BA/BS in Psychology/MA in Psychology

The accelerated degree BA/BS in Psychology and MA in Psychology connects a DBU undergraduate program with a related DBU graduate program in Psychology, allowing the student to attain both a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Psychology. The Master of Arts in Psychology (MAP) program is designed to prepare graduates to become a Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA). Becoming an LPA allows graduates to render psychological services in a variety of settings including private practice, local community mental health centers, treatment facilities, vocational settings, private psychiatric hospitals, shelters, churches, and forensic populations. In addition, the Licensed Psychological Associate has historically provided assessment services for a licensed psychologist. Interested students may also take an additional six (6) hours in special education courses, which will prepare graduates to become a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) in the State of Texas. Becoming a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology allows graduates to render psychological services in the public schools of Texas, which comply with nationally recognized standards for the practice of school psychology. The Master of Arts in Psychology with additional preparation in school psychology provides the graduate student with career options pertaining to providing psychological services to individuals with special needs in an academic setting. 

UNDERGRADUATE REQUIREMENTS

courses

credit hours (ba)

credit hours (bS)

Developing A Christian Mind
DCM 2301 - Developing a Christian Mind

3

3

English

12

9

(BA)

ENGL 1301 - Composition and Rhetoric I

ENGL 1302 - Composition and Rhetoric II

ENGL 2301 - World Literature I

ENGL 2302 - World Literature II

(BS)

ENGL 1301 - Composition and Rhetoric I

ENGL 1302 - Composition and Rhetoric II

ENGL 2301 - World Literature I

or

ENGL 2302 - World Literature II

Fine Arts
FINE 1306 - Introduction to Fine Arts

3

3

Foreign Language
*Six hours at the 2000 level if adequate requisites are met.

14*

0

Foundations for Excellence

1

1

FOUN 1101 - Foundations for Excellence

is required of all first-year and transfer students with fewer than 15 credit hours. (AP, CLEP, IB, or dual/concurrent credit earned while in high school does not count toward these 15 credit hours.)

History

6

6

Choose two:

HIST 1301 - U.S. History to 1865

HIST 1302 - U.S. History Since 1865

HIST 2301 - World Civilization I

HIST 2302 - World Civilization II

Kinesiology

2

2

KNES 1101 - Fitness for Living

and one additional activity course (KNES 1102-1122); for veterans or those 25 years of age or older prior to enrollment at DBU, KNES courses are waived.

Mathematics

3

3

Choose one:

(BA)

MATH 1301 - Math for Liberal Arts

MATH 1303 - College Algebra

MATH 1307 - Finite Math for Business Analysis

MATH 1405 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry

(BS)

MATH 1303 - College Algebra

MATH 1307 - Finite Math for Business Analysis

MATH 1405 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry

Natural Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)

4

15

One laboratory science (BA)

or

15 credit hours of laboratory science (BS)

selected from two or more areas of Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Physical Science, or Physics.

Religion

9

9

RELI 1301 - Old Testament Survey

RELI 1302 - New Testament Survey

and three additional credit hours depending on credit hours transferred at time of initial enrollment

Social Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)
POLS 2301 - American National Government

3

3

TOTAL GENERAL STUDIES HOURS

60

54

BA/BS in Psychology

 

 

Required courses

18

18

PSYC 1301 - General Psychology
PSYC 2301 - Statistics for the Social Sciences
PSYC 3303 - Psychology Internship I (S-L)
PSYC 3311 - Marriage and Family Systems 
PSYC 4305 - Psychology of Abnormal Behavior
PSYC 4311 - Integration of Psychology and Christianity

Shared Undergraduate/Graduate Courses

24 

24

PSYC 5311 - Professional Orientation: Legal and Ethical Issues in Psychology and Counseling

PSYC 5312 - Counseling Theories and Techniques

PSYC 5313 - Group Counseling Methods

PSYC 5314 - Lifespan Human Development

PSYC 5316 - Research Methods

PSYC 5317 - Counseling Culturally Diverse Clients

PSYC 5318 - Basic Counseling Skills

PSYC 5319 - Cognitive Psychology

Additional Upper-Level Electives Required*
Additional Lower or Upper-Level Electives Required*

6
12

6
18

TOTAL UNDERGRADUATE WITH SHARED HOURS

120

120

A 120-credit-hour minimum for a bachelor's degree is required. Students must complete all Undergraduate hours and shared undergraduate/graduate hours prior to enrolling for remaining Graduate hours.

*Elective Requirements

  • In order to satisfy the “Undergraduate only” portion of an accelerated degree plan, sufficient lower-level and upper-level elective hours must be taken to complete the minimum number of Undergraduate credit hours required for each specific accelerated degree.

  • As part of this accelerated degree plan, 24 shared Graduate hours will be counted toward a minimum of 42 upper-level Undergraduate credit hours required for all bachelor’s degrees.

REMAINING GRADUATE REQUIREMENTS

courses

credit hours (Ma)

Content Courses

36

PSYC 5315 - Psychological Assessment I

PSYC 6310 - Career Counseling and Lifestyle Development

PSYC 6311 - Addictive and Compulsive Disorders

PSYC 6312 - Psychopathology I

PSYC 6313 - Psychopathology II

PSYC 6318 - Neuropsychology

PSYC 6319 - Psychological Assessment II

PSYC 6321 - Psychology Internship I (S-L)

PSYC 6322 - Psychology Internship II (S-L)

PSYC 6000 - LPA/LSSP Review Course

TOTAL ADDITIONAL GRADUATE HOURS REQUIRED

36

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR ACCELERATED DEGREE 

156

OPTIONAL COURSES FOR LICENSED SPECIALIST IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY

6

SPED 5350 - Teaching Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities

Choose one of the following courses:

SPED 5310 - Introduction to Exceptional Learners

SPED 5320 - Teaching the Underachiever

SPED 6320 - Current Trends in Special Education

TOTAL ADDITIONAL GRADUATE HOURS REQUIRED

42

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR ACCELERATED DEGREE 

162

(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

Refer to course descriptions for course requisites.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

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