of counseling and psychotherapy theories. They examine the major approaches to counseling and psychotherapy in current use, including empirical foundations, advantages, and limitations. Students assess examples of theory-based applications and develop a personal theory of counseling based on theories and techniques assessed in the course.
Choose 11 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.
Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.
The number of credits for completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.