Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Earn your Psychology Degree at Empire State College

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology is a 124-credit program listed with SUNY and approved as a registered degree program through the New York State Education Department. Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behavior; the discipline covers major broad topics and employs specific social science methodologies for understanding humans, ranging from simple observation to rigorous experimentation. Subjects include, but are not limited to, how people develop and learn; how behaviors, relationships, and beliefs are motivated; how the brain, behavior, and environment interact; how people develop cognitive, emotional, and behavioral problems, as well as how to intervene; how people interact with the world around them, including how they perceive it, how they respond to it intellectually and emotionally, and how these processes change throughout the lifespan; and, how all of these processes are integrated into personality under interpersonal, social, and cultural influences.

The B.A. in Psychology includes study in biological, cognitive, developmental, social, cultural, and individual aspects of people, as well as specific study of research methodologies (including statistics) employed within the discipline and how psychology can be applied in real life. Students must complete at least 40 credits spread among the major subfields of psychology, with at least 24 credits being from advanced psychology studies.

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology is guided by the learning goals established by the American Psychological Association and features a curriculum focused on equipping students with fundamental knowledge through core courses. Once a foundational knowledge base is gained, students have the opportunity to customize their education to match their personal, educational, and career goals by choosing from a variety of courses to fulfill the degree requirements. Students will have the option of completing the degree program through various delivery modes such as online, independent study, blended, and/or face-to-face study.


The admissions requirements for the B.A. in Psychology will be the same as current undergraduate admissions requirements. The program will follow the college policy for granting prior learning (PLA) credits to be among the 93 maximum transferable credits.

Enrolling for Spring 2020

If you would like more information about the Psychology program, please contact:

Psychology and Human Development Department Chair:

Margaret Clark-Plaskie
(607) 463-2390 x3384

School of Social and Behavioral Sciences Secretary:

Debra Proctor
(518) 587-2100 x2782 or (800) 847-3000 x2782

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