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Psychology

​​Program Overview

The psychology program at Dar Al -Hekma University has a rigorous curriculum that provides students with the scientific knowledge that would enhance their understanding of human behavior and enable them to apply that knowledge in real settings. The program has an engaging learning environment that fosters students' growth, integrity, and self-fulfillment. The curriculum is designed to help students become critical and creative thinkers and skillful researchers. Equipped with the necessary knowledge and tools, students will be empowered to offer excellent services to clients, be the catalyst for change in the community, and improve the field of psychology in Saudi Arabia.
 

Program Mission

Our mission is to graduate ethical and competent professionals to best serve and advance the field of psychology within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Program Goals

  • Provide solid intellectual and theoretical background in the science of psychology.
  • Enhance the essential research methods and experimental design principles and practices.
  • Offer opportunities to apply critical and creative thinking in solving problems related to behavior and mental processes in relevant settings.
  • Reinforce relating psychological principles to individual, social, and organizational issues ethically and empirically.
  • Provide training on effective communication skills and information technology in projects and research-related activities.
  • Contribute to the advancement of the field of psychology in the Kingdom within the ethical principles and cultural traditions.

Why choose this program at Dar Al-Hekma University?​

  • Prepares students to specialize in any area of interest.
  • Offers innovative courses not offered in other universities in the Kingdom.
  • Offers opportunities to conduct, analyze, use, and participate in ongoing psychological research.
  • Most faculty members of the program are practitioners in the field.
  • ​Strengthens students’ knowledge of their future career options and gives them training for their next career choices.​
  • Provides students with a foundation of knowledge valued in a wide range of professions, such as law, human resources, business, and medicine as well as many other fields.
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​​​​​ Programs​
​​T​OEFL Score​​
Required ​Certificate Percentage​​
Qudurat Test Score​​​
​Othe Admission Requirement
​Bachelor of Science in Psychology
​500
​80%
​65%
​None​​

For further details about admissions, click here

​​Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
 

Knowledge​

  • Describe the main theoretical and empirical approaches as well as the historical development of various disciplines within the field of psychology.
  • Explain key concepts, principles, and common themes in the various disciplines indicated by the five APA pillars within the field of psychology.
  • Communication, Information Technology & Numerical
  • Conduct a research study about a selected psychological topic using quantitative or qualitative research methods and the needed electronic resources.
  •  Communicate, orally and in writing, psychological content while effectively using information technology and applying the APA style.

Skills

  • Demonstrate ethical attitude and stance toward research findings and real-life problems following the APA ethical standards.
  • Employ critical and creative thinking skills to discuss, evaluate, and critique the findings of research studies about crucial psychol​ogy-related topics.
  • Interpersonal Skills & Responsibility​.
  • Debate critically and ethically crucial questions, concerns, and issues in contemporary psychology.
  • Discuss work-related psychological practices and principles in the various disciplines within the field of psychology. ​

Values​

  • ​Value empirical evidence and tolerate ambiguity while searching for a greater understanding of behavior and knowledge structures.
  • ​Act ethically and professionally.
  • Understand the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.
  • Reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.​​


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Year One 
Semester – Fall Semester – Spring

Course Code                                                    

Course Title

Credit
Hours
                                                    

Course Code                                                    

Course Title

Credit
Hours
                                                    

HPSY 1301
Introduction of Psychology
3
HPSY 1304
Social Psychology3
HPSY 1302
Child and Adolescent Development3HPSY 1305
Psychology of Aging
3
HPSY 1303
Introduction to Fundamentals of Psychology3HPSY 1306
Cognitive Psychology
3
COMM 1301
Communication Skills I
3COMM 1302
Communication Skills II
3
ICTC 1301
Information and Communication 
3ARAB XXXX
Arabic Studies
3
BBBF 1101Basic Body and 
Brain Fitness
1
Total Credit Hours 16 Total Credit Hours 15
Year Two
Semester – Fall Semester – Spring

