B.S. Psychology

Earn a Transfer-Friendly Psychology Degree Online

Helping people realize their full potential contributes to long-term success for individuals, communities and organizations. That’s why professionals who understand human behavior and motivation are in-demand in a variety of roles and industries including: mental health and human services; business and organizational management; marketing and advertising; criminal justice; and education. With a transfer-friendly B.S. Psychology from Franklin, you can help people leverage their talents and achieve personal and corporate success. 

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B.S. Psychology Degree Overview

Gain hands-on experience improving organizational performance

Franklin’s Psychology major is designed to cater to students with a broad range of interests. We offer research opportunities and field experience to ensure you feel prepared for your next steps after graduation. You’ll have the opportunity to demonstrate your cumulative knowledge by developing, executing and presenting a research project on a topic that fascinates you. This project is a great addition to your professional portfolio and might even be the foundation for a research publication.

The B.S. Psychology also offers you the opportunity to make a positive impact in your community through field experience. Students choose to explore forensic psychology, community mental health agencies (counseling + social work), addictions counseling, business psychology coaching, and nonprofit advocacy organizations in their communities. In addition to broadening your perspective and providing valuable professional experiences, many students have received job offers from their field experience sites upon graduation.   

Tailor courses around a variety of rewarding career opportunities

Whether your ultimate career goals are set in stone or you are still working out the details, Franklin’s program is right for you. With three focus areas to explore, you’ll have the opportunity to dig deeper into what you know and love, or sample courses from each area to find your fit without adding time or cost to your degree.

Forensic and Criminal Psychology: Get to know more about aspects of mental health as it relates to the criminal justice system, offenders and victims.

Industrial Organizational Psychology: Gain the foundational knowledge needed to help individuals overcome obstacles, as well as the executive coaching skills required to improve individual and team performance in a variety of organizational settings.

Sports Psychology: Develop the skills to successfully motivate and coach others to peak performance. 

Build your knowledge of psychological principals and theories

The psychology major is built on foundation courses recommended by the American Psychological Association that give you a solid understanding of the broad field of psychology. These courses were developed to provide the breadth and depth of knowledge needed for application of psychology principles. You’ll survey various aspects of general psychology and explore biological and physiological processes related to psychology. As part of social psychology, you’ll learn more about how people and groups have the power to influence individuals. You’ll examine biological, psychological and social influences on psychological development throughout adulthood. You’ll be introduced to various perspectives on counseling, clinical psychology and mental health. Lastly, you’ll learn basic skills to successfully use the scientific method in the study of human behavior.

Finish faster when you transfer earned credits

Franklin’s Psychology degree program is transfer-friendly, too, which means you may be able to take fewer classes and finish your degree faster. And if you’ve already earned credits in psychology, management and business, or have experience in human service professions -- such as chemical dependency or child development -- you’ll be able to finish your undergraduate education while still maintaining the continuity of your course of study.

Earn your degree from a university built for busy adults

Earn your degree on your terms by taking classes 100% online or pursue available coursework at our Main Campus. Regionally accredited and nonprofit, Franklin was built from the ground-up to satisfy the needs of adult learners. Our seamless transfer process and team of academic advisors will help ease your transition to becoming a student, while our flexible course schedules help to balance your education with work, family, and life. Get started on your future today.

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Curriculum & Course Descriptions

120 Semester Hours
Fundamental General Education Core (24 hours)
English Composition (3 hours)

Choose a minimum of 3 semester hours from:

ENG 120 - College Writing (4)
In this course, students acquire the writing competence necessary for conducting and presenting research. A variety of assignments, beginning with personal reflections, build upon one another, as students develop ideas that respond to, critique, and synthesize the positions of others. Students systematize and organize knowledge in ways that will help them in all of their courses. The course also emphasizes the elements of good writing style, appropriate grammar and mechanics, clarity of language, and logical and cohesive development. It culminates in submission of a documented research paper.

