Psychology - B.S.

Effective Fall 2020, Johnson & Wales University will complete its transition from a term calendar to a semester calendar. Starting with the 2020–21 catalog, all programs will represent course requirements in semester credit hours rather than quarter credit hours. Students who started on terms and will finish their degree requirements on semesters should consult with their assigned academic counselor in Student Academic Services or faculty advisor on semester transition academic planning.

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, 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 Psychology4.5
PSYC1020Introduction to Professional Issues and Ethics in Psychology4.5
PSYC2002Abnormal Psychology4.5
PSYC2030Developmental Psychology4.5
PSYC3001Social Psychology4.5
PSYC3040Introduction to Neuropsychology and Psychopharmacology4.5
PSYC4200Cultural Psychology4.5
RSCH2050Workshop in Acquiring Social Research Skills4.5
RSCH4050Research Seminar in Psychology4.5
Major Electives
Choose eight of the following (no more than two SOC-designated courses):36
College of Arts & Sciences Internship *
Counseling Theories and Techniques
Human Sexuality
Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Psychological Issues of Addiction and Compulsive Behavior
Health Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
Psychology of Motivation and Leadership in the Workplace
Psychology of Conflict Resolution
Sociology of Aging
Social Issues in Contemporary America
Deviant Behavior
A&S Core Experience
Communications Foundation Courses13.5
English Composition
Advanced Composition and Communication
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning9
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, one at the 4000 level
Arts and Humanities9
Two courses from different disciplines: ART, HIST, HUM‡, LIT, PHIL, or REL
A Survey of College Mathematics (or higher, based on student's placement)
Introduction to Biostatistics
Choose one of the following:
Introduction to Life Science
Anatomy and Physiology
Social Sciences9
Sociology I
One course from ANTH°°, ECON, LEAD, PSCI or PSYC
A&S Electives9
Two courses with an EASC attribute, at least one at the 3000 level or higher
Free Electives #
36 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university36
Total Credits180.0

#  In addition to classes, free elective credit can be applied to a number of options such as Directed Experiential Education (DEE), Internship, Minor or Study Abroad. For Accelerated Master's program students, up to three graduate-level courses may apply. Students are strongly encouraged to contact an adviser before scheduling free elective credits.

Visit Courses by Subject Code for a listing of all campus courses.

‡HUM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
^BIO courses are not offered in North Miami, Charlotte or Online.
¶CAD courses are only offered in Providence.
±CHM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
°PHY courses are not offered in Charlotte.
°°ANTH courses are not offered in North Miami or Charlotte.

NOTE: Students must pass MATH0010 Basic Mathematics or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in required math course(s).

Students who graduate with a bachelor's degree must leave Johnson & Wales University with effective writing skills to fulfill the graduation writing requirement. These writing skills will be assessed at the completion of ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication. Students who have met the requirement of ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication or ENG1027 Honors Advanced Composition and Communications: Civic Discourse outside of Johnson & Wales University must fulfill the graduation writing requirement through successful completion of ENG0001 Writing Workshop.

In collaboration with academic colleges across all JWU campuses, JWU Study Abroad programs offer a variety of international options for major, minor, Arts & Sciences, and elective credit at many price points for students during the academic year and summer. Faculty-led, exchange, affiliate, and direct-enroll programs range in duration from one week to a full semester. Financial aid is applicable and scholarships are available. Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications.