Arizona State University
Senate Motion #2017-26
Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee, Caroline Harrison, Chair
Date of First Reading: November 28, 2016
Date of Second Reading: January 30, 2017
Title of Motion: Request from the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts - for
the establishment of an undergraduate degree - BS in Counseling and Applied Psychological Science
Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.
Rationale: Counseling and applied psychological science is a specialty in promoting psychological well-being. Counselors and applied psychologists provide the tools and resources necessary for individuals, families and organizations to cope with everyday problems. In Arizona and beyond, there is increasing demand for mental health services. The BS program in counseling and applied psychological science would provide foundational training in counseling theories, career and lifespan development, ethics and professional identity and research methods. A unique aspect of the program is its attention to cultural diversity that includes age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion and socioeconomic status. Graduates may qualify for employment in community agencies, hospitals, rehabilitation centers and other behavioral healthcare delivery settings to support counselors and other mental health professionals. Potential placements for graduates of the counseling and applied psychological science degree program include behavioral health technician, vocational rehabilitation assistant, human service worker and life-skills instructor. Graduates will not be license-eligible as professional counselors but will be well-prepared to enter advanced graduate degree programs in counseling (e.g., Master of Counseling in clinical mental health counseling) and related fields. The course work equips students with the necessary skills to pursue research interests in graduate school.