Humboldt State University

Department of Psychology

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

There are two program pathways for the BA in Psychology. The Graduate Study Preparation Pathway is designed for students who anticipate that they may continue for an advanced degree in psychology or related discipline or seek a greater emphasis in research methods. The General Psychology Pathway is designed for students who plan on obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and then either entering the workforce or obtain a degree in another field of study such as law, or other non-science related field.

Students in both programs will have demonstrated:

  • knowledge of significant facts and theories in the basic process area of psychological science including biopsychology, learning and motivation, sensation and perception, and cognition 
  • knowledge of significant facts and theories in the social and interpersonal processes area of psychological science including human development, social psychology, personality, and abnormal psychology 
  • the ability to locate appropriate sources for psychological research by searching databases; read original scientific reports critically; write a review using these materials in APA style 
  • knowledge of diverse populations, effective communication skills, effective interpersonal skills, increased selfunderstanding, and insight into the behavior of others
  • application of their knowledge and skills in psychology to improve their own lives and the lives of others
  • respect for the dignity and worth of all people and rights of individuals to privacy, confidentiality, and self-determination.

Students who complete the Graduate Study Preparation Pathway will also have demonstrated:

  • the ability to design a psychological study, use basic laboratory skills to conduct the research, use statistical methods and software to analyze data, draw reasonable conclusions based on their research, and report their findings in APA style

Helpful links in exploring our undergraduate degree:

HSU Catalog Program description

HSU Catalog Course descriptions