*If the course does not have a research paper component, ENG 130 Research Paper, two semester credits, is also required.

Mathematics (3 hours)

Choose a minimum of three semester hours from:
(At least one mathematics or statistics course beyond the level of intermediate algebra)

MATH 160 - College Algebra (4)
This course is designed to prepare students for Applied Calculus and Discrete Mathematics and to provide the mathematical background needed for the analytic reasoning used in other courses. Topics include functions and their graphs, including exponential and logarithmic functions; complex numbers; systems of equations and inequalities; matrices; basic principles of counting and probability; and other selected topics.
MATH 215 - Statistical Concepts (4)
This course introduces the student to statistics with business applications. The course covers both descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics included are: measures of central tendency; measures of dispersion; graphical displays of data; linear regression; basic probability concepts; binomial and normal probability distributions; confidence intervals; and hypothesis testing. These topics will be covered using a basic knowledge of algebra and Microsoft Excel.

MATH 215 is recommended.

MATH 150 Fundamental Algebra is the prerequisite for MATH 160 or MATH 215. Course can count as a University elective.

Sciences (6 hours)

Choose a minimum of 6 semester hours from the Science discipline.

One course must have a laboratory component.

Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 hours)

A minimum of 6 hours of Social & Behavioral Sciences coursework is required.  Choose from Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.  Must select at least two different disciplines to meet requirements.

Arts and Humanities (6 hours)

A minimum of 6 semester hours of Arts & Humanities coursework is required.  Choose from the Art, English Literature, Fine Arts, Humanities, Music, Philosophy, Religion or Theater disciplines.

Additional General Education Requirements (12 hours)
PF 121 - Basic Learning Strategies (2)
This course introduces students to the Franklin University community and provides strategies for successful transition to and participation in that community. Topics include University resources and procedures, strategies for advancing communication skills, the use of electronic tools to participate in virtual environments, and the development of an academic and career plan.
OR PF 321 - Learning Strategies (2)
This course prepares students to be successful lifelong learners both academically and in their chosen careers. Franklin courses require a high level of self-directed learning and focus on skills required in the workplace and the classroom that are easily transferable between the two environments. The course includes strategies for advancing communication skills, including the use of electronic tools to participate in virtual environments. The assignments and activities in the course are created to closely simulate teamwork found in the workplace.
COMM 150 - Interpersonal Communication (4)
By using applied critical and creative thinking, students in this course will develop a set of communication skills that will enhance their personal and professional relationships and endeavors. This course will focus on skill development in key areas such as self, perception, listening, verbal messages, conversations, relationships, conflict management, persuasion, and public speaking.
OR SPCH 100 - Speech Communication (4)
This public-speaking course emphasizes the fundamentals of extemporaneous speaking. Skill-building activities and assignments focus on research, organization, reasoning, style and delivery of presentations as well as listening and audience engagement.
COMM 315 - Communication Ethics (4)
This course examines the strategies involved in effective, ethical communication in professional contexts. Students examine principles of ethical organizational communication and the temporal/cultural/social forces behind those principles, as well as apply reasoning and critical thinking in individual and group assignments. Comparing values and perspectives from diverse cultures, students will respond to cases in an intercultural professional environment.
  • General Education Electives (2)

Professional Core (28 hours)

Select 24 hours from the following subject areas:

Acceptable coursework includes selections from Accounting, Anthropology, Business Administration, Business Forensics, Communication, Economics, Emergency Management & Homeland Security, Finance, Healthcare, Human Resources Management, Information Systems, Management, Marketing, Operations & Supply Chain Management, Organizational Development, Political Science, Psychology, Public Relations, Public Safety Management, Social Science, or Sociology. Other courses may be accepted upon review by the Program Chair.

