Psychology (BA)

The Profession Of Helping Others

Tiffin University’s Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree Program in Psychology is intended for students with an interest in the helping professions and who wish to develop broad career flexibility and depth in the discipline of behavioral health. 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 Major 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 increases student 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. This degree is intended for students with an interest in the helping professions who wish to develop broad career flexibility and depth in the discipline of psychology. 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: Experimental, Applied Human Services, or Addictions Counseling:

•           The Experimental Psychology Concentration provides an in-depth study of psychology as a science, including additional instruction in hypothesis testing, empirical methods, and the experimental areas of psychology.  Students in this concentration will complete and present an original psychological research project.

•           The Applied-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 students 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.

•           The Addictions Counseling Concentration provides the 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.

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

  1. Graduates will be prepared for admission into a wide variety of non-practitioner, graduate psychology programs and paraprofessional roles.
  2. Graduates will understand practical concepts and skills that may be applied immediately in many occupational contexts.
  3. Graduates will demonstrate broadly based knowledge of psychological issues and concepts, psychological theories, therapeutic practices, research methods, ethical issues and practices, and multicultural awareness.
  4. 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.
  5. Graduates choosing the applied-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.
  6. Graduates choosing the experimental concentration will be prepared for research-based careers or research-oriented further study in social sciences or psychological service-related fields.

Your Psychology Curriculum

Psychology Core

Course Number Course Title Credit Hour
PSY201 Introduction to Professional Practices (w) 3
PSY263 Theories of Personality 3
PSY265 Lifespan Development 3
PSY302 History and Systems of Psychology 3
PSY362 Abnormal Behavior 3
PSY401 Biological Foundations of Behavior 3
SCS300 Research Design (w) 3
SOC250 Social Psychology 3

Concentration: (Three Choices)

-Addictions Counseling

Course Number Course Title Credit Hour
CSL310 Introduction to Addiction Theory and Practice 3
CSL320 Counseling Procedures and Strategies with Addicted and Disordered Populations 3
CSL425 Group Process and Techniques Working with Addicted Populations and Disordered Populations 3
CSL435 Assessment and Diagnosis of Addictive and Behavioral Health Problems 3
CSL440 Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment Planning in Addictions 3
CSL445 Theory and Practice of Relationship Counseling in Addictions and Behavioral Health 3
SCS470 Internship I 3
One of the following:
CSL430 Cultural Competence in Counseling 3
SOC360 Multicultural Issues in Society (w) 3

-Experimental Psychology

Course Number Course Title Credit Hour
MAT373 Applied Statistics II 3
PSY333 Experimental Psychology 3
SCS491 Senior Seminar I 3
SCS492 Senior Seminar II 3
One of the following:
CSL430 Cultural Competence in Counseling 3
SOC360 Multicultural Issues in Society (w) 3
Three of the following:
FOR344 Psychology of Violence & Agression (w) 3
PSY320 Motivational Psychology 3
PSY363 Cognitive Psychology 3
PSY364 Evolutionary Psychology 3
PSY390 Special Topics 3
PSY445 Psychometrics (w) 3
SCS470 Internship I 3
Or any 200-400 level FOR, CSL, or PSY course with advisor approval.

-Applied-Human Services

Course Number Course Title Credit Hour
FOR423 Case Management 3
FOR430 Crisis Intervention Strategies 3
PSY360 Introduction to Counseling 3
SCS450 Human Services Capstone 3
SCS470 Internship I
One of the following:
CSL430 Cultural Competence in Counseling 3
SOC360 Multicultural Issues in Society (w) 3
Two of the following:
PSY269 Human Sexuality 3
PSY440 Comparative Psychotherapies & Therapeutic Techniques 3
PSY390 Special Topics 3
PSY445 Psychometrics (w) 3
SCS471 Internship II 3
SOC310 Sociology of the Family 3
SOC320 Community Sociology 3
SOC361 Sociology of Gender 3
COM310 Human, Interpersonal & Small Group 3
FOR365 Drugs and Society 3
FOR485 Death and Dying 3
POL320 Public Administration 3
Or any 200-400 level FOR, CSL, or PSY course with advisor approval

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For more information about the BA Psychology degree program, or the School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences, contact us at (419) 448-3292, or (800) 968-6446, ext. 3292.

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