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    Jul 04, 2020  
American University Catalog 2019-2020 
American University Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology (BA)

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Offered by the Department of Psychology , College of Arts and Sciences .

Admission to the Program

Formal admission to the major requires departmental approval.

University Requirements

AU Core Requirements

For additional information, see AU Core Curriculum .

Major Requirements

Course Requirements

Statistics (4 credit hours)

Complete 4 credit hours from the following:

Research Methods (3 credit hours)

Complete 3  credit hours from the following:

Society and Psychology (3 credit hours)

Complete 3 credit hours from the following:

Capstone (3 credit hours)

Complete 3 credit hours from the following:

Electives (11 credit hours)

Note: No more than a combined total of 6 credit hours of PSYC-390 Independent Reading Course in Psychology (1-6) , PSYC-490 Independent Study Project in Psychology (1-6) , and PSYC-491 Internship (1-6) , will apply toward fulfilling major requirements.

  • 11 credit hours in psychology elective courses

Combined Psychology (BA) and Psychology (MA)

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor’s/master’s programs. See Admission to a Combined Bachelor’s / Master’s Program  and Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees  for more information.

In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for combined bachelor’s/master’s programs:

  • Students must have a minimum 3.00 grade point average in psychology and statistics courses and must have completed at least half of the credit hours required for the BA in Psychology, including STAT-202 Basic Statistics (4) , before applying to the program. Students must submit a completed graduate application form, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for the General examination (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytic), two letters of recommendation, and copies of all college transcripts. Undergraduate students may apply up to 9 credit hours of approved graduate-level coursework to satisfy the requirements for both degrees.
  • A minimum of 18 credit hours completed in residence in graduate status after the undergraduate degree has been awarded. Students must finish the master’s degree requirements within three years from the date of first enrollment in the master’s program.

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