The Bachelor of Arts completion program in Psychology at the Pleasant Hill and San Jose campuses engages students in a lively process of intellectual inquiry, self-discovery, critical thinking, creative synthesis, and interpersonal communication. We explore traditional and contemporary theories and methods that provide a strong foundation in the field of psychology. We also offer a uniquely expansive and integrative approach that explores emerging trends and innovative applications in psychology and allied fields.
In a creative curriculum that includes lecture, dialogue, and experiential processes, our students investigate a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches: psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive, somatic, humanistic, transpersonal, cross-cultural, family systems, ecological, and postmodern. We value the whole person—mind, body, heart, and spirit—and study human behavior, consciousness, and development within various contexts.
Personalized advising, coupled with a dynamic interdisciplinary curriculum, facilitates both academic development and personal transformation and so serves as a powerful pathway to professional or graduate work. Our graduates have developed vital ways of understanding, creating, relating, and being that have made them successful professionals in a variety of fields: counseling, psychotherapy, coaching, research, human resources, marketing, management, teaching, law, and many others.
The program offers two optional 12-unit specializations: one in Transpersonal Studies and one in Counseling.
Students completing the BA degree program are expected to demonstrate:
Students must complete 180 quarter units to receive this Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.
(Note that BA in Psychology courses are offered in Pleasant Hill (COR, PYC) and San Jose (EDJ, PYJ). For simplicity, all courses listed below will have the COR and PYC prefix, although they also may be offered as EDJ and PYJ.)
Lower Division General Education Breadth Requirements (45 units)
COMPOSITION/Critical Thinking and Writing (9 units)
HUMANITIES Must have completed at least one 3-unit course in two areas (12 units)
NATURAL SCIENCE (9 units)
MATHEMATICS (3 units)
SOCIAL SCIENCE Must have at least one 3-unit course in two areas (12 units)
Core Curriculum (24 units)
COR 3000 - Education, Self, and Community (2 units)
COR 3146 - Information Literacy (2 units)
COR 3100 - Critical Thinking and Writing (4 units)
COR 3303 - Statistics for the Social Sciences (4 units)
COR 3145 - Research Writing (4 units)
COR 3300 - Research Methods (4 units)
COR 4800 - Introduction to Service Learning (1 unit)
COR 4805 - Practicum in Service Learning/Field Study (3 units)
BA Psychology Major (48 Units)
PYC 3000 - History of Psychology (4 units)
PYC 3100 - Developmental Psychology (4 units)
PYC 4222 - Cognitive Psychology (4 units)
PYC 3210 - Social Psychology (4 units)
PYC 3200 - Theories of Personality (4 units)
PYC 3220 - Biological Psychology (4 units)
PYC 4221 - Abnormal Psychology (4 units)
PYC 4220 - Cross Cultural Psychology (4 units)
PYC 4999 - Senior Capstone (4 units)
Choose two of the following courses:
PYC 4229 - Somatic Psychology (4 units)
PYC 4217 - Psychology of Creativity (4 units)
PYC 4203 - Humanistic Psychology (4 units)
PYC 4205 - Transpersonal Psychology (4 units)
PYC 3305 - Counseling Psychology (4 units)