Loyola’s online Associate of Arts in Psychology consists of 60 credit hours, which includes:

  • 24 hours of Major courses
  • 36 hours of Loyola Core courses

You can also download the degree program course listing (DPCL) to view program requirements in a helpful worksheet format.

Major Courses (24 credits)

Major Core Courses (15 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.
Prerequisites: 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/Co-requisite: 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

Major Elective Courses (9 credits)

The online Associate of Arts in Psychology program requires 9 credits of psychology electives. Elective course options include:

  • Educational Psychology
  • Psychology of Trauma and Disaster
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Psychology of Human Aging
  • Theories of Personality

Loyola Core Courses (36 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 balance: the spiritual and intellectual, the moral and ethical, the natural and scientific, the humanistic and artistic.

Foundation Courses

Foundation courses should be taken in your first three online sessions at Loyola and include:

  • First-Year Seminar
  • English – Critical Reading & Writing
  • Math Models, Finite Math, or Calculus

Knowledge & Values Courses

Students complete courses in the following categories:

  • Creative Arts & Cultures
  • History I
  • History II
  • 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