Students with an interest in the area of clinical psychology may pursue the undergraduate major in Psychology with a concentration in pre-clinical psychology through the College of Education. 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 on a case-by-case basis will be made.