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Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

To prepare you for a career in a wide variety of supporting professions or for graduate school, our Psychology majors learn to think critically, analyze and apply psychological theories, conduct themselves professionally and ethically, and also how to work on a team. Our faculty have experience in the field of psychology, so students see how what they learn in class is applied in the real world.

What You’ll Learn

As a Psychology major, you’ll gain an understanding of human behavior in diverse populations. In addition to building your knowledge of normal and abnormal behavior, you’ll be exposed to the elements of human development and learn about research-based best practices in psychology. You’ll be challenged in critical thinking, analytical problem-solving, and research.

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I love that Beacon’s Psychology teachers are enthusiastic about psychology and our students. Beacon's Psychology courses prepare you to think deeply about each subject, and I have found that their relations to real-world scenarios in my life is very applicable.

— Michael Wang

Being a part of the Psychology department here has been so rewarding. I love my professors and how they push me to be a better student. From giving us encouragement to the needed accommodations for assignments, I'm so glad that I chose to be in the Psychology program!

— Alexis Jones

Sample Courses

Positive Psychology

This is a course on the scientific study of positive experiences — specifically, the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive. The course will be based on the belief that individuals want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, cultivate what is best within themselves, and enhance their experiences of love, work, and leisure. This course will include a review of a positive view of human functioning along with a review of the sub-discipline’s contributions to traditional research and practice areas in psychology.

Child and Early Adult Development

This course is a survey of the basis of human growth and development. Emotional, mental, physical, and social needs of children, adolescents, and early adults are reviewed. Analysis of the multiple factors that influence and shape behavior and personality is conducted.

Critical Thinking

A practical and functional study of the principles of reasoning, problem-solving, and decision-making. Skills are taught within the context of social issues with an emphasis on developing analytical skills useful in both academic and personal settings.

Psychology of Learning Disabilities

An overview of learning disorders with an emphasis placed on the basic issues of each, including the history, theoretical framework, and their definition. Attention is also given to the diagnosis, characteristics, and educational implications and/or treatment of each disorder.

Social Psychology

This course provides basic knowledge regarding human behavior, thought, and emotion and how they are affected by the presence or actions of other people as well as the social context. The course will cover social psychological issues, including social cognition, attitudes, social influence, aggression, interpersonal relationships, group behavior, and cultural influences with an emphasis on the foundational psychological processes that underlie these phenomena.

Abnormal Psychology

A comprehensive study of the nature, causes, identification, and treatment of abnormal behavior. Topics include schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, and severe emotional disturbances and their relationships to the major theoretical models in clinical psychology.

Cross-Cultural Psychology

This course provides an overview of cross-cultural psychology. The student will examine the role of culture across a range of psychological areas including cognition, intelligence, emotion, motivation and behavior, human development, psychological disorders, social interactions, social perceptions, learning and learning disorders, and critical thinking.

Field Experience and Internships

Psychology majors are required to complete 80 hours of experiential learning and internships. The knowledge, skills, and experience you gain — in the classroom and through internships — will boost your resume and your confidence with real-world work experience. Recent internship experiences include working with case workers, counselors, social workers, community outreach, and more.

Career Opportunities

Students with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology can immediately begin working in the field or continue to graduate school for advanced study.

  • Graduate studies
  • Case management
  • Career counselor
  • Rehabilitation specialist
  • Psychiatric technician
  • Career or vocational counselor
  • Sports psychologist
  • Genetics counselors

Psychology Minor

Open to all Beacon students, the Psychology minor provides a broad interdisciplinary program for students, and it can be combined with a degree in another field, such as Business Management or Human Services.

Associate of Arts in Psychology

The Associate of Arts degree in Psychology provides students with an education foundation before entering the workforce or pursuing further study or professional training. The A.A. program requires the completion of a total of 61 credits, with 18 credits in the major.

Learn More About Psychology

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