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ASU to Offer Accelerated Bachelor’s Degree Program in Psychology

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Author: Timothy C. Ervin

Release Date: Jul 06, 2012

Students enrolled in several Alabama community colleges will have an opportunity to earn the B.S. in psychology through ASU’s new accelerated baccalaureate degree program.

The Department of Foundations and Psychology in Alabama State University’s College of Education has initiated a unique collaboration with three area community colleges to offer a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in an accelerated format.

The University is partnering with Bishop State Community College (BSCC) in Mobile, Wallace State Community College (WSCC) in Selma and Jefferson Davis State Community College (JSCC) in Brewton to offer the accelerated degree program. Courses will be offered at each college.

“This program will benefit ASU by reaching out to the rural areas in Alabama, as well as some of our established partners in education,” said Dr. Tina L. Vazin, associate professor and chair of the Department of Foundations and Psychology. “It meets the needs of students without requiring them to come to our campus.”

The goal of the new program is to create a seamless transition for students from the partnering colleges into the psychology degree program at ASU, to provide onsite access to the baccalaureate degree in psychology from ASU to interested students attending BSCC/WSCC/JDCC and to help increase the number of underrepresented minorities in the field of psychology.

The program will allow students to transfer 60 credit hours of general studies and elective courses from the community colleges to ASU. The first cohort will enroll in the fall 2012. The accelerated program includes 10 mini-sessions during the fall, spring and summer terms, allowing students to complete another 60 hours in a 12 month period. Nearly half of the courses in the mini-sessions will be taught through distance learning and the others will be taught at the partnering community colleges and at the ASU Southern Normal Campus in Brewton.

Vazin said several students already have signed up, and the department still is taking applications. The University hopes to expand the program to more colleges in the future.

For more information about the accelerated baccalaureate degree program in psychology, contact ASU’s Department of Foundations and Psychology at 334-229-4853.

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