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BA - Psychology
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Program Overview


Understand the mysteries of human behavior and mental processes and prepare yourself for a variety of career paths with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology online from A-State. This affordable program provides you with a challenging environment designed to foster a better understanding of yourself and others.

icon $258 Per Credit Hour
icon Up to 90 Transfer Credits
icon 120 Total Credit Hours
icon $258 Per Credit Hour
icon Up to 90 Transfer Credits
icon 120 Total Credit Hours

No matter what career path you choose, the principles of psychology can be used in almost any occupation. In this program, you will learn to understand and apply psychological principles to to social, personal and organizational issues. You will also learn to effectively design, implement and communicate research methods in psychology.

In our B.A. in Psychology program, you will:

  • Understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues
  • Be able to design, implement, and communicate research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretations
  • Develop strong critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and a scientific approach to address issues related to behavior and mental processes
  • Graduate with realistic ideas about how to use psychological knowledge, skills, and techniques in various occupations and in graduate school.

The last course in the program is a Professional Preparation Capstone in which you will develop a thesis based on what you’ve learned throughout the program. As a graduate, you will thoroughly understand how to use psychological knowledge, skills and techniques in a variety of roles.

This program prepares you for a variety of positions, including:

  • Market Researcher
  • Guidance Counselor/Career Advisor
  • Human Services Professional
  • Social or Community Services Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • Sales

Also available:

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Tuition


The B.A. in Psychology online program offers the same affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition for all U.S. residents. Tuition includes all administrative fees.

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Tuition Per Credit Hour $258
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Tuition Per Course $774
Per Credit Hour Per Course
U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total
$218.00 $40.00 $258.00 $654.00 $120.00 $774.00

Calendar


Our B.A. in Psychology is flexible and convenient for your busy lifestyle and features accelerated coursework and multiple start dates per year.

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Term Length Course Begin Course End Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day to Withdraw
Spring I 2020 7 wk 1/14/2020 2/28/2020 12/30/2019 1/3/2020 1/9/2020 1/10/2020 2/18/2020
Spring II 2020 7 wk 3/9/2020 5/1/2020 2/24/2020 2/28/2020 3/5/2020 3/6/2020 4/15/2020
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Admissions


A-State Online offers a streamlined admission process for both new students and transfers. Review the requirements for admission to the B.A. in Psychology online program below.

  • When completing the online application, choose the appropriate application type—A-State Online Freshman (if you have never attended college) or A-State Online Transfer (if you have previously attended any college).
  • Pay $30.00 non-refundable application fee
  • Submit an official High School Transcript with at least a 2.75 GPA or GED score of 500 (if taken prior to 2002) or 525 (if taken in or since 2002). The High School/GED requirement is waived for students who have previously successfully completed 13 or more transferrable college credit hours.
  • Submit official Test Scores (e.g., ACT or SAT). Test scores are considered official if they are delivered directly to us from a testing center or from your high school on your official transcript. Test scores are valid for a period of five years from the date of the exam. The test score requirement is waived for students who have previously successfully completed 24 or more transferrable college credit hours.
    • ACT test scores of 21 or greater on the composite score as well as 19 on the Math, Reading, and English sub-scores
    • SAT test score of 1070
  • Cumulative college GPA of at least 2.0 on previous college coursework.
  • No remediation courses are available for this program. If a student does not show test scores that clear the need for remediation, they must show completion of or readiness for the following program courses:
    • English requirement: Students may be considered eligible for admission based on completion of English Composition I, English Composition II, or Writing Fundamentals with a grade of C or better.
    • Math requirement: Students may be considered eligible for admission based on completion of College Algebra or Intermediate Algebra with a grade of D or better.
  • No conditional admission status is available for this program.
  • Foreign born students must submit an attested or notarized copy of their high school diploma in English. Students seeking to transfer from a non-U.S. university or college must submit official transcripts from these institutions. Transcripts will be evaluated by Arkansas State University. Proof of English proficiency may be required.

Additional Information

Students that have attended any other institution of higher education must meet the following requirements.

