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Earn your Psychology Degree

  • Psychology Degree
  • Course Requirements
  • Class Schedule
  • Course Rotation
  • Careers

Mental health professions don’t only include psychologists . . .

Being a success at any job means being successful at understanding, relating to, and working with a diversity of people in a variety of situations. This is why many people choose to pursue psychology degrees. In Kansas City, Avila Advantage is one of the top schools for psychology for working adults.

A Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Avila Advantage is an excellent way to acquire the principles, insights, and scientific methods of human observation that will make you a more observant and effective manager, supervisor, or executive, able to serve in a variety of mental health professions.

While your psychology degree is a challenging 128-credit-hour curriculum, the Advantage is that you can progress at your own pace. With classes beginning throughout the year, the class schedule allows you the flexibility to pause and restart your progress according to your personal schedule. Semesters run in an 8-week, online, or weekend-intensive format.


Course Requirements

As one of the more rigorous psychology degrees in Kansas City, the psychology degree program includes the core curriculum necessary for all bachelor’s degrees and also teaches necessary skills for several types of mental health professions.

 

Level I Core Requirements  

Composition I or II*  

Fundamentals of Communication  

Finite Math, College Algebra, or Calculus  

Computer Competency  


Level II Core Requirements  

World Civilization or American History  

Literature (culturally diverse)  

Philosophy  

Religious Studies  

Philosophy OR Religious Studies  
  (May substitute this requirement with a Level III IS course)  

Art, Music OR Theatre Appreciation  

Natural Science  

Social Institutions*  
  (Personal Financial Planning, Legal Aspects of Business, American National Government, Intro to Sociology)

Self and Society *  
  (Conflict Resolution, Mass Media, General Psychology, Psychology of Gender, Human Relations in Organizations or Intro to Sociology)


Level III Core Requirements

Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) Course  

Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) Course  

* Meets core and major requirements

Major Related Requirements  

PY 101 General Psychology  

PY 201 Personality Psychology  

PY 203 Cognitive Psychology  

PY 208 Life Span & Development  

PY 220 Child & Adolescent Psychology  

PY 310 Abnormal Psychology  

PY 316 Social Psychology  

PY 397 Research Methods  

PY 485 Practicum  

PY 332 or
PY 350 or
PY 375
Health Psychology OR
Behavior & the Brain OR
Motivation & Emotion
 

EC 240 Statistics  
Six hours of Psychology electives from PY 301-499:  

PY
 

PY
 

Students must choose from one concentration area:

Human Behavior Concentration  

PY 224 Human Relations in Organizations  

PY 320 Current Trends - Psychotherapy  


Organizational Leadership Concentration  
Choose three:  

PY 212 Conflict Resolution  

PY 224 Human Relations in Organizations  

PY 312 Leadership  

PY 360 Applied Organizational Psychology  

PY 370 Solving Problems in the Workplace  


 

Class Schedule

Fall Semester 2014
August 26 - December 20

Spring Semester 2015
January 5 - April 25

Course Rotation

 

CORE COURSE ROTATION
Level I
EN 111  English Comp I   Fall Face-to-Face
EN 111  English Comp I   Spring Online
EN 111  English Comp I   Summer Face-to-Face
CO 110 Fundamentals of Communication Fall (starting Fall 2014) Online
CO 110 Fundamentals of Communication Spring  Face-to-Face
MA 051 Math Fundamentals Fall 16-wk
MA 051 Math Fundamentals Spring 16-wk
MA 051 Math Fundamentals Summer 16-wk
MA 115 Finite Math Fall Face-to-Face
MA 115 Finite Math Spring Face-to-Face
MA 115 Finite Math Summer Face-to-Face
BU 110C Understanding Computers  Fall Online
BU 110C Understanding Computers  Spring Online
ED 101  Strategies for Academic Success Fall Online
ED 101  Strategies for Academic Success Spring Online
ED 101  Strategies for Academic Success Summer Online
 
Level II
HI 112C  World History II  Summer Face-to-Face
EN 265C Literature & Culture  Fall (starting Fall 2014) Online 
EN 265C Literature & Culture  Spring Face-to-Face
EN 265C Literature & Culture  Summer Face-to-Face
PL 111C Introduction to Philosophy  Fall  Online
PL 255C Ethics  Fall  Face-to-Face
PL 255C Ethics  Spring  Blended
PL 255C Ethics  Summer Online
RS 117 World Religions Fall  Online
RS 117 World Religions (2) Spring  Face-to-Face
RS 117 World Religions Summer Face-to-Face
AR 110 Survey of Art Summer Online
MU 110C Music Appreciation  Fall Face-to-Face
MU 110C Music Appreciation  Spring Face-to-Face
BI 111 General Biology  Fall Online
BI 111 General Biology  Spring Online
BI 111 General Biology  Summer  Online
CH 115 Molecules that Matter Spring Online
SO 101 Intro to Sociology Fall Online
SO 101 Intro to Sociology Summer Online
 
