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University Catalog 2024-2025 
University Catalog 2024-2025

Psychology, BA

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BA in Psychology
Location: AU Santa Barbara
Credits for Degree: 180 quarter credits
Standard Mode of Instruction: Flexible
Standard time to completion: 36 months

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

General Degree Requirements

All Antioch University undergraduates must meet general education requirements in the areas of Liberal Arts (called Domains of Knowledge), Academic Writing, and Mission-core classes. See the School of Undergraduate Studies: General Degree Requirements page for an explanation of undergraduate general education requirements.

BA in Psychology - General Overview

The BA in Psychology is designed to provide students with a foundation in psychological theory and research. Students will develop competencies in writing and interpersonal communication; as well as develop psychology-specific skills for effective self-reflection, project management, and teamwork. Psychology students will also engage with ethics and socially responsible behaviors for professional and personal settings. This versatile degree provides students a wide range of possibilities for both career choices and graduate work.

Students must complete a minimum of 54 quarter units in psychology for a major. At least 27 of those units need to be upper-division coursework. 

Psychology Minor

Students must complete a minimum of 24 quarter units in psychology for a minor. The faculty recommends that at least one half of the units counted toward the minor be upper division.

Pathway to MA in Clinical Psychology

Those accepted into one of the Pathways will receive a $1,000 Pathway Grant that will be applied toward BA tuition, and a $3,500 Pathway Grant that will be applied upon official entry into their graduate program.


Current Tuition and Fees

University Tuition and Fees  

Plan of Study

Our courses are offered in rotation throughout the year and students are encouraged to build core and elective courses from the list below into their program of study. Students are also advised to take a broad range of coursework in the arts, humanities, psychology, science, philosophy, quantitative methods, history, and sociology.


AUSB has established relationships with numerous organizations in the Santa Barbara area. Students have the option of completing up to 6 internship units to fulfill their Community-Based Learning requirement, and more than 6 units if desired. These placements enable students to gain firsthand experience and to connect classroom learning with practical applications in the field.

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