BS in Psychology and Social Action

Advance Your Career With a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Social Action

If you want to make an impact on the world, the field of psychology offers endless ways to earn a living while making a difference. When you earn a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Social Action from Palo Alto University, you'll be prepared to begin an exciting career helping others or continue your education with an advanced degree.

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Earn Your Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Social Action

Whether you're fascinated by the human mind or strive to make society a better place, earning your degree in psychology and social action is the first step toward a rich new career. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, PAU's program is ideal for transfer students who have earned core credits from another institution. Students will complete theoretical study through coursework in psychology, social action, sociology, anthropology, economics, and related areas. A nine-month internship provides practical experience in applying those newly acquired skills at non-profit or community agencies. Students may supplement their training through extracurricular opportunities and research projects with our graduate faculty.


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BS is Social Action & Psychology Curriculum

The Psychology and Social Action curriculum teaches students about psychology, the science of human behavior, how individuals affect others, factors leading to social problems, and techniques for bringing about positive individual and social change.

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Take Your Career to the Next Level

A psychology degree will open up career paths that aren't available to non-degree holders. PAU's Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Social Action program may be even more valuable than a traditional psychology degree because it encompasses even more of the social sciences. The degree is ideal for attaining a rewarding entry-level position and also helps working professionals expand their career opportunities. Our program also serves as the perfect stepping stone for those interested in a master's or doctoral degree in psychology.

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As a versatile degree strongly grounded in social justice, a bachelor's in psychology can serve as a valuable foundation for a wide variety of career paths.


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Palo Alto University (PAU) offers Bachelor degrees in two majors: Psychology and Social Action and in Business Psychology. PAU Bachelor degree programs are uniquely designed for students transferring from a California Community College or those who have completed approximately two years of college and now wish to major in Psychology or Business. Accredited by the WASC Senior Colleges and Universities Commission (WSCUC), PAU Bachelor Programs are offered in online, evening/online hybrid and day formats, adapting to the different educational needs of our students.

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PAU understands that most of its students are juggling work, family and many other responsibilities. Online and hybrid formats enable students to attend class when it's more convenient and keep their jobs while completing their degree. Our courses are offered online (synchronously and asynchronously), with a full-time day program available once we can return to campus.

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2.  80% Graduation Rate (Compared to 60% National Average)

3.  Transfer Pathways: Community College, PAU Bachelors, PAU Graduate Programs

4.  45-year Legacy of being at the Forefront of Psyhchology & Counseling

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Alum Spotlight: Sheila Park, BS in Psychology and Social Action, Class of 2020

Why PAU? "When I took my first psychology class in community college, it really resonated with me. Psychology encompassed an empathetic understanding of helping others and it had scientific appeal. When deciding between Palo Alto University (PAU) and a UC school, it was ultimately PAU’s two-year cohort model and quality graduate psychology program that really made a difference for me."

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Student Spotlight: PAU Undergrad Francesca Pedraza Will Advocate for Students Statewide

Pedraza is a single mother and a senior in the Psychology and Social Action Program and is interested in advocacy and leadership. “I am eager to walk the path of leadership with ICCAP and to learn skills that will allow me to grow into the leader and advocate I aspire to be and be the voice representing those that do not have one.”

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Senior Internship Requirements

Students in the BS Psychology and Social Action program are required to complete a nine-month senior internship as part of their studies. The internship gives students experience with the practical applications of psychology and social action and helps them explore career options.

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