Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

  •   Bachelor of Arts Degree Program
  •   4 Years (8 Semesters)
  •   123 Credit Hours
  •   Fall, Spring and Summer

What is a Bachelor of Psychology?

Canadian University Dubai's Bachelor of Arts in Psychology will provide students with a range of interpersonal skills and an in-depth knowledge of human behavior and thought processes that will help them excel in a variety of career fields as well as pursue graduate studies. Our graduates will be trained in psychological assessment, behavior modification, critical thinking, one-on-one and group communication, understanding individual, group and organizational behavior and counselling.

Why should I take it?

There is an increasing demand for trained and licenced Psychologists in the UAE. In 2016, Dr. Yana Korobko, author of Arabs in Treatment: Development of Mental Health System and Psychoanalysis in the Arab-Islamic World, told the National that there are only 0.51 psychologist per 100, 000 residents in the UAE, She added that “despite an overall increase in psychology centres in the UAE, more than 33,000 patients were without the specialist care they needed.”

Moreover, graduates in Psychology are required by a range of organizations including hospitals, schools, private businesses, the police and the army, social service agencies and mental health centers.

Currently there are very few universities offering a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in the UAE despite the demand for qualified graduates.

How can I use it?

Graduates with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology will find themselves prepared for careers in:

  1. Counselling
  2. Top- and Mid-Level Management and Administration
  3. Customer Relations and Sales,
  4. Social Work
  5. The Police Force and the Army
  6. Labor-Relations, Personnel, and Training
  7. Real Estate
  8. Business Services
  9. Insurance
  10.   Marketing

As well the graduates will be able to join Graduate Schools in many disciplines such as Psychology, Social Work, Business, and in the Social Sciences in general. They will also be able to apply to Medical or Law School.

Word from the Department of Social Sciences, Program of Psychology

Welcome to the Canadian University Dubai Department of Social Sciences.

The world in general and the United Arab Emirates in particular are in dire need of qualified Psychologists that can lead and face the many challenges lying ahead from mental health to business psychology and provide quality services, sustainable and effective solutions to important existing and future issues.

The Department of Social Sciences and its Program of Psychology are fully dedicated to fulfill their mission of innovation and education through its research activities and its student centered teaching excellence.

Whatever your goal might be after graduation, starting a career, going to graduate school or joining another program such as Medicine or Law, we will assist you in developing the proper winning strategies. Be assured our Department and Program will stand by you!

Whoever you are, visitors, potential students, parents, sponsors, students or Alumni, we are proud and pleased to welcome you to the Program of Psychology. We want to assure you of our full dedication and encourage you to contact us for any information or help you may need. We will make sure to assist you and help you find the answers to your questions.

Program Structure

Requirements Compulsory
Credit Hours
Elective
Credit Hours
Total
Credit Hours
University Requirement (UR) 21 6 27
Core –Psychology  (CR) 48 -- 48
Arts Concentration (Major) (MJ) 33 6 39
Free Electives (FE) -- 9 9
Total 102 21 123

University Requirements

University Requirements are 27 credits out of which 21 credits Compulsory Courses. Every student is required to take the mandatory 21 credit hours that cover English Language, Innovations, Statistics, Islamic Culture and Social Sciences in addition to courses in Natural Sciences, and in Humanities. These requirements are:

Course Code Course Title Pre-requisite Credit Hours
1) Languages, Statistics and Islamic Culture: All courses are compulsory (21 credits)
LNG 171 English I None 3
LNG 172 English II LNG-171 3
GED 198E Islamic Culture None 3
MTH 195 Applied Statistics Math Placement test or MTH 011 3
GED 150 Foundations for Community Engagement and Social Work None 3
GED 140E Fundamentals of Innovation and Entrepreneurship None 3
GED 199E UAE Society None 3
Total 21
2) Humanities: Students should select one course from the following pool: (3 credits)
GED 110E Modern Art Appreciation None 3
GED 196E Communication Skills in Arabic 1 None 3
GED 111 Music Appreciation and Communication None 3
GED 252E Critical Thinking LNG-172 3
Total 3
3) Science & Technology:
BA Students should select one course from the following pool: (3 credits)
BIO 100 Unifying Life Processes None 3
GED 101 Application of Computer Software None 3
GED 125E Ecosystems and Human Health - I None 3
GED 132E Science and Technology in Society None 3

Psychology Core Requirements

All students in Psychology program must complete the following 48 Cr.H. (16 courses) of Psychology core courses.

Course Code Course Title Pre-requisite Credit Hours
PSY 101 Psychology I None 3
PSY 102 Psychology II PSY-101 3
PSY 200 Research Methods MTH-195 3
PSY 210 Introduction to Cognitive Psychology PSY-102, GED-150 3
PSY 220 Perception PSY-102 3
PSY 230 Personality PSY-102 3
PSY 240 Introduction to Learning PSY-102 3
PSY 250 Biopsychology PSY-102 3
PSY 260 Abnormal Psychology PSY-102, GED-150 3
PSY 280 Developmental Psychology I: Infancy and Childhood PSY-210 3
PSY 290 Neuropsychology PSY-250 3
PSY 300 Social Psychology PSY-260 3
PSY 320 Community Psychology PSY-300 3
PSY 330 Organizational Psychology PSY-300 3
PSY 340 Educational Psychology PSY-300 3
PSY 380 Developmental Psychology II: Adolescence and Young Adulthood PSY-210 3
Total 48

BA Program Concentration (Major) Courses

All students in BA Psychology must complete the following 33 Cr.H. (11 courses).

Course Code Course Title Pre-requisite Credit Hours
PSY 285 Psychological Measurement and Testing PSY-200 3
PSY 315 Clinical Psychology PSY-210 3
PSY 325 Environment, Psychology and Action PSY-320 3
PSY 350 Internship 81 credits + 2.0 CGPA or more 3
PSY 385 Psychology of Exceptional Children, Youth and Adults PSY-260, 380 3
PSY 405 Drugs and Behaviour PSY-285, 315 3
PSY 415 Applied Social Psychology PSY-300 3
PSY 425 Health Psychology PSY-260, 300 3
PSY 430 Research Paper in Education and Learning PSY-200, 285, 340 3
PSY 431 Research Paper in Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience PSY-200, 210, 290 3
PSY 499 Graduation Project PSY-430 3
Total 33

BA Program Concentration (Major Electives) Courses

All students in BA Psychology will select two courses from the following list (6 Cr.H).

Course Code Course Title Pre-requisite Credit Hours
ENV 201 Principles of Environmental Sciences None 3
ENV 302 Environmental Microbiology ENV-201 3
ENV 308 Community Environmental Health ENV-201 3
PSY 205 History of Psychology PSY-102, GED-150 3
PSY 275 Positive Psychology PSY-102, GED-150 3
Total 6