BA In Psychology

BA In Psychology

Discover different humanistic and scientific approaches to the study of human cognition, emotions, and behavior.

Course overview:

Program Details:

Are you interested in a psychology program that you can tailor to your interests and goals? Rooted in the field of transpersonal psychology, the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology completion program at Sofia is a one-of-a-kind program that provides students with broad exposure to the humanistic and scientific approaches to the study of human cognition, emotions, and behavior.

Courses are offered online, with our Palo Alto and Costa Mesa CA faculty serving as facilitators and tutors. Each quarter students also attend classroom sessions on campus or participate in a field trip to a site relevant to the study and application of psychology to complement their online courses.

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Course Information:

At-a-glance information about this course for your convenience:

Summer Start Date:
July 1, 2024
Fall Start Date:
September 30, 2024
Winter Start Date:
January 13, 2025
Spring Start Date:
April 7, 2025
Program Length:
2 Years
Total Number of Units:
90 (Minimum)
Estimated Total Cost:
Estimated Fees:
Online + Low-Residency (Each quarter students also attend classroom sessions on campus or participate in a field trip to a site relevant to the study and application of psychology to complement their online courses.)

Learning Outcomes:

Here’s what you can expect to walk away from this program with…

1. Comprehension

Define and compare a broad range of psychological theories, perspectives, methods, and research findings, including those of Transpersonal Psychology and Systems Theory.

2. Implementation

Employ best practices of psychological research methodology in their consumption, design, and conduct of basic psychological research.

3. Application

Apply psychological theories and methods in addressing a problem or issue at an individual or group level.

4. Communication

Communicate effectively using a variety of media and genres to meet the needs of the situation and intended audience across a range of personal and professional purposes and settings.

5. Reflection

Reflect upon their own whole-person development, including growth in mind, body, spirit, creativity, and community, and identify opportunities for continuing development.

Career Paths:

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree at Sofia University, graduates will find they have a broad range of career paths available. The curriculum prepares students to understand human behavior, cognition, and emotion, equipping them with the necessary skills to excel in various fields. Here’s a deeper look into some of these career possibilities:

Case Manager

As a case manager, graduates will work with clients facing a variety of challenges including medical, mental health, or socio-economic issues. They will develop, implement, and evaluate individualized care plans to address the specific needs of their clients. A deep understanding of psychology is essential in this role as it helps in accurately assessing clients and in effectively communicating with them and their families.

Human Resources

In human resources, graduates will apply their understanding of human behavior in managing an organization’s workforce. Responsibilities could include recruitment, training, performance management, and conflict resolution. Their psychological training will aid in understanding employee motivations, improving workplace culture, and implementing policies that enhance productivity and employee satisfaction.


In the field of marketing, knowledge of psychology can be invaluable. Graduates may work on designing marketing strategies that align with consumer behavior, developing an understanding of what drives consumer decisions, and predicting market trends. This might involve conducting market research, developing promotional campaigns, or evaluating the effectiveness of marketing strategies.


Whether it’s life coaching, wellness coaching, or executive coaching, graduates can apply their psychological understanding to help clients set and achieve personal and professional goals. Coaches guide their clients through obstacles, provide support during transitions, and assist them in personal growth. A background in psychology allows coaches to better understand their clients’ motivations, helping to create effective strategies for progress.

Public Relations

In public relations, graduates might work on maintaining a positive public image for organizations or high-profile individuals. This could involve creating press releases, organizing public appearances, or managing crisis situations. An understanding of psychology can help public relations professionals anticipate public reaction, manage perceptions, and craft persuasive messages.


To receive a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree, students must successfully complete 180 quarter units including transfer credit earned at other colleges or universities.

