Psychology, BA

Offered in: Chicago | Schaumburg

A background in psychology is essential in today’s complex society to gain an understanding of why people and groups behave as they do and how individuals struggle to achieve their full human potential.

The Department of Psychology is the largest academic program in the College of Arts and Sciences. It offers a rich array of courses and course sequences for more specialized studies. There is an equal balance available between the scientific tradition of experimental psychology and all of the major domains of applied psychology. Students may learn about human sexuality, social psychology, child and adult psychopathology, multicultural psychology, and stress management. There are courses and course sequences on research methods and statistics, biopsychology, multicultural psychology and cultural diversity, forensic psychology, and the entire human lifespan from infancy to old age. The traditional areas of experimental psychology are available for study, including sensation-perception, cognitive processes, personality theory, and learning-memory.

Students may choose to major or minor in Psychology or earn a concentration in Child and Family Studies, Mental Health, Neuroscience or Forensic Psychology. A degree in Psychology provides an excellent foundation for graduate studies in any aspect of psychology or related human services. Knowledge of psychological principles is a valued skill for any career or job description that involves working with people.

An undergraduate major 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 and to complete undergraduate concentrations as part of the degree program. The major can be completed at either Chicago or Schaumburg, day or evening.

Standards

A grade of C- is the minimal acceptable grade for a course to be applied to the major, minor, or concentrations. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required for all courses in the major, minor, and the psychology concentrations.

Requirements

To earn a BA in Psychology, students must complete 36 credit hours in Psychology. PSYC 103 INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY must be taken as soon as the major is declared. PSYC 200 INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS and PSYC 285 RESEARCH METHODS should be completed within the first two to three semesters of declaring the major.

Students need to complete 21 credit hours at Roosevelt University, including 9 credit hours at the 300 level at this university. . In addition, a total of 12 credit hours within the major must be at the 300 level. Psychology majors resuming their major after an interruption of two or more years must follow the Psychology requirements in effect at the time students resume their studies.

Core
PSYC 103INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 200INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS3
PSYC 285RESEARCH METHODS3
Area 1: Biological/Cognitive/Learning Psychology
Select one course from this list:3
FUNDAMENTALS OF BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE
LEARNING
SENSATION AND PERCEPTION
COGNITIVE PROCESSES
BRAIN AND BEHAVIOR
HUMAN NEUROPSYCHOLOGY
Area 2: Social/Diversity Psychology
Select one course from this list:3
PSYCHOLOGY STUDY OF RACISM
SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN
POVERTY & THE INDIVIDUAL
Area 3: Human Development/Individual Differences
Select one course from this list:3
THEORIES OF PERSONALITY
CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AS A CULTURAL PROCESS
ADULT DEVELOPMENT
OLDER ADULTHOOD AND AGING
CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
Area 4: Applied/Clinical Psychology
Select one of the following:3
ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY
LEARNING & DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS
CHILDHOOD & ADOLESCENCE PSYCHOPATHOLOGY
INDUSTRIAL/ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY
LAW AND PSYCHOLOGY
RELAXATION & MINDFULNESS
Psychology electives
Five courses in Psychology15
General Education, University Writing Requirement, and Electives
Courses to total 12084
Total Credit Hours120

General Education Requirements

Academic Communities of Practice
ACP 101FIRST YEAR SEMINAR 13
ACP 110PRIMARY TEXTS3
ACP 250GROUNDS FOR CHANGE3
English Composition 2
ENG 101COMPOSITION I: CRITICAL READING & WRITING3
ENG 102COMPOSITION II: INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC RESEARCH3
Humanities
Select 9 credits from the following subject areas: African-American Studies, Art History, English (excluding ENG 101 and ENG 102), History, Languages, Music, Philosophy, Theatre, Speech and Women's and Gender Studies9
Mathematics
MATH 110QUANTITATIVE LITERACY (or above) 33
Non-Western requirement
Non-Western course (can be used for Humanities or Social Sciences general education requirements)3
RU mission-related course 2
LIBS 201WRITING SOCIAL JUSTICE3
Science
One biological science and one physical science required (at least one must be a four-hour lab (not applicable for science majors)7-8
Social Sciences
Select 9 credits from the following subject areas: African-American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, History, Journalism, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies9
Total Credit Hours49-50
1

Required for students who enter RU with fewer than 12 credit hours

2

Minimum grade of C- required

3

Math, Computer Science & Technology, and Science majors have different requirements--see advisor

These quantitative requirements also apply to degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences:

  • Students may apply no more than 60 credit hours of 100-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must apply no fewer than 60 credit hours of 200- and 300-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must have at least 18 credit hours (of the 60 credit hours above) at the 300 level.
  • Students may transfer in no more than 66 credit hours from community colleges.
  • Students must take their final 30 hours at Roosevelt University. Note that some majors have additional requirements for RU hours.
  • Students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher to graduate. Note that some majors have additional GPA requirements.
  • Students must have a minimum of 90 hours in Arts and Sciences.
  • Students may apply no more than 51 hours in the major (BA) or 57 hours in the major (BS)