Houghton Online | Psychology Degree


Bachelor of Science Degree Available


Convenient and customizable non-cohort model to allow for individualized planning


with six start dates per year.


or less to graduate with full-time & part-time options available

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About the Psychology Degree

“Change the world—one person at a time.”  That is a common goal for students who earn a psychology undergrad degree at Houghton.  A bachelor of psychology enables students to understand why we think, feel, and act as we do. Psychology majors gain perspective on their own experiences, develop sympathetic understanding of others, and learn ways to help people in need.

A psychology degree is:

  • For those who want to pursue professional careers in Human Services
  • For those who want to pursue graduate study leading to careers as mental health counselors, clinical psychologists, school psychologists or clinical social workers
  • For those who want to pursue careers in psychological research
  • For those who are want to enhance their knowledge of personnel or student development
  • A common course of study for students who wish to go on to earn a law degree
  • For those who are interested in pursuing careers in third-party conflict intervention like mediation, negotiation or arbitration
  • For those who want to work with youth, camps, or volunteer organizations.
  • Useful for anyone who is seeking a college degree to advance his or her career and works with people on a daily basis, such as sales professionals, managers, HR professionals and business owners, etc.

Skills and abilities you will gain:

  • An understanding of how people think and act—and how to help and motivate them
  • Analytical skills needed for many different areas of life, including career choices
  • Research and quantitative analysis skills useful for many occupations, including project development and project management skills
  • Conflict management, ethical reasoning, and critical thinking skills
  • Ability to communicate in writing and presentations for diverse audiences
  • The ability to better assess people for interviews and hiring decisions
  • An ability to better manage people in organizational settings

Admissions Requirements

Admissions overview

To qualify for admission, students must meet the following criteria:

  • 2 years of work experience
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA*

*An applicant with deficiencies in some of these areas may be offered admission with appropriate evidence supporting the student’s ability to succeed.

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Potential Career Options

Psychology graduates pursue such professional careers as clinical and counseling psychology, student and personnel development, school psychology, clinical social work, and human services. A knowledge of psychological functioning within individuals and in group settings is a valuable asset in professions such as law, business, education, medicine, therapeutic recreation, and ministry.

Program requirements & course details

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Major CoursesCommon Core Courses
  • PSY 111 Introduction to Psychology 3
  • PSY 309 Statistics 4
  • PSY 310 Experimental Methods 4
  • PSY 354 Brain and Behavior  4
  • PSY 480 Senior Capstone Seminar 3
  • PSY 218 Social Psychology 3
  • PSY 305 Abnormal Psychology 3
  • PSY 217 Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood 3
  • PSY 335 Drugs and Behavior 3
  • PSY 306 Psychology of Religion 3

Electives (to total 39 credits for the major)

Two more courses in psychology such as

  • PSY 213 Developmental Psychology 3
  • PSY 314 Child Psychopathology 3
  • PSY 330 Conflict Management 3
  • PSY 335 Human Sexuality 3
  • PY 300 Adult Development  3
  • ID 200 Student Success Seminar 1
  • BU 300 Business Writing 3
  • BU 315 Work Team Dynamics 3
  • BU 400 Fundamentals of Management 3
  • ST 400 Quantitative Decision Making 3
  • SO 400 Diversity in the Workplace 3
  • PH 400 Personal and Professional Ethics 3
  • BU 430 Organizational Development 3

Every single course I have taken has impacted my professional experiences. I have learned how to train professionals more efficiently and manage projects more effectively."

Sarah Elleman, Class of 2016

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