Courses in the Psychology BA program address a wide variety of topics within the discipline. In your classes, you will examine how people "work" -- Why do people behave the way they do? How are personalities formed? What is normal and abnormal behavior? How do psychologists help people with psychological disorders? The major addresses the research and experimental foundations of psychology. You will learn how psychologists ask and answer questions. This perspective will help you understand topics such as how the brain influences our behavior, how our senses and minds perceive the world, and how we learn and remember.
There are four optional concentrations in the Psychology BA program:
The Accelerated Program in Clinical Psychology (Counseling Practice) allows highly qualified Roosevelt University undergraduate students who are pursuing a BA degree in Psychology to obtain early admission to the master’s degree program. Students can then apply nine credit hours of cross-listed coursework to both the undergraduate major and to the master’s degree during their senior year.
The university offers the Psychology Honors Track within the Honors Program for students who qualify.
Students have opportunities to participate in faculty members’ research teams. Students can receive individual mentorship from full-time professors.
Many classes include service-learning so students can apply their knowledge to help others in the community. Students volunteer as part of several of our classes, and the Psychology Department offers more extensive field placements and internships for students who are interested.
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) program in Psychology consists of 12 courses and accomplishes the following goals:
Requirements for the minor are six courses in psychology, including a course in introductory psychology. Two courses must be at the 300 level. Students must select courses from at least two different core areas; the remainder are electives.
An undergraduate major in psychology provides an excellent foundation for graduate studies in psychology or immediate entry into a career. Related jobs often involve working closely with people. Psychology graduates find work in the helping professions and applied health care fields. They also work in areas such as human resources, business, and sales using their knowledge of people and relationships.
Our students have attended many different universities after graduating, including our own MA program at Roosevelt University and many schools nearby such as University of Chicago, Loyola University, Adler University, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Other undergraduate alumni have enrolled in programs across the country, such as University of Nevada Reno, Wayne State University, University of Central Florida, University of Minnesota, St. Louis University, and Harvard University.
We encourage students to participate in our two co-curricular groups. We have active chapters of the Psi Chi Honor Society on both campuses. The Psychology in Action Club is open to all students interested in psychology and learning more about career opportunities.
Students can study psychology abroad and make progress towards their degree at University of Sussex and the Danish Institute for Study (DIS). We have detailed plans to help transfer coursework from these programs.
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