Bachelor of Arts
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program in psychology at Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) prepares students for successful careers and lifelong learning in the growing field of psychology.
Psychology is the science of thoughts, feelings and behavior. As a student working toward a BA in psychology at MSU Denver, you will study the basic principles governing psychological processes, current and emerging issues in psychology and how historical developments contributed to our contemporary understanding; ethical guidelines and the fundamentals of research methodology and statistical analysis; individual/cultural differences and universal commonalties in human experience; and how psychology can be applied to help improve our world.
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Admissions and Transfer Counselors are available on a walk-in basis.
Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver
The Department of Psychology delivers all the academic rigor you expect in a BA degree program while also bringing to the table everything that’s unique about MSU Denver’s people and Denver’s psychology community. Students here have the advantage of the following distinctive opportunities:
• Enjoy attending classes on a vibrant and diverse campus located in the heart of downtown Denver, where you can easily connect to the city’s community of psychologists.
• Benefit from an array of class formats and diverse, experienced faculty, including published authors and researchers, who are eager to provide hands-on advising and dedicated mentoring.
• Learn in the Plaza, which houses modern accommodations that include a computer lab, observation rooms, state-of-the-art media equipment and meetings spaces.
• Join student organizations such as Psi Chi, the Research Club, the Developmental Psychology Club, the Clinical and Counseling Club and the Psychology Journal Club.
• Intern with various organizations within the diverse field of psychology to gain valuable field experience and jump-start your professional career.
• Serve as a teaching assistant in a course you’ve excelled in, working closely with a faculty mentor to learn how to teach based on the science of learning.
• Complete independent research projects under a faculty member’s supervision, and present your work at local, regional and national academic and professional conferences.
Career Opportunities for Our Graduates
The demand for well-qualified employees trained in psychology is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through the current decade. A degree in psychology provides a strong foundation for a diverse set of careers. Graduates of psychology programs pursue such varied careers as health-service providers, personnel managers/trainers, labor-relations specialists, marketing professionals, teachers, researchers and criminal justice workers. The rigorous intellectual training students receive as psychology majors provides a flexible set of skills that successfully transfers to many occupational domains.
Our graduates are also prepared to compete successfully for positions in masters- and doctoral level graduate programs. Psychology majors pursue advanced degrees in clinical/counseling psychology, school psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, health psychology, forensic psychology, educational psychology and other research-based domains.
Hear from our students:
“The value gained with my psychology degree at MSU Denver allowed me to enter the workforce with confidence and competence. Not only do I profit from the academic tools necessary to define my place in society, I also established lifelong relationships that will benefit me in all future endeavors.”
— Thai Intarakamhang (BA in psychology 2012)
Alumni at Work
A few organizations that have hired graduates of MSU Denver’s psychology degree program include:
• Children’s Hospital
• Devereux Cleo Wallace
• Excelsior Youth Center
• OMNI Institute
• University of Colorado at Denver
• U.S. Naval Medical Research
In addition, our graduates have been accepted to graduate programs including:
• Child Clinical Psychology PhD, University of Denver
• Counseling PhD, University of Denver
• Forensic Psychology MA, University of Denver
• Marriage and Family Counseling PhD, Brigham Young University
• Organizational Leadership MA, Colorado State University
• PsyD Program, Chicago School of Professional Psychology
We offer a rich array of special-interest courses, including interdisciplinary offerings and courses cross-listed with women’s and intercultural studies. Some popular classes include:
Psychology of Gender
Psychology of Group Prejudice
Sensation and Perception
Theories of Personality
Intro to Clinical/Counseling Psychology
Psychology of Sexuality
Research Issues in Psychology
Psychology of Exceptional Children
The degree programs in the Department of Psychology at MSU Denver are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).