Couple Your Psychology Degree with Human Service — a Core Value at College of Saint Mary

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Applied Psychology and Human Services

The applied psychology degree program at College of Saint Mary will provide you with training in the human services field coupled with a strong background in psychology – giving you an opportunity to further your career because of the expertise in both fields. You'll also have a year-long fieldwork experience at a human services organization and complete an independent research project that you'll present to the campus community, making you ready to work in the field or continue your education. Get on the path to success today!

Required Courses in Your Major

General Psychology

This course will provide you with the scientific exploration of human behavior and mental processes. The goal of this course is to survey the basic concepts and research in the field.

Child Psychology

In this course, you will study physical, cognitive, social and emotional development from conception through adolescence.

Lifespan Development

In this course, you will study physical, cognitive, social and emotional development from conception through old age.

Group Process

Theoretical and practical approaches to conducting and participating in task and experience-oriented groups are presented. You will practice various process skills in a simulated group setting. A major focus is on assisting group members in working toward and achieving group goals in a variety of settings.

Statistics

In this course, you will learn to collect and tabulate data, averages and measures of disbursement, correlation and regression analysis, probability and sampling, and hypothesis testing.

Research Methods

Evidence-based inquiry processes will provide you with tools for conducting a major research project. Topics include conceptualizing a research study, designs for research, methodology, data collection, analysis of data and communicating results and utilizing research findings.

Abnormal Psychology

In this course, you will consider the etiology and dynamics of abnormal behavior in relation to normal behavior. Emphasis is placed upon the principles of learning, motivation, perception and quantitative classification as related to deviant behavior.

An Integrative Approach to Psychology

This course will encourage integration of previous semesters of psychology courses into a coherent whole. This course will also emphasize application of psychological concepts to one’s life.

Counseling Theory and Practice:

In this course, you will practice essential skills for crisis intervention and other methods of short-term counseling. You will also study major theories of counseling and psychotherapy and major counseling intervention strategies. You will also develop your skills involved in providing feedback to patients and you’ll be introduced to multicultural approaches to counseling.

Cultural Psychology

In this course, you will examine the impact of culture on human behavior and mental processes. You will also explore theories and research in psychology from a cross-cultural perspective.

Senior Seminar

In this course, you will complete an independent project of original thought. You will design a research study and follow it through to completion. The results of the research will be both written and presented to the CSM community at the end of the semester.

Psychology Electives

You will also take six credit hours of psychology electives. 

Survey of Human Services

This course will cover the history, theories, ethical principles and values of human services. You will also explore specific areas of the human services field through experience in the community.

Attitudes and Values

In this course, you will examine yourself, your values and belief systems and the effect of your belief system on the perception of and interaction with others.

Interviewing Skills

In this course, you will practice and discuss methods of obtaining relevant information in a variety of settings. The documentation, reporting and use of information are presented for selection of personnel or case planning. You will also practice methods of designing and implementing programs for patients.

Fieldwork Experience I

This course will introduce you to the knowledge, skills and personal development that happen in the human services setting. Skills focus on understanding the human service organization and the various roles and functions of human service workers. In this course, you will complete 175 fieldwork hours.

Fieldwork Seminar I

This course will give you the opportunity to discuss problems, solutions, ethical issues and other interesting situations experienced in your fieldwork hours.

Fieldwork Experience II

This course will engage you in addressing and solving more complex problems in service delivery. Greater autonomy and responsibility in the human services setting will be expected during this course. In this course, you will complete 175 fieldwork hours.

Fieldwork Seminar II

This course will give you the opportunity to discuss problems, solutions, ethical issues and other interesting situations experienced in your fieldwork Hours.

Requirements for Graduation from College of Saint Mary

To earn your bachelor of arts degree in applied psychology and human services, you must complete 44 credit hours of general education, 33 credit hours of major courses, 18 credit hours in your minor, nine credit hours of supporting field classes and 24 credit hours of electives.

The Assurance of Accreditation

The assurance of regional accreditation means that our degrees have been evaluated for their outcomes — including how well they prepare you to meet the needs of your employers, yourself and our global society. College of Saint Mary is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary

  • High school transcript with GPA and class rank. Unofficial transcripts may be reviewed for admissions purposes, but official transcripts are required before you start classes.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0
  • ACT score of 18 or higher or SAT score of 860 – 890 (verbal + math) or higher
  • Personal interview (if applicable)
  • Transcripts from any post high school institutions for transfer students. Students who have earned 12 or more credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0 from other institutions qualify as transfers.
  • $30 application fee

Academic Description

Couple Your Psychology Degree with Human Service — a Core Value at College of Saint Mary

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Applied Psychology and Human Services

The applied psychology degree program at College of Saint Mary will provide you with training in the human services field coupled with a strong background in psychology – giving you an opportunity to further your career because of the expertise in both fields. You'll also have a year-long fieldwork experience at a human services organization and complete an independent research project that you'll present to the campus community, making you ready to work in the field or continue your education. Get on the path to success today!

