Program Requirements

All School of Professional Studies degrees require a total of 120 semester hours of credit, which can be fulfilled through a combination of North Park classes and transfer credits. Learn more about program requirements for all our majors.

Bachelor of Arts

Students seeking a bachelor of arts (BA) in counseling psychology will gain a solid foundation for the application of psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational problems. Students develop the necessary skills to for entry-level positions in a variety of organizations, as well as preparation to continued education toward careers as counselors, therapists, or psychologists.

Counseling Psychology Major Requirements

  • 36 sh of major courses:
    • Prerequisite — GS 1050 (Introduction to Psychology)
    • Required core counseling psychology courses— CPSY 2010, 3020, 3040, 3800, 4060, 4070, 4120, 4130, 4400

Counseling Psychology Minor

This 20-semester hour minor covers the principles of counseling psychology as they are applied to adults within social service or organizational settings. It requires:

  • Prerequisite — GS 1050 (Introduction to Psychology)
  • Choose five courses from CPSY 2010, 3020, 3030, 3800, 4050, 4060, 4070, 4120, 4130


Click on the links below for course descriptions of all counseling psychology courses. For a complete list of all North Park's programs and course offerings, review the academic catalog.

CPSY 2010 – Research Methods and Design
Designed to expose the student to how the scientific enterprise is applied to research on human development. A three-pronged focus includes research design, data collection, and the use of statistics in the analysis and interpretation of data.

CPSY 3020 – Lifespan Development
Surveys physical, cognitive, social, moral and emotional development across the human lifespan. The course incorporates theories, methods, and research with both children and adults. Identifies moral/ethical issues and encourages the student to reflect on how such issues apply to his or her own life experiences.

CPSY 3040 – Psychobiology
Introduces the student to the field of psychobiology. Specific content will include basic concepts, major theoretical viewpoints, and research findings relating to a variety of topics, such as the structure and function of neurons, the anatomy of the nervous system, lateralization and language, sleep, the regulation of internal body states, emotional behaviors and stress, and recovery from brain damage.

CPSY 3800 – Principles of Counseling Diverse Populations
Application of principles and methods which address social issues and problems related to diverse populations. Topics addressed may include law and justice, health and health care, education, and inter-group relations. Engages the student in the applications of principles and methods of counseling and social services. The student develops abilities in the areas prevention and social level interventions. Systemic and ecological theories of human behavior as they pertain to the individual and community will be discussed. The student will develop skills in interviewing, assessment, and evaluation with diverse populations.

CPSY 4050 – Human Sexuality
Consideration of human sexuality from biological, psychosocial, behavioral, cultural, and religious perspectives. Particular emphasis on psychosexual development throughout the human life cycle. Critical attention given on problems and solutions that significantly affect persons and social groups.

CPSY 4060 – Personality
Study of traditional and contemporary personality theory, with emphasis on theory, research methods, and assessment. Consideration of the development of personality and of whether it can or does change across the lifespan, and a critical appraisal of key personality theories from developmental and other perspectives.

CPSY 4070 – Learning
Introduces the student to various theoretical viewpoints that explain how we learn. The basic principles of classical and operant conditioning; observational learning; and cognitive, humanistic, and radical-conscientization theories will be discussed. How these theories can be applied in the everyday settings of home, school, and work will be an important focus.

CPSY 4120 – Biopsychosocial Disorders of Human Development
Uses a case-finding approach in a study of biopsychosocial disorders across the lifespan, particularly their assessment and treatment. Traditional categories of psychological disturbance will be discussed as well as issues associated with the duality of illness and wellness, and the legal and ethical implications of mental dysfunction.

CPSY 4130 – Helping Skills for Social Services
Focuses on the development of listening, influencing, and relationship skills that underpin effective intervention in the helping professions. Attention is also placed on the impact of cultural and social factors on the helping process.

CPSY 4400 – Practicum in Counseling Psychology
The practicum includes observation and hands-on experience within an appropriate agency. The student will develop and/or work on a larger institutional-wide project. It involves reflection and application of theory and research learned in the classroom to practical situations in the work setting. The student will apply counseling theory and methods utilizing traditional and multicultural perspectives to inform their practice. The practicum is designed to increase the student's knowledge related to the available resources in communities, churches, hospitals and social service agencies. The practicum is one full semester in length.