ENG 205 - Business & Professional Writing (4)
This is an intermediate composition course focusing on writing for business and professional purposes. Students will review the writing conventions commonly expected within business and professional environments, as well as strategies for analyzing rhetorical situations within those environments. Coursework includes analysis, revision, and research exercises, as well as substantial practice in composing business correspondence. The final project is an extensive, researched business proposal developed in stages and presented to the class. Students will be encouraged to relate course materials to their major programs and workplace experiences.
OR ENG 220 - Research Writing: Exploring Professional (4)
This is an intermediate course focusing on the composition of research papers. Students in this course prepare to be active participants in professional discourse communities by examining and practicing the writing conventions associated with their own fields of study and work. By calling attention to the conventions of disciplinary writing, the course also prepares students for upper-division college writing and the special conventions of advanced academic discourse. Course activities include three extended research papers, semi-formal writing addressing interdisciplinary communication, and readings fostering critical engagement with disciplinary conversations.
University Electives (10 hours)

Any undergraduate courses offered by the University except developmental education courses.

Major Area (34 hours)
PSYC 110 - General Psychology (4)
A survey of the various fields of study comprising modern scientific psychology. The course examines the theories, research findings, and applications in each of the major areas of psychology, with the goal of providing students with practice information they can apply to their personal and professional lives. The topic areas covered in the course include learning and memory, motivation and emotion, human development, theories of personality, psychopathology, and social behavior.
PSYC 201 - Neuropsychology (3)
Biological and physiological processes as related to the discipline of psychology are explored. The dynamic interaction between nature and nurture is emphasized as it informs the understanding of the psychology of mental illness, substance addiction, aggression, anger, aging, and cognition.
PSYC 202 - Social Psychology (3)
This course explores the influences of other people, groups, and situations on the individual. The concepts of social psychology are examined from a variety of theoretical perspectives utilizing contemporary societal problems. The scientific method is applied in the discovery of individual functioning in the social world.
PSYC 207 - Lifespan Development (3)
A survey of human development across the lifespan examining the biological, psychological, and social influences on development. Prominent theoretical perspectives associated with development in childhood, adolescence, early adulthood, midlife, and late life will be included.
OR PSYC 209 - Adult Development and Aging (3)
An investigation of young, middle, and late adulthood. Psychological theory and research regarding growth and development in adulthood are surveyed. Emphasis is placed on the psychological, social and biological changes that occur during the adult years.
PSYC 390 - Cognition (3)
Theories of learning and cognition from early classical conditioning through contemporary views are presented. The relationship between these processes and behavior in both humans and animals are explored.
PSYC 403 - Theories of Counseling (3)
Introduces students to counseling psychology. Various theoretical perspectives of counseling are explored. Synthesizes counseling theory, research, and practice directed toward achieving a successful therapeutic outcome for the client.
PSYC 407 - Abnormal Psychology (3)
This course introduces students to clinical psychology through the exploration of the major categories of psychological disturbance, using the current DSM as a basis. Empirical examination of etiology, prognosis, and treatment modalities is covered. Ethical concerns and social/cultural perspectives regarding mental health issues are also discussed. Knowledge of basic biological processes is recommended.
COMM 335 - Communication in Groups and Teams (4)
The course examines current theories and best practices of working collaboratively in professional contexts. Students apply these concepts to analyze their own work experience, generating strategies for how to improve their performance in work groups. Students will learn basic project management skills and work in online virtual teams to complete a final communication project.
SOCL 335 - Applied Research Methods (4)
Applied Research Methods introduces students to foundational issues of social scientific research - that is, research entailing the application of the scientific method to the study of human behavior. Students will examine the strengths and weaknesses of major quantitative and qualitative data collection techniques as well as the processes involved in planning and executing such projects and the standards of evaluating the quality of data.
PSYC 495 - Psychology & Soc Scie Capstone Capstone (4)
This course provides a culminating, integrative experience for all Psychology and Social Science majors. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate their mastery of the learning outcomes associated with the major. Students will self-select a capstone project that can be completed within the duration of the course that will provide evidence of their subject matter learning as well as provide a benefit to themselves and a participating organization.
OR SOSC 495 - Psychology & Social Sciences Practicum (4)
This course provides a culminating, integrative experience for all Psychology and Social Sciences majors. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate their mastery of the learning outcomes associated with the major. Students will self-select a practicum field experience that can be completed within the duration of the course that will provide evidence of their subject matter learning, as well as provide a benefit to themselves and a participating organization.
Major Electives (12 hours)

