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  Sep 26, 2022
2018-2019 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook 
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2018-2019 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook [Archived Catalog]

B.A. Psychology

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Program Overview

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program is a 120 credit hour program consisting of a 44 credit hour General Education foundation, optional minors in business, health science, and addiction studies, a variety of electives that are pre-requisites for TCSPP graduate programs, and a 42 credit hour psychology major. Taught by practitioner faculty, the goal of this program is to provide strong preparation in the development of skills related to an understanding of human behavior in order to work within a variety of professional roles and professional settings, as well as to prepare students for graduate study in psychology, counseling, or health sciences.

Program Philosophy

The B.A. Psychology program is designed to provide students a basic foundation in psychology and research while deepening their ability to apply knowledge regarding principles of psychology to various settings. Students will be able to apply learned theories, concepts, and best practices absorbed from the various minors within the program including Business, Health Studies, and Addiction Studies. The  program is designed to accommodate those who seek to complete their degree while effectively maintaining both their professional and personal commitments. This program provides a gateway to graduate programs in the field of psychology thereby further enhancing the student’s psychological knowledge.

Psychology Major Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the psychology major coursework, students will be able to:

Professional Practice

  • Participate in their diverse communities through their knowledge of individual and group behaviors as well as their civic understanding.
  • Apply psychological principles to individual, social and organizational issues.
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal communication skills that include effective speaking and listening skills.
  • Interact and collaborate with others effectively.


Recognize, understand and respect sociocultural, international and cognitive diversity, especially in regard to its impact on psychology

Professional Behavior

  • Analyze personal issues and questions by applying psychological and ethical principles.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical issues that frame the practice of psychology.


  • Demonstrate an understanding of the major theories, empirical findings, and historical and current trends within the field of psychology.
  • Read analytically, write clearly, using the APA Style Manual, and speak articulately about the study of psychology.
  • Critically and creatively evaluate psychological concepts and research.
  • Acquire information through library research with the use of computer search engines and information databases.
  • Design research projects using quantitative, qualitative and mixed research methods.

General Education Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the general education coursework, students will be able to:

Professional Practice

  • Interact and collaborate with others effectively


  • Demonstrate knowledge of individual and cultural difference with consideration for domestic and transnational diversity in a manner that promotes inclusion and understanding.

Professional Behavior

  • Assess their own ethical values and the social context of problems, recognize ethical issues in a variety of settings, applying differing ethical perspectives to dilemmas, and consider the ramifications of alternative actions.


  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of the fundamental theories and principles of their major (and chosen minor, if applicable) area of study.
  • Deliver well organized oral and written presentations that include a central message with logical themes, using language and terminology appropriate to the topic and audience.
  • Craft logical evidence-based arguments leading to solutions of practical problems.
  • Acquire and utilize information through library research with the use of computer search engines and information databases, evaluate the reliability of the source, and identify peer-reviewed and scholarly sources.
  • Apply quantitative (mathematical) reasoning to solving practical problems.

Licensure for Addiction Studies Minor

There are state professional licensure and/or certification requirements to practice as an addiction treatment provider. Titles for practice as an addiction treatment provider vary by state. Some of the titles include Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Certified Addiction Professional, Licensed Addiction Counselor, and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. A state’s professional practice board determines the specific requirements for candidates seeking licensure and/or certification and those requirements are subject to change. The following is professional practice information as of the date of publication:

  • The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Addiction Studies minor program is aligned with degree and/or coursework requirements for eligibility to practice as an addiction treatment provider in the District of Columbia and all states except for Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wisconsin.
  • Further information regarding the specific license or certification that the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Addiction Studies minor program aligns with by state is available HERE .

It is the student’s responsibility to monitor the licensing and/or certification requirements in their state, as they are subject to change. Additional state-specific requirements beyond the program’s graduation requirements may be required. Some state requirements include the following: post-degree field work, state specific coursework, examination, and application.

*The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is not currently accepting applications for the online BA Psychology, Addiction Studies Minor program from individuals who live in or who intend to complete their practicum or internship at a site located in these states: Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Washington, and West Virginia.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the B.A. Psychology program is open to any person who meets entrance requirements as outlined below. Applicants will be judged on their overall ability to successfully complete an undergraduate degree program. Generally, a high school cumulative GPA of a 2.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale is required for admission. However, applicants with a cumulative high school GPA below 2.3 or applicants seeking admission with a GED will be considered for admission with the submission of additional required documents. It is recommended that transcripts are submitted from all undergraduate schools where credit was received (and no degree was earned) to support their application and request for transfer credit.  (See Undergraduate Transfer Credit Policy).

Factors and materials to be considered for admission will include:

  • Completed application and $50 application fee
  • Applicants must provide proof of the qualifying conferral - high school graduation (or the equivalent) or proof of an earned Associate degree. Proof of qualifying conferral must be provided in one of the following ways:
    • Official high school transcript showing an earned high school diploma and date of graduation.  A copy of a high school diploma or unofficial transcriptions, if official transcripts are not immediately available, can be submitted with a contingency that original transcripts will be on file prior to day 9 of the term/semester of entry. Financial aid will not be disbursed until the compliant documentation is received.
    • Official Associate degree transcript from a regionally-accredited institution showing degree earned and date conferred
    • Official college transcript from a regionally-accredited institution that contains the high school name and date of graduation
    • Official NACES or AICE evaluation of an international diploma that contains the high school name and date of graduation
    • High school equivalency completed through home schooling as defined by state law
    • Official General Educational Development (GED) document.  A copy of the student’s GED Certificate, or unofficial GED score issued by the state, can be submitted with a contingency that the Official GED document will be on file prior to close of census. Financial aid will not be disbursed until the compliant documentation is received.
    • Official Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) document
    • Official High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) document
    • Official documentation showing a passing score on a state-authorized exam that the state recognizes as equivalent to high school graduation
    • Letter showing the date of graduation written on high school letterhead and signed by a high school administrator with an academic title
    • Form DD214 showing the high school name and date of graduation, if listed.

