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BSc Psychology Degree

Key Fact
  • Program name
    BSc Psychology Degree
  • Program code
    PSY
  • Program Chair
    Dr. Rizwana Amin
  • Program length
    4 Years
  • Credit hours
    126

 About the Program

Overview

Psychology program has a long term academic partnership with the Department of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University​​ ​​​of USA. The partnership involves developing and reviewing the curriculum in consultation with the colleagues from CMU, benchmarking our learning and teaching strategies with those of the prestigious institution, carry out collaborative research, and have continuous communication between the faculty and students of the two institutions. ​

The Curriculum

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Psychology with concentrations in clinical psychology and social psychology, requires students to have a strong background in basic sciences, mathematics, critical thinking skills, and command over the  English language, essential for optimal attainment of the academic goals and program learning outcomes. The curriculum offered by the Department of Psychology consists of several components that give students the opportunity to build a solid foundation in psychology, obtain field experience in the mental health, social and community services settings,  and gain insight into the professional and ethical standards required for the practice in various sub-fields of psychology.

At the early years of your academic journey at Bachelor of Science in Psychology, you will take General Education Program (GEP), attributed to the Liberal Arts – American style education. The (GEP) covers arts and humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and technological studies to help you gain insight into varied critical learning skills, investigate essential branches of knowledge, and develop appreciation of diversity and change across time, culture, and national boundaries. ​

Students will be required to work individually and in-groups to complete projects to develop collaboration skills, and will demonstrate oral and writing communication skills in various formats such as group discussion, debate, lectures, report writing and completing research papers.

Students concentrating in Clinical Psychology will be introduced to important topics in the clinical psychology field, such as psychopathology, psychological interventions, psychology of ageing, child clinical psychology, psychopharmacology, and ethics in research and practice. Students in the  Social Psychology area will be acquainted with subjects such as social factors and wellbeing, stress, coping and mental health, attitudes and persuasion, and research methods in social psychology. Students will obtain the necessary knowledge to understand the impact of theories and applications of clinical and social psychology in a global, social, and environmental context.​​

Skills Development

Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology at Effat University will provide students with world-class education, the needed skills, and a global outlook to scrutinize social and psychological issues pertinent to their own countries and transnationally, and help promote socio-psychological well-being among the community. Program aims to train students to be critical thinkers, ethical researchers, compassionate, responsible and motivated employees and global citizens.

 Vision, Mission, and Goals

​Vision

The Psychology Program aspires to be among the leading programs at the national and international levels in education, research and training. It aims to promote individual and community welfare by focusing on the holistic well-being of humanity

Mission

​​The Psychology Program graduates responsible, caring, and compassionate future Psychology professionals through a world class research and community service based curriculum that promotes understanding and respect of the complexity and diversity of human mind and behavior nationally and internationally

​Goals

  1. Ensure the Psychology Department's achievement of its mission through offering a world class research and community service based curriculum and actively contributing to the fulfilment of the nation’s 2030 vision.
  2. Create a positive and productive work environment through efficient, transparent and inspiring leadership; maintain national accreditation and obtain international accreditation.
  3. Ensure academic excellence by providing the most updated knowledge and learning resources and services.
  4. Attract promising students, and continue graduating responsible and compassionate professionals who carry on the legacy of Queen Effat.
  5. Recruit and retain skilled and research-oriented faculty and continuously develop their professional skills.
  6. Provide up-to-date software and information technology; upgrade PSY labs and other facilities through sufficient budgeting, and optimize their use.
  7. Encourage faculty and students to produce scholarly research output and activities aligned to the needs of local and global communities.
  8. Enhance the Psychology Department's relations and interactions with the national and international community through collaborative ventures.

 Concentrations

​The Psychology Department offers two areas of concentration:​

  1. ​​​​Clinical Psychology 
  2. Social Psychology​​

 Learning Outcomes


Knowledge

  • Identify principal methods, issues and challenges in the field of Psychology.
  • Describe key concepts, principles, theories, methods and overarching themes and applications of psychology.

Skills

  • Use higher order cognitive and advanced technological skills to analyze, evaluate, and apply psychological and statistical concepts to better understand the causes, underlying mechanisms, and consequences of personal, interpersonal, and social problems.
  • Critically investigate, evaluate, synthesize, and apply theories, concepts, research methods, and research findings that underpin the different sub-fields of Psychology.