Level III
IS/RS 311 Peace Studies  Fall Blended
IS/RS 311 Peace Studies  Spring Blended
IS/PL 312 Bioethics Summer Online
IS 340 Mediation Spring Face-to-Face
IS/RS 326 Shaping the American Dream Fall Face-to-Face
 
Professional Studies Core
BU 321 Management Fall Face-to-Face
BU 321 Management Spring Online
BU 321 Management Summer Blended
BU 322C Org Behavior Fall Blended
BU 322C Org Behavior Spring Face-to-Face
BU 322C Org Behavior Summer Online
PY 360 Org Psychology Fall Online
PY 360 Org Psychology Spring Online
CO/PY 212C Conflict Resolution Fall Face-to-Face
CO/PY 212C Conflict Resolution Spring Face-to-Face
CO/PY 212C Conflict Resolution Summer Weekend
CO 213 Strategic Presentation  Spring Face-to-Face
CO 213 Strategic Presentation  Summer Face-to-Face
CO 312 Writing Plans/Proposals/Presents. Fall Face-to-Face
CO 312 Writing Plans/Proposals/Presents. Summer Face-to-Face
CO/PY 321C Leadership Fall Face-to-Face
CO/PY 321C Leadership Spring Online
CO/PY 321C Leadership Summer Blended
BU 305 Legal Aspects of Business I Fall Online
BU 305 Legal Aspects of Business I Spring Online
BU 305 Legal Aspects of Business I Summer Blended
EC 202C Microeconomics Fall-even years Face-to-Face
EC 202C Microeconomics Summer Online
EC 203 Macroeconomics Fall-odd years Face-to-Face
EC 203 Macroeconomics Spring Online
EC 240 Statistics Fall Face-to-Face
EC 240 Statistics Spring Face-to-Face
EC 240 Statistics Summer Face-to-Face
EN 112  English Comp II  Fall Face-to-Face
EN 112  English Comp II  Spring Online
EN 112  English Comp II  Summer Face-to-Face
PY 101C Gen Psych  Fall Online
PY 101C Gen Psych  Spring Face-to-Face
PY 101C Gen Psych  Summer Online
       
Psychology major
PY 101C Gen Psych  Fall Online
PY 101C Gen Psych  Spring Face-to-Face
PY 101C Gen Psych  Summer Online
PY 201 Personality Psychology Fall Face-to-Face
PY 370C Cognitive Psychology Fall Face-to-Face
PY 208 Life Span Development Spring Blended
PY 230/EC240 Social Statistics/Statistical Analysis Spring Face-to-Face
PY 230/EC240 Social Statistics/Statistical Analysis Spring Face-to-Face
PY 230/EC240 Social Statistics/Statistical Analysis Summer Face-to-Face
PY 310 Abnormal Psychology Spring Face-to-Face
PY 216 Social Psychology Summer Blended
PY 297C Research Methods Fall Face-to-Face
PY 485C Psych Practicum Fall 16-wk
PY 485C Psych Practicum Spring 16-wk
PY 332 Health Psychology Fall Online
 
Psychology electives
PY 314 Psych of Gender Fall Face-to-Face
PY 383 Human Behavior and Addictions Spring Face-to-Face
PY 380 Forensic Psychology Spring Face-to-Face
 
Human Behavior concentration
PY 224 Human Relations in Organizations Fall Face-to-Face
PY 224 Human Relations in Organizations Spring online
PY 320 Current Trends in Psychotherapy Spring Face-to-Face
 
Organizational Leadership concentration
PY 212C Conflict Resolution Fall Face-to-Face
PY 212C Conflict Resolution Spring Face-to-Face
PY 212C Conflict Resolution Summer Weekend
PY 224 Human Relations in Organizations Fall Face-to-Face
PY 224 Human Relations in Organizations Spring Face-to-Face
PY 360 Org Psychology Fall Online
PY 360 Org Psychology Spring Online
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
 

 

 

 

Mental Health Professions & Other Careers with a Psychology Degree

Projected job growth in the field of Psychology varies by specialty, but job opportunities should continue to grow as job openings are expected to exceed the number of graduates from counseling programs. Education and training requirements vary by state and specialty, but a master's degree is required to become a licensed counselor (Occupational Outlook Handbook). Job opportunities for Psychology majors include positions in some of the following areas:

· Educational counselors
· Elementary school counselors (Master's degree required)
· Employment and Career Counselors
· Rehab/Addiction Counselors
· Mental Health Counselors
· Marriage and Family Therapists
· Social and Human Services workers
· Business and Human Resources professional
· Educational Administrators