Psychology - B.S.

Effective May 17, 2024 FYS1020 and CAR0010 will no longer be requirements in our undergraduate programs.

The Psychology bachelor's degree program offers students the opportunity to learn about and understand the complex relationships between human behavior and the world in which we live. This program also emphasizes awareness, understanding and appreciation for diversity, culture and global perspectives. This degree program incorporates career-related knowledge, skills and abilities, as well as opportunities for experiential learning, that prepare graduates for lifelong learning and professional success.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to:

  • Apply key concepts, theories and research findings in the discipline of psychology to understand, explain and evaluate human behavior.
  • Use creative and critical thinking to evaluate, interpret, design and conduct basic psychological research in accordance with ethical principles of the field.
  • Integrate ethical practice, sociocultural factors and diversity considerations when addressing the needs of individuals in complex multicultural environments.
  • Demonstrate written, oral and interpersonal communication skills required of psychology professionals.
  • Articulate a plan to establish a professional identity, and to pursue professional development in the field of psychology.

Upon completion of the Counseling specialization (offered at the Providence and Charlotte campuses), graduates are expected to:

  • Demonstrate effective counseling skills/techniques within a supervised clinical setting and explain the roles and functions of human service agencies within the community.

Graduates of the program are expected to demonstrate knowledge of the ways in which psychological theories explain human behavior, professional and ethical practices, social and cultural diversity, and psychological research methods. Graduates are prepared to enter graduate school in a variety of psychology disciplines (e.g., counseling, clinical, industrial/organizational), or immediately enter the workforce in fields such as human resources, public affairs, business and the helping professions.


A four-year program leading to the bachelor of science degree

Major Courses
PSYC1001Introductory Psychology3
PSYC1020Introduction to Professional Issues and Ethics in Psychology3
PSYC2002Abnormal Psychology3
PSYC2030Developmental Psychology3
PSYC3001Social Psychology3
PSYC3040Introduction to Neuropsychology and Psychopharmacology3
PSYC4200Cultural Psychology3
RSCH2050Workshop in Acquiring Social Research Skills3
or RSCH3020 Honors Research Methods
RSCH4050Research Seminar in Psychology3
Applied/Experiential Learning & Major Electives or Specialization in Counseling Psychology
Choose 6 credits from the following: *6
College of Arts & Sciences Internship Ic
Directed Experiential Education D
Undergraduate Research Experience
Honors Directed Academic Experience
Study Abroad Sa
Choose six of the following (No more than two SOC-designated courses): **18
Counseling Theories and Techniques
Introduction to Career and School Counseling
Introduction to Family Treatment for Addictions Counselors
Introduction to Case Management
Introduction to Crisis Intervention
Principles of Group Counseling
Counseling Techniques for Addictions and Other Behavioral Disorders
Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy
Human Sexuality
Psychological Issues of Substance Use Disorders and Compulsive Behaviors
Health Psychology
Psychology of Motivation and Leadership in the Workplace
Psychology of Conflict Resolution
Social Issues in Contemporary America
Deviant Behavior
Specialization in Counseling Psychology (24 credits)
Counseling Theories and Techniques
Introduction to Case Management
Introduction to Crisis Intervention
Principles of Group Counseling
Internship in Counseling Psychology (6 credits)
Choose two of the following:
Introduction to Career and School Counseling
Introduction to Family Treatment for Addictions Counselors
Counseling Techniques for Addictions and Other Behavioral Disorders
Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy
Related Professional Studies
CAR0010Career Management1
FYS1020First-Year Seminar1
A&S Core Experience
Communications Foundation Courses9
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition II
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning6
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, one at the 4000 level
Arts and Humanities6
Two courses from different disciplines: ART, HIST, HUM, LIT, PHIL, or REL
A Survey of College Mathematics (or higher, based on student's placement)
Statistics I
Introduction to Biostatistics
Choose one of the following:
Introduction to Life Science
Anatomy and Physiology
Social Sciences6
Sociology I
Honors Seminar: Social Inequalities
One course from ANTH, ECON, GEND, LEAD, PSCI, PSYC or RES
A&S Electives6
Two courses with an EASC attribute
Free Electives #
24 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university24
Total Credits122.0

In lieu of an internship, directed experiential education, research course, or study abroad, students may use the Applied/Experiential Learning credits towards a minor.


Students are responsible for meeting prerequisites.

