bachelor of arts in psychology - Metropolitan State University of

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program in psychology at Metropolitan State University of
Denver (MSU Denver) prepares students for successful careers and lifelong learning in the
growing field of psychology.
Psychology is the science of thoughts, feelings and behavior. As a student working toward a BA in
psychology at MSU Denver, you will study the basic principles governing psychological processes,
current and emerging issues in psychology and how historical developments contributed to our
contemporary understanding; ethical guidelines and the fundamentals of research methodology
and statistical analysis; individual/cultural differences and universal commonalties in human
experience; and how psychology can be applied to help improve our world.
Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver
The Department of Psychology delivers all the academic rigor you expect in a BA degree program
while also bringing to the table everything that’s unique about MSU Denver’s people and
Denver’s psychology community. Students here have the advantage of the following distinctive
•Enjoy attending classes on a vibrant and diverse campus located in the heart of downtown
Denver, where you can easily connect to the city’s community of psychologists.
•Benefit from an array of class formats and diverse, experienced faculty, including
published authors and researchers, who are eager to provide hands-on advising and
dedicated mentoring.
•Learn in the Plaza, which houses modern accommodations that include a computer lab,
observation rooms, state-of-the-art media equipment and meetings spaces.
•Join student organizations such as Psi Chi, the Research Club, the Developmental
Psychology Club, the Clinical and Counseling Club and the Psychology Journal Club.
About MSU Denver
As Colorado’s urban landgrant university, Metropolitan
State University of Denver
works to create lasting
community impact. We
provide an exceptional
education of great value,
preparing our 23,000 students
to succeed and serve. MSU
Denver is the leader in
educating undergraduate
Coloradans, and we enroll the
highest number of students of
color among the state’s fouryear colleges. The University
offers over 200 degree
options, including programs
for bachelor’s and master’s
degrees. Most of our more
than 76,000 alumni remain in
Colorado after graduation.
•Intern with various organizations within the diverse field of psychology to gain valuable field
experience and jump-start your professional career.
•Serve as a teaching assistant in a course you’ve excelled in, working closely with a faculty
mentor to learn how to teach based on the science of learning.
•Complete independent research projects under a faculty member’s supervision, and
present your work at local, regional and national academic and professional conferences.
Career Opportunities for Our Graduates
The demand for well-qualified employees trained in psychology is expected to grow faster than
the average for all occupations through the current decade. A degree in psychology provides
a strong foundation for a diverse set of careers. Graduates of psychology programs pursue
such varied careers as health-service providers, personnel managers/trainers, labor-relations
specialists, marketing professionals, teachers, researchers and criminal justice workers. The
rigorous intellectual training students receive as psychology majors provides a flexible set of skills
that successfully transfers to many occupational domains.
Our graduates are also prepared to compete successfully for positions in masters- and doctorallevel graduate programs. Psychology majors pursue advanced degrees in clinical/counseling
psychology, school psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, health psychology, forensic
psychology, educational psychology and other research-based domains.
Where Our Graduates are Now
A few organizations that have hired graduates of MSU Denver’s psychology degree program include:
• Children’s Hospital
• Devereux Cleo Wallace
• Excelsior Youth Center
• OMNI Institute
• University of Colorado at Denver
• U.S. Naval Medical Research
In addition, our graduates have been accepted to graduate programs including:
• Child Clinical Psychology PhD, University of Denver
• Counseling PhD, University of Denver
• Forensic Psychology MA, University of Denver
• Marriage and Family Counseling PhD, Brigham Young University
• Organizational Leadership MA, Colorado State University
• PsyD Program, Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Sample Classes
We offer a rich array of special-interest courses, including interdisciplinary offerings and courses
cross-listed with women’s and intercultural studies. Some popular classes include:
Psychology of Gender
Intro to Clinical/Counseling Psychology
Psychology of Group Prejudice
Child Psychology
Behavioral Neuroscience
Psychology of Sexuality
Sensation and Perception
Research Issues in Psychology
Theories of Personality
Psychology of Exceptional Children
Program Accreditation
The degree programs in the Department of Psychology at MSU Denver are accredited by the
Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
“The value gained with my psychology degree at
MSU Denver allowed me to enter the workforce with
confidence and competence. Not only do I profit from
the academic tools necessary to define my place in
society, I also established lifelong relationships that
will benefit me in all future endeavors.”
— Thai Intarakamhang (BA in psychology 2012)
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April 2015