Psychology Degree

The scientific study of human behavior and mental processes.

At Park University, our Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree program is designed to prepare students for careers in many different fields, including: counseling, helping professions, business, industry, research and development, advertising, college teaching, medical settings, basic research, criminal justice, and government.

While studying psychology, students will learn about this broad discipline that deals with human behavior and mental processes. Ultimately, the psychology degree program at Park University helps students learn the science and application of this discipline.

Locations & Learning Options

As a student in our Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree program, you’ll able to take face-to-face classes at our Parkville, Missouri campus or at one of over 41 campus centers nationwide. You may also take classes online. Students who choose to pursue a minor in psychology may take classes face-to-face in Parkville or online.

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree requires a minimum of 122 completed credit hours, including 42 hours of degree-specific core curriculum and approved electives. The minor in psychology requires 18 hours of degree-specific curriculum courses. Refer to your catalog for a complete listing of coursework for this degree.


  • Parkville, MO
  • Gilbert, AZ
  • Malmstrom AFB (
  • Online
  • Parkville, MO
  • Online

B.A. MAJOR – 42 HOURS , 2.0 GPA

Psychology Core …………….. 27 cr.

PS 101 Introduction to Psychology …………… 3 cr.

PS/SO 300 Research Methods ……………….. 3 cr.

PS/SO 307 Statistics for Social Sciences …………… 3 cr.

PS 315 Theories of Personality …………. 3 cr.

PS 404 History and Systems of Psychology ………… 3 cr.

PS 406* Experimental Psychology………………. 3 cr.

PS 407 Field Placement in Psychology ……………. 1-6 cr.

PS/SO 497 Capstone Seminar ……………….. 3 cr.

Select one of the following: ……… 3 cr.

PS 388 Learning and Motivation (3 cr.)

PS 408 Cognitive Psychology (3 cr.)

PS 423 Physiological Psychology (3 cr.)

At least five of the following electives: ………………. 15 cr.

PS 125 Lifespan Development (3 cr.)

PS 205 Child Psychology (3 cr.)

PS 206 Introduction to Guidance and Counseling (3 cr.)

PS/SO 220 Ethical Issues in Social Science (3cr)

PS 221 Adolescent Psychology (3 cr.)

PS 222 Adult Development and Aging (3 cr.)

PS/SO 301 Social Psychology (3 cr.)

PS 302 Tests and Measurements (3 cr.)

PS 303 Career Counseling and Development (3 cr.)

PS 309 Human Sexuality (3 cr.)

PS 341 Positive Psychology (3 cr.)

PS 358 Applied Behavioral Analysis (3 cr.)

PS 361 Cross-Cultural Psychology (3 cr.)

PS 363 Psychology of Sport (3 cr.)

PS 381 Psychology of Gender (3 cr.)

PS 390 Special Topics in Psychology (3 cr.)

PS 401 Abnormal Psychology (3 cr.)

PS 402 Systems of Psychotherapy (3 cr.)

PS 405 Independent Study in Psychology (3 cr.)

PS 407 Field Placement (additional credits beyond core requirement) (1-6 cr.)

PS 410 Social Influences and Persuasion (3 cr.)

PS 424 Industrial and Organizational Psychology (3 cr.)

TOTAL …………………………….. 42 cr.

*Program-specified substitution for EN 306 writing requirement.

MINOR – 18 HOURS , 2.0 GPA

18 hours which must include PS 101, PS/SO 301, PS 315, and PS 341

Dr. Timothy Westcott

Interim Dean
Associate Professor of History

Dr. Andrew Johnson

Program Chair
Professor of Psychology

Dr. Cynthia Cerrentano

Associate Professor of Psychology

Dr. Brian Cowley

Professor of Psychology

Embark on your career in psychology with an understanding of this unique discipline.

At Park University, we aim to help our students better understand diverse human societies and cultures through different types of analysis. Psychology is a broad discipline that deals with human behavior and the mental process. From exploration of child psychology to applied behavioral analysis, students who choose to major or minor in psychology will develop a more thorough understanding of this discipline.


Our programs will prepare you for a career as a:

  • Therapist
  • Social Worker
  • Counselor
  • Social Scientist
  • Market Researcher
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Program Highlights

When you pursue the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree, you will be given the opportunity to take advanced-level courses, pursue independent study, and practice in the field. The combination of study and practice will help prepare you for graduate training if you are interested in becoming a licensed psychologists or professional researcher.

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Park University’s degree programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Park University is a private, non-profit, institution of higher learning since 1875.