May 26, 2024  
University Catalog 2023-2024 
University Catalog 2023-2024 [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

*Actual time to completion ranges from 9 to 36 months, depending on the number of transfer credits.

Program Overview

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.

Current Tuition and Fees

University Tuition and Fees  

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-3710C The Politics of Psychology   and PSY-3270A: Critical Psychology  , 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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