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2017-2018 Governors State University Academic Catalog

Psychology, B.A.


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The College of Education  undergraduate major in Psychology offers four different paths toward degree completion. As a student in this program you may elect to choose from on of the following pathways:

  1. Psychology Concentration: Psychology provides students with the opportunity to think as scientists about behavior and experience and develop the skills and values that reflect psychology as both a science and an applied field. In attempting to meet this goal, the program seeks to assist individuals to view themselves along the scientist-practitioner model. The program strives to prepare students for graduate training in psychology and counseling or a baccalaureate level career that draws on an understanding of human behavior and functioning. The curriculum is aligned with the 2013 American Psychological Association's undergraduate psychology learning goals and provides many opportunities to gain the knowledge base, methods, values, skills, and applications in psychology; technological literacy; communication skills; socio-cultural and international awareness; and personal and professional growth.
     
  2. Concentration in Forensic Psychology: Students with an interest in the area of forensic psychology may pursue the undergraduate major in Psychology with a Concentration in Forensic Psychology. The forensic psychology concentration is aligned with the same 2013 APA learning goals as the general B.A. in psychology curriculum, with additional opportunities for acquiring knowledge and skills specific to forensic psychology. The forensic psychology concentration focuses on application of the science and profession of psychology to the criminal justice and legal systems. Forensic psychologists conduct research and consult on psychological issues in the legal process, such as eyewitness testimony, jury selection, psychological assessment, and children's testimony. Forensic psychologists also consult with lawmakers and law enforcement personnel on public policy, criminal justice, and correctional systems issues with psychological implications. Although employment as a forensic psychologist requires specialized graduate training at the master's or doctoral level, a bachelor's-level concentration in forensic psychology introduces the knowledge base, skills, and professional practices that prepare the student for graduate study in forensic psychology and related fields. The forensic psychology concentration also contributes to bachelor's level preparation for careers such as law enforcement, corrections, probation and parole, and juvenile detention.
     
  3. Concentration in Mindfulness Studies: The mindfulness studies concentration focuses on recent trends in research and practice that utilize mindfulness as an approach to understand the human mind and to help people solve their problems. The program strives to prepare students for graduate training in psychology and related fields or a baccalaureate-level career that draws on an understanding of mindfulness-related approaches to problem solving. The curriculum is aligned with the 2013 American Psychological Association's undergraduate psychology learning goals and provides many opportunities to gain the knowledge base, methods, values, skills, and applications in psychology; technological literacy; communication skills; socio-cultural and international awareness; and personal and professional growth.
     
  4. Concentration in Pre-Clinical Psychology: The pre-clinical concentration focuses on recent trends and legislation to provide services in the community, providing treatment in the least restrictive environment, and to broaden the perspective of psychology from servicing patients to servicing persons experiencing emotional difficulties because of economic hardships, family problems, or physical or social handicaps. Graduates are prepared for employment in both privately and publicly funded agencies providing mental health services. The curriculum is aligned with the 2013 American Psychological Association's undergraduate psychology learning goals and provides many opportunities to gain the knowledge base, methods, values, skills, and applications in psychology; technological literacy; communication skills; socio-cultural and international awareness; and personal and professional growth.

Undergraduate students who expect to do graduate study in psychology should, with the assistance of their advisor, carefully select the courses that will qualify them for admission to a graduate program. Graduate programs commonly require 24 to 30 hours in undergraduate psychology, including statistics, research methodology, cognitive/learning, developmental psychology, personality theory, experimental psychology, social psychology, and abnormal psychology.

Special Admissions Requirements

In addition to meeting the university admission requirements, applicants must either have a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0 or higher or their G.P.A. for their last 60 hours must be a 2.0 or higher for admission to the program. Under special circumstances, consideration will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Degree Requirements - all Concentrations


Students must meet all university requirements for a bachelor's degree and participate in outcome assessment activities as requested upon admittance to the program, periodically during the program, and upon graduating from the program. Students must have a grade of "C" or higher in required core and selective courses.

General Education Requirement (37 Hours)


These three courses are required for the major. If alternative courses are used to meet the social science and math requirements, these three courses will become part of the required course list.

Psychology Concentration


Electives (43 Hours)


A minimum of 21-30 hours of elective courses must be taken at the 3000-4000 level.

Total - 120 Hours


Forensic Psychology


Electives (31 Hours)


Must include a minimum of 9-12 credit-hours of courses offered at the 3000 - 4000 level.

Total - 120 Credit Hours


Mindfulness Studies


Electives (30 Hours)


Must include a minimum of 9-12 credit-hours of courses offered at the 3000 - 4000 level.

Total - 120 Credit Hours


Pre-Clinical Psychology


Electives (31 Hours)


Must include a minimum of 9-12 credit-hours of courses offered at the 3000 - 4000 level.

Total - 120 Credit Hours


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