Union Institute and University

Bachelor of Arts

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Major: Psychology

Union Institute & University’s Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology is an online, accelerated degree completion program that prepares adult students for a variety of careers in the mental health and human services fields.

Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology

The B.A. in Psychology offers coursework in the field of counseling psychology and focuses on how to apply psychological principles to behavioral problems. You will learn how human diversity and social justice issues intersect with psychological research and practice.

The B.A. in Psychology requires 48 credits in the major. Students complete 24 required credits in foundational courses and 24 credits in electives, in addition to a capstone portfolio. Learning goals and outcomes conform to American Psychological Association (APA) Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major.

Designed for adults who want a flexible and practical approach to college study, Union offers small online classes – guided by faculty who are practitioners in the field – to guide the development of your personal and professional goals.

The applied focus of the program also offers ideal preparation for students interested in pursuing a career in clinical or counseling psychology through graduate level study and is closely aligned with Union’s Master of Arts major in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Three optional areas of concentration

Join a community of adult students who bring rich academic and work experiences to their studies in a collaborative and supportive environment.


  • Transfer in up to 84 college credits to accelerate your degree completion.
  • Study totally online from wherever you live and work.
  • Customize your degree to reflect your interests and enrich your personal development.
  • Learn from professional psychologists who understand the challenges facing working adults.
  • Work closely with a personal advisor and supportive staff who understand your academic and scheduling needs.
  • Accelerate your completion by earning college credits through CLEP, DANTES, Challenge Exams, prior learning assessment, certified learning, and credits recommended by ACE though military training.

Students will be able to:

  • Analyze key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in psychology
  • Describe and evaluate the impact of psychological factors on lifespan development
  • Use scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena
  • Demonstrate psychology information literacy
  • Interpret basic psychological research
  • Evaluate psychological science and practice in light of professional ethical standards
  • Recognize values that support diversity and social justice
  • Integrate psychological content and skills in career and personal goals
  • Express self-reflection in relation to learning, career, and personal goals

These learning goals and outcomes for the program are based on the latest guidelines of the American Psychological Association (APA).

Career Opportunities

Graduates of Union’s B.A. in Psychology are prepared for positions in a variety of human service settings, including:

  • hospitals
  • mental health centers
  • addictions programs
  • health and wellness centers
  • aging and long-term care facilities
  • corrections
  • youth services settings

In addition, a degree in psychology is useful in careers in marketing, sales, human resources, corrections, childcare, and managerial positions.