The psychology concentration has provided AULA’s diverse adult-learner population with a comprehensive and cutting-edge education in psychological theory and practice, while emphasizing the core issues of social justice and intercultural studies.
Psychology is offered as a major or minor area of concentration of the BA in Liberal Studies degree at AU Los Angeles.
Our unique undergraduate Psychology curriculum engages students in critical thinking, global awareness, and intercultural studies alongside traditional Western perspectives in psychology. Specialized subjects include addiction studies, current trends in psychology, gay and lesbian identity development, strength-based approaches to counseling, and community psychology.
- Foundational Knowledge
Students will articulate an understanding of the breadth of the field of psychology as it pertains to human and social interaction (eg: philosophy, science, art, anthropology and their clinical applications).
- Critical Thinking Skills
Students will demonstrate an ability to compare and contrast different approaches in the treatment of mental health, while considering the effects of ethical, social, familial and political forces on human interaction.
- Cultural Awareness
Students will identify their own cultural perspectives and biases and seek understanding of others whose histories, values and cultural practices differ from their own. They will develop an appreciation for underrepresented populations, unfamiliar forms of discourse and different ways of knowing.
- Self Awareness
Students will apply theoretical knowledge in the field of psychology to issues within their own lives, integrating emerging discoveries into real world contexts of personal and civic engagement.
The Psychology concentration is available for undergraduate students pursuing a Liberal Studies degree as a major or minor area of concentration. Students must earn 40-80 units for a major area of concentration, and at least 20 units for a minor area of concentration; at least half of the major or minor should be upper division and include appropriately chosen core courses as recommended by the student’s advisor.
The core curriculum serves as a guide to students in the concentration for establishing a strong foundation and the faculty strongly recommends that psychology students take as many of the core courses as possible during their enrollment.
- Politics of Psychology
- Human Sexualities
- Global Approaches to Normal & Abnormal Psychology
- Critical Psychology
- Contemporary Modes of Counseling
- Systems and Systems Thinking
- Ethics in Counseling & Psychotherapy
- Postmodern Psychotherapies
- Social Psychology
- Research Design & Methodology
Applications of Psychology in the 21st Century
Documentary Film & The American Psyche
Sex-Positivity & Social Justice
Psychology of Happiness
Psychology of Couples in Fiction & Film
Psychology of War, Trauma & Veterans
Sources of Creativity
Shakespeare Deconstructed: Gender & Power Play
- Madness in American History and Film
- Transgender Identities: A Multi-cultural View of Gender Variance
For detailed curriculum and degree requirements, please visit the AULA catalog.