BA in Psychology
An undergraduate major or minor in psychology provides students with an excellent background for careers that involve working with people. Psychology graduates find work in business, sales, counseling, education, and health care. The BA is also essential preparation for those considering master's or doctoral work in psychology, and similarly provides an excellent foundation for graduate work in counseling and social work.
Courses offered by our department address a wide variety of fields within the discipline. These classes focus on both research in psychology and the many ways in which psychological knowledge can help people, groups, and society. There are also opportunities to specialize within the major as part of the degree program. The major can be completed at either Chicago or Schaumburg, day or evening.
Goals for the Major
Upon completing the major, undergraduates will have a greater understanding of the following four areas that are essential to the study of psychology.
Knowledge Base of Psychology: Students will demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
Research Methods in Psychology: Students will understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology: Students will respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
Application of Psychology: Students will understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues with concern for social justice.
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