Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Goddard College provides students with a fast track to earning a MA in Psychology or MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

In the Fast Track option, students complete 120 credits toward the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts. The final semester of undergraduate study serves as a transition term in which students also complete coursework toward graduate-level study. Students who progress on to the graduate program can complete the MA in as few as three semesters.

Opportunities in the field of counseling are increasingly requiring heightened qualifications and higher academic credentials for professional advancement. Our program meets the need to obtain heightened qualifications and higher academic credentials for professional advancement in the field of psychology and counseling. We offer a streamlined educational approach for learning skill development and obtaining a bachelor’s and master’s degree on a faster academic track.

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Twice a year, at the start of each semester, students attend an intensive eight-day residency at the College’s Plainfield, Vermont campus. Alternatively, students can choose a virtual residency experience. Residencies are a rich time of exploration, connection, and planning.


All students earning the Bachelor of Arts at Goddard College must fulfill general requirements for the BA. In addition, students pursuing the BA in Psychology must complete the following distribution.

Psychology Core Courses (33 credits)

Course No.Course NameCredits
PSY 100Introduction to Psychology3
PSY 210Writing in Psychology3
PSY 220Scientific Methods3
PSY 310Statistical Methods3
PSY 320Social Science Research3
PSY 330Cognitive Neuroscience3
PSY 340Learning and Memory3
PSY 350Developmental Psychology3
PSY 360Social and Cultural Psychology3
PSY 370Personality and Affective Science3
PSY 380Abnormal Psychology3

Practicum (3 credits)

The practicum allows students to apply their learning in their communities in ways that are significant to them. Students will complete a practicum (minimum of 50 hours) in a community-based organization, such as a community mental health center, an inpatient unit, a human services agency, a school, or a private non-profit.

Capstone (6 credits)

The Capstone allows students working with their Academic Advisor to reflect on their undergraduate experience and to create work which best demonstrates their understanding of their personal and scholarly development. Completed in the final semester, the Capstone consists of two 500-level courses that are designed to focus the student’s memory, analysis, and creativity on their growth—one course on personal growth and the other on scholarly development. These courses will also include an academic content area of the student’s choosing that is relevant to their understanding of their growth.

Transition courses (6 credits)

Two (2) courses serve both undergraduate degree and MA for students pursuing the fast track. These may be elective courses or MA core course.

Senior Study (12 credits)

Senior studies typically assume diverse forms or structures. Two usual formats are:

  • Written, Research-based Products: The central component is an extended research essay comparable in format and academic elements to conventional research papers or projects.
  • Artistic/Creative Products: Many students have an artistic or creative product as the centerpiece of their senior study. (Written, research-based products, while creative in character, typically assume more traditional forms.) Artistic/creative products often take innovative forms. Past products have included artwork, curriculum guides, manuscripts, films, videotapes, manuals, handbooks, and more. Whatever their form, all artistic/creative products are influenced by students’ research, demonstrate depth and expertise, and contribute to a field or community. Written context papers that examine the aesthetic, philosophical, and historical foundations of the student’s work through discussion of key influential artists and thinkers accompany all artistic/creative projects.

Important Announcement

The Board of Directors for Goddard College have made the difficult decision to close the college at the end of the 2024 Spring term.  


Current Goddard students will have the opportunity to complete their degrees at the same tuition rate through a teach-out with like-minded institution, Prescott College. Updates and scholarship funds will be available in the coming weeks and months. Information will be posted to

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