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Undergraduate Program: BA

Course Planning

Here you will find everything you need to know to plan your degree, including a course selection worksheet, course categories, course listings, and a 4-year planning table.

The Major

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology provides students with a solid academic preparation through an overview of the current perspectives of the field. Students will gain a better understanding of human behavior and an enhanced awareness of themselves and society, as well as skills for analyzing and evaluating information and data. The BA program also encourages various avenues for experiential learning with practical career-related and hands-on research experience.

Requirements for Psychology BA Degree

The BA degree requires at least 32 credits in Psychology (PSY). All students must complete four prerequisites to the major that include the introductory psychology course (PSY 113), quantitative methods in psychology (PSY 200), and 2 courses chosen from developmental psychology (PSY 232), personality psychology (PSY 235), and abnormal psychology (PSY 254). Majors also are required to complete a research methods courses (PSY 301), an applied course, 3 topics courses, and an experiential course.

General Education requirements include 6 credits of English Communication, 3 credits of Mathematics, 3 credits in Fine Arts, 3 credits in Literature, 6 credits each in Letters, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences (must be from 2 different departments per area), and 6 credits of a foreign language. Note that courses selected must be included in the general education courses for the year the student first matriculated at URI ( Students must complete 42 credits of courses numbered 300 or higher.

Course Categories

There are five course categories: Methods of Inquiry and Analysis, Topics Areas, Applied Knowledge, Experiential Practica and Internships, and Enrichment.

Course Listings

A guide to assist you in selecting both required courses, and elective courses in your area of interest. Areas include Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Behavioral, Business, Clinical, Child Development, Corrections, Crisis, Cultural, Experimental, Health Psychology, and Social Work.

Experiential Learning

Students may choose from several options to fulfill their experiential learning credits and are encouraged to perform research or an independent study project with a Psychology faculty member, act as a undergraduate teaching assistant in a psychology course, or participate in an internship over the academic year or the summer. Visit the experiential learning page for more information on specific course options and past internship sites.

Career Opportunities

The BA in Psychology serves students who wish to combine their psychology studies with that of another major as a means of supplementing the skills and background acquired in the program. For example, students wishing to teach may earn degrees in both education and psychology. Similarly, double majoring in criminology and psychology would prepare students for law school, forensic science, or a career in a social justice related field. Although it is possible to meet the requirements for entering professional schools with a BA degree, most students aiming toward medical study or a doctoral psychology program should consider following the BS curriculum. The BS degree and courses in biology, statistics, as well as research experience would facilitate admission to those types of advanced degree programs.

Planning Table

This table provides a general guide for planning your course registration over a 4-year college career. Also see the advising worksheet to help plan your courses.