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Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Understand how minds work.

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology major at Landmark College is designed to prepare students for graduate study or entry-level positions in community mental health, education, public affairs, health, human resources, and a range of nonprofit careers. Students might also pursue employment counseling, grant development, business or sales positions, all of which benefit from the study of psychology.

Consistent with American Psychological Association (APA) standards, students in this major explore psychology, neurodiversity, and learning. Students will develop research skills and apply concepts to solving problems and improving the world around them. Experiential opportunities and internships are designed for students to grow as professionals through self-reflection, collaboration, and project management.


Learn more about the B.A. in Psychology Degree

  • Faculty teaching in Psychology are credentialed in their fields and experienced teaching neurodiverse college students. They are committed to the learning of every student, focused on strengths, compassionate about obstacles, and always accessible to provide encouragement, guidance, and structure.

    The psychology major is designed so that students can grow as individuals in a supportive and intellectually challenging environment.

    Self-understanding, compassion, and the pursuit of truth through observation and analytical thinking are values reflected in every class.

  • The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree at Landmark College will provide opportunities for students to apply psychological and educational principles to behavior and learning, and to demonstrate comprehension of major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings.

    Students will benefit from associations, (e.g., internships, shared research projects, symposium participation) with the Landmark College Institute for Research and Training (LCIRT).

  • Students will benefit from associations, (e.g., internships, shared research projects, symposium participation) with the Landmark College Institute for Research and Training (LCIRT) and the Landmark College Center for Neurodiversity.

    Relevant internships for which Landmark College students have received academic credit include experiences with the following organizations/sites:

    • The Compass School, Westminster, VT
    • The Center for Neurodiversity, Landmark College
    • The Greenwood School, Putney, VT
    • Hilltop Montessori School, Brattleboro, VT
    • Landmark College Institute for Research and Training
    • Putney Elementary School, Putney, Vermont
    • Parks Place Community Resource Center, Bellows Falls, VT
  • The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree at Landmark College is designed to prepare students for graduate study or entry-level positions in community mental health, education, public affairs, health, human resources, employment counseling, grant development, business or sales.

    Hands-on learning approaches lead to many credit-bearing internship opportunities. Students pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology may choose to do internships in the following areas:

    • Education
    • Law
    • Coaching
    • Social Work
    • Human Services
    • Sales and marketing
    • Neuroscience and research

    For more information and professional skill building opportunities visit the Career Connections webpage.

  • To earn the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree, students must complete 121 credits:

    • 41 credits of major required courses
      • 21 major required credits
      • 20 major required credits that also count toward general education
    • 15 credits of “Individuals & Society Selected Topics”
    • 21 additional credits to complete the general education requirements
    • 44 credits of open electives (15 must be at the 3000/4000 level)

    B.A. Psychology Major Requirements: 41 credits

    Foundation Knowledge

    • PSY1011 Introduction to Psychology (Gen Ed): 3 credits
    • BIO1511 Introduction to Biology (Nat Science with Lab) (Gen Ed): 4 credits
    • PSY2021 Child Development or PSY2031 Adolescent and Adult Development: 3 credits
    • PSY2071 Educational Psychology or PSY2081 Cognitive Psychology: 3 credits
    • EDU2051 Learning Disabilities Seminar: 3 credits

    Neurodiversity and Multicultural Understanding

    • BIO3021 Neuroscience: 3 credits
    • PSY3061 Diversity Psychology or PSY4011 Social Identity in a Diverse World or EDU4011 Sem in Learning Diff, Politics & Culture: 3 credits

    Inquiry

    • MAT2621 Applied Statistics: 3 credits*
    • PSY2011 Introduction to Psychology Research (Gen Ed): 3 credits
    • PSY3031 Psychology Research in Practice: 3 credits
    • Alternative Experience Requirement (Gen Ed): 3 credits
    • PSY3071 Writing in Psychology (Gen Ed): 3 credits
    • Capstone: PSY4000 Psychology Senior Seminar (Gen Ed): 4 credits

    Individuals & Society Selected Topics: Select 5 courses, including 2 in PSY, for a total of 15 credits. Options include:

    • ANT3031 Methods of Cultural Field Study
    • COM3021 Relationships & Relational Com.
    • COM3081 The Philosophy of Communication
    • FLM3051 Film, Culture and Identity
    • PHI3041 Philosophy Through Literature
    • REL3011 Religion and Popular Culture
    • SOC3011 Civic Engagement
    • PSY3021 Theories of Personality
    • PSY3041 Psychology of Emotion
    • Appropriate Special Topics: (For example)
      • ANT3041 Sexuality Across Cultures
      • ART3031 Intersectionality, Identity, and Art
      • LIT3035 Masculinity: Ideas of Gender in Literature
      • HIS3071 Personal History

    Additional General Education Core Requirements: 21 credits

    WRT1011 Composition and Rhetoric: 3 credits
    WRT1012 Research and Analysis: 3 credits
    EDU1011 Perspectives in Learning: 3 credits
    COM1011 Intro. to Communication: 3 credits
    Humanities Distribution: 3 credit
    Interpersonal Communication: 3 credits
    *Mathematics Distribution Elective (as indicated through placement exam): 3 credits

    • *Can be met by MAT2621 Applied Statistics if student places into that course.

    44 credits in Open Electives—15 must be at the 3000/4000 level

  • Consistent with APA standards, and as articulated in the learning outcomes below, the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree program goes deeper into a baccalaureate understanding of the knowledge areas related to psychology and neurodiversity (KNO), diverse cultural competency (DIV), and the design and application of scientific inquiry and research (INQ). The program also requires students to demonstrate professional communication (COM), and engage in experiential opportunities designed to enrich professional habits through self-reflection, collaboration, and project management (PRO).

    Upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree, students should be able to:

    • Demonstrate thorough knowledge of key concepts, theories, and perspectives in psychology and neurodiversity as well as the scope and limitations of the discipline (KNO)
    • Demonstrate the cultural competence to engage with all forms of social diversity (DIV)
    • Use the scientific mode of inquiry to design research and think critically about psychology information and phenomena (INQ)
    • Write and communicate effectively using discourse practices of the psychology fiel d(COM)
    • Demonstrate career-ready, professional habits of continual improvement through self-reflection, collaboration, and project management (PRO)

    The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree at Landmark College will provide opportunities for students to apply psychological and educational principles to behavior and learning, and to demonstrate comprehension of major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings. Students will benefit from associations, (e.g., internships, shared research projects, symposium participation) with the Landmark College Institute for Research and Training (LCIRT).

Questions?

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Solvegi Shmulsky

Program Coordinator, B.A. in Psychology
(802) 387-6754
sshmulsky@landmark.edu

 

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Dan Miller

Chair, Department of Liberal Studies
(802) 387-7227
danielmiller@landmark.edu

 

 

Interested in applying?

Whether you are new to Landmark College or are a former student interested in returning for a baccalaureate degree, you can apply here. (The re-enrollment process for Landmark College alumni can be found under the Returning tab.)

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