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Psychology, BA

Program at a Glance


Psychology, BA


Online, Hybrid

Total Units




Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology integrates a rigorous investigation of the foremost topics, major concepts, and core theoretical perspectives within the discipline of psychology along with the essential tenets of liberal arts education, including: effective oral and written communication skills, critical thinking and problem solving strategies, techniques to ensure information literacy, methods for quantitative fluency, and an appreciation of lifelong learning.

Fundamental psychological areas of study include: biological, clinical, cognitive, developmental, and social approaches to the field of psychology. Throughout, students will become familiar with the major theoretical approaches, findings, and historical trends in psychology; understand and use major research methods in psychology, including design, data analysis, and interpretation; and gain an understanding of applications of psychology to personal, social, and organizational issues.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

The degree requires completion of 120 units as follows: 36 units of general education, 39 units for the major, and 45 units ofelective courses, including courses taken to earn minors. (See Declaring Minors for more information.) Each course listed carries three semester units of credit, unlessotherwise noted. A cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 “C” or higher is required in all courses taken at Golden GateUniversity.

All degree-seeking undergraduate students must complete their English, mathematics and critical thinking requirements within their first 27 units at Golden Gate University, unless they have already earned credit for the equivalent courses from another institution and have had those courses accepted in transfer by Golden Gate University. If either Math or English requirements for the degree have not been satisfied, newly enrolled students must take placement tests to ensure proper placement in the appropriate Math or English course. Students may also choose to waive the placement tests and enroll in the first course in either series, which are ENGL 10A and MATH 10. (See the course descriptions below to identify courses that have prerequisite course requirements.)


Select fifteen additional 3-unit upper or lower-division courses from any subject for a total of 45 units. Note: courses used to complete minors also count toward this requirement.

Pathway Program

This program can serve as a pathway to GGU’s graduate psychology programs. Applicants to these programs who have previously earned bachelor’s degrees from GGU may receive a waiver for certain required graduate-level courses with comparable undergraduate-level coursework completed at GGU and used to satisfy the requirements of their GGU bachelor’s degree program. See the following program descriptions for more information: MA in Counseling Psychology, Counseling Skills Graduate Certificate.

Declare a Minor

At GGU, you’ll have the opportunity to add up to two minors to your bachelor’s degree. We offer 15 minors in a variety of fields, so you can choose to specialize your education with courses that fit your interests and career goals.

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Learning Outcomes

Knowledge Base in Psychology

Students will be able to:

  • Describe apply concepts, principles and overarching themes in psychology.
  • Develop a working knowledge of the major theoretical approaches, findings, historical trends and content domains in psychology.
  • Apply psychological principles to explain and evaluate personal, social, and organizational issues.
  • Develop innovative approaches and solutions to an existing or emerging challenge in psychology that also draw on disciplinary perspectives in ethics, other humanities and/or social sciences.
Critical Thinking, Scientific Inquiry, Information Literacy, and Quantitive Fluency

Students will be able to:

  • Apply scientific reasoning to interpret and explain phenomena.
  • Locate, evaluate and apply information, using a variety of research tools and methods from the field of psychology.
  • Address complex problems in psychology using innovative and integrative strategies and insights leading to actionable solutions.
  • Demonstrate abilities to interpret, design, and conduct basic psychological research, including qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Identify and evaluate sociocultural factors in scientific inquiry.
  • Analyze, interpret and explain quantitative data about topics and issues in psychology, including complex statistical findings in graphs, studies and reports.
  • Analyze and interpret quantitative data about a topic in psychology and apply results in business/organizational or interpersonal settings, habits, and/or practices.
Ethics and Social Responsibility

Students will be able to:

  • Apply ethically acceptable standards to evaluate psychological science and practice.
  • Apply ethically sound principles and values to ameliorate and/or mitigate real-world personal and/or professional challenges and to build and enhance personal relationships.
  • Identify and express common values that build community at local, national, and global levels.
  • Explain how psychology can elaborate and deepen the understanding of cultural diversity, and human biology, and lifespan development.

Students will be able to:

  • Construct written communications that clearly articulate ideas and arguments appropriate to various audiences.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal communication and project management skills, either through persuasive speech, and/or in providing clear oral directions, instructions, and/or guidelines, that address a problem in psychology.
  • Demonstrate effective presentation skills for various purposes.
Professional Development and Lifelong Learning

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the self-awareness and habits required to identify, integrate, and apply new information and skills that increase personal and professional effectiveness, including applying psychological insights and skills to career goals, exhibiting self-efficacy and self-regulation, and developing meaningful professional direction for life after graduation.
  • Apply psychological principles to career goals.

Undergraduate Honors Program

The School of Undergraduate Studies’ honors program provides opportunities for students enrolled in all degree programs to engage in enriched learning experiences while they work toward earning their degrees. Students do not need to apply separately for this program, but may participate in it by registering for honors-designated course sections, as described below. Upon graduation, students who have completed the honors program must complete and submit the Honors Program Notation Request form to the Registrar’s Office to have the notation added to their transcripts.

Honors-designated course sections will emphasize the following learning outcomes: media and information literacy, quantitative fluency, oral/written communication, and critical thinking. Students will be required to complete advanced and more rigorous assignments that demonstrate learning beyond the articulated course outcomes. Additional assessments will be designed to emphasize core skills such as critical thinking, writing, research, and self-reflection.

To complete the honors program, students must complete any combination of 12 units (four 3-unit courses) of honors-designated sections and an honors-designated capstone course section (3 units) for a total of 15 units, with a minimum GPA in the five honors courses of 3.00 and a minimum overall degree program GPA of 3.30. Note: honors course sections can be identified in the online course schedule with a section prefix beginning with the letter “A” (e.g., ASF1) and by information in the section comments field of the section details page. Students should contact their academic advisor or the Registrar’s Office if they need help identifying honors-designated course sections.

Honors sections of the courses below will be offered every term. In addition, students who transfer any of these courses into GGU may petition to have an honors section offered of other courses in order to satisfy the 12-unit requirement. Students should contact their academic advisors to begin the petition process.

Core Requirements – 12 Units Capstone Course – 3 Units

Complete the honors section of the capstone course applicable to the student’s degree program.

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