Undergraduate degrees in counseling, whether from an online or brick-and-mortar academic institution, are rare. Aspiring counselors typically earn either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and then focus their graduate degree studies on counseling. Read on for specifics on undergraduate programs that lead to counseling careers, and check out our database of online psychology degrees.
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While an undergraduate degree in psychology does not prepare a graduate for entry-level work in the industry, further study in a master’s degree program in counseling could lead to careers similar to those listed here.
|Job Title||National Employment||Mean Hourly Wage||Mean Annual Wage|
|Marriage & Family Therapist||34,270||$23.69||$49,270|
|School Social Worker||273,920||$21.78||$45,300|
|Substance Abuse Counselor||80,130||$19.67||$40,920|
Figures from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012
Picking a school can be a daunting task, especially when considering the sheer number of accredited colleges there are across the nation. Our database below can help with narrowing down your options for your specific program. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most notable online and campus-based schools offering degrees in this subject to help you begin your school search.
Some online psychology bachelors degree programs are offered purely online, some combine virtual learning with standard onsite classes, and still others offer online programs that accept transfer credits from a traditional school. Check your school’s requirements carefully.
Penn State World Campus
State College, Pennsylvania / Online
Affiliated with Penn State’s storied brick-and-mortar college, the World Campus offers wholly online Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in psychology. Penn State was one of the first traditional universities to branch out into online educational offerings, and is ranked among U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Bachelors Degrees. Psychology majors can join the world’s first fully online Psychology Club to network with faculty and fellow students.
Waterbury, Connecticut / Online
Post University, also ranked among U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Degrees, offers a wholly online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Online classes begin six times per year, affording online psychology majors at Post more flexibility than in many other schools. Concentrations in Organizational Studies or Human Development help prepare aspiring counselors for future graduate work.
Grand Canyon University
Phoenix, Arizona / Online
Part of a campus-based Christian college, Grand Canyon University also offers two psychology degrees that may be earned entirely online. The Bachelor of Science in Psychology focuses broadly on the study of human behavior and personality, and focuses special attention on mental illness. Grand Canyon also differs from the norm by offering an undergraduate degree in counseling: the Bachelor of Science in Counseling, emphasis in addictions, chemical dependency and substance abuse. This undergraduate degree program is designed for aspiring substance abuse counselors. While a graduate degree is generally required to work in this field, an undergraduate degree focused on a patient population will undoubtedly help future graduate students.
Campus-only undergraduate programs in psychology are ubiquitous. While there is no professional body that accredits psychology programs at this level, there is plenty of research on traditional psychology programs at your disposal. Do your due diligence before selecting a such a popular degree program, and carefully research any programs you consider. These three, while academic powerhouses in their own right, also offer stellar undergraduate experiences for psychology majors.
Ranked fifth in Best National Universities by U.S. News and World Report, Stanford is a top-tier school. This private, co-ed college offers a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree in a traditional classroom setting. Classwork is combined with independent study, research and supervised practica. Aspiring psych majors can choose among four specialty tracks: cognitive science, neuroscience, health and development, or mind, culture and society.
New Haven, Connecticut
Princeton Review’s Gourman Report of Undergraduate Programs lists this Ivy League heavyweight as an exceptional provider of undergraduate degrees in psychology. Yale offers both B.A. and B.S. degrees, both of which are campus-based. The B.S. degree program requires independent research and analysis, while B.S. degrees require a thorough review of current literature in the field. Both of these degree programs are designed to prepare graduates for a more rigorous master’s program.
Durham, North Carolina
Also highly ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Gourman Report, Duke University is a small private college located in North Carolina’s tobacco country. Duke is known for its large percentage of Greek students and its outstanding basketball team. Duke offers both B.A. and B.S. degree programs in psychology. Both programs aim to prepare graduates for further study in areas of cognitive, biological, development, social and abnormal psychology. Of note, a Duke psychology major may choose to minor in neuroscience.