Undergraduate Programs

Program Requirements

Students who complete the major requirements for a bachelor of arts (BA) or bachelor of science (BS) in psychology will develop an understanding of the complexity of behavior; be informed about its biological, cognitive, developmental, social, and cultural dimensions; and be able to apply empirical methods, interpretive skills, and faith in their chosen profession.

Major Requirements (BA)

36 credit hours
120 total credits for graduation

Major Requirements (BS)

52 credit hours
120 total credits for graduation

Minor Requirements:

20 semester hours

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Course Descriptions

The following descriptions are a sample of courses you may take as a psychology major. For a complete list of required courses, please review the academic catalog.

An introduction to the methodology and the major content areas of psychology.

Introduces the methods and statistics used in the study of psychology, including surveys, correlational studies, and experiments Special attention to the unique requirements of human subjects.

Explores how biological mechanisms interact with experience to create behavior, with an emphasis on components of the nervous system and the biological bases of the sensory systems.

Examines some of the basic processes of behavior and mental life: classical and operant conditioning, memory, and thinking. Combines experimental data, everyday experience, and psychological theory.

Explores the nature and course of physical, social, and cognitive development and patterns of growth, change, and stability in behavior that occur throughout the entire lifespan. Special attention to developmental research.

Introduces the study of human behavior in groups, including social cognition, social influence, attribution, social comparison, attraction and friendship, stereotypes, and the self. The course incorporates theory, research, and application.

All majors are required to complete and pass the psychology comprehensive exam prior to graduation. Students should enroll in PSYC 4901 in their final fall or spring semester at North Park University.

Focuses on the scientific investigation of individuals' characteristic patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving from a psychological perspective. Includes historical and contemporary approaches, current research, personality assessment, and the application of personality concepts in everyday life.

Investigates the influence of sociocultural factors on human thought and behavior. Includes exploration of how major psychology concepts and findings might be influenced by factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, and class.

Studies psychological disorders, etiologies, assessment, and interventions. This includes the history of abnormal psychology; theory and research; and biological, psychological, and social approaches to treatment.

Introduces research and principles, theories, and techniques of counseling. Emphasizes theories of counseling; some basic listening and responding skills; sound judgment and the limits of practice; special populations in counseling; and professional ethics.

This course is an overview of the scientific study of gender and human sexuality and will familiarize students with both basic and advanced concepts in these fields. This course is a survey of research and current thinking and emphasizes the scientific investigation of human mental processes and behavior.

Focus on the sub-field of psychology that applies psychological theories and principles to organizations. Includes workplace productivity, physical and mental well-being of employees, performance appraisal, teams and leadership.

Studies the history, principles, and applications of psychological testing and assessment. Included are: the functions of psychological testing; technological and methodological components such as reliability and validity; and test development and construction. Particular focus on the theories and uses of intelligence and personality tests.

Studies the relationship between the external world and our internal representation of the world as we perceive it. Considers the bases of accurate perception, factors contributing to perceptual errors, the dimensions and processes of consciousness, and the nature of reality.

Examines the nature and origin of human thought and language. Topics will include but not be limited to decision making, problem solving, reasoning, language, and consciousness. The course will include theoretical, empirical, and applied foci.

Introduction to applied statistical analysis. Descriptive, correlational, and inferential statistics; concepts of population, sample, sampling distribution; elements of probability; parameters of discrete distributions; hypothesis testing: analysis of proportions, means, and variance; linear regression. Computer applications required. Cross-listed with MATH 1490.

Studies in depth and detail selected topics in psychology. Repeatable.

Studies an approved research topic in depth and detail under the supervision of department faculty. Involves a literature review, design of a study, analysis, and write-up. The final paper is presented to the larger university and/or psychological community. Students may register for PSYC 4000 in one semester for 4 sh, or two semesters for 2 sh each. Student must have approval of the project proposal by the department faculty and assignment of the supervisor.

Please refer to the internship section of the catalog for requirements and guidelines. The Psychology department GPA requirement is a 2.75 for a 4sh internship. Students may enroll in 1 or 2sh provisional supervision with a 2.5 GPA with departmental approval.

All majors are required to complete and pass the psychology comprehensive exam prior to graduation. Students should enroll in PSYC 4901 in their final fall or spring semester at North Park University.