BACHELOR OF ARTS IN PSYCHOLOGY
School of Professional Studies
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology is designed to prepare students for both acceptance into graduate school and entry into the helping professions. Students obtain the education and knowledge required for entry into other fields as well. Students who graduate with a BA in Psychology may find employment opportunities in a variety of settings, which may include: human services, mental health, nursing homes, administration, community relations, program development, human resources, public relations,market research, teaching, retail, sales and advocacy.
The faculty created this graduate school application information packet to help students become competitive for admission to Psychology graduate programs.
Click on this careers link for more information on careers with a B.A. in Psychology.
In the San Antonio program, students have the option of selecting a concentration in pre-counseling, research or a combination of both concentrations. In the BA Psychology program offered in The Woodlands, the pre-counseling concentration is the only option.
The pre-counseling concentration prepares students for entry level positions or graduate training in mental health and human service fields through the learning of basic counseling theories and techniques and application of these techniques in a clinical off campus practicum.
The research concentration prepares students for graduate training or entry level positions in psychological science through additional statistics coursework and conducting a research project with a faculty member or at a laboratory off campus.
The pre-counseling/research concentration provides experiential practica in both counseling and research and prepares students for graduate programs and careers that emphasize both science and mental health practice.
In addition to the BA in psychology, the department offers a certificate that students may earn in Violence Intervention and Prevention. Undergraduate psychology majors with conversational proficiency in Spanish may choose the biliterate degree option.
The undergraduate program provides opportunities to conduct psychological research with faculty. Qualified students may also opt to participate in the OLLU McNair Scholars Program.
Undergraduate students also have the opportunity to become involved in Psi Chi, the National Honor Society for Psychology majors and minors. Applications for membership are solicited Fall and Spring semesters. Psi Chi meetings are open to all interested students. Times and dates are arranged at the beginning of each semester.
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