Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology

Program Description

Psychology can be seen as an umbrella discipline overarching all other disciplines. Psychology is about the human mind and the behavior that it generates, and humans behave across various subjects.

Study psychology at Webster Vienna Private University and get your hands on physiological recording devices. Learn how to get access to the non-conscious mind, while being led through all basic psychology sub disciplines. The CanBeLab (Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience and Behavior) is waiting for you to record brain activities, muscle activity, skin conductance, to code and analyze facial expressions, for scientific research.

As a psychology student at Webster, you will have the opportunity to study specific issues, theories and science of the discipline and also attain an understanding of the complexity and diversity of human behavior. All the while, we will give you access to our cutting-edge laboratory with the latest technologies.

Our psychology students use approaches that range from the scientific to the philosophical, from the experimental to the theoretical. Through these methods our students develop and apply problem-solving skills that will help you think analytically and to communicate clearly and persuasively throughout their lives and careers.

Our friendly and experienced faculty specialize in a variety of areas that will allow you to approach psychology from different perspectives, including biological and evolutionary, clinical and counseling, lifespan development, learning and cognitive, social and cross-cultural perspectives, even Neuroscience plays an important role.

Our students also learn advanced research methods, such as the advanced analysis of statistical techniques, research methodology and psychological testing. The faculty is there to help our students:

  • Develop analytical skills;
  • Integrate theoretical knowledge with practical experience; and
  • Build competencies for specific career objectives or specific areas of interest.

Learning Outcomes

Webster psychology graduates pursue a wide variety of post-graduate opportunities. Some pursue careers in teaching, social service, nonprofit organizational settings or corporations, while others are preparing for admission to graduate and professional training programs.

Degree Requirements 
(valid for students who started no earlier than June 2017)

A complete list of psychology courses including short descriptions can be found here.

A complete list of biology courses (focus on BIOL 1010: Human Biology and BIOL 1040: Human Genetics) including short descriptions can be found here.

Core Courses
Students are required to complete the following courses:

  • PSYC 1100 Introduction to Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 1800 Careers in Psychology (1 credit hour)
  • PSYC  2750 Introduction to Measurement and Statistics (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 2825 Introduction to Research Methods (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 3025 Psychology and Ethics (2 credit hours)
  • PSYC 4825 Senior Thesis (4 credit hours)
  • PSYC 4925 Senior Capstone: History, Philosophy, and Systems of Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 4950 Senior Assessment (1 credit hour)
  • PSYC electives (18 hours)

Five Content Areas
In addition, at least one course must be completed from each of the following five content areas:

Biological and Evolutionary Perspectives

  • PSYC 3850 Sensation and Perception (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 4300 Health Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 4550 Drug and Chemical Dependency (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 4650 Physiological Psychology (3 credit hours)

Clinical and Counseling Perspectives

  • PSYC 3125 Abnormal Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 3775 Personality Theory (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 3900 Introduction to Counseling (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 4225 Introduction to Clinical Psychology (3 credit hours)

Lifespan Development Perspectives

  • PSYC 2200 Child Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 2250 Adolescent Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 2300 Lifespan Development (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 2950 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging (3 credit hours)

Learning and Cognitive Perspectives

  • PSYC 3325 Applied Learning Theory (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 3350 Cognitive Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 3525 Memory (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 3725 Psychology of Judgement and Decision Making (3 credit hours)

Social and Cross-Cultural Perspectives

  • PSYC 3475 International Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 3575 Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 3600 Social Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 3625 Motivation and Emotion (3 credit hours)

2nd Major: Psychology

Students wishing to have a 2nd major in Psychology must complete all the degree requirements, including the courses from the 5 content areas and the electives.

General Psychology Minor

18 Credit Hours

For information on the general requirements for a minor, see Minor under the Academic Policies and Information section of this catalog.

Program Description

The general psychology minor is appropriate for students who are pursuing a career that has a significant connection to psychology and who wish to deepen their understanding of human behavior by exploring relevant psychological theories and concepts.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Describe the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in psychology.
  • Implement the use of critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry and, when possible, the scientific approach to examine problems related to psychology.
  • Discuss the factors contributing to diversity, multiculturalism, and inequality within an international context.

Special Requirements

In addition to the general University requirements for a minor:

  • The general psychology minor cannot be earned by students currently majoring in psychology (BA, BA with an emphasis in mental health, BS).
  • Students who transfer any required course for the minor (e.g., PSYC 1100, PSYC 2300) must take an additional 3 credit hour PSYC elective per substitution at Webster University. A maximum of two such substitutions are permitted.

Required Courses

  • PSYC 1100 Introduction to Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 2300 Lifespan Development (3 hours)
  • PSYC 3125 Abnormal Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 3325 Applied Learning Theory (3 hours) OR PSYC 3350 Cognitive Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 3600 Social Psychology (3 hours)
  • PSYC 3775 Personality Theory (3 hours)