Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree offered by Buena Vista University is available to students in a completely online format. This program aims to prepare its students for further training in psychology, counseling, school psychology, and social work. Students should also be prepared build a foundation off of which they can build further advanced work towards higher level medical degrees. Students who major in psychology can better understand the human mind and therefore help others in distress, assist in breaking down a new market for advertising, or help to diffuse a dangerous situation peacefully. Employment opportunities available for students who study psychology include: Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Police Officer, Occupational Counselor, and Therapists for Families or Marriage.

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. This program can be used as pre-professional training for other kinds of graduate programs such as medicine, law, ministry, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. Graduates have skills and knowledge that can be used in fields such as: business, marketing, management, law enforcement, education, personnel, and other “helping” professions.

Students must complete a core of General Education courses that are necessary to a student’s liberal arts education and will help them to think critically and analyze effectively. Students must take courses in mathematics, English, social sciences, natural sciences, and the humanities. These requirements are split up into the Intellectual Foundation, the Mathematics Foundation, the Written Communication Foundation, and the Intellectual Exploration Foundation. This Core of Psychology courses include: General Psychology, Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis I and II, and a Capstone in Psychology. Students choose eighteen additional credit hours of electives that should reflect their personal interests and career goals.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor Completion

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    Requirements

    This is a bachelor completion program. A total of 128 credits are required, including transfer credits. Requires completion of an associate’s degree or 60 transfer credit hours from a regionally accredited institution. Official transcripts.

    School Overview

    Buena Vista was founded in Storm Lake, Iowa, by the Presbyterian Church in 1891. Today, the university is a four-year, private, not-for-profit institution of higher education, and retains its affiliations with the Presbyterian Church. Buena Vista states the following mission: “We prepare students for lifelong success through transformational academic, professional and co-curricular programs.”

    Buena Vista University offers associate’s degrees, pre-professional degrees, and teaching certifications. Programs of study are housed in the following schools:

    • Harold Walter Siebens School of Business
    • School of Communication and Arts
    • School of Education and Exercise Science
    • School of Science
    • School of Social Science, Philosophy, and Religion

    Buena Vista University has a well developed distance education program that offers graduate and undergraduate programs, of which are maintained within the division of Graduate and Professional Studies.

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