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 designed for those who wish to pursue their MS in Psychology.
|Course Code||PSYC 1001||Course||Introduction to Psychology||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||PSYC 2000||Course||Psychology Seminar||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||PSYC 5701||Course||Culture and Psychology||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||PSYC 5220||Course||Psychology 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 in this course explore the cultural components, research, and theory of cross-cultural psychology. In addition to the previously listed goals, students focus on the impact that culture has on the field of psychology around the world. The scope of this course is broad, with the core theme being cross-cultural psychology (focusing on cultures representing different parts of the world) and comparing cultural influence on human psychology. Many of the topics addressed in the course are related to human development. Additionally, interactions between culture and social behaviors, health, mental health, and mental illnesses are emphasized throughout the duration of this course.
Students in this course are introduced to the major theories of personality and personality assessment approaches. Research that supports various theories is presented. Basic concepts and principles of the various schools of thought are discussed. Major topics include psychoanalytic, biological, behaviorist, learning, social-cognitive, trait and skill, humanistic, and existential aspects of personality, as well as individual, cultural, and gender differences in personality. Themes of diversity are highlighted throughout the course.
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||PSYC 5215||Course||Lifespan Development||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||PSYC 5245||Course||Social Psychology||Credits||(5 cr.)|
|Course Code||PSYC 5781||Course||Psychopathology From a Clinical Perspective||Credits||(5 cr.)|
Students in this course receive an advanced overview of development through the lifespan, including prenatal, childhood, adolescent, adult, and late adult phases. Basic developmental processes and theories are examined and applied to developmental milestones that occur within these phases of development. Themes of diversity are highlighted throughout the course. Additional topics include ethics, research, global perspectives, and social change.
In this course, you will use the lens of social psychology to examine both social cognitions and social behavior—nearly all phenomena that pertain to the individual in society. You will explore the topics of perceptions, attitudes, relationships and attraction, the motivation to help others, prejudice and aggression, conformity and obedience, group behavior, and the influence of culture, and consider how knowledge of these topics can be used to effect positive social change. Your application of what you learn in this course culminates in a final project in which you develop a plan for using social psychology research to address a significant social problem. Moreover, your learning in this course will extend to your personal and professional life, and truly enable you to effect positive social change as a scholar-practitioner committed to doing so.
Students in this course are provided with an in-depth examination of current theory and research associated with major psychological disorders and their diagnosis. The primary classification systems are explored in terms of their applicability and limitations. The factors that impact the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders along a continuum of mental health are explored. Application of the diagnostic criteria in terms of case conceptualization is emphasized.
Choose 12 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.