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Psychology Courses Online

Curriculum Details


Our Bachelor of Arts in Psychology provides flexible psychology courses online. We accept up to 90 transfer credits, allowing you to graduate with as few as 30 credits from Carlow University.

Caring, expert faculty provide you with a broad-based education in the different core subfields of psychology. You’ll learn about influences on human behavior, including social, cognitive, biological, personality and developmental. We also offer interesting elective courses in specialized areas, such as substance use counseling and child psychology. The program’s unique Designing Your Life courses allow you to explore possible career paths in psychology.

All students complete psychology GRE prep in their final year, as well, in case they hope to continue onto graduate study in the field. You can take up to 12 credits of graduate-level psychology classes at the bachelor’s-level tuition rate to fast-track into graduate programs in psychology and fraud and forensics with Carlow.

Core Courses


A survey of the general field of psychology including the fundamental areas of learning, sensation perception, cognition, behavior, motivation, personality, adjustment, and the biological basis of behavior.

Analyses of personality theories with emphasis on understanding and improving behavior are presented. Various ways to cope with and learn from stress and how to foster growth are also explored.

Biological Bases presents an in-depth focus on neuroanatomy, the nervous system, and other biological processes relevant to human thought and behavior. Students will learn the structure and function of the nervous and endocrine systems, with a specific focus on how biological systems influence psychological functions and vice versa. Students will become familiar with the terminology and research methods of both biology and psychology, and will be introduced to exciting interdisciplinary neuroscience fields.

An exploration of the basic concepts and contemporary topics in cognitive psychology. Topics to be covered include perception, attention, pattern recognition, consciousness, and memory; and the representation of knowledge, language, cognitive development, thinking, and artificial intelligence. Traditionally, cognitive psychologists have studied these topics without full consideration of the biological mechanisms underlying each of these areas. In this course students will also examine the current research from within the area of cognitive neuroscience for a better understanding of the role these biological mechanisms play in cognition.

An introduction to the calculation and interpretation of statistics for the behavioral sciences including measures of central tendency, variability, percentiles, correlation, and such inferential techniques as the t-test, chi-square, and analysis of variance.

This is the first in a sequence of research methods courses for students in the Social Change majors. This course familiarizes students with the most common research methods used in the social and behavioral sciences, with an emphasis on critical thinking and becoming informed consumers of research. This course culminates with the final project in which students prepare a research proposal.

An introduction to the theory and application of qualitative research methods commonly used in psychology and related social science fields. Students will explore the nature of qualitative research, the existing theoretical grounding for qualitative research, learn a foundational phenomenological method and approach for collecting qualitative data, and analysis of qualitative results. Students are expected to apply these skills in class as they engage the qualitative analysis process.

Experimental Psychology is a hands-on upper-level research course. Students will develop skills in applying each step of the scientific method, with particular attention to the experimental method. A primary focus of the course will be for the student to plan and complete a research project that contributes new knowledge to the field.

An exploration of the behavior of the individual in the context of multiple social influences and groups (family, school, neighborhood, and society at large). Topics include: social perception and cognition; attitude and attitude change; attraction, affiliation and love; pro-social and antisocial behavior; violence and aggression; prejudice and discrimination; stereotyping, sex roles; and public opinion.

An orientation to the psychology major, this course introduces students to psychology as a field of study and as a major. Students will be introduced to what to expect as a psychology major, including writing using APA formatting. This course will use principles and concepts from psychological science and related areas in order to aid students in planning their lives through their college years and beyond.

This course focuses on the practical details of “designing one’s life” in terms of career formation. Topics will include: personal qualities tied to life success, mentors and networking, resume preparation, and career readiness.

This course emphasizes a framework for approaching career and life from a design perspective taking into consideration such issues as living one’s vocation as well as avocation. Finding and experiencing meaning-making in work and life; the importance of happiness; and the significance of understanding and implementing Flow theory will be discussed. In addition, key considerations regarding graduate school, future specialized training and employment in the field of psychology and counseling are emphasized.

This online course covers key content across the subfields of psychology in order to complete psychology majors’ understanding of the field of psychology as well as prepare them for upcoming assessments such as the psychology GRE.

An examination of communication theory and research as it applies to the creation, maintenance, or deterioration of interpersonal relationships. Topics include the creation and negotiation of meaning, identity development, social diversity and cultural influences, verbal/nonverbal messages, perception, conflict, power, self-disclosure, and interaction patterns in friendships, families, and work relationships. The course combines theory application and experiential skill development.



An introduction to the basic principles of and various approaches toward counseling. Emphasis on supervised role-playing and on how to begin to become therapeutically effective.

An introduction to the calculation and interpretation of statistics for the behavioral sciences including measures of central tendency, variability, percentiles, correlation, and such inferential techniques as the t-test, chi-square, and analysis of variance.

This course reviews key concepts to substance abuse counseling, including theoretical models for understanding and treating chemically dependent clients. Various screening and assessment tools, drug history, and interviewing skills will be reviewed to help students assess the severity of addiction and develop an initial treatment plan. Treatment settings and interventions commonly used with chemically dependent clients will also be reviewed. The purpose of this course is to provide students the introductory knowledge and techniques necessary to provide basic competent counseling and psychological services to substance abusers. Attention is paid to the interplay of conceptual knowledge and specific clinical skills and interventions, and the process of familiarization and personal introspection necessary to work comfortably with substance abusers. Additionally, students will be able to make appropriate diagnosis of substance-related disorders, and to make appropriate referrals for treatment.

This course explores the connection between psychological concepts and literary texts. Students will examine myths, fairy tales, contemporary fiction, drama, and poetry from literary and psychological perspectives, analyzing parallels between psychoanalytic theory and authors’ characters and, at times, authors’ lives. This interdisciplinary approach encourages students to discover and articulate how psychology and literature reflect the core concepts that define humanity

An examination of the basic principles and theories of development from conception to middle childhood.

A comprehensive investigation of the bio-psycho-social development of the adolescent, with an emphasis on diversity. Major theoretical approaches are presented along with current research. 3 credits PREREQUISITE: PY 101 OR PY 122.

An introduction to the science or act of attempting to determine criminal culpability based on an individual’s current level of psychological functioning at the time of an offense. It also focuses on an individual’s psychological functioning relative to criminal acts with which the offender has been charged.

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