Students may enroll in any course from any focus area and are not limited to just one area of focus. Additional courses with a psychology prefix may be transferred in as PSYC 903 Psychology Major Area Elective

Forensic & Criminal Psychology
CJAD 210 - Intro to Criminal Justice Administration (4)
This is an introductory course designed to expose students to the various Major elements of the criminal justice system (police, courts, and corrections). Students will learn about the ways in which the various systems interact, the processing of offenders, the various forms of punishment and the alternatives to punishment. The future of the criminal justice system will also be discussed.
CJAD 240 - Introduction to Criminology (4)
This course will focus on theories of crime and types of offending. Topics related the causation, control and prevention of criminal behavior will be addressed in this course.
PSYC 302 - Psychological Testing (3)
Classic and contemporary issues in psychological testing and assessment are explored. Tests and other assessment measures used by psychologists are examined. Special emphasis is placed on designing reliable and valid psychological measures, interpreting assessment data, and recognizing sources of bias in testing. Knowledge of statistics is recommended.
Industrial Organizational Psychology
PSYC 204 - Principles of Motivation (4)
This course is a systematic study of various theories and approaches to motivation. The course includes assessments of the quantity and quality of the research and evidence supporting the scientific validity and applicability to the work environment of several theories of motivation. The student will explore factors that contribute to motivation and a variety of strategies that can be used to become a successful motivator.
PSYC 325 - Coaching in Organizations (4)
This course is designed to introduce students to the use of coaching skills for improving the adjustment and performance of individuals in an organizational setting. Topics to be covered include: the scope of coaching practice, optimal practitioner characteristics, benefits for coaches, related organizational dynamics, and coaching interventions and resources. This course also includes an emphasis on experimental learning through coaching practice activities.
PSYC 420 - Assessment & Intervention in Organizations (4)
This course explores the use of psychological instrumentation as a means for improving individual and organizational performance. The emphasis is on the assessment of strengths and positive psychological functioning. Students will become acquainted with various psychological instruments including their selection, construction, and administration. Additionally, students will gain experience with the interpretation and delivery of instrument results and their translation into individual and organizational improvement interventions.
Sports Psychology
EXS 203 - Sport and Society (3)
Designed to look at sport and its role in society and the influence of society on sport in the areas of preparation for life, deviance in sports, coach's role, gender, race and ethnicity, class relations and social mobility, sports and the economy, sports and the media, sports and politics, sports and religion.
EXS 204 - Intro to Sports and Exercise Psychology (3)
This course introduces students to sports and exercise psychology theories, research, and selected applications of those theories and research. Topics include, but are not limited to, motivation, team dynamics, improving performance, and challenges/transitions in sport. Students will also learn how to apply sports psychology concepts to professional, personal, and social contexts.
PSYC 204 - Principles of Motivation (4)
This course is a systematic study of various theories and approaches to motivation. The course includes assessments of the quantity and quality of the research and evidence supporting the scientific validity and applicability to the work environment of several theories of motivation. The student will explore factors that contribute to motivation and a variety of strategies that can be used to become a successful motivator.
Additional Requirements

All students are required to pass College Writing (ENG 120), and either Basic Learning Strategies (PF 121) or Learning Strategies (PF 321) prior to enrolling in any course at the 200 level or above. Students who enroll at Franklin with 30 or fewer hours of transfer credit are required to pass PF 121 Basic Learning Strategies in place of PF 321 Learning Strategies. Interpersonal Communication (COMM 150) or Speech Communication (SPCH 100) must be taken prior to enrolling in any course at the 300 level or above. Students must also meet the University algebra competency requirement.

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