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AB in Psychology in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (AB PSY) is a four-year degree program that helps students understand human behavior and different thinking processes through the use of basic scientific principles and psychological theories. It  equips students with the knowledge and skills to assess and conduct empirical research regarding individual and group behavior by integrating subjects in personality, human development, and psychological testing.


Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in AB in Psychology are encouraged to take the Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS) strand under the Academic track. The curriculum focuses on human behavior, literature, education, politics, liberal arts, and society. The HUMSS strand will cover relevant topics that may be further discussed in their college lectures. 


Subjects and Curriculum

  • General Psychology
  • Psychological Statistics
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Personality
  • Social Psychology
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Industrial Psychology and Counseling
  • Human Behavior in Organization

Admission Requirements

Qualifications

  • The student must be a high school graduate. 

However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.

  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.

Basic Requirements

  • Form 138 - High School Report Card (Original and Photocopy)
  • Recommendation letter from High school principal and guidance counselor
  • Most recent medical and dental health record
  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate
  • Certificate of Good moral character
  • Copy of honorable dismissal
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • (1) Latest 2”x2” ID Picture

Program Outcome

Graduates of BS in Psychology are expected to be able to:

  • Discuss and analyze Psychology’s major theories and concepts
  • Apply the methods of psychological research
  • Demonstrate application of psychological theories and methods in a professional and personal setting
  • Show capability for self-reflection and  independent learning
  • Abide with ethics in the practicing Psychology
  • Create a harmonious interpersonal relationship in a diverse cultural setting with colleagues and clients
  • Conduct psychological assessments and evaluation

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in the human resource department and educational and research institutions.


Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.


Board Exam

To become a Registered Psychometrician in the Philippines, a graduate of AB in Psychology needs to pass the Psychometrician Licensure Exam. The examination is conducted by the Board of Psychology under the supervision of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC). 


Career Opportunities

Graduates of BS in Psychology may pursue a career path in human resource department and educational and research institutions. They may apply as a school counselor, vocational counselor, rehabilitation counselor, marriage, couple, and family counselor, substance abuse counselor, human resource associate, researcher, or a psychometrician.

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Reviews of AB in Psychology graduates:

R. P.
◈ Studied AB in Psychology
◈ At Central Philippine University
◈ Graduated 2008

list bulletWhy did I choose Psychology: It would help me to understand people more. Not just to scratch the surface. I needed it for my writing job.

list bulletAbout my college education: Psychology is fun, but boring at the same time. Too many requirements that will force you to sacrifice other minor subjects just to cope. That's what they always say in my 4 yrs residency in CPU. You gotta learn to kill if you want to make a killin'.

Skills and attitude required for succeeding Psych - The typical I need to graduate so I can help my family and make a better life for myself attitude. It applies to every course/student.

list bulletMy current job: I'm a businessman. I own a merchandising shop that sells goods from farm supplies to hardware and groceries.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: I used the basic "people" skill. As a merchant you meet a lot of people and you have to be more convincing so you can sell your goods based on what they need, want, and desired.

You can also use Industrial Psych techniques that can cater to your workers needs and such. Advanced planning for your demographic and sell them the stuff that is "in".

Psych can help you exploit the natural human condition to fit on your needs.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I was jobless for 2-3 years then I decided to put up a business. I do ghost writing from time to time but writing is just my hobby.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Psychology: Yes.
If you're aiming for a simple salary man kind of life.

It's also a good pre-'something' course. There's a lot to chose from. You can proceed to medicine. Military. Police. Government employee. Law. It depends really on what you want to do with your life.

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