Course Code                                                    

Course Title

Credit
Hours
                                                    

Course Code                                                    

Course Title

Credit
Hours
                                                    

HPSY 2301 
Learning & Behavior
3HPSY 2305
Introduction to Clinical Psychology
 3
HPSY 2302
Biological Basis of Human Behavior 
3HPSY 2306 
Moral Psychology
3
HPSY 2303
Educational Psychology
3HPSY 2307 

Behavioral Neuroscience 

3
HPSY 2304
Theories of Personality
3
HPSY 2308
Statistics in Psychology
3
ISLS XXXX
Islamic Studies
3

ARAB XXXX
Arabic Studies
3
XXXX XXXX 
Required General Ed Electives (HUMN, NASC, SBSC)
3ITAI 1201
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence 
2
Total Credit Hours 18 Total Credit Hours 17
Year Three
Semester – Fall Semester – Spring

Course Code                                                    

Course Title

Credit
Hours
                                                    

Course Code                                                    

Course Title

Credit
Hours
                                                    

HPSY 3301 
Dependency and society
3
HPSY 3305
Psychological Tests
3
HPSY 3302 
Cognitive Neuroscience
3HSPY 3306
Ethics in Psychology
3
HPSY 3303
 
Introduction to Counseling
3
HPSY 3307 
Environmental Psychology 
3
HPSY 3304
Psychological Assessment and Measurement
3HPSY 3308
Abnormal Psychology
3
XXXX XXXX 

Required General Education
Electives (HUMN, NASC,SBSC)

XXXX XXXX 
Free Elective
3



ENTR 3301
Entrepreneurship and Design Thinking 
3
Total Credit Hours 15 Total Credit Hours 18
Year Four
Semester – Fall Semester – Spring

Course Code                                                    

Course Title

Credit
Hours
                                                    

Course Code                                                    

Course Title

Credit
Hours
                                                    

HPSY  4401
Internship
4
HPSY 4302
Direct Research Project
3
HPSY 4301
Research Methods in Psychology
3HSPY XXXX
Program Elective II
3
HPSY XXXX
Program Elective I 
3
HPSY XXXX
Program Elective III
3
XXXX XXXX                
Free Elective 
3ISLS XXXX
Islamic Studies 
2

ISLS XXXX

Islamic Studies 

2
ARTS xxxx
Arts and Design 
2
EMOI 1201 
Emotional Intelligence 
3
Total Credit Hours                                    18
Total Credit Hours                                 13


​​​​The program equips students with the necessary skills that qualify them for a variety of career paths/jobs in the market including, but not limited to: ​​

  • Vocational training teacher
  • Healthcare facility administrator
  • Advertising sales
  • Market research analyst
  • Occupational analyst
  • Patient resources
  • Career/employment counselor
  • Personnel recruiter
  • Caseworker
  • Employment interviewer
  • Victims' advocate
  • Child development specialist
  • Preschool teacher
  • Child welfare/placement caseworker
  • Coach psychiatric aide/attendant
  • Community organization psychiatric worker
  • Community worker
  • Psychosocial rehabilitation
  • Department manager
  • Disability policy worker
  • Social services aide
  • Disability case manager
  • Substance abuse counselor​

Dr. Khalid Ahmed AlFallatah

Acting Dean - Assistant Professor

Hekma School of Health, Behavioral Sciences and Education

Ms. Lojain Abdulaziz Aloaedy

Lecturer

Hekma School of Health, Behavioral Sciences and Education

Nisma Adnan Merdad

Visiting Assistant Professor

Hekma School of Health, Behavioral Sciences and Education

Key Facts

Program Name

Psychology


Academic Degree

Bachelor


Credit Hours

130


Program Length

4 Years


Mode of study

Full time

Dr. Khalid Ahmed Alfallatah

Chair, Health and Behavioral Sciences Department; Director, Psychology Program; Accreditation


PhD, Counselling, Barry University, USA, 2020

MSc, Counselling, Barry University, USA, 2014

BSc, Psychology, University of Oregon, USA, 2011

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