Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Curriculum

Expand your mind — and your options.

Moving your education forward is a great step toward exciting new career opportunities. A college degree can help you stand out for positions that not only challenge but also fulfill you.

Rider’s online bachelor’s degree in psychology is designed to give you the flexibility to achieve your goals around your schedule. The variety of courses can help you enhance your critical thinking and communication skills to help find practical solutions to real-world problems.

Rider University’s Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Online Curriculum

Rider’s online curriculum was created to make sure you have the skills and experience to succeed in the field. Our online psychology courses cover a wide range of areas, including research methodology, cyberpsychology, psychopathology, child development and much more. You can also personalize your degree with up to 36 elective credits that may be taken in any department within the university.

Your online psychology courses are taught by a group of professors with highly diverse backgrounds in the industry. Their real-world knowledge across a variety of disciplines can help prepare you for the kind of challenges you may face in your new career. They’re also available and willing to help you achieve success throughout the program — and beyond.

Course Requirements

Rider University’s Bachelor of Arts in Psychology online program requires earning 121 credit hours. You can complete the entire curriculum online in fewer than two years with transfer credits.

Basic Core (12 Credit Hours):

CMP 120Expository Writing3 Credits
CMP 125Research Writing3 Credits
COM 104Speech Communication3 Credits
CIS 185Information Technology3 Credits

Psychology Core (13 Credit Hours):

PSY 100Introduction To Psychology3 Credits
PSY 105Introduction to Research in Psychology3 Credits
PSY 201Statistics and Research Design3 Credits
PSY 329Research Methods in Psychology4 Credits
PSY 329LResearch Methods in Psychology Lab

Psychology Lower Level (12 Credit Hours):

Choose 4 of the following:

PSY 210Organizational Psychology3 Credits
PSY 215Personality3 Credits
PSY 220Abnormal Psychology3 Credits
PSY 230Child Development3 Credits
PSY 231Youth and Adolescent Development3 Credits
PSY 240Social Psychology3 Credits
PSY 279Psychology and the Law3 Credits
PSY 283Sports Psychology3 Credits

Psychology Upper Level  (12 Credit Hours):

Choose 4 of the following:

PSY 325Cognitive Development3 Credits
PSY 365Drugs and Human Behavior3 Credits
PSY 373Cyberpsychology3 Credits
PSY 377Developmental Psychopathology3 Credits
PSY 383Psychology and Culture3 Credits
PSY 384Positive Psychology3 Credits
PSY 385Death, Dying, and Suicide3 Credits

Free Electives (33-36 Credit Hours)

Elective credit hours may be taken in any department within the university.

6 Credits

Capstone Course (3-4 Credit Hours)

Choose one option:

PSY 400Senior Seminar3 Credits
PSY 490Independent Study: Research & Creative Expression3 Credits
PSY 491Internship In Psychology3 Credits

Areas of Knowledge (33-35 Credit Hours)

Full course listings below.

Historical Perspective - choose 3 courses:9 Credits
Artistic and Intellectual Perspective - choose 3 courses:9 Credits
Contemporary Perspective - choose 3 courses:9 Credits
Natural World Perspective - choose 2 courses:6-8 Credits

Benefits of Your Bachelor’s in Psychology Online Degree 

You’re ready to pursue your passion — to take your next step toward changing lives. Rider is here to help you do just that. We support and prepare you with robust courses and professional programs that challenge you to expand your thinking through an online platform that works around your life.

We want you to succeed — both professionally and personally. Our focus is on helping you achieve your goals and thrive in a career that you’re passionate about, and where you can make a difference. That’s the promise of a Rider education.

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Complete coursework 100% online

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Choose from 6 start dates

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Transfer up to 90 credits from a combination of two- and four-year institutions

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Finish your degree in as few as 2 years (with transfer credits)