Psychology (Online)

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Psychology (Online) Overview

Are you a working adult who dreams of entering the counseling, health sciences, or business field? Are you worried that you just don’t have the time to complete your undergraduate degree? If so, then you belong at Chatham University. Our Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Online) Program will allow you to explore contemporary theory and research in psychology through a fully-online format that fits conveniently into your busy life. You can transfer up to 90 credits previously earned from a two-year or four-year accredited college or university. Or earn time- and money-saving credit with previous work experience through our generous Prior Learning Assessment program.

Degrees Offered
  • BA
Program School

What I like best about the psychology department is the cohesion of the department as a whole; the willingness to find answers to questions and the ability to use each other’s strengths to solve conflicts. The professors’ involvement in creating a positive and welcoming environment is greatly appreciated, as is their willingness to help students and encourage them.

— CHATHAM PSYCHOLOGY STUDENT

An Emoji Is Worth...What, Exactly?

Dr. Riordan studies computer-mediated communication (such as texts, instant messaging, and emails), and she recently published a study in the Journal of Language and Social Psychology about emojis. 

Explore the Psychology (Online) Degree:

  • The curriculum teaches you to think scientifically about behavior and mental processes, to appreciate and respect others, and enables you to pursue a variety of paths, including employment and graduate or professional school.
  • This unique program is designed to provide you with a strong understanding of psychology that can be applied to almost any industry.
  • Through a combination of online coursework, collaborative projects, and independent research, you will build the knowledge, critical and creative thinking, and interpersonal skills necessary to succeed.
  • You will be able to balance education with family and work demands through flexible scheduling.

Psychology of Eating
This course examines the research and theories of food consumption from biological, cultural, and learning perspectives. Topics include the physiology of hunger, development of food preferences, cuisines, and disordered eating.

Health Psychology
An examination of the psychological processes that influence physical health. Topics include stress and coping; nutrition, weight control, and diet; managing and controlling pain; substance abuse; and health promotion.

Death And Dying
This course explores the psychological and social impact of death. While such study will include theoretical approaches to death and bereavement, attention also will be focused on individual, cultural, and situational differences. It examines the phenomenon of death as understood by family members, physicians, nurses, and the dying themselves. 

Social Psychology
An examination of human social behavior with an emphasis on social influences that people have upon the beliefs or behaviors of others. The course covers methods of inquiry as well as the scientific study of how we think about, influence, and relate to one another. Representative topics include conformity, persuasion, social cognition, prejudice, aggression, and interpersonal relationships.

Our Faculty

If one word could best sum up Chatham's faculty, it would be engaged. Professors bring experiences to relate the course lessons to real-world situations.

Full Faculty
Joseph Wister
Associate Professor of Psychology; Chair, Undergraduate Psychology

Full Access to Resources & Services

When you attend Chatham University online, you still have full access to the resources and services offered through the Jennie King Mellon Library, located on our Shadyside Campus. This includes inter-library loans and more than 50 online databases of articles that are accessible from anywhere in the world.

Career Services

If you can make a visit to Shadyside Campus, our Career Services staff will gladly assist you with resume writing, interviewing skills, and maintaining a professional file for you. They also send out information about job and career fairs regularly and can direct you to the best traditional and online resources to aid in your job search.

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Program Satisfaction

Psychology is one of the largest majors at Chatham, with over 20% of the seniors being enrolled in the program. Over the last ten years, more than 95% of our students report they are glad they majored in psychology and would recommend psychology to entering students.

Honor Society

Chatham University has been a chartered member of the National Honor Society of Psychology Studies, known as Psi Chi, since 1991. At the national level, the benefits of membership include grants and awards for scholarship, and attendance at conferences. At Chatham, Psi Chi members meet to further their interest in the study of Psychology, as well as to plan service activities to enhance well-being both on campus and in the broader community.

Real-World Applications

Students in the Integrative Capstone course have worked on research with direct impact on the Chatham campus community, including an evaluation of gendered language in University policy/documents; design and implementation of data collection strategies for a campus climate survey; and design of a campus survey on gender and sexual violence prevalence.

Ask an Expert: Anthony Isacco

Ask an Expert is PULSE’s advice column featuring the perspectives of Chatham faculty, staff, and community members. In each column, our resident experts will tackle a new conundrum that they’re uniquely qualified to solve or, at least, provide insight on. In this edition, Dr. Anthony Isacco, associate professor in the graduate psychology programs, offers some tips for slowing down and reducing anxiety.

Successful Careers

Graduates from our program have gone on to careers in academia, mental health, medicine, law, occupational and physical therapy, and business.