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2019-2020 University Catalog 
2019-2020 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Applied Psychology, B.A.

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The Providence based degree in psychology prepares the student to think critically about their own ideas and those of others apply these methods to the problems of community and of the larger society. Students are trained to be an independent thinker and active participant in a rapidly changing world. Courses in the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree program enable the student to understand the relationships among psychology and other social sciences and within the context of cultural, socio-historical and communicative issues. The program will also teach you to develop skills in writing, critical thinking and quantitative and qualitative research methods, to round out your preparation for your future career or graduate studies. Ultimately, the psychology graduate has the skills useful for a wide range of careers, including human resources, management, communication, and social work. Majors pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology must satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements, the College speech requirement, IDS 210 ; the College diversity course (IDS 150 ); a mathematics course at the level of MATH 124  or above (MATH 124  is recommended); the courses listed below, and a sufficient number of electives to total 120 credits.

University College General Education Requirements - Bachelors Degree

All students seeking a baccalaureate degree must complete:

  • A minimum of 120* credits (through any combination of study and learning experiences, including credit for previous college work, credit documentation, CLEP or other exams, and military experience).
  • A minimum enrollment requirement of 30 credits taken at the University.
  • A major academic program or concentration.
  • A 2.0 average in all courses carrying a letter grade.
  • A 2.0 average in all required major courses.
  • A 2.0 average in all required minor courses (if minor is included in a student’s program).
  • SCS general education requirements.*
  • The last five remaining courses in your degree of study must be completed at RWU.
  • All financial requirements must be met.

*121 for a Bachelor of Science in Paralegal

Transfer students should consult with a Resource Specialist to determine how the transfer guidelines apply to the general education requirements.

The general education requirements consist of courses from the arts, humanities, sciences, mathematics, and the social sciences. The University’s degree programs, including general education, provide students with communications skills; the ability for critical and logical analysis, scientific and quantitative reasoning; and the capability for continuing education. The general education requirements are designed to assure that all students have an awareness of and breadth of exposure to the disciplines and fields of study associated with communications skills, and the traditional liberal arts and general education areas and domains within higher education.

All University College students are required to complete a minimum of one-fourth of their degree requirements in general education (e.g., the equivalent of thirty semester hours in a bachelor degree program, or the equivalent of fifteen semester hours in an associate degree program). General Education requirements may be satisfied by credits granted for students’ prior college attendance, CLEP examinations, military training and experience (as recommended by the American Council on Education), and credit documentation. Students transferring with a baccalaureate degree shall be considered as having met the general education requirements.

Based on University guidelines, Resource Specialists determine which transfer courses may be considered equivalent to general education courses. After assessing the general education requirements which may be satisfied through their various sources of advanced standing, students who need general education courses are advised to enroll in courses designated as the University’s General Education courses (skills and interdisciplinary core courses) whenever they are scheduled or available in the University College as classroom or online course offerings. In addition to RWU’s skills and interdisciplinary core courses, courses may also be taken from the categories associated with the examinations of the College Board’s College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) to satisfy general education requirements. These categories include materials and subjects commonly taught during the first two years in many of the nation’s colleges and universities, and they include English Composition, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Fine Arts, and Social Science. These areas correspond to the University’s general education curricular categories as reflected in the skills and interdisciplinary core courses.

The general education requirements shall include the following: two writing courses (including WTNG 102  2 and a second writing course, e.g. Critical Writing for the Professions); a Mathematics skills course; Effective Speaking Across Audiences; and at least one approved course from each of the following categories: Natural Science, Humanities, Fine Arts, and Social Science, as well as two liberal art electives.

Students who have attended accredited institutions may transfer credits for successfully completed courses (C or better and courses with Pass or Satisfactory grades if such grades are equivalent to C or better). Resource Specialists determine the application of transfer credit to degree and program requirements. Such determinations may be based on comparability of depth and content to courses offered at the University, as well as other considerations. Transfer students must consult a University College Resource Specialist to determine how the transfer guidelines apply to the Skills and General Education requirements. Students who have not successfully completed college-level courses in WTNG 102   or post-algebraic mathematics may be required to take placement tests in writing and/or mathematics prior to enrollment in such courses.

Program Requirements

Students are Allowed to Substitute the Following Courses for PSYCH 499 Applied Practicum in Psychology:


Students may choose six remaining courses from core and applied psychology course offerings. Three of which must be at the 300 level or above.

Electives (54 credits)

Total Credits Required to Graduate: 120 credits

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