Hodges University

Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology

The Applied Psychology program provides students with the dynamic skill set and knowledge base needed by professionals in human services and other related professions. The curriculum is designed to provide students with a firm foundation in liberal arts to complement the practical and theoretical aspects of the discipline. Emphasis is placed on the student’s development of the professional attitude and behavior needed for working with others in human services, management, and other occupational roles. Certification in the drug/alcohol field is an option available for students in this program. 

On Campus and Online
This course of study is offered in both the traditional and online delivery format. The Substance Abuse Certification Program is not available online.

Applied Psychology Students Will Understand:

 

  • The Human Psyche,
  • Facilitating Interpersonal Interaction in the Workplace,
  • Personality Traits,
  • Social Issues and
  • Intercultural Dynamics.

Why Applied Psychology?

Is Applied Psychology Right for Me?

How does the human mind work? What makes people tick? If you knew the answers to those questions, you would be destined for greatness! We may not have all of the answers, but at Hodges University, we will help you start to understand people and put that knowledge to good use in your chosen career field.

Many employers are looking for people who understand the science of people and personalities. How proud will you feel when you walk away from an interview with a high-paying management position, simply because you have a background in psychology?

Hodges University’s Applied Psychology degree can help you get ahead in the business world, but it can also lead to careers in mental health, social services, or even education.

Careers

What Can I Do With a Degree in Applied Psychology?

Hodges' Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology program is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the human psyche to facilitate interpersonal interaction in the workplace. Students are exposed to personality traits, social issues, and intercultural dynamics. The chart below highlights areas where students completing this degree may find job opportunities. Organizations involved in human relations, social awareness and advocacy, and general business are generally looking for employees with “soft” business skills developed in this program in addition to business specific skills.

  • Family Support Worker
  • Behavioral Health Technician
  • Intake Specialist/Assistant
  • Youth Mentor
  • Child Welfare Advocate
  • Case Manager
  • Psychometrician
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Inmate Groups and Education Facilitator
  • High School Teacher
  • Residential Direct Care Staff
  • Discharge Planner

Graduate Studies

A Bachelor's in Applied Psychology may provide a foundation for graduate studies in areas like:

  • Business
  • Management
  • Social Work
  • Mental Health Counseling

Curriculum

What Will I Learn?

You may enter the Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology program during any semester. A full time student, 12 semester hour credits per term or typically 3 courses per term, can complete this program in approximately 3 years.

Hover over the course names below to view course descriptions.

Area I.

Psychology Component

A. Psychology Core Semester Hour Credit
PSY2012 General Psychology

PSY2012 - General Psychology - 4 Credits

A comprehensive survey of the diverse and rapidly expanding field of psychology, with emphasis on the measurement and behavior of humans, the nervous system, abnormal and deviant behavior, mental illness, psychological impairment due to the aging process, and related research in the field of study.

4
PSY3006 Abnormal Psychology

PSY3006 - Abnormal Psychology - 4 Credits

To provide specific instruction in the varieties of human behavior as identified with mental disorders and deviant behavior. To develop a better understanding of such behavior as it relates to effective personal and social adjustment.

Prerequisites: ENG1101 and PSY2012 or permission of the Faculty/Program Advisor, Program Chair, and Dean

4
PSY3420 Professional Ethics in Alcoholism and Chemical Dependency Counseling

PSY3420 - Federal Income Taxation I - 4 Credits

Professionals in the Alcoholism/Chemical Dependency field must be prepared with a thorough knowledge of the highest ethical standards of the profession in order to protect clients, their families and the community from harm. Special attention will be paid to a thorough understanding of the Florida Certification Board Certified Professional Code of Ethics, as well as relevant State of Florida codes. The interplay of ethics and counseling skill and choice of interventions will be discussed with use of case examples and role play of ethical dilemmas. This discussion will extend to the issue of supervision and peer supervision, regarding case consultation, review of documentation, and other issues pertinent to clinical supervision. Students’ performance in this course is documented on a Professional Counseling Performance Evaluation Form. Students must comply with any stipulations recorded on this form in order to complete this course and/or progress to the next course.

Prerequisite: ENG1101 and permission of Faculty/Program Advisor, Program Chair, and Dean

4
PSY3550 Experimental Psychology

PSY3550 - Experimental Psychology - 4 Credits

This course covers the logic and design of experimental and other research methods in psychology. Topics will include an introduction to the scientific method, an overview of experimental design, survey research, unobtrusive research, hypothesis testing, data collection and analysis and interpretation of results.

Prerequisites: ENG1101, PSY2012, STA3014

4
PSY3700 Assessment and Case Management

PSY3700 - Assessment and Case Management - 4 Credits

This course will acquaint the student with the assessment methodology needed to perform a bio-psycho-social assessment of clients in the human services field. A strong emphasis will be to help the student develop skilled interviewing techniques and artful methods for eliciting information. Students will also learn decision-making and referral skills involved with case management.

