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Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Our B.A. in Psychology prepares students for placements in entry-level positions in the helping professions or for graduate school in many sub-fields of psychology.

Psychology minors homepage imagePsychology Major, B.A

47 credits

(credit hours shown in parentheses)

Each of the following:

  • Writing for Psychology (1)
  • Introduction to Psychology* (3)
  • Life Span Development (3)
  • Statistical Methods in Psychology (3)
  • Social Psychology (3)
  • Introduction to Social Research (3)
  • History and Systems in Psychology (3)
  • Psychology Seminar (3)
  • Human Biology* (4)

One of the following:

  • Cognition (3)
  • Biological Basis of Behavior (3)

One of the following:

  • Abnormal Psychology (3)
  • Counseling Theories (3)
  • Personality (3)

One of the following:

  • Experimental Psychology (3)
  • Psychological Testing (3)

Twelve additional PSY elective credits

*Also meets general education requirements


For a printable version of the curriculum requirements, check out our online Course Catalog.

Recommended class sequence for Psychology B.A.

How to Apply

To apply for admission to Messiah College, simply call and request an application at 1-800-233-4220 or apply online! Open House dates and major-specific events are scheduled throughout the year. Students may arrange for a variety of visit options to suit their interests and schedule.


Contact Dr. John Bechtold;Department Chair
(717) 796-1800, ext. 7023