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University Catalog 2021-2022 
University Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Liberal Studies, Psychology Concentration, BA

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BA in Liberal Studies: Psychology
AU Los Angeles
Credits for Degree: 180 quarter credits
Standard Mode of Instruction: Classroom
Standard time to completion: 36 months

Program Overview

The BA in Liberal Studies Program uses an interdisciplinary approach toward learning and emphasizes critical thinking, creative problem-solving, awareness of multiple perspectives, social and intercultural awareness, civic and community engagement, and an ability to connect learning to one’s lived experience. The Liberal Studies program is particularly structured to give students flexibility while designing their path to a meaningful degree. For this degree program, students can transfer in units from across a wide range of general education subjects without needing to follow a specific pattern of prerequisites. The core curriculum is recommended, rather than required, so that students can easily individualize their learning experience.

Although all students in the BA in Liberal Studies Program graduate with the same degree, students can choose an area of concentration to focus their studies. Students select a Major Area of Concentration from the following:

  • Addiction Studies
  • Business and Management Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • Liberal Studies
  • Psychology
  • Urban Studies

Students can also choose a Minor Area of Concentration in any of the above specialized areas, as well as the following:

  • Child Studies
  • Queer Studies

Areas of Concentration

Students must complete a minimum of 40 units and a maximum of 80 units in a Major Area of Concentration. The BA in Liberal Studies Program currently offers six Major Areas of Concentration with a wide variety of core courses, electives, internships, and independent study opportunities for each.

Note that units counted toward an Area of Concentration cannot be used to meet the domains of knowledge requirements and vice versa.

Students may also opt for a Minor Area of Concentration in any of the above-listed specialized Major Areas of Concentration, except for Liberal Studies. To earn a Minor Area of Concentration, a student must accrue at least 20 units in the concentration.

Students are encouraged to work closely with their faculty advisors as they develop degree plans appropriate to their educational and career goals. The faculty strongly recommends that at least half of the units in the student’s chosen Major or Minor Area of Concentration be upper division. Students who are not able to accrue 20 upper-division units in one of the specialized Major Areas of Concentration should opt for Liberal Studies as their Major Area of Concentration. Students are also strongly advised to take as many of the core courses in the specialized Major Area of Concentration, as listed in this catalog and as identified on the quarterly course schedule. Students who take the recommended core courses acquire a strong foundation in their chosen discipline.

The student should choose and declare the Major Area of Concentration in the first two quarters of enrollment and work closely with his or her advisor to identify internship opportunities and independent studies that will reinforce the learning in the chosen discipline. If a student has not completed 40 credits in a specialized Major Area of Concentration by the time of candidacy review, the Major Area of Concentration will be designated as Liberal Studies.

Psychology: Major or Minor Area of Concentration

The BA in Liberal Studies Psychology Concentration began at Antioch with the university’s inception in 1972. Since that time, the concentration has provided AULA’s diverse adult-learner population with a comprehensive and cutting-edge education in psychological theory and practice, while emphasizing the core issues of social justice and intercultural studies. Our curriculum continues to train students in numerous areas within the field of psychology, including case management, clinical work and counseling, industrial/organizational psychology, and the treatment of substance abuse. Additionally, students can receive preparation for a multiplicity of related careers, including the fields of child studies, non-profit work, community organizing, teaching, and social work.

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Core Curriculum

Our core curriculum falls into the following four categories, with courses offered in regular rotation. Students in the Psychology Concentration are advised to build these courses into their programs of study to the extent that scheduling allows, with the two identified ‘Gateway Courses’ - PSY-3710 The Politics of Psychology and PSY 3270A , Critical Psychology - highly recommended for all beginning psychology students. The faculty also strongly recommends that at least one half of the units counted toward the concentration be upper division.

Our Core Psychology Curriculum is as follows:


In accordance with American Psychological Association (APA) recommendations, students in the Psychology Concentration are advised to take a broad range of liberal arts courses. Specifically, the APA recommends courses in the arts, science, philosophy, and quantitative studies in addition to psychology. Our undergraduate faculty also recommends that students enroll in history and sociology courses to gain an additional understanding of the social context that influences identity development and informs our relational interactions. AULA recommends courses that focus on gender, ethnic and racial differences, and various forms of disability to enhance students’ appreciation of the special issues of diverse communities.

During their final one or two quarters in the BA Program, students may earn 6-12 quarter units toward a graduate degree in psychology in AULA’s Master of Arts in Psychology (MAP) Program. See the link to Fast Track Programs for further information on the undergraduate to MAP Fast Track process.

Non-Classroom Learning

Our Psychology Concentration has established relationships with numerous human service organizations, clinical settings, and social advocacy groups throughout the Los Angeles area. It is recommended that students in the Psychology Concentration complete 6-12 quarter units of internship in one of these placements in order to gain firsthand experience and to enable students to link up classroom learning with practical applications in the field.

Additionally, our faculty works individually with students to design specialized topics of independent study. Some recent areas of independent study initiated by students and conceptualized together with faculty have included: Forensic Psychology, Community Organizing, Treatment of Autism, Bisexual Identity Development, Sports Psychology, Counseling the Homeless, and Working with Transgender Youth.

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