What will I learn?

Students majoring in Psychology at Southern Arkansas experience courses that establish a knowledge base in areas including statistics and research, children’s and adult’s clinical mental health, lifespan human development, learning principles, and biological psychology.

Psychology majors develop strong oral and written communication skills, demonstrate information literacy, engage in the practice of critical thinking and problem solving, along with building and applying ethical standards.

The major prepares students for a variety of careers including case management, human services, teaching, and lays a foundation for further studies at the graduate level.

The bachelor of science in psychology requires a total of 120 hours. Some of the courses students can expect to take in this degree program include the following:

Abnormal Psychology
Child Psychology
Adolescent Psychology
Child Psychopathology
Theories of Personality

Courses are also offered in special topics in areas including Forensic Psychology and Gender.

Learning Goals

Our graduates communicate effectively with a variety of audiences.
Our graduates understand diversity of gender, race, social class, ethnicity, and sexuality in their own and other cultures and societies.
Our graduates use critical thinking to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information and ideas from multiple perspectives.
Our students will demonstrate the use of electronic databases to conduct literature searches, and use the peer-reviewed articles to access and synthesize information.
Our students will demonstrate knowledge of statistical analysis and date organization.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal and Performing Arts

Study options

Full Time (120 hours)

Tuition fees
US$12,160.00 per year
Start date

Expected January 2020


College of Liberal and Performing Arts

100 E. University,



71753, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Students must have official transcripts listing courses, examinations, grades, and marks from your high school or college/university.

International students who have graduated with a G.E.D. in the United States or a degree (High School, Bachelor’s, or Master’s Degree) from an accredited school in the United States or another English-speaking country must meet the same admission requirements as U.S. students. We require a 2.0 minimum GPA for all incoming freshmen; We highly recommend that a student take the ACT or SAT prior to admission.

For other international students, the English language requirement of SAU will be met when the applicant has submitted proof of ONE of the following:

A score of 500 or higher on the written TOEFL

A score of 173 or higher on the computerized TOEFL

A score of 61 or higher on the internet-based TOEFL

A score of Band 5.5 (overall) on the IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

Completion of Level 109 at an ELS Language Center or its equivalent

Completion of EF Level 4

A score of 410 on the SAT Verbal or a score of 19 on the ACT English

Completion of Level 4 of SAU ELS program

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