Psychology (ASPIRE)

ASPIRE's Psychology degree is designed to accelerate your career path by delivering a basic understanding of the theories, methods and applications of modern psychology. You'll increase your understanding of human nature, as well as gain a foundation for further study at the graduate level.

ASPIRE's unique class structure is designed to accommodate busy adults. You'll take one class at a time -- one night a week for 5 weeks, with each class designed to build on the knowledge gained in the previous class. In this way, you'll move through your degree program in a step-by-step, structured class schedule that allows you to focus your full attention on the material you need to know in your chosen field. It’s a process that optimizes learning, leading to greater assimilation and stronger retention of the knowledge and tools you need to compete in the marketplace.

The online Psychology program allows you to pursue your education without changing your schedule. As a completely online program, you can complete your degree on time – your time.

After taking a short online Orientation course, you will be prepared to participate in the online courses. The Psychology major consists of 12 online courses and a capstone portfolio. Each course is five weeks long, running from Monday through Sunday and students take one course at a time. Find out more about this option under our Online Delivery page.

Foundations in Psychology

Will focus on preparing students for future courses in psychology. An overview of the field of psychology will be provided including major ideas and theories, subfields of psychology, and various graduate school and career options. In order to promote success in the psychology major, foundational academic skills (e.g., using the library, reading research, writing APA style papers, how to present scholarly information) will be addressed via community building activities.

Statistics for Behavioral Sciences

An examination of the fundamentals of statistical theory and practice in the behavioral sciences. Emphasis is on the use and interpretation of elementary descriptive and inferential statistics in psychology.

Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences

An introduction to basic methodological and design concepts needed to understand and perform research in the behavioral sciences. Major topics include various techniques in experimental and applied research, techniques in correlational research as well as important ethical considerations.

Introduction to the Bible

A survey of the Bible from an evangelical perspective. The course will affirm biblical authority and relevancy to everyday living. Biblical content will be studied and analyzed.

Child Development

A consideration of physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional aspects of child development from conception through adolescence. Major theories and research related to child development will be surveyed.

Theories of Personality

A consideration of major traditional and contemporary theories of personality, with a view toward usefulness in understanding human behavior. Psychological research and assessment of the variety of personalities will be studied.

Christianity and World Religions

An introduction to the history and central beliefs of Christianity and other world religions with emphases on the ethical implications of each religion for modern society and understanding divergent worldviews.

Abnormal Psychology

An introduction to the nature, cause, and classification of psychological and behavioral disorders. Definition and identification of such disorders will be emphasized.

Counseling Theories

An overview of current theory and practice in psychotherapy. Basic models and techniques for helping to facilitate growth and behavioral changes will be presented in addition to ethical concerns related to helping professions.

Social Psychology

An examination of how people think about, influence and relate to others. Social perception, attitude formation, conformity, persuasion, aggression, altruism, and interpersonal attraction are among the major concepts that will be addressed.

Learning and Motivation

An examination of research on basic conditioning and learning processes. Major theories of learning will be reviewed including functionalistic, associationistic, and cognitive theories.

Adult Development

A consideration of physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional development during adulthood. Major theories and research related to adult development from young adulthood to old age will be surveyed.

A Bachelor of Arts in Psychology will prepare you for careers in a variety of fields, including:

 Marriage and Family Therapy  Crisis Intervention
 Forensic Psychology  Career Counseling
 Alcohol and Drug Counseling  Clinical Psychology
 Rehabilitation  Guidance Counseling
   
 Human Resources Administration  Operations Management
 Community Relations Director  Social Work
 Hospice Coordinator  Victim Advocacy
 Employee Training/Recruitment  Hotel Management
   
 Writing  Media Planning
 Marketing  Technical Writing
 Research Analyst  Advertising
   

Some of these occupations may require additional coursework in another area.