Social Psychology

Study human behavior and its influences to positively affect people’s lives.

Social Psychology is a hybrid of psychology and sociology. This discipline studies the “person in the situation” – how our behavior is influenced by our social environment. This adaptable major will prepare you for meaningful work in business and industry, government, social science, data analysis, public policy, service professions or graduate study.

Locations & Learning Options

  • Online
  • Kansas City area, MO
  • Little Rock, AR- Little Rock AFB
  • Tucson, AZ- Davis Monthan AFB
  • Barstow, CA – Barstow Community College
  • Fort Irwin, CA- Fort Irwin Base
  • Victorville, CA- Victor Valley College
  • Valdosta, GA – Moody AFB
  • Belleville, IL- Scott AFB
  • Bedford, MA – Hanscom AFB
  • Waynesville, MO- Fort Leonard Wood
  • Knob Noster, MO – Whiteman AFB
  • Great Falls, MT – Malmstrom AFB
  • Alamogordo, NM – Holloman AFB
  • Havelock, NC – MCAS Cherry Point
  • Grand Forks, ND – Grand Forks AFB
  • Minot, ND – Minot AFB
  • Dayton, OH – Wright Patterson AFB
  • Oklahoma City, OK – Tinker AFB
  • Beaufort, SC – MCAS Beaufort
  • Charleston, SC – Joint Base Charleston
  • Millington, TN- NSA Mid-South
  • Austin, TX
  • Fort Bliss, TX
  • San Angelo, TX- Goodfellow AFB
  • San Antonio, TX – Lackland AFB
  • Del Rio, TX- Laughlin AFB
  • Northeast San Antonio, TX – Randolph AFB
  • Ogden, UT – Hill AFB
  • Fort Myer, VA
  • Arlington, VA- MCB Henderson Hall
  • Quantico, VA – MCB Quantico
  • Online
  • Kansas City area, MO
  • Little Rock, AR- Little Rock AFB
  • Tucson, AZ- Davis Monthan AFB
  • Barstow, CA – Barstow Community College
  • Fort Irwin, CA- Fort Irwin Base
  • Victorville, CA- Victor Valley College
  • Valdosta, GA – Moody AFB
  • Belleville, IL- Scott AFB
  • Bedford, MA – Hanscom AFB
  • Waynesville, MO- Fort Leonard Wood
  • Knob Noster, MO – Whiteman AFB
  • Great Falls, MT – Malmstrom AFB
  • Alamogordo, NM – Holloman AFB
  • Havelock, NC – MCAS Cherry Point
  • Grand Forks, ND – Grand Forks AFB
  • Minot, ND – Minot AFB
  • Dayton, OH – Wright Patterson AFB
  • Oklahoma City, OK – Tinker AFB
  • Beaufort, SC – MCAS Beaufort
  • Charleston, SC – Joint Base Charleston
  • Millington, TN- NSA Mid-South
  • Austin, TX
  • Fort Bliss, TX
  • San Angelo, TX- Goodfellow AFB
  • San Antonio, TX – Lackland AFB
  • Del Rio, TX- Laughlin AFB
  • Northeast San Antonio, TX – Randolph AFB
  • Ogden, UT – Hill AFB
  • Fort Myer, VA
  • Arlington, VA- MCB Henderson Hall
  • Quantico, VA – MCB Quantico
  • Online
  • Parkville, MO
  • Kansas City area, MO

A.S. MAJOR – 27 HOURS , 2.0 GPA

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

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

SO 141 Introduction to Sociology …………………….. 3 cr.

SO 206 Social Issues in Contemporary Society ……. 3 cr.

PS/SO 301 Social Psychology ………………………………… 3 cr.

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

PS 125, PS 205, PS 221, PS 222, SO 329

Students may choose 6 credit hours from Psychology and/or

Sociology; 3 credit hours must be in Sociology

TOTAL ……………………………………………. 27 cr.

B.S. MAJOR – 42 HOURS , 2.0 GPA

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

PS/SO 301 Social Psychology ………………………………… 3 cr.

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

SO 141 Introduction to Sociology …………………….. 3 cr.

SO 206 Social Issues in Contemporary Society ……. 3 cr.

SO 338 Self and Society  ………………….. 3 cr.

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

PS 125 Lifespan Development (3 cr.)

PS 205 Child Psychology (3 cr.)

PS 221 Adolescent Psychology (3 cr.)

PS 222 Adult Development (3 cr.)

SO 329 Sociology of the Life Course (3 cr.)

SO 330 Sociology of Youth & Youth Culture (3 cr.)

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

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

*Program specified substitution for EN 306 writing requirement.

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

Total Core ……………………………………… 30 cr.

Select four courses from Sociology or Psychology.

At least 6 credits need to come from 300-400 level.

………………………………………….12 cr.

TOTAL ……………………………………………. 42 cr.

MINOR – 18 HOURS , 2.0 GPA Only for non-psychology and non-sociology majors.

SO 141 Introduction to Sociology …………………….. 3 cr.

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

PS/SO 301 Social Psychology ……………………………….. 3 cr.

Electives: Any Psychology or Sociology courses.

At least 6 cr. at 300 or 400 level….. 9 cr.

TOTAL…. 18 cr.

Our Social Psychology program combines a solid core in the field with a number of flexible, specialized concentrations, so you can tailor the degree to your needs and interests. You’ll gain a set of technical and conceptual tools that allow you to collect, analyze, and interpret social research data. You can apply this knowledge to a number of careers.

Careers

  • Social Psychology Researcher
  • Marketing Consultant
  • Political Strategist
  • Technology Designer
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Program Highlights

As a Social Psychology major, you’ll study the discipline within the context of a broad liberal arts education. You’ll take courses in psychology and sociology, professional writing, research methods and statistics.


Choose from a number of compelling electives, like Psychology of Gender; Theories of Personality; Influence and Persuasion; The Study of the Family; Social Deviance; and Self and Society, to name a few.


As a senior, you’ll complete a capstone seminar geared toward professional development, including the creation of a professional portfolio.

Faculty

Park University’s Social Psychology faculty has completed extensive academic research in psychology, sociology and related fields. Your instructors will nurture your curiosity, inspire you to excel and develop an understanding of how to create constructive change in people’s lives.


 

Dr. Andrew Johnson

Professor of Psychology
ajohnson@park.edu

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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.