Psychology is the study of behavior and mental processes and is traditionally a popular field of study. By the very nature of the profession, psychology is a service vocation. This major fits well with Waldorf's mission of "instilling values of service, community, critical inquiry, and lifelong learning."

A bachelor's degree in psychology prepares students to be well-rounded, educated individuals as it reflects many of the goals of a liberal arts education by providing:

  • A knowledge base
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Analytical reasoning skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Ethical values

The intent of the psychology program is to provide a comprehensive plan of study that will introduce students to many subfields of psychology and prepare them for careers in a number of human services careers as well as graduate and professional programs. Graduate degrees are required to pursue licensure as a psychologist, counselor, or social worker. Waldorf College psychology majors should be prepared to enter these degree programs upon graduation. Through graduate studies, students may choose to specialize in areas including clinical, experimental, developmental, social, cognitive, human factors, sports, industrial/organizational, health, and forensics.

Estimated time of completion of this program is 4 years for full-time students.

This program is available online only.

Available Concentrations

B.A.S. Degree Requirements

  • Completion of the B.A.S. core curriculum (30 Credits)
  • Completion of the required courses in a major field (30 Credits)
  • Completion of additional courses (including any supported courses required by the major in other departments) to a total of 120 credits depending on the major
  • A grade of C or higher in all coursework in the major and, if applicable, in the concentration(s)
  • 2.00 cumulative grade point average for work completed at Waldorf (Some majors may require a cumulative GPA higher than a 2.00)
  • Minimum of 30 upper-division credit hours

Review the complete list of core requirements for this program.

Prefix Number Course Credit Hours
Major Requirements 30
PSY 1010 General Psychology 3
PSY 3140 Social Psychology 3
PSY 3150 Developmental Psychology 3
PSY 3350 Theories of Personality 3
PSY 3450 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY 3460 Cognitive Psychology 3
PSY 4021 Physiological Psychology 3
PSY 4501 Research Methods 3
PSY 4995 Senior Capstone 3
REL 4035 Life, Meaning, and Vocation 3
Professional Electives* 60
PSY 3019 History and Systems of Psychology 3
PSY 3100 APA for Academic Writing 1
PSY 3205 Psychology of Gender 3
PSY 3210 Close Relationships 3
PSY 3220 Health Psychology 3
PSY 3380 Psychology of Adjustment 3
PSY 3480 Principles of Learning 3
PSY 3490 Industrial Organizational Psychology 3
PSY 3500 Judgment and Decision Making 3
PSY 4030 Sensation and Perception 3
PSY 4510 Attitudes and Persuasion 3
PSY 4515 Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination 3
PSY 4560 Psychological Assessment 3
Grand Total: 120

Students considering graduate school for Psychology are strongly advised to enroll in the B.A. program, rather than the B.A.S. program.

*Any Waldorf courses may be selected from the catalog and course schedule to be used as electives, provided that they are not used to satisfy other program requirements. The following are sample electives—it is recommended that 12 Psychology electives be taken from this list. A concentration is recommended, and the concentration options listed below may also be used toward elective credits.