Prerequisites: ENG1101 and PSY2012 or permission of the Faculty/Program Advisor, Program Chair, and Dean

4
PSY4000 Personality Theories

PSY4000 - Personality Theories - 4 Credits

This course will examine a number of theories of personality, from Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalysis to Viktor Frankl’s logotherapy. It will include biographies; basic terms and concepts; and therapies associated with specific personality theories.

Prerequisites: ENG1101 and PSY2012 or permission of the Faculty/Program Advisor, Program Chair, and Dean

4
PSY4400 Tests and Measures

PSY4400 - Tests and Measures - 4 Credits

This course focuses on the appraisal of psychological tests. Topics include history of assessment methods, principles of test construction and standardization, strategies for use of assessment measures, interpretation of assessment measures, and ethics as it relates to testing.

Prerequisites: ENG1101 and STA3014 or permission of the Faculty/Program Advisor, Program Chair, and Dean

4
Total Psychology Core 28

B.

Business Core

GEB1012 Introduction to Business

GEB1012 - Introduction to Business - 4 Credits

A survey course in the principles of business as practiced in the market system economy. Topics include introductory studies in marketing, economics, human resources, forms of business ownership, global dimensions, organizational structure, management, business ethics, and financial terminology.

4
CITXXXX Computer Elective 4
Select one option below:  
MAN2010 Principles of Management

MAN2010 - Principles of Management - 4 Credits

A study of management processes, resources and various organizational structures. Special emphasis is placed on human resources, leadership styles, and motivational practices.

Prerequisite: GEB1012

4
MKT2014 Principles of Marketing

MKT2014 - Principles of Marketing - 4 Credits

A survey course of the marketing of goods and services within the economy. This course covers both the consumer and managerial viewpoints and clarifies the role of marketing within a free enterprise system.

Prerequisite: GEB1012

4
Total Business Core 12

Area II.

Liberal Arts Component

CAP1000 Computer Applications

CAP1000 - Computer Applications - 4 Credits

This course helps students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to use a computer effectively as a tool for productivity, communication, collaboration and problem-solving. The course coverage includes: knowledge of computer operations and file management, the use of email, navigating the Internet to search for information and resources, online safety, security and privacy, as well as the ability to use the current Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access at a level of basic proficiency.

4
ENG1101 English Composition I

ENG1101 - English Composition I - 4 Credit

This course is designed to encourage students to evaluate their own writing practices, learn strategies to make their writing more effective, and then apply their understanding to expository and research writing. Students must pass this course with a grade of C or better. Prerequisite: A score of 60 or better, or its equivalent on the language skills section of the CPAt test, a score of 65 or better on the language section of the COMPASS test, a score of 48 or better on the language section of the Online Entrance test, or ENG0991 and/or ENG0992 with at least a grade of C.

4
MAC1132 College Mathematics

MAC1132 - College Mathematics - 4 Credits

A basic study of economics and cultural changes with research into the economics system; its development by free competition under the capitalistic system; the nature and evolution of money; the banking system; the laws of supply and demand; public production control.

This course will provide the student with a firm understanding of college level mathematics as it relates to the contemporary world. Topics include critical thinking, set theory, logic, number systems, and an introduction to probability. Other topics include an introduction to Algebra and Geometry, solving linear equations, ratios, proportions, variation, percents and interest, measurement, and the metric system. Modern applications are emphasized with the above topics. All students must earn a C or better in this course.

Prerequisite: A score of 60 or better, or its equivalent on the mathematics section of the CPAt test, a score of a 50 or better on the mathematics section of the COMPASS Test, a score of a 18 or better on the mathematics section of the Online Entrance Test, or a grade of C or better in MAT0998

4
SOC/SOW2000 Principles of Sociology or Introduction to Social Work

SOC2000 - Principles of Sociology - 4 Credits

This course provides an overview of sociology and how it applies to everyday life. Students will study topics such as cultural origins, cultural diversity, social interaction, class and caste systems, race, gender, heritage, and religion.

SOW2000 - Introduction to Social Work - 4 Credits

This survey course provides an overview of the social work profession, its historical context, and its relationship to the social welfare system. It examines such areas as career paths, client groups, education, and practice methods.

4
POS2050 American National Government

POS2050 - American National Government - 4 Credits

The purpose of this course is to survey the organization, structure and function of the three branches and levels of government in the United States. The course will trace the evolution of the American governmental system including the institutions and processes that are in place to govern the United States of America.

4
STA3014 Statistics

STA3014 - Statistics - 4 Credits

This course introduces the students to statistical techniques in descriptive and inferential statistics including measures of central tendency and variation, hypothesis testing, and confidence intervals.

Prerequisites: MAC1132

4
COM3015 Professional Communication

COM3015 - Professional Communication - 4 Credits

A study of the analysis and application of information systems. Data, business information and knowledge management, hardware and software tools, and personnel issues are the central management considerations in this course of study.

