Bachelor of Arts degree program
4 Years (8 Semesters)
123 Credit Hours
Fall, Spring and Summer Semesters

Program overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology will provide you with an in-depth knowledge of human behavior and thought processes to help you excel in a variety of career specializations, or to pursue graduate studies in the field. You will advance your interpersonal skills and develop a comprehensive skill set in psychological assessment, diagnosis, clinical interventions, behavior modification, critical thinking, one-on-one and group intervention, and counselling.

Program benefits

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology you will be prepared to start a fulfilling and rewarding career in a wide range of professional organizations, including hospitals, schools, private businesses, the police and the army, social service agencies and mental health centers. Psychologists are in high demand in the UAE - according to Dr. Yana Korobko, author of Arabs in Treatment: Development of Mental Health System and Psychoanalysis in the Arab-Islamic World, in 2016 there were only 0.51 psychologist per 100,000 residents in the UAE, with more than 33,000 patients going without the specialist care they needed. This degree program offers both Arabic and English speaking professionals the opportunity to contribute to the happiness and wellbeing of UAE society.

Graduate careers

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology will prepare you for graduate studies in many disciplines such as Psychology, Social Work, Business, and the Social Sciences in general, as well as to enter Medical or Law Schools. The program will also provide you with the qualifications and skills to pursue a professional career in:

  • Counselling
  • Top- and Mid-Level Management and Administration
  • Customer Relations and Sales
  • The Police Force and the Army
  • Labor Relations, Personnel, and Training
  • Real Estate
  • Business Services
  • Insurance
  • Marketing

Program Structure

Program Requirements

Requirements Compulsory
Credit Hours
Elective
Credit Hours
Free
Credit Hours
Total
Credit Hours
University Requirement (UR) 21 6   27
Faculty Requirements (Core) (CR.H.) 48     48
Concentration (Major) (MJ) 33 6   39
Free Elective (FE)     9 9
Total 102 12 9 123

Core Requirements

Course Code Course Title Prerequisite 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

Major Requirements

Course Code Course Title Prerequisite 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 CR.H. + 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

Major Electives

Course Code Course Title Prerequisite 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