Houghton Online | Psychology Degree


Bachelor of Science Degree Available


Convenient and customizable non-cohort model to allow for individualized planning


with six start dates per year.


or less to graduate with full-time & part-time options available

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About the Psychology Degree

“Change the world—one person at a time.”  That is a common goal for students who earn a psychology undergrad degree at Houghton.  A bachelor of psychology enables students to understand why we think, feel, and act as we do. Psychology majors gain perspective on their own experiences, develop sympathetic understanding of others, and learn ways to help people in need.

The major for a bachelor of arts (BA degree) requires 36 hours beyond the Introduction to Psychology course. All psychology majors complete 15 hours of core requirements, and then choose either General Psychology or a specialty track from:

  • Clinical/Counseling
  • Social/Development
  • Neuroscience

A psychology degree is:

  • For those who want to pursue professional careers in Human Services
  • For those who want to pursue graduate study leading to careers as mental health counselors, clinical psychologists, school psychologists or clinical social workers
  • For those who want to pursue careers in psychological research
  • For those who are want to enhance their knowledge of personnel or student development
  • A common course of study for students who wish to go on to earn a law degree
  • For those who are interested in pursuing careers in third-party conflict intervention like mediation, negotiation or arbitration
  • For those who want to work with youth, camps, or volunteer organizations.
  • Useful for anyone who is seeking a college degree to advance his or her career and works with people on a daily basis, such as sales professionals, managers, HR professionals and business owners, etc.

Skills and abilities you will gain:

  • An understanding of how people think and act—and how to help and motivate them
  • Analytical skills needed for many different areas of life, including career choices
  • Research and quantitative analysis skills useful for many occupations, including project development and project management skills
  • Conflict management, ethical reasoning, and critical thinking skills
  • Ability to communicate in writing and presentations for diverse audiences
  • The ability to better assess people for interviews and hiring decisions
  • An ability to better manage people in organizational settings

Admissions Requirements

Admissions overview

To qualify for admission, students must meet the following criteria:

Recent High School Grads

  • Online Application
  • Reference Form
  • High School Transcript
  • ACT/SAT scores

Working Professionals

  • Online Application
  • Professional Resume
  • College Transcripts (AND High School Transcript if applicant does not possess an Associate's Degree)

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Potential Career Options

Psychology graduates pursue such professional careers as clinical and counseling psychology, student and personnel development, school psychology, clinical social work, and human services. A knowledge of psychological functioning within individuals and in group settings is a valuable asset in professions such as law, business, education, medicine, therapeutic recreation, and ministry.

Program requirements & course details

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Concentrations Overview

Psychology B.A. Core Requirements (36 credits within major)

All students will take the same five core psychology courses. (18 credits)

  • PSY 111 Introduction to Psychology (3)
  • PSY 309 Statistics (4)
  •  PSY 310 Experimental Methods (4)
  •  PSY 354 Brain and Behavior (4)
  •  PSY 480 Senior Capstone Seminar (3)


  • One course in developmental psychology (PSY 213, 217, 230, or 321) (3)
  • PSY 305 Abnormal Psychology OR PSY 314 Child Psychopathology (3)
  • PSY 301 Psychology of Personality OR PSY 306 Psychology of Religion (3)
  • PSY 325 Human Sexuality OR PSY 335 Drugs and Behavior (3)
  • PSY 401 Counseling and Psychotherapy (3)
  • PSY 415 Internship (2 – 6)
  • PSY 213 Developmental Psychology (3) 
  • PSY 218 Social Psychology (3)
  • PSY 337 Social Cognition (3)
  • PSY 217 Adolescence & Emerging Adulthood OR PSY 230 Lifespan Development of the Family (3)
  • PSY 325 Human Sexuality OR PSY 314 Child Psychopathology (3)
  • PSY 301Psychology of Personality OR PSY 306 Psychology of Religion (3)
  • Psychology electives to total 36 credits beyond Introduction to Psychology (4)
  • PSY 325 Human Sexuality (3)
  • PSY 335 Drugs and Behavior (3)
  • PSY 336 Cognitive Neuroscience (3)
  • PSY 393 Collaborative Research (2 – 4)
  • PSY 301Psychology of Personality OR PSY 306 Psychology of Religion (3)


Students must complete at least one course within each concentration and earn a total 21 credits in Psychology outside the major core.   

Every single course I have taken has impacted my professional experiences. I have learned how to train professionals more efficiently and manage projects more effectively."

Sarah Elleman, Class of 2016

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