Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

The Department of psychology & Counseling offers a BA in Psychology which provides students with the knowledge base in psychology, trains them on scientific inquiry and critical thinking skills, prepares them to consider the ethical and social responsibility in a diverse world, develops their communication skills, and provide them with adequate professional development so they are able to apply psychological knowledge and skills in a variety of settings. The program does not include tracks, as its focus is general enough to enable students to pursue various possible psychology graduate programs. The program covers the foundation courses in psychology; namely: Introduction to Psychology, Statistics, Research Methods, Developmental, Social, Cognitive, Experimental, Biopsychology, Psychological Measurements, Abnormal, and Clinical Psychology. The program also offers courses that focus on the psychological applications in the fields of education, industry, and health.

Program Objectives

  • To provide students with knowledge of basic concepts, theoretical perspectives, and current and historical trends psychology.
  • To train students to apply critical/creative thinking as well as scientific research skills.
  • To train students to provide basic psychological services under supervision.
  • To prepare students to apply ethical and social responsibilities in their work as well as research.
  • To provide students with necessary skills to communicate effectively with diverse individuals/ groups and situations.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Describe key concepts, principles, and main themes in psychology.
  • Apply scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena.
  • Conduct basic psychological research individually and in teams.
  • Apply updated ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice.
  • Demonstrate effective writing and presenting skills for different purposes.
  • Analyze psychological information and data using variety of sources and statistical software.
  • Communicate efficiently psychological reports and information to concerned parties.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 120 hours

General Education (Req. CH:39)

Cluster 1: Values to Live By - Islam (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ISLM100Islamic Culture3.000

Cluster 1: Values to Live By - Ethics (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
FOED102Professional Ethics in Education3.000
PHI121Fundamentals of Environmental Ethics3.000
PHI122International Ethics3.000
PHI226Human Rights Theory3.000
PHIL120Principles of Professional Ethics3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - English Communication (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ESPU1014Introduction to Academic English for Humanities and SS3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - Information Literacy (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
GEIL101Information Literacy3.000

Cluster 2: Skills for Life - Thinking Skills (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSS110Scientific Research Skills3.000
CSBP119Algorithms and Problem Solving3.000
PHI180Critical Thinking  13.000
PSY105Creative & Innovative Thinking Skills3.000
1 : IBLC - Inquiry based learning courses must be taken within first 30 credit hours

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Emirates Society (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSS105Emirates Studies3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Humanities/Fine Arts (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARCH340History and Theory of Architecture3.000
HIS133Introduction to Art History3.000
HSR120Introduction to Heritage & Culture3.000
HSR130Introduction to Language & Communication3.000
LIT150Introduction to Literature3.000
LNG100Introduction to Linguistics3.000
LNG110Language, Society & Culture3.000
MSC200Introduction to Mass Media3.000
MSC240World and Arab Media3.000
PHI101Introduction to Philosophy3.000
PHI270Philosophy of Education3.000
PHI271History and Philosophy of Science3.000
TRS200Introduction to Translation3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - Social and Behavioral Sciences (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
AGRB210Introduction to Agribusiness3.000
ECON110Principles of Economics3.000
HSR140Introduction to Society & Behavior3.000
HSR150Introduction to Government Policy & Urban Structures3.000
SWK200Introduction to Social Welfare3.000

Cluster 3: The Human Community - The Global Experience (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
AGRB360Global Agri-food Trade3.000
ARCH346Contemporary World Architecture3.000
BIOE240Principles of Environmental Science3.000
GEO200World Regional Geography3.000
HIS120Arab & Islamic Civilization3.000
HIS121World History: Origins to 15003.000
HIS125Contemporary Civilization3.000
PSG250Principles of International Relations 3.000

Cluster 4: The Natural World - Mathematics (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
STAT180Psychological Statistics I  23.000
2 : Also counts towards the Major

Cluster 4: The Natural World - Natural Sciences (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ARAG205Introduction to Fish & Animal Science3.000
ARAG220Natural Resources3.000
BION100Biology and its Modern Application3.000
CHEM181Chemistry in the Modern World3.000
FDSC250Contemporary Food Science & Nutrition3.000
GEOL110Planet Earth3.000
PHED201Physical Fitness and Wellness3.000
PHYS101Conceptual Physics3.000

Cluster 5: Capstone Experience (3.00 hours)

Credit Hours
HSR400Integrated Capstone  33.000
3 : Also counts towards the Major


Psychology Major (Req. CH:45)

Required Courses (36.00 hours)

Credit Hours
PSY100Introduction to Psychology3.000
PSY201Research Methods in Psychology3.000
PSY205Social Psychology3.000
PSY303Psychological Tests & Measurements3.000
PSY304Developmental Psychology3.000
PSY305Cognitive Psychology3.000
PSY306Abnormal Psychology3.000
PSY401Clinical Psychology3.000
PSY403Experimental Psychology3.000
PSY454Research Project/Internship6.000

Elective Courses - At least two must be PSY 4XX level (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
PSY312Psychology of Learning3.000
PSY313Educational Psychology3.000
PSY314Sensation and Perception3.000
PSY315Industrial Organizational Psychology3.000
PSY316School Psychology3.000
PSY317Psychology of Personality3.000
PSY413Counseling Psychology3.000
PSY414Introduction to Health Psychology3.000
PSY416Differential Psychology3.000
PSY419Seminar in Psychology3.000
STAT280Psychological Statistics II3.000


Minors and Electives (Req. CH:36)

Required Minor (18.00 hours)

Credit Hours


Optional Minor (Students can either take Minor (2) or 18 credit hours from any free elective courses.

Minor (2) (18.00 hours)

Credit Hours