Program Courses

ACT’s B.Sc. Hons in Psychology is designed to be a novel and contemporary programme up to date to the academic and professional trends. It is based on prevalent UK and US standards like all other ACT undergraduate programs. It is characterized by a firm grounding in the disciplinary foundations to the Psychology degree, such as theory, main concepts, methods and debates in psychology. Further requirements familiarize the students with clinical, developmental, educational, counseling, experimental, social, forensic psychology and neuroscience. They also comprise practical experience of designing and carrying out psychological research, as well as evaluating and reporting its results. Students learn to work with data, synthesize hypotheses and use information technology. As a capstone project, students are required to write a senior thesis spread across two terms. The core programme focus is complemented by the Psychology (Major) electives students will take in their final two years in residence, which in turn have a theoretical, practical, and professional character.

Degree Requirements

In order to receive the B.Sc degree, the student must have fulfilled all the GER and major requirements and have completed at least 121 US credit hours with an overall G.P.A of 2.0 or better. All Psychology students take a two-semester sequence Senior Thesis I and II course. According to NECHE Standards, students must complete at least one fourth of their undergraduate program, including advanced work in the major or concentration, at the institution awarding the degree. As a consequence, all candidates for an ACT degree must have been in residence at the College during the last two semesters of full time instruction, assuming availability and equivalency of transferable courses.

Open University degree structure

The programme in Psychology is validated by Open University: under this scheme, 24 are out of the 40 courses required for a Bachelor’s degree are validated by Open University. Students must necessarily take the fourth year courses at ACT. Successful students will receive a Bachelor’s degree from Open University in addition to the ACT degree for a single course of studies by meeting the following common set of requirements (in addition to meeting General Education Requirements). For more information, check the student handbook. The OU Regulations can be found here.

Major Requirements

  • Psychology 101 – Introduction to Psychology
  • Psychology 120 - Developmental Psychology I (Pre-natal and pre-school years) (OU)
  • Psychology 121 - Developmental Psychology II (Child to Adulthood)(OU)
  • Psychology 130 – Cognitive Psychology (OU)
  • Psychology 150 - Psychophysiology of Behavior (OU)
  • Psychology 204 - Social Psychology (OU)
  • Psychology 211- History and Philosophy of Psychology (OU)
  • English 250 – Advanced writing and Professional Communication (OU)
  • History 201 – Women in Modern Times (OU)
  • Psychology 202 - Personality Theories (OU)
  • Psychology 205- Research methods and Statistics I (OU)
  • Psychology 206- Research methods and Statistics II (OU)
  • Psychology 218 - Clinical Psychology I: Psychopathology (OU)
  • Psychology 221 - Cognitive neuroscience(OU)
  • Psychology 240 - Forensic Psychology (OU)
  • Psychology 250 - Psychopharmacology (OU)
  • Psychology 400 - Clinical Psychology II: Psychological Assessment (OU)
  • Psychology 305 - Counselling and Psychotherapy (OU)
  • Psychology 350 - Senior Thesis I (OU)
  • Psychology 351 - Senior Thesis II (OU)

Major Electives Courses (One of the following at Level 5)

  • Psychology 270 - Health, stress and adaptation (OU)
  • Psychology 215 - Positive Psychology (OU)
  • Psychology 255 - Sports Psychology (OU)

Major Electives Courses (Four of the following at Level 6)

  • Psychology 310 - Organizational Psychology (OU)
  • Psychology 303 - Educational Psychology (OU)
  • Psychology 320 - Dialectical therapy (OU)
  • Psychology 330 - Psychology of immigration (OU)
  • Psychology 340 - Psychology of addiction (OU)

Free electives: One (1)

Other Degree Requirements

  • Social Science 399: Service Learning Practicum



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