When the student has:

  • Less than 12 college hours: submit official final high school transcript and official test scores.
  • 13 - 23 college hours: have a minimum of 2.0 grade point average on cumulative transcripts and official test scores.
  • 24 or more college hours: have a minimum of 2.0 grade point average on cumulative transcripts.

Test scores are valid for five years from date of exam.

Submit all documents to:

A-State Online
P.O. Box 2520
State University, AR 72467

Fax: 870-972-3548
Email: academicpartnerships@astate.edu

For Non-US Postal Mail Overnight Delivery Only:

Academic Partnerships
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Jonesboro, AR 72401

Courses


Students in the B.A. in Psychology online program must complete a total of 120 credit hours. Required coursework includes PSY 1013: Making Connections: Psychological Wellness (3 credit hours), all core courses (30 credit hours), general education courses (35 credit hours—specific required courses listed below) and electives (52 credit hours).

Students must complete the following courses. All students must, during their first registration term, take PSY 1013, Making Connections: Psychological Wellness.

PSY 2023: Psychology as a Science and a Profession

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An overview of psychology as a science and as a profession encompassing psychological research methods, an exploration of the major and skills required for successful completion, areas of specialization, careers in psychology, and post-graduate opportunities. Prerequisite: PSY 2013.

PSY 3003: Research Design and Analysis in Psychology

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the design, implementation and analysis of psychological research, including descriptive, correlational and experimental methods. Restricted to B.A. in Psychology students.

PSY 3303: Motivation

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Survey of animal and human research in motivation, including biological drives, intrinsic and extrinsic sources of motivation, emotion and associated behaviors.

PSY 3453: Developmental Psychology

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Study of the life cycle from pre-birth through death including an examination of the major methods, theories and empirical findings.

PSY 3523: Social Psychology

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Overview of the major areas of social psychology, including social cognition, attitude theory, and intergroup relations, with emphasis on dual process models and implicit processes. Prerequisite: PSY 2013 or instructor permission.

PSY 3613: Cultural Psychology

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on issues of how human culture impacts the individual’s behavior, attitudes and mental health.

PSY 4343: Learning Processes

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The study of behavioral adaptation at the level of the individual. Includes empirical and theoretical issues related to classical and instrumental conditioning, complex learning, memory and the neural bases of learning and memory. Human and infrahuman data are considered. Prerequisite: PSY 2013 or instructor permission.

PSY 4363: Cognitive Psychology

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The study of human thinking, emphasizing empirical knowledge on processes involved in information processing, memory, knowledge representation, language and problem-solving. Prerequisite: PSY 2013 or instructor permission.

PSY 4533: Abnormal Psychology

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to various psychological disorders, including their diagnostic criteria, risk factors, and characteristics according to the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Prerequisite: PSY 2013 or instructor permission.

PSY 4883: Professional Preparation Capstone

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A culminating experience that allows students to crystallize their interests and goals in preparation for their next professional challenge and to showcase the skills and knowledge they have gained throughout their undergraduate curriculum in psychology. Prerequisite: PSY 3003.

PSY 2013: Introduction to Psychology

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Study of the important scientific, principles of individual human behavior from biological, cognitive, social, and behavioral perspectives.

PSY 1013: Making Connections: Psychological Wellness

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Required course for first semester freshmen. Core content includes transition to college, academic performance skills, problem solving, critical thinking, self-management, group building skills, and university policies.

CMAC 1003: Mass Communications

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of the interaction between society and mass communication through the lenses of history, theory, economics, culture, law, and technology.

POSC 2103: Introduction to US Government

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The constitution, government, and politics of the United States.

MUS 2503: Fine Arts – Music

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to music for the listener who has had no formal musical training or experience. A study of musical styles and composers and their cultural and historical contexts.

THEA 2503: Fine Arts – Theatre

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to aesthetic and critical appreciation of the art of theatre through lecture, live and video performance, and discussion.

You must take 52 hours of electives to satisfy the 120 credit hours required for this program. Courses may be chosen with the assistance of an advisor and per your degree plan. Electives can come from any courses offered as long as prerequisites are met.

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