This course provides students with methods of subject development, research, and organization for oral presentation of information. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of skills in a professional setting. Students are required to use presentation software.

4
PHI3601/3301 Ethics or Philosophy

PHI3301 - Philosophy - 4 Credits

This course acquaints the student with the most significant directions of philosophical thought to the end that the student may have the ability to formulate questions, arrive at reasonable answers, and evaluate those of others.

Prerequisite: ENG1101 and 30 semester hours

PHI3601 - Ethics - 4 Credits

Ethics is a branch of philosophy that explores both the theory and application of virtues and vices in all areas of our lives. The course investigates current issues and events in the light of various moral principles that justify, clarify, explain, and direct our actions and attitudes.

Prerequisite: ENG1101 and 30 semester hours

4
PHI4101 Logic

PHI4101 - Logic - 4 Credits

This course instructs the learner in important skills related to the practical uses of both inductive and deductive logic. The course also focuses on the analysis and evaluation of formal and informal arguments and of fallacies as encountered in everyday discourse.

Prerequisite: ENG1101

4
IDS1001 Foundations for College Success

IDS1001 - Foundations for College Success - 1 Credit

This course provides students with an overview of the five educational outcomes expected of all Hodges University graduates: Critical Thinking, Effective Communication, Initiative, Leadership Ability, and Research Ability. Students will be introduced to the Blackboard Learning SystemTM, library resources, APA format, as well as the Academic Honesty Policy and the Writing and Oral Communication requirements of the University. All students are required to take this course their first semester with the University. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.

1
IDS4001 The Learning Portfolio

IDS4001 - The Learning Portfolio - 1 Credit

In this course, students are required to produce an electronic portfolio that demonstrates their mastery of the five educational outcomes expected of all Hodges University graduates: Critical Thinking, Effective Communication, Initiative, Leadership Ability, and Research Ability. Students in bachelor degree programs are required to take this course their last semester with the University and must successfully complete the course in order to graduate. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.

Prerequisite: IDS1001 and senior status

1
Total Liberal Arts Component 42

Area III

Approved Elective Component

 

Electives are to be chosen from Psychology courses listed in the catalog. Students may choose to complete the Substance Abuse Counseling Specialty in lieu of the elective component. These courses meet the Education and Training requirement of the Florida Certification Board. Students who wish to complete the specialty will take the following courses: PSY3410, PSY3415, PSY3420, PSY3425, PSY3430, and PSY3435. The Substance Abuse Certification Program is not available online.

Total Approved Elective Component/Specialty 24

Area IV

Minor Component

Students are encouraged to select a minor of 16 credits at the 3000-4000 level. If a minor is not selected, students must complete 16 credits at the 3000-4000 level in electives as approved by the Faculty/Program Advisor, Program Chair, and Dean.

Total Minor Component 16

Total Semester Hours Required for Graduation

122

Benefits

How is Hodges Applied Psychology Program Different?

Substance Abuse Certification Option

Certification in the drug/alcohol field is an option available for students in this program. Students may choose to complete the Substance Abuse Counseling Specialty in lieu of the elective component. These courses meet the Education and Training requirement of the Florida Certification Board. The Substance Abuse Certification Program is not available online.

Faculty Experience

Applied Psychology faculty are highly experienced and qualified in the field. This real-world, applied knowledge is an invaluable resource for students studying to begin or advance their careers. Our faculty members recognize students as individuals and provide personal attention.

Flexible Scheduling

You can obtain your degree on campus or completely online. Night and weekend classes are also available in the traditional on campus delivery.

More Information

For more information about our program or Hodges policies and procedures review our Student Handbook and our Current Catalog.

Tuition

What Will the Program Cost?

Hodges University tuition continues to be one of the lowest among private institutions in the state of Florida. Basic tuition for all undergraduate credit hour courses is $510.00 per credit hour.

Additional fees may apply. Books and supplies are not included in tuition. For a complete schedule of Tuition and Fees, see the current Catalog or Graduate Bulletin.

How Does Hodges Help?

Hodges University holds several fundraising events every year that benefit institutional scholarship funds. We also directly contribute an average of approximately two million dollars per year in loan offsetting funds to assist student's in achieving their educational goals. Remember that tuition may be reduced by scholarships and grants and financial aid is available.

"They say your first impression is what counts. The first impression I received at Hodges when I was looking to enroll back in school was exceptional. Now I'm glad I chose Hodges, because it’s a great school." - Jeff Louissaint Applied Psychology Graduate 2012

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We look forward to welcoming you to the Hodges family!

 

William Cooney

Professor : Liberal Arts

I am honored by both the high quality of colleagues I work with and the outstanding students who come to our institution.

 
 
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The Master of Professional Studies degree is designed to provide an advanced level of understanding in professional areas of study or for those students seeking a broad interdisciplinary approach to knowledge.

 
 
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