Competencies

  • Collaborate effectively with individuals and groups, and take informed, innovative decisions to complete and manage complex projects and activities within reasonable timeframes. 
  • Demonstrate leadership via effective oral and writing communication skills in various formats (e.g., group discussion, debate, lecture, report writing, research paper), and interpret quantitative visual aids accurately, showing vigilance about misuse or misrepresentation of quantitative information.
  • Use interpersonal, intrapersonal, professional, and sound interpretive skills to make responsible and independent decisions desirable for the different fields in psychology.
  • Demonstrate rigorous values and ethics, and show respect for issues related to cultural sensitivity and individual differences in professional social context.​

 Career Opportunities

Career Path

The ​​​​Clinical Psychology track will prepare you for a career in areas such as a behavior​ analyst, career counsellor, child protection worker or community support worker. Following the Organizational Psychology track will prepare you for a career in areas such as customer relations, advertising trainee, bank management and claims specialists.​ ​​​

Clinical Psychology Track:

  • Academic adviser
  • Adolescent care technician
  • Arbitrator
  • Behavior analyst
  • Career counsellor
  • Caseworker
  • Childcare worker
  • Child protection worker
  • Clinical interviewer
  • Community support worker
  • Assistant to clinical psychologists in clinical settings (consultant, specialist and assistant, depending on educational level and licencing)
  • Mental health wroker
  • Assistant to child psychologist
  • Researcher
  • Trainer (mental health field)
  • Assistant to substance abuse counsellor

Social Psychology Track:

  • Administrative assistant
  • Advertising agent
  • Advertising trainee
  • Bank management
  • Claims specialist
  • Consultant
  • Consumer affairs
  • Customer relations
  • Customer service representative
  • Educational coordinator
  • Research assistant in business and consulting firms
  • Research assistants in the Ministry of Labor and the Ministry of Social Development
  • Assessment specialist in National Family Safety Programs
  • Market and social media researcher
  • Employee in social welfare organizations, correctional facilities, and governmental and non-profit organizations (NGOs)
  • Teaching and research assistants at colleges and universities

 Graduation Requirements

​Students must successfully complete a total of 126 credit hours to be able to graduate from the Psychology Program, divided as follows:​

  • General Education Requirements: 42 hours​
  • PSY Major Requirements​: 54 hours
  • Technical Requirements​: 24 hourse
  • Free Elective Required​: 6 hours
  • Total: 126 hours​​​​​

 Study Plan (Social Psychology​​)

 Social Psychology Study Plan (PDF)​​

    Freshman Year: Semester 1

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • Choice
    Formal Science
     
    3-0-3
  • GMTH 181H
    Quantitative Science
    None
    3-0-3
  • Choice
    Physical & Environmental Sciences
     
    3-0-3
  • GENG 131
    Advanced English Language Skills & Critical Thinking
    None
    3-0-3
  • GISL 121
    Islam and Civil Society
    None
    3-0-3
  • PSY 101
    Introduction to Psychology
    None
    3-0-3
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    18
  • Freshman Year: Semester 2

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • PSY 102
    Biological Bases of Behavior
    None
    3-0-3
  • PSY 111
    Developmental Psychology
    None
    3-0-3
  • GSTA 181
    Quantitative Reasoning
    None
    3-0-3
  • Choice
    English Language II
    GENG 131
    3-0-3
  • Choice
    Arabic Language
    None
    3-0-3
  • Choice
    Foreign Language I
     
    1-2-2
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    17
  • Sophomore Year: Semester 3

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • PSY 261
    Islamic Perspective of Psychology
    PSY 101
    3-0-3
  • PSY 203
    Cognitive Psychology
    PSY 101
    3-0-3
  • PSY 271
    Statistics in Psychology
    GSTA 181
    2-2-3
  • Choice
    Creative Arts and Cultural Studies
     
    3-0-3
  • Choice
    Foreign Language II
     
    1-2-2
  • GSEM 100
    Research Seminar
    None
    1-2-2
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    16
  • Sophomore Year: Semester 4

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • GSEM 201
    Research, Innovation and Intellectual Property
    GSEM 100
    3-0-3
  • PSY 251
    Abnormal Psychology
    PSY 101
    3-0-3
  • PSY 291
    Ethics for Research and Practice
    PSY 101
    2-2-3
  • PSY 241
    Social Psychology
    PSY 101
    3-0-3
  • PSY 242
    Psychology of Personality
    PSY 101
    3-0-3
  • Choice
    Social Structure and Global Awareness I
     
    3-0-3
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    18
  • Junior Year: Semester 5

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • PSY 392
    Research Methods in Psychology
    GSEM 201
    2-2-3
  • PSY 372
    Assessment and Measurements I
    PSY 271
    2-2-3
  • Choice
    Free Elective I
     
    3-0-3
  • PSY 343
    Social Factors and Well-Being
    PSY 241
    2-2-3
  • Choice
    Social Structure and Global Awareness II
     
    3-0-3
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    15
  • Junior Year: Semester 6

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • Choice
    Free Elective II
     
    3-0-3
  • PSY 331
    Counseling Psychology
    PSY 101
    3-0-3
  • PSY 373
    Assessment and Measurements II
    PSY 372
    2-2-3
  • PSY 344
    Research Methods in Social Psychology
    PSY 392
    2-2-3
  • Choice
    Departmental Elective
    PSY 101
    3-0-3
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    15
  • Senior Year: Semester 7

