Avila University

Courses & Curriculum

We offer a 128-credit Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, with a choice of two areas of concentration:

  • Human Behavior: The traditional liberal arts bachelors degree in psychology.
  • Research: The track designed for students interested in pursuing doctoral-level work in the field, or any research-intensive employment.

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 (choose from four courses)
    Self and Society (choose from six courses)

Level III Core Requirements

 Two Interdisciplinary Studies (IS) Courses

Psychology Major Requirements
  PY 101 General Psychology (can also count for "Self and Society" requirement)
    PY 201 Personality Psychology
    PY 203 Cognitive Psychology
    PY 208 Life Span & Development OR PY 220 Child & Adolescent Psychology
    PY 230 Statistics

 PY 310 Abnormal Psychology
    PY 316 Social Psychology
    PY 320 Current Trends in Psychotherapy

 PY 397 Research Methods
    PY 485 Practicum
    PY 332 Health Psychology OR PY 350 Behavior & the Brain OR PY 375 Motivation & Emotion
   Six hours of Psychology electives from PY 301-499

Human Behavior Concentration
   PY 224 Human Relations in Organizations

Research Concentration
   PY 297/497 Applied Experimental Methods
   PY 498 Senior Thesis

See the course catalog for more details.

Students desiring a minor in Psychology are required to complete nine specified hours (PY 101, PY 201, PY 310) and nine elective hours.