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    Oct 07, 2022  
American University Catalog 2022-2023 
    
American University Catalog 2022-2023

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:

Note: No more than a combined total of 6 credit hours of PSYC-390 , PSYC-391 , and PSYC-490  will apply toward fulfilling major requirements. No more than a combined total of 6 credit hours of PSYC-391  and PSYC-491  will apply toward fulfilling major requirements.

Experiential Learning (2 credit hours)


Complete 2 credit hours from the following:

Note: No more than a combined total of 6 credit hours of PSYC-390 , PSYC-391 , and PSYC-490  will apply toward fulfilling major requirements. No more than a combined total of 6 credit hours of PSYC-391  and PSYC-491  will apply toward fulfilling major requirements.

Electives (11 credit hours)


Note: No more than a combined total of 6 credit hours of PSYC-390 , PSYC-491 , and PSYC-490  will apply toward fulfilling major requirements. No more than a combined total of 6 credit hours of PSYC-391  and PSYC-491  will apply toward fulfilling major requirements.

  • 11 credit hours from PSYC  coursework

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 Psychology (BA), 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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