Counseling Degree and Psychology Degree

Do you feel called to advocacy work? For those who want to help others through human services, Grand Canyon University (GCU) offers two undergraduate psychology degree programs and one undergraduate counseling degree program, as well as degrees in sociology and behavioral health science. Earning one of these degrees can help you pursue a rewarding career in a field that helps individuals better their lives.

If you are interested in working with clients through times of crisis, consider our Bachelor of Science in Counseling with an Emphasis in Addiction, Chemical Dependency and Substance Abuse. Looking for a more versatile degree that allows you to pursue a variety of career paths? Consider GCU's Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

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Campus Experience

Enjoy a traditional college experience on GCU's rapidly expanding campus. Stay in the dorms, enjoy delicious dining options and make the most of campus living.

Online Degree Programs

Online degrees offer the ultimate convenience, allowing you to study anytime and in any place. Find out what makes GCU's online degree programs different.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers a variety of degree programs that help you develop critical thinking, communication and analytical skills.

Counseling Degree

GCU's Bachelor of Science in Counseling with an Emphasis in Addiction, Chemical Dependency and Substance Abuse can help you prepare to compassionately serve those who are dealing with dependency and addiction issues. Study family dynamics of addiction, substance use disorders, treatment, crisis intervention and more in our accredited counseling degree program.

Upon completion of GCU's bachelor's degree in counseling, you will be able to pursue licensure. Contact the appropriate certifying or licensing body to see if you may be qualified to meet the standards for state or national certification or licensure for professional prevention specialists and treatment counselors.

What is the difference between psychology and counseling?

When students ask this question, they are typically wondering which degree they should pursue. If you are specifically interested in the field of counseling and pursuing a career as a counselor, then you should consider earning a counseling degree. If you are interested in earning a more versatile degree in order to explore different career paths, you should consider pursuing a degree in psychology.

What can I do with a counseling degree?

Those who pursue a counseling degree typically feel a calling to counseling and wish to pursue a career as a counselor. With GCU's degree, you may be qualified to work as an addiction counselor in a supervised clinical setting such as a rehabilitation clinic, private practice or mental health center. If you are interested in owning your own practice one day, you will need to pursue a masters degree in counseling.

Psychology Degree

Prepare for a variety of career opportunities while studying human behavior and thought processes with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree. Discover how each person's cognitive thinking is formed and influenced through social and cultural environments, and improve critical thinking and communication skills through class discussions and a capstone project.

GCU's Bachelor of Science in Psychology coursework aligns with degree objectives set forth by the American Psychological Association (APA), making this psychology degree a perfect option for those who are considering an advanced degree upon graduation.

What is sports psychology?

Sports psychology is the practice of using psychological knowledge and skills to help performers and athletes achieve optimal performance and experience increased motivation. GCU offers a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance and Sport Psychology for those looking to pursue a career in athletic coaching and training, community outreach, healthcare or education.

What can I do with a psychology degree?

GCU's psychology degree is versatile and transfer-friendly. If you are interested in a career as a psychologist, you will need to continue your education and pursue an advanced degree. If you are looking to pursue a career immediately after you finish your undergraduate studies, you may want to consider a role in human resources, social services, marketing, sales, child or elder care, or working for a nonprofit organization.


More Human Services Degrees at GCU

In addition to counseling and psychology degree programs, GCU is proud to offer several other degrees in the field of human services. Explore our behavioral health science and sociology degrees to see if one of these programs is right for you. Interested in learning more? Call 855-GCU-LOPE to speak to a university counselor for more information.