The General Education requirement consists of the following content areas:

  • 12 units in English and Communication
  • 4 units in Mathematical Reasoning
  • 12 units in Arts and Humanities
  • 12 units in Social Sciences
  • 8 units in Physical and Natural Sciences


Transfer students with an associate’s degree from a California community college who completed the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC), or equivalent, are waived from taking additional General Education coursework at Sofia. Students who did not complete an associate’s degree will have a transcript audit conducted to determine remaining General Education courses are required to complete the degree.

The Core provides broad exposure to the field of psychology and consists of the following required courses:

  • PSB100 Introduction to Psychology (4)
  • PSB101 Statistical Reasoning in Psychology (4)
  • PSB102 Methods of Inquiry (4)
  • PSB103 Personality Theory (4)
  • PSB201 Abnormal Psychology (4)
  • PSB202 Professional Ethics (4)
  • PSB203 Foundations of Transpersonal Psychology (4)
  • PSB301 Biological Basis of Behavior (4)
  • PSB302 Developmental Psychology (4)
  • PSB303 Perception and Cognition (4)
  • PSB304 Neurodiversity (4)
  • PSB401 Somatic Psychology (4)
  • PSB402 Social Psychology (4)
  • PSB403 Meditation and Mindfulness (4)
  • PSB404 Psychology and Social Structure (4)

Students propose a Concentration that combines courses from the elective pool in psychology, Core and/or Elective Courses in business administration, and independent study in a focused field of psychology. Examples of Concentrations include, but are not limited to, Community and Counseling Psychology, Psychology Research, Media Psychology and Organizational Psychology.

The Capstone Project is divided into two courses and is designed to enable students to integrate the knowledge and skill they have developed as they prepare to graduate and either continue on to a master’s degree or advance in their careers. The two Capstone courses are the following:

  • PSB498 Psychology Capstone I (4)
  • PSB499 Psychology Capstone II (4)

Students complete their bachelor’s program by selecting courses that complement their Concentration, prepare them for additional career options and advanced study in the field, and enable them to explore new areas of interest. In addition to the courses below, students may select Elective Courses from the BS in Business Administration program, with approval of the Program Chair:

  • PSB405 The Impact of Technology on Human Wellbeing (4)
  • PSB406 The Psychology of Drug Use (4)
  • PSB407 Psychology and Gender (4)
  • PSB408 The Psychology of Sustainability (4)
  • PSB409 The Psychology of Disability (4)
  • PSB410 Psychology and Public Health (4)
  • PSB411 The Psychology of Pain (4)
  • PSB412 Child Psychology (4)
  • PSB413 The Psychology of Adolescence (4)
  • PSB414 Human Sexuality (4)
  • PSB415 Psychology of Delinquency (4)
  • PSB416 Psychology of Emotion (4)
  • PSB417 Sports Psychology (4)
  • PSB418 Forensic Psychology (4)
  • PSB419 Leadership and Transpersonal Psychology (4)
  • HUM490 Advanced Topics in the Humanities (4)
  • SOC490 Advanced Topics in the Social Sciences (4)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

In this section, we address some of the common questions prospective students might have about the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology completion program at Sofia University.

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology completion program at Sofia University is a unique offering that allows students to tailor the program according to their interests and goals. It provides broad exposure to humanistic and scientific approaches in the study of human cognition, emotions, and behavior. The program is rooted in transpersonal psychology and is designed to prepare students for either graduate school or various professional careers.

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program is delivered online, with faculty serving as facilitators and tutors. However, each quarter, students are also required to attend classroom sessions on campus or participate in a field trip to a site relevant to the study and application of psychology. This blended format ensures that students get the best of both worlds—online convenience and on-the-ground experience.

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology completion program at Sofia University is designed to be completed in 2 years. This duration allows students to delve deeply into their studies, gain a comprehensive understanding of psychology, and develop their own individualized concentrations.

The estimated total cost of the program comes to $36,000. This is a valuable investment in your future, opening up a wide range of career opportunities.

Upon completion of the program, graduates can explore a variety of fields such as case management, human resources, marketing, coaching, and public relations. The program equips students with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in these diverse areas.

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