B.A. Psychology

The Bachelor of Arts program in Psychology provides an excellent background for study in medicine, law, and political science, and a solid foundation for success in our graduate program.

Welcome to the Psychology Department's Undergraduate Program at UWF. Our undergraduate major is one of the most popular majors at UWF with more than 500 students.

Through the study of psychology, students learn to evaluate and understand behavior and experience, and to apply their knowledge in a variety of settings. The Bachelor of Arts program gives an overview of the discipline, provides opportunity to apply the knowledge gained, and develops research skills within the discipline. Within the program, students have many opportunities to pursue those aspects of psychology they find most interesting. Our students receive an overview of the biological, cultural, and social aspects of behavior; learning, and behavior changes; and typical patterns of development and adjustment.

Develop skills in:

  • Recognition and application of discipline specific concepts
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Communication and interpersonal interaction
  • Professional integrity
  • Design and implementation of psychological research


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Hands on Experience

Students are given the opportunity to gain "hands on" experience in laboratory courses designed to teach the scientific basis of the field. The department has laboratories studying areas such as Attention and Memory, Health Psychology, Human Factors, and Neurocognition. Undergraduates who are interested in assisting with various research projects, or would like to become a participant in a project, should investigate our Psychology Research Pool. 

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The undergraduate B.A. Psychology degree requires a minimum of 39 upper/lower division hours in psychology which consists of 27 hours of "core" psychology courses (selected form 7 basic areas) and 12 electives. Also, students need to take courses in statistics, general psychology, biology/zoology, and a lower division Psychology elective. Within the undergraduate program, there is a Certificate in Human Resources that is available to interested students.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology is excellent preparation for work in the human services field or business. It is also an excellent background for students who plan further study in such fields as medicine, law, and political science. In addition to learning about human development and behavior, psychology majors develop skills in communication, problem-solving, critical thinking, and interpersonal interactions. Psychology majors may choose classes from a variety of fields to provide a broad background in other sciences, the liberal arts, computing, or business.

Or, students may choose to focus in another area by selecting a minor in another field. Minors which typically match well with a psychology major include biology/zoology, sociology, social work, or computer science.

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