Accreditation

The Assurance of Accreditation

The assurance of regional accreditation means that our degrees have been evaluated for their outcomes — including how well they prepare you to meet the needs of your employers, yourself and our global society. College of Saint Mary is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Admissions Requirements

Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary

  • High school transcript with GPA and class rank. Unofficial transcripts may be reviewed for admissions purposes, but official transcripts are required before you start classes.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0
  • ACT score of 18 or higher or SAT score of 860 – 890 (verbal + math) or higher
  • Personal interview (if applicable)
  • Transcripts from any post high school institutions for transfer students. Students who have earned 12 or more credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0 from other institutions qualify as transfers.
  • $30 application fee

Curriculum

Required Courses in Your Major

General Psychology

This course will provide you with the scientific exploration of human behavior and mental processes. The goal of this course is to survey the basic concepts and research in the field.

Child Psychology

In this course, you will study physical, cognitive, social and emotional development from conception through adolescence.

Lifespan Development

In this course, you will study physical, cognitive, social and emotional development from conception through old age.

Group Process

Theoretical and practical approaches to conducting and participating in task and experience-oriented groups are presented. You will practice various process skills in a simulated group setting. A major focus is on assisting group members in working toward and achieving group goals in a variety of settings.

Statistics

In this course, you will learn to collect and tabulate data, averages and measures of disbursement, correlation and regression analysis, probability and sampling, and hypothesis testing.

Research Methods

Evidence-based inquiry processes will provide you with tools for conducting a major research project. Topics include conceptualizing a research study, designs for research, methodology, data collection, analysis of data and communicating results and utilizing research findings.

Abnormal Psychology

In this course, you will consider the etiology and dynamics of abnormal behavior in relation to normal behavior. Emphasis is placed upon the principles of learning, motivation, perception and quantitative classification as related to deviant behavior.

An Integrative Approach to Psychology

This course will encourage integration of previous semesters of psychology courses into a coherent whole. This course will also emphasize application of psychological concepts to one’s life.

Counseling Theory and Practice:

In this course, you will practice essential skills for crisis intervention and other methods of short-term counseling. You will also study major theories of counseling and psychotherapy and major counseling intervention strategies. You will also develop your skills involved in providing feedback to patients and you’ll be introduced to multicultural approaches to counseling.

Cultural Psychology

In this course, you will examine the impact of culture on human behavior and mental processes. You will also explore theories and research in psychology from a cross-cultural perspective.

Senior Seminar

In this course, you will complete an independent project of original thought. You will design a research study and follow it through to completion. The results of the research will be both written and presented to the CSM community at the end of the semester.

Psychology Electives

You will also take six credit hours of psychology electives. 

Survey of Human Services

This course will cover the history, theories, ethical principles and values of human services. You will also explore specific areas of the human services field through experience in the community.

Attitudes and Values

In this course, you will examine yourself, your values and belief systems and the effect of your belief system on the perception of and interaction with others.

Interviewing Skills

In this course, you will practice and discuss methods of obtaining relevant information in a variety of settings. The documentation, reporting and use of information are presented for selection of personnel or case planning. You will also practice methods of designing and implementing programs for patients.

Fieldwork Experience I

This course will introduce you to the knowledge, skills and personal development that happen in the human services setting. Skills focus on understanding the human service organization and the various roles and functions of human service workers. In this course, you will complete 175 fieldwork hours.

Fieldwork Seminar I

This course will give you the opportunity to discuss problems, solutions, ethical issues and other interesting situations experienced in your fieldwork hours.

Fieldwork Experience II

This course will engage you in addressing and solving more complex problems in service delivery. Greater autonomy and responsibility in the human services setting will be expected during this course. In this course, you will complete 175 fieldwork hours.

Fieldwork Seminar II

This course will give you the opportunity to discuss problems, solutions, ethical issues and other interesting situations experienced in your fieldwork Hours.

Degree Requirements

Requirements for Graduation from College of Saint Mary

To earn your bachelor of arts degree in applied psychology and human services, you must complete 44 credit hours of general education, 33 credit hours of major courses, 18 credit hours in your minor, nine credit hours of supporting field classes and 24 credit hours of electives.