Choose Excellence with a BS in Psychology and Human Services
The BS in Psychology and Human Services at William James College is a 2-year accelerated or 3-year part-time, 60-credit completion program. Courses are offered through a blended model with a combination of online courses and 2, 3-hour, in-person Saturday sessions per course. You can choose to follow one of three distinct career minors including Behavioral Health, Addictions Counseling, or Applied Behavior Analysis. The curriculum includes an internship in your final semester. This supervised experience provides you with an opportunity to apply your new learning and skills in a clinical setting.
The program is designed with the busy student in mind. If you consider yourself in one of these categories, you will not be alone.
- Working Student
- Mom, Dad, Caregiver, Guardian
- Military, Veteran, or Military-Connected
- Adult Learner
- First Generation Student
Full Admission to the Bachelor's degree completion program requires a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and one of the following:
- 60 credits, including at least 16 of the general education requirements or
- 45+ credits, including all 22 general education requirements
If you do not meet these requirements, you may be eligible for Conditional Admission.
What is Psychology and Human Services?
Psychology and Human Services are two distinct fields that are combined for the Bachelor of Science degree to prepare students for entry level and direct care work in human service and community health agencies. As a student studying psychology you will learn to use the scientific method to understand the thoughts, feelings and behaviors of individuals and groups of individuals. You will learn about theories of behavior and will use that knowledge to understand the complexities of human behavior and build foundational skills to help those in need. Human Services expands your scope of influence by providing advocacy skills and an understanding of social issues that impact communities.
Earning a bachelor’s degree is a great foundation for pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in psychology or counseling.
Choose Real-World Learning with Experiential Education
Field placement is a transformational aspect of our educational model. As a BS in Psychology and Human Services student, you’ll graduate with 100 hours of internship training in your final semester. Our faculty will support you in finding and arranging an internship placement tailored to suit your career interests and goals. This can be completed in your current job placement or at a new placement.
Choose Impact with a Commitment to Social Responsibility
Our undergraduate program is rooted in social justice, respect for diversity, and a multicultural perspective. This approach is woven through our entire curriculum and training model. We recruit, train, mentor, and prepare professionals who are committed to delivering culturally responsive care to meet a growing need in an increasingly diverse society. This program seeks to contribute to developing a diverse work force as the entire community benefits when providers are from the many communities that comprise our country.
Choose Community Connectivity, Support and Student Life
The William James College community is supportive and connected. Our Dean of Students Office offers regular programming, in person and online, for all students, and oversees our Academic Resource Center.
Choose Mentorship and Personal Growth
As a student, you will engage with faculty through education and training. All students work closely with an advisor on course planning, professional development, crisis mitigation, and career goals.
Our Bachelor’s faculty members, collectively, represent expertise across many domains of psychology including substance use and addictions, multicultural education, child and adolescent mental health, general counseling, mental health financing, organizational psychology, and more. William James College faculty are practicing professionals who bring their clinical expertise and real-world examples into the classroom.
The Power of Peer Mentoring
As a bachelor’s student, you will be paired with a peer mentor from one of our many graduate programs at William James College. Peer mentors, known as Social Change Mentors, participate in a structured training program and meet monthly with bachelor’s students to work on skill building, goal setting, goal-achievement planning, and personal enrichment.
This is a unique relationship that allows you to have a safe space to ask questions of a peer psychology student, who understands the challenges of attending school and the importance of developing career skills, such as active listening, time management, email etiquette, and more. As a bachelor’s student, you’ll participate in the mentoring program in your first two semesters at William James College. You’ll have the option to extend your mentoring to a second year through the Social Change Leaders program. Many students have created great network connections through the mentoring program.