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Bachelor's in Psychology for Adult Learners (BPS)

College of Arts and Sciences

The adult degree completion bachelor’s degree in psychology prepares adult learners to help and motivate people in a variety of fields. Students graduate ready to apply psychological principles to personal, social and organizational issues with a constant concern for social justice.

The BPS in Psychology is solid 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.

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Location: Chicago, Online, Schaumburg
Start Term: Fall, Fall B, Spring, Spring B, Summer
Program Type: Major, Eight-week

The adult degree completion program lets students earn their undergraduate degree at an accelerated pace while balancing work and family commitments. Courses in the program are conveniently offered on campus, online and in “hybrid” mode (combining face-to-face meetings and online interactions). Choose from five start dates, year-round.

What Differentiates Us

Service Learning

Service Learning

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.

Learn Alongside Expert Faculty

Learn Alongside Expert Faculty

Students have opportunities to participate in faculty members’ research teams. Students can receive individual mentorship from full-time professors.

Honors Available

Honors Available

The university offers the Psychology Honors Track within the Honors Program for students who qualify.

Expectations & Requirements


The psychology major consists of 12 classes, including a foundation in introductory psychology, research methods, and statistics. Students complete courses from a range of areas in the field to 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? 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.

Minor Requirements

The functional area is defined as a sequence of related courses in a discipline or an interdisciplinary area. For example, students may select six courses in one discipline like sociology (and earn a minor, if requirements are met). Or students may choose six courses in an interdisciplinary area like the humanities (combining courses in, for example, speech, literature, and gender studies). Appropriate functional areas will be approved by an academic adviser in consultation with the program director.

Sample Courses

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Theories of Personality
  • Childhood and Adolescence
  • Children and Families
  • Social Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Law and Psychology


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.

More Opportunities

Clubs & Activities

Each spring, the faculty induct eligible PLS students into Alpha Sigma Lambda, Rho Upsilon Chapter, which is an adult-focused honor society recognizing the top 20 percent of all PLS students. We also 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.


“Adult learners with life experience combined with some level of past education have a greater appreciation for both the cost as well as the rewards of academic accomplishments. The job market as well as the world have evolved, and a high school diploma is no longer satisfactory. I am not only doing this for myself, but as an example for my niece, nephews and siblings, that it is not too late.

It has been through my academic endeavors that I have found my own voice and the place that makes me feel as though I am contributing to the larger society and culture in a more meaningful and rewarding way. I am not through contributing to the world.”

Eric Edwards - BPS '17

"When people ask me what makes an education at Roosevelt University distinctive, I explain that we are more ambitious than many colleges because of our social justice mission. Students learn more than important knowledge or facts at Roosevelt. We go beyond an education of the head, and provide an education of the heart. Our University provides a value-rich experience in which students become more aware of social inequalities, discover why they should care, and develop compassion and empathy."

Steven Meyers
Professor of Psychology, Roosevelt University