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • ​Choice
    Departmental Elective II
    PSY 101
    3-0-3
  • PSY 445
    Psychology of Social Media
    PSY 241
    2-2-3
  • PSY 446
    Stress, Coping, and Mental Health
    PSY 241
    2-2-3
  • PSY 447
    Attitudes and Persuasion
    PSY 241
    2-2-3
  • PSY 495
    Senior Research in Psychology I
    PSY 392
    2-2-3
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    15
  • Senior Year: Semester 8

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • PSY 496
    Senior Research in Psychology II
    PSY 495
    2-2-3
  • PSY 481
    Field Experience in Psychology
    Dept. Approval
    9-0-9
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    12
  • Total Credit Hours required for Psychology Program:
     
     
    126


 Study Plan (Clinical Psychology)

Clinical Psychology Study Plan (PDF)

    Freshman Year: Semester 1

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • Choice
    Formal Science
     
    3-0-3
  • GMTH 181H
    Quantitative Science
    None
    3-0-3
  • Choice
    Physical & Environmental Sciences
     
    3-0-3
  • GENG 131
    Advanced English Language Skills & Critical Thinking
    None
    3-0-3
  • GISL 121
    Islam and Civil Society
    None
    3-0-3
  • PSY 101
    Introduction to Psychology
    None
    3-0-3
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    18
  • Freshman Year: Semester 2

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • PSY 102
    Biological Bases of Behavior
    None
    3-0-3
  • PSY 111
    Developmental Psychology
    None
    2-2-3​
  • GSTA 181
    Quantitative Reasoning
    None
    3-0-3
  • Choice
    English Language II
     
    3-0-3
  • Choice
    Arabic Language
    None
    3-0-3
  • Choice
    Foreign Language I
     
    1-2-2
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    17
  • Sophomore Year: Semester 3

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • PSY 261
    Islamic Perspective of Psychology
    PSY 101
    3-0-3
  • PSY 203
    Cognitive Psychology
    PSY 101
    2-2-3
  • PSY 271
    Statistics in Psychology
    GSTA 181
    2-3​-3
  • Choice
    Creative Arts and Cultural Studies
     
    3-0-3
  • ​Choice
    Foreign Language II
     
    1-2-2
  • GSEM 100
    Research Seminar
    None
    1-2-2
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    16
  • Sophomore Year: Semester 4

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • GSEM 201
    Research, Innovation and Intellectual Property
    GSEM 100
    3-0-3
  • PSY 251
    Abnormal Psychology
    PSY 101
    3-0-3
  • PSY 291
    Ethics for Research and Practice
    PSY 101
    2-1-3
  • PSY 241
    Social Psychology
    PSY 101
    2-2​-3
  • PSY 242
    Psychology of Personality
    PSY 101
    3-0-3
  • Choice
    Social Structure and Global Awareness I
     
    3-0-3
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    18
  • Junior Year: Semester 5

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • PSY 392
    Research Methods in Psychology
    GSEM 201
    3-0-3​
  • PSY 372
    Assessment and Measurements I
    PSY 271
    2-2-3
  • Choice
    Free Elective I
     
    3-0-3
  • PSY 352
    Abnormal Psychology II
    PSY 251
    2-2-3
  • Choice
    Social Structure and Global Awareness II
     
    3-0-3
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    15
  • Junior Year: Semester 6

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • Choice
    Free Elective II
     
    3-0-3
  • PSY 331
    Counseling Psychology
    PSY 101
    3-0-3
  • PSY 373
    Assessment and Measurements II
    PSY 372
    2-2-3
  • PSY 353
    Clinical Psychology
    PSY 352
    2-2-3
  • ​Choice
    Departmental Elective I​
    PSY 101
    3-0-3
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    15
  • Senior Year: Semester 7

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • ​Choice
    Departmental Elective II
    PSY 101
    3-0-3
  • PSY 454
    Psychological Interventions
    PSY 353
    2-2-3
  • PSY 455
    Child Clinical Psychology
    PSY 353
    3-0-3
  • PSY 456
    Psychopharmacology
    PSY 353
    3-0-3
  • PSY 495
    Senior Research in Psychology I
    PSY 392
    3-0-3​
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    15
  • Senior Year: Semester 8

  • Course Code
    Course Name
    Pre-requisite
    Credit Hours
  • PSY 496
    Senior Research in Psychology II
    PSY 495
    2-2-3
  • PSY 481
    Field Experience in Psychology
    Dept. Approval
    9-0-9
  • Total Credit Hours:
     
     
    12
  • Total Credit Hours required for Psychology Program:
     
     
    126


 Fact Sheet

Psy-Enrolment
Psy-Grad

PSY-Emp

PSY-Emp  

Psy-Gender
Admissions
High-School Percentage
Science Section
80%
Art Section
80%
Qudurat *(SAT)
65%
Math
Cut-Score
60%
One of the Following Placement Tests
iBT TOEFL
53
LNGT
162
IELTS
5.5
Additional Department Requirement
Interview
Required
Contact Information
Program Chair
Tel.+966 122137800
Assistants
 
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