IcTypically, internships require a minimum of six credits. Students interested in a 9 or 12-credit internship can apply additional experiential learning and free elective credits, if available. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty advisor before scheduling internship and free elective credits.

D Directed Experiential Education (DEE) opportunities are based on project availability with community partners and student eligibility. For more information, visit Experiential Education & Career Services (EE&CS). 

SaTo be eligible to count toward Applied/ Experiential Learning, a Study Abroad offering must meet certain requirements. Contact JWU Global to discuss eligible Study Abroad options for this degree program.

#  In addition to classes, free elective credits may be applied to a number of options such as internship, study abroad, Directed Experiential Education courses and courses in a specialization or minor as relevant. For students who qualify for the J2 program, up to four graduate courses may apply. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty advisor before scheduling free elective credits.

Note: Students must pass MATH0010 Pre-Algebra or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in required math courses.

Note: Students must pass ENG0001 Writing Workshop or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in ILS 2000-level courses.

In collaboration with academic colleges across all JWU campuses, JWU Global Study Abroad programs offer a variety of international, domestic, and digital options for major, minor, free electives, experiential learning, and transferable courses. There are many affordable options for students during a semester, winter session, spring and/or summer breaks.  Faculty-led, exchange, affiliate, and direct-enroll programs range in duration from one week to a full semester or full year. Financial aid may be applied, and some partners offer external scholarships.  Premiere programs do not qualify for JWU scholarships or grants; however federal aid is available.  Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications. Where will you go? Wherever you decide, make the best of your educational journey!


Johnson & Wales University holistically reviews all elements of a student’s application to identify those students most likely to succeed at the university.

For students applying as a first-year student, a completed application and high school transcript(s) are required, except in circumstances where a student is homeschooled or where the traditional high school transcript is, for various reasons, not available. For students applying as a transfer student, a completed application, high school and/or college transcript(s) is required for admissions review. 

Successful candidates for first year admission have taken a high school, college preparatory academic program including English, mathematics, science, social science and foreign language. Admissions decisions may also consider individual experiences and particular circumstances unique to each student. Other considerations are made based upon recommendations, writing ability and extracurricular activities.

Visiting campus, both in‐person or virtually, and interacting with admissions staff are all valuable ways of assuring that JWU is the right university for you. 

Combined Degrees Programs

J2 Program

The JWU J2 program allows qualified students enrolled in a matriculating undergraduate program to take graduate level courses at JWU. Students interested in pursuing this option should meet with their academic advisor to discuss their interest, qualifications, and plans. The undergraduate student may take up to four graduate courses (maximum 12 credits) and are limited to 6 credits a semester and 3 credits per session (Fall Session I and Fall Session II). 

The completion of graduate credits to fulfill undergraduate program requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the graduate program after completion of the baccalaureate degree. Matriculating undergraduate students who wish to formally enroll in a graduate program, must fulfill all requirements for entrance into the intended graduate program and complete a graduate program application. 

Note: Not all graduate courses are included as part of this policy. Courses offered as part of the Masters of Arts in Teaching, Masters of Education, Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and doctoral courses are excluded from this policy and are restricted to program majors only. Additional courses and/or programs as determined by individual colleges may also have restricted access.

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to enroll in graduate level courses (excludes: Masters of Arts in Teaching, Masters of Education, Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, doctoral courses and other programs as outlined by the colleges).

Undergraduate students must meet the following criteria:

·       Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher

·       Completed & registered undergraduate credits at least 90 credits

·       Meet the individual course prerequisites

Appeal to Eligibility Criteria: College Dean or designee will receive a copy of the Petition Form, Student's GPS and email requesting appeal if the student requests to appeal the GPA or earned/registered credit criteria. College Dean / designee will review and determine approval.  

These courses carry graduate credit and will replace undergraduate degree requirements when applicable, traditionally free-electives (maximum of 12 credits). The course will be applied to the undergraduate degree in the order in which they are taken (if required) and will also be applied towards both the students undergraduate and graduate GPA.

Students should maintain enrollment in at least 12 credits of undergraduate coursework to maintain full-time status; graduate course enrollment is not calculated into undergraduate full-time status. For students already attending full-time as undergraduates (12 credits or more) and paying the full-time tuition, the graduate credits will be included in full-time tuition fee. Students attending part-time (11 credits or less) will pay the cost per-credit undergraduate tuition for the graduate course.

Course registration will be based on space availability and students enrolled in graduate level courses will be required to maintain good academic standing at the undergraduate and graduate level.