Applicants with a cumulative high-school or undergraduate GPA below 2.3 and applicants seeking admission with high school equivalency documentation that does not show a GPA (such as GED, home school, or testing) are required to submit additional documentation.

  • Curriculum Vita/ Resume
  • One Letter of recommendation (optional)
  • Essay of intent
  • Please compose a written essay to answer the questions below. Your essay should be typed, double-spaced, and three pages (approximately 500-750 words) while clearly addressing the program for which you are applying.
  • Psychology is a vast discipline with many career options:
    • Why are you interested in this particular program to earn your undergraduate degree in psychology?  Cite specific experiences and examples.
    • What are your professional career goals as they relate to this degree?  Why do you believe this program will assist you in reaching these goals?
    • Why is it important to you to study this discipline at a school that emphasizes cultural awareness, competence, and understanding of diversity (see our Commitment to Diversity Statement)?
    • If you are a first generation undergraduate degree student, please integrate this into your essay.
  • SAT/ACT scores are not required for admission, however applicants who have taken the SAT/ACT may submit their scores to enhance their application.

Applicant Notification

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology reviews applications on a rolling basis. Once review begins, complete applications will be considered by the Admission Committee and applicants will be notified regarding the admission decision. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology does not share information or provide any feedback regarding admission decisions.

If a student is offered admission, in order to secure a place in the incoming class, a non-refundable tuition deposit of $100 will be required by the deposit deadline indicated in the offer of admission. The non-refundable deposit will be applied in full toward the student’s tuition upon enrollment.

Articulation Agreements

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology has established agreements between the B.A. Psychology program and the programs listed below to allow qualified students to enter early into the listed master’s program.  These agreements allow qualified students to begin their masters while completing their bachelors.  Click on the link of the program that interests you for details.


The following policies are located under Academic Policies and Procedures : Academic Calendar, Admissions Requirements, Attendance, Satisfactory Academic Progress, Service Learning, and Transfer Credit/Course Waiver. 

Student Success Seminar

Students must enroll in and successfully pass GEN010 in their first term in the BA program. Students who do not pass the seminar will be re-enrolled every term until they earn a Satisfactory grade (pass). Please note that a seminar fee will be charged for each attempt. Final grades for the seminar will be indicated as satisfactory (S) or unsatisfactory (U) and will not have any impact on a student’s cumulative GPA.

Psychology Major Capstone

The BA 400 Capstone Course  is designed to allow students the opportunity to integrate and apply learning from their undergraduate courses into a comprehensive presentation. The Capstone Course is an independent study project that consists of a formal research project, intended to demonstrate skill in research and critical thinking. The project is composed of a detailed research question and a literature review component. Students are encouraged to design projects that prepare them to achieve their next goal, whether academic or professional. While no actual data is generated or data analyzed, the project is intended to incorporate and expand upon the depth of knowledge gained from previous years of study, and the student’s personal educational and professional interest.

General Education Capstone

During the CAP 200 Fundamentals of Action Research  course students will focus on the theoretical foundations and methodological issues of Action Research.  This approach to research is conducted with members of a community or organization to solve problems they are experiencing, leading to more effective practices.  During the course students will complete the General Education Capstone assignment.  This course is required for all students except those who transfer in an earned associate degree.

Ethical Guidelines

Students are expected to learn and to follow the ethical guidelines of the American Psychological Association, APA’s current Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct for Psychologists during and after their work at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, as well as the professional norms, standards, and guidelines relevant to the profession. A class in ethics is required, and student adherence to ethical codes is evaluated both formally and informally.

The Curriculum

Psychology Major (must equal at least 42 credit hours)

  • Psychology Major Required Core: 30 credit hours
  • Psychology Major Upper Division Required Electives: minimum 12 credit hours

Upper Division General Electives: 18 credit hours

Lower Division General Electives: 16 credit hours (students having completed 48 credit hours of lower division courses may substitute upper division general electives for lower division general electives with advisor approval).

General Education

  • Required General Education: 44 credit hours

Optional Minors (replaces 15 credit hours of General Elective requirements, including at least 6 Upper Division)

  • Business Minor (15 credit hours, 6 credit hours must BA435 and BA438)
  • Health Science (15 credit hours, 6 credit hours must be Upper Division)
  • Addiction Studies Minor (15 credit hours, must take BA350AS and BA417AS)

B.A. Psychology total program: 120 credit hours

Psychology Major Required Core (30 credit hours)

Psychology Major Upper Division Electives (minimum 12 credit hours)

May also be used as Upper Division General Electives.

Required General Education Courses (44 credit hours)

Optional Business Minor (15 credit hours)

Students take 9 credit hours from this list and Psychology Major Upper Division Electives: BA435 and BA438.  These courses may also be used as Lower Division General Electives.

Optional Health Science Minor (15 credit hours)

Students take 15 credit hours from this list, at least 6 credit hours must be Upper Division from the Health Science Minor (300 or 400 level).

Optional Addiction Studies Minor (21 credit hours)

Students completing coursework for licensure may have state specific coursework requirements. 

All Addiction Studies Minor students must complete BA360AS as a part of the Core Psychology courses and BA417AS as a part of the Psychology Electives. Addiction Studies Minor courses must be passed with a grade of C or higher, which includes any course with the “AS” prefix or suffix and BA 350  Abnormal Psychology.  Students earning a grade below C will be required to retake the course. 

The 6 credit hour practicum sequence replaces 6 credits of Upper Division General Electives to meet degree completion requirements

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