Psychology, BA

Do you ever wonder why people act the way they do? Do you think that there might be different ways to interpret someone's thoughts and actions? This program teaches the critical thinking and analysis skills necessary to understand behavior from different perspectives.

Program Description

In addition to coursework, the BA in psychology offers students the opportunity to work alongside renowned faculty researching exciting new questions. Students explore the complex answers to many of the mysteries of human and animal behavior, such as how humans manage stress, emotions, conflict and how body image affects a sense of identity. Students are also able to apply their knowledge in internships that help them identify and prepare for interesting careers that involve psychology.

The study of psychology prepares students with support and answers not only for the transition into their work lives but also for other important life roles. The Department of Psychology is committed to providing continued support and answers to its graduates as they use that foundation of psychology in their own lives as they transition into jobs, careers, marriage and families. Undergraduates in the psychology major have access to a mentorship network of alumni to help mentor and provide support throughout their academic careers.

In addition to the guidelines in the Concurrent Program Options section below, students interested in pursuing concurrent or second baccalaureate degrees in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are advised to visit the college's website for more information and requirements.

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: Yes
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 119 - Finite Mathematics
  • Math Intensity: Moderate program math intensity moderate

Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Freshman Transfer International Readmission

Freshman admission requirements for this program are the same as the university's freshman admission requirements.

Transfer Options

ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use the Transfer Map search to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.

ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site:

Change of Major Requirements

A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.

Students should refer to for information about how to change a major to this program.

Flexible Degree Options

Accelerated program options

This program allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years.
It is offered as an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree with:

Global Management, MGM

This program offers applied learning opportunities, 17 concentration options, and internships in real-world global settings where you can gain hands-on experience and learn from the diverse perspectives of a global cohort of classmates.

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Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students will be advised by their academic departments to apply.

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Career Outlook

The Bachelor of Arts in psychology provides students the opportunity to develop a broad range of highly marketable skills, including analytical skills, writing and public speaking skills as well as teamwork and leadership skills.

Graduates are prepared for many careers in a variety of settings that provide opportunities to apply concepts and principles of psychology. They also are prepared for pursuit of graduate degrees in academic or clinical psychology or in such fields as counseling, social work, family therapy and law.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Addictions Counselor

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  • Median Salary*:
  Bright Outlook

Human Resources Specialist (HR Specialist)

  • Growth: 7.0%
  • Median Salary*: $63,490
  Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 4.0%
  • Median Salary*: $126,930

Market Research Analyst

  • Growth: 17.7%
  • Median Salary*: $65,810
  Bright Outlook

Mental Health Counselor

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  • Median Salary*:
  Bright Outlook

Occupational Therapist (OT)

  • Growth: 15.9%
  • Median Salary*: $86,280
  Bright Outlook

Physician Assistant (PA)

  • Growth: 31.3%
  • Median Salary*: $115,390
  Bright Outlook

Probation Officer

  • Growth: 3.7%
  • Median Salary*: $55,690

Psychiatric Aide

  • Growth: 10.9%
  • Median Salary*: $31,570
  Bright Outlook

School Psychologist

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* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

Global Opportunities

Global Experience

With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st-century career. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs.

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