Curriculum

Loyola’s online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology consists of 120 credit hours, which include:

  • 18 hours of Psychology Major courses
  • 18 hours of Psychology elective courses
  • 39 hours of Loyola Core courses
  • 45 hours of general electives

Psychology Major Courses (18 credits)

PSYC A100: Introduction to Psychology (3 crs.)

This course is a survey of the major fields of psychology and prepares students for all other psychology courses.

PSYC A230: Developmental Psychology (3 crs.)

This course covers the development of behavior and psychological activity through the prenatal period, infancy, childhood, adolescence, maturity, and old age with emphasis on the normal person.
Prerequisite: PSYC A100

PSYC A235: Abnormal Psychology (3 crs.)

This course is a survey of psychological disorders with emphasis on clinical “picture,” explanatory theories, and etiological research. Intervention procedures are briefly addressed.
Prerequisite: PSYC A100

PSYC A240: Social Psychology (3 crs.)

This course examines the social determinants of individual behavior and of group interaction with emphasis on current research literature.
Prerequisite: PSYC A100

PSYC A301: Research Methods (3 crs.)

This course concerns the application of scientific methods to psychology with an emphasis on designing research and on report writing.
Prerequisites: 9 crs. in PSYC including PSYC A100

PSYC A303: Statistics & Methods (3 crs.)

This course focuses on descriptive and inferential statistics. This course stresses the analysis and interpretation of data, frequency distribution analysis, tests of significance, correlational methods, analysis of variance, and selected nonparametric tests.
Prerequisites: PSYC A301 and one college-level math course

Psychology Electives (18 crs.)

The online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program requires 18 credits of electives in psychology. Students can choose from a range of online psychology elective courses, and availability will vary per term. Psychology elective courses include:

PSYC A250: Educational Psychology (3 crs.)

This course is a study of psychological principles as applied to the field of education including growth and development, cognitive abilities, motivation, learning, and individual differences. Emphasis is placed on the role of diversity in education.

PSYC A222: Psychology of Trauma and Disaster (3 crs.)

This course is an introduction to the study of psychological trauma, and the impact of natural and man-made disasters on mental health. Psychophysiological responses to traumatic events, factors that predict resilience vs. psychological distress, vulnerable populations and group responses to trauma, and social and cultural factors related to trauma victims are examined.
Prerequisite: PSYC A100

PSYC A322: Cognitive Neuroscience (3 crs.)

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the cognitive processes underlying human behavior, their experimental origins, and their theoretical significance.
Prerequisite: PSYCA100, PSYCA301, and PSYC A303

PSYC A430: Psychology of Human Aging (3 crs.)

The primary objective of this course is to provide a broad overview of the study of human aging. The basic focus deals with the experience of human aging in modern society.
Prerequisites: PSYC A230, PSYC A301

PSYC A440: Theories of Personality (3 crs.)

This course is a review and critical evaluation of major personality theories and their supporting evidence with readings from original sources.

Loyola Core Courses (39 credits)

The goal of the Loyola Core is to foster students’ competency in five key areas:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Effective Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Information Literacy
  • Ethical Reasoning

To help students develop these competencies, the Loyola Core embraces an interdisciplinary approach to learning with an emphasis on the spiritual and intellectual, the moral and ethical, the natural and social scientific, the humanistic, and the artistic.

Foundation Courses (9 credits)

Foundation courses should be taken in your first year at Loyola and include:

  • First-Year Seminar
  • English – Critical Reading & Writing
  • Intro to Finite Mathematics

Knowledge & Values Courses (30 credits)

Students complete courses in the following 9 categories:

  • Creative Arts & Cultures
  • History Sequence (2 courses for 6 total credit hours)
  • Natural Science in Context
  • Philosophy I: Introduction to the Philosophy of Reasoning
  • Philosophy II: Philosophy of Knowledge & Morality
  • Religious Studies I: Christian Traditions
  • Religious Studies II: World Religions
  • Social Science
  • Writing About Literature

General Elective Courses (45 credits)

The online BA in Psychology program requires 45 credits of general electives. There is a wide range of online elective courses to choose from in other departments, including:

  • Criminology and Justice
  • Communications
  • Business and Management
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology