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2016-2017 Governors State University Academic Catalog 
2016-2017 Governors State University Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology, B.A. with a Concentration in Mindfulness Studies

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Students with an interest in the area of mindfulness meditation may pursue the undergraduate major in Psychology with a concentration in mindfulness studies through the College of Education . 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.

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 or learning psychology, personality theory, developmental psychology, 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

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.

Cognitive/Behavioral Psychology

Select one* of the following:

Biological Psychology

Select one* of the following:

Electives (30* Hours)

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

Total - 120 Hours

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