Psychology: BA

Counseling room with 2 people talking

Psychology is the multifaceted scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. The psychology program at AUC emphasizes physical, cognitive, emotional, personal, and social development from conception to death. The program provides students with a solid grounding in the theory, methodology, and core content areas of contemporary psychology through experiential learning, community engagement, and scientific research. This foundation of knowledge is enriched by the incorporation of cultural diversity, local context, and interdisciplinary perspectives.

This program is suitable for students who are interested in the following: 

  • Developing a working knowledge of psychology’s content domains
  • Using scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena
  • Engaging in innovative and integrative thinking and problem-solving

Graduates of the program can go on to become:

  • Mental health counselors
  • Community psychologists
  • Counseling psychologists
  • Sport rehabilitation therapists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Art therapists
  • Learning disabilities specialists
  • Public relations specialists
  • Career advisers
  • Research assistants
  • Market researchers
  • HR specialists
  • Teachers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • NGO project managers
  • Policy analysts

Chair and professor, Carie Forden, gives a short brief about AUC’s psychology undergraduate program

Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology Carie Forden holds a PhD from the State University of New York. Forden has served as an evaluation consultant and trainer to nonprofit and governmental agencies, both in the United States and Egypt, including the WHO, Drosos Foundation, and Wataneya Society for the Development of Orphanages. She is also involved in a multi-year collaboration with UNICEF, the Ministry of Social Solidarity, and the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood to build capacity among Egyptian child protection social workers. 


A minimum of a master’s degree is needed to have the knowledge and skills to offer psychological services to others, and in many cases, a doctorate is required. If you are working or volunteering in settings where you are providing psychological testing, counseling, or psychotherapy, even if under supervision, that is in violation of basic ethics in the field. If professionals invite you to engage in such practices, please take the responsibility to educate them regarding the limitations of your training and refuse such tasks. Please let us all preserve the reputation of the field and not engage in such harmful practices.