Undergraduate Program

 “As one of the most popular undergraduate majors, psychology can prepare students to be successful in many different
careers — from the social sciences to business and beyond.” (American Psychological Association)

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behavior.  Psychologists simultaneously seek to understand the commonality as well as the diversity of human experience. 

A Bachelor’s degree in Psychology provides solid preparation for students who wish to pursue a career in any field that involves people, including education, business, health care, sports, or community development. It is ideal for individuals who seek an understanding of behavioral principles while pursuing a well- rounded education. This degree is also designed to provide a strong foundation for graduate school, including the three Master’s degree programs offered in the department.

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Here are just some of the reasons why studying Psychology at CSULB will put you on the pathway to success:

Learning Objectives for the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Knowledge Base in Psychology

By the time of completion of the Bachelor’s degree, students will:

  1. Describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in psychology.
  2. Develop a working knowledge of psychology’s content domains
  3. Describe applications of psychology

Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking

By the time of completion of the Bachelor’s degree, students will:

  1. Use scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena
  2. Demonstrate psychology information literacy
  3. Engage in innovative and integrative thinking and problem solving
  4. Interpret, design, and conduct basic psychological research

Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World

By the time of completion of the Bachelor’s degree, students will:

  1. Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice
  2. Adopt values that build community

Communication

By the time of completion of the Bachelor’s degree, students will:

  1. Demonstrate effective writing skills
  2. Exhibit effective presentation skills

Professional Development

By the time of completion of the Bachelor’s degree, students will:

  1. Apply psychological content and skills to career goals
  2. Demonstrate effective teamwork skills
  3. Develop meaningful professional direction for life after graduation