Bachelor of Arts

Sometimes, your passion is your purpose. Grow your purpose into a career with TU's psychology degree. Intended as a solid foundation for research and graduate studies, the program provides classes that range from theories of personality, to abnormal behavior, and from research design to lifespan development. All, to hone your skills for your profession.

The Profession Of Helping Others

If you have an interest in the helping professions and wish to develop broad career flexibility and depth in the discipline of behavioral health, Tiffin University’s Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree Program in Psychology is for you. At Tiffin University, we believe in education for real life, and the psychology major will prepare you to pursue your career of choice.

While many careers in the field of behavioral health require graduate education for licensure and for significant advancement in the field, graduates of this program will be prepared for admission into a wide variety of graduate programs and will learn practical concepts and flexible skills that may be immediately applied in many occupational areas.

Your Psychology Program

Very broadly, psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. The psychology program at Tiffin University provides instruction and experience across a broad range of concepts, issues and theories emerging from the scientific study of behavior and experience. The program’s educational foundation will increase your sensitivity to, and understanding of, biological, social, emotional and cognitive processes underlying human thoughts and actions.

A Practical Education For The Real World

According to the American Psychological Association, psychology is a varied field. Graduates of this program will be prepared for admission into a wide variety of graduate psychology, counseling, clinical and/or psychotherapy programs.

Students who complete the courses in the psychology core will also undertake an in-depth study in an area of concentration. You will have your choice of three concentrations: Addictions Counseling, Cross-Cultural & International Psychology, and Human Services:

  • The addictions counseling concentration provides the hands-on skills and clinical education in problems of substance use, abuse and dependence, as well as other related and co-occurring mental health addictive issues. The addictions counseling concentration is designed to meet the educational requirements for Chemical Dependency Counselor licensure status, as well as the international certification standards in Addiction Counseling.
  • The cross-cultural and international psychology (CCIP) focuses on communication and collaboration among people worldwide in the areas of teaching, research, practice and public service. The goals of the CCIP program include improving international relations, addressing global problems through internationally cooperative efforts, promoting social justice, capacity building and assessing cultural interdependency.
  • The human services concentration offers an applied psychological and interdisciplinary understanding of personal and social problems often encountered in contemporary society, and it is designed primarily for students who intend to pursue careers in psychological and social service related fields. Through its combination of coursework, internship and self-directed study, this program prepares you for immediate employment in a wide variety of helping professions, and serves as a foundation for admission to applied graduate study in the mental health and community service related fields.

A student can also take two concentrations or choose a minor, such as forensic psychology, as an additional specialty utilizing electives.

What You Can Expect From Your TU Psychology Degree

  • Graduates will be prepared for admission into a wide variety of non-practitioner, graduate psychology programs and paraprofessional roles.
  • Graduates will understand practical concepts and skills that may be applied immediately in many occupational contexts.
  • Graduates will demonstrate broadly based knowledge of psychological issues and concepts, psychological theories, therapeutic practices, research methods, ethical issues and practices, and multicultural awareness.
  • Graduates choosing the addictions counseling concentration will have fulfilled a large part of the requirements for licensure by the state of Ohio as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor.
  • Graduates choosing the human services concentration will be prepared for applied careers in social or psychological service-related fields and admission into a graduate counseling, clinical psychology, human services, social work, or other practitioner or behavioral health degree program.

Core Curriculum of the School of Arts & Sciences 49 hours
Psychology Major 24 hours
Concentration 24 hours

  • PSY201 Introduction to Professional Practices 
  • PSY263 Theories of Personality 
  • PSY265 Lifespan Development
  • PSY302 History and Systems of Psychology
  • PSY362 Abnormal Behavior 
  • PSY401 Biological Foundations of Behavior 
  • SOC250 Social Psychology 
  • SCS300 Research Design 

Total BA hours 121-123 hours


This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

On Campus - Offered in a 15-week semester format with start dates of January and August

Introduction to Professional Practices (PSY2013) - Majors in human services and psychology learn the career opportunities, problems, methods, and thinking styles of professionals in their fields. Students participate in classroom debates on topics of current concern in modern psychology and human services, practice the writing style of the American Psychological Association, and acquire effective methods for developing a professional résumé. Guest speakers, field trips, and other out-of-class experiences expand students’ understanding of the diversity and challenges of modern behavioral science and practice. This is a writing intensive course.

Theories of Personality (PSY263) - An overview of historical and current theories regarding personality formation and development, and methods of measuring personality characteristics. Psychodynamic, humanistic, behaviorist, trait, and cognitive approaches are discussed.

Lifespan Development (PSY2653) - This course takes a life span approach in studying human development from conception through death. Students will examine the major theories and scientific research findings on our physical, cognitive, social, and personality development.

  • Chemical Dependency Counselor
  • Child Development Specialist
  • Entry-level therapeutic and administrative work in the mental health and addictions field
  • Graduate School
  • Research and people-oriented jobs in the criminal justice and business fields
  • Residential Manager of Group Homes
  • Social Services Coordinator
  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Cuyahoga County
  • Nationwide Children's Hospital
  • Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections
  • Oriana House Inc
  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. Army


Dr. Elizabeth Athaide-Victor
Dr. Elizabeth Athaide-Victor Professor of Forensic Psychology and Psychology
Dr. Fang-Mei Law
Dr. Fang-Mei Law Professor of Psychology & Criminal Justice
Dr. Jonathan Appel
Dr. Jonathan Appel Professor of Psychology, Counseling & Criminal Justice / Director of Institutional...
Steven Borawski
Steven Borawski Program Chair, Online Bachelor and Graduate Social Science Programs
Dr. Matthew Bereza
Dr. Matthew Bereza Associate Professor of Psychology, Counseling & Latin American Studies
Dr. Steven Hurwitz
Dr. Steven Hurwitz Professor of Psychology & Criminal Justice / Washington Center Liaison
Dr. Erin Dean
Dr. Erin Dean Associate Professor & Chair for Main Campus Social Science Programs


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