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Psychology, BPS


The BPS major in psychology provides students with a better understanding of people’s thought processes, emotions, and behaviors. This understanding leads to many careers that involve working with people. Psychology graduates find work in business, sales, counseling, education, and health care. The BPS major in psychology also prepares students for master's or doctoral work in psychology, leading to careers in school counseling or social work, among others.

This major may be completed in the fully online format through RU Online. However, only the general education requirements are available in the eight-week format.


These quantitative requirements also apply to degrees in the College of Professional Studies:

  • Students may apply no more than 60 semester hours of 100-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must apply no fewer than 60 semester hours of 200- and 300-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must have at least 18 semester hours (of the 60 semester hours above) at the 300 level.
  • Students may transfer in no more than 66 semester hours from community colleges.
  • Students must take their final 30 hours at Roosevelt University.
  • Students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher to graduate.


  • All grades in psychology courses must be C- or higher. Students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 or above for courses in the major. A minimum of 21 semester hours in psychology must be completed at Roosevelt.
  • A minimum of 15 semester hours in psychology must be completed at the 300 level, at least nine semester hours of which must be at Roosevelt.
  • Students intending to pursue graduate school in Clinical or Counseling Psychology are advised to take PSYC 201 (Abnormal Psychology) and PSYC 243 (Theories of Personality).
  • Students are required to take PSYC 200 (Psychology Statistics) and PSYC 285 (Research Methods) within the first three semesters of declaring the major.
  • Students must choose one course from each of the following areas:
    • Biological/Cognitive/Learning: PSYC 306, PSYC 310, PSYC 316, PSYC 325, PSYC 326, PSYC 336, PSYC 350
    • Social/Diversity Psychology: PSYC 211, PSYC 220, PSYC 312, PSYC 345, PSYC 366
    • Human Development/Individual/Differences: PSYC 243, PSYC 254, PSYC 339, PSYC 341, PSYC 381
    • Applied/Clinical Psychology: PSYC 201, PSYC 215, PSYC 270, PSYC 319, PSYC 344, PSYC 347, PSYC 351, PSYC 373

      PSYC 103 General Psychology (C or higher) .....3
      PSYC 200 Psychology Statistics .....3
      PSYC 285 Research Methods .....3


      Nine additional courses in Psychology .....27

    Functional area or minor

      Related courses in a discipline or interdisciplinary area selected in consultation with an advisor .....18

    Other requirements

    Additional courses must be selected from any area to complete the 120-hour degree requirement

    Core Curriculum

    BPS degrees replace traditional general education courses and electives with an innovative Core Curriculum, consisting of interdisciplinary seminars and a Senior Thesis research project. These seminars, designed for adult students, reduce the time required to complete degree requirements. Courses in the BPS core are designated with the PLS prefix (Professional and Liberal Studies). The BPS Core Curriculum includes:

    Introductory Courses

      MATH 095 (if required by RUA) .....3
      MATH 110 Quantitative Reasoning or PLS 290 .....3

    Introductory Seminars

      PLS 201 Pro-Seminar in Critical Skills .....3
      PLS 202 Information Literacy & Research Writing .....3
      PLS 220 Technology Literacy .....3

    Senior Seminars

      PLS 350 Seminar in the Social Sciences I .....3
      PLS 351 Seminar in the Social Sciences II .....3
      PLS 360 Seminar in the Natural Sciences I .....3
      PLS 361 Seminar in the Natural Sciences I I .....3
      PLS 370 Seminar in Humanities I .....3
      PLS 371 Seminar in Humanities II .....3
      PLS 397 Advanced Research .....3
      PLS 398 Senior Thesis .....3

    University Writing Requirement

      Roosevelt University Assessment placement test to determine if additional courses are required .....
      ENG 101 Composition I: Critical Reading and Writing .....3
      ENG 102 Composition II: Introduction to Academic Research .....3

    Senior Seminars

    * Students may waive one PLS Senior Seminar with nine semester hours of appropriate transferable credit with at least a 2.0 average in a single seminar area; students with 60 semester hours of transfer credit or an Associates’ Degree in Arts or Science may waive two Senior Seminars.

    Other Requirements

    • Students must be 24 years of age when they start the program.
    • Students must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours at Roosevelt and maintain a 2.0 grade point average to graduate.
    • Students must successfully complete a minimum of nine semester hours at the 300 level in the major at Roosevelt.
    • Students must consult with an advisor every semester prior to registering to ensure that selected courses are appropriate for their specific BPS major.