Psychology is the science of thought, emotion and behavior. As a student, you become part of the scientific process. You learn how scientists settle controversial questions about how people act, think, feel, change and continue learning.

Learning about ourselves and the people with whom we interact is vitally important to our growth and well-being. As a Psychology student, you will learn about factors affecting human behavior and techniques for treating behavioral and psychological disorders.

Outstanding Preparation

The curriculum is aligned with the 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.

Careers in Psychology – as therapists, researchers, business consultants and in other vocations – require an advanced degree. Students who expect to continue on to graduate study in Psychology should, with the assistance of their advisor, select the courses that qualify them for a graduate program. An undergraduate degree in Psychology is an important first step in a career path. With a bachelor’s degrees in Psychology, you may also enter fields such as human resources, research and development, marketing and sales, special needs casework and human services program coordination.

In addition to the general Psychology major, you also have the opportunity to select a concentration in:

Forensic Psychology. Focusing on the application of the science and profession of psychology to the criminal justice and legal systems.

Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Focusing on the study of psychological principles in business settings.

Mindfulness Studies. Focusing 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.

Pre-Clinical Psychology. Focusing on preparing students for graduate training in psychology, counseling, occupational therapy, law, human resources and related fields.

Program Outline

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.

I. 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.
PSYC 3101 Principles of Psychology (3)
PSYC 3345 Social Psychology (3)
STAT 4720 Statistics (3)

II. Required Courses (30 Hours)

The following courses can be taken at either the lower division or upper-division level:
PSYC 3102 Thinking and Writing in Psychology (3)
PSYC 3201 Developmental Psychology (3)
PSYC 3310 Personality Theories (3)
PSYC 3430 Abnormal Psychology (3)
The following courses must be taken at the upper division level:
PSYC 3520 Cognitive Psychology (3)
PSYC 4130 Professional Standards in Human Service and Research (3)
PSYC 4524 Principles of Learning and Behavior (3)
PSYC 4750 Research Methodology (3)
PSYC 4840 History and Systems of Psychology (3)
PSYC 4950 Psychological Issues and Social Values (3)

III. Biological Psychology Selective (3 Hours)

Select one of the following:
PSYC 3602 Health Psychology (3)
PSYC 3675 Psychophysiology (3) (not an option for mindfulness studies)

IV. Developmental Psychology Selective (3 Hours)

Select one of the following:
PSYC 3202 Adolescence (3)
PSYC 3203 Adulthood (3)
PSYC 3204 Geropsychology (3)
PSYC 4520 Cognitive Development (3)

V. Applied Psychology Selective (2-3 Hours)

(if no concentration is selected)
Select one of the following:
PSYC 3470 Introduction to Clinical Psychology (3)
PSYC 3840 Industrial Psychology (3)
PSYC 4475 Introduction to Family Dynamics (3)
PSYC 4490 Physical and Sexual Abuse of Children (3)
PSYC 4780 Principles of Psychological Testing (3)
PSYC 4840 Field Experience in Psychology (2)

VI. Personal Growth Selective (1-3 Hours)

(Not required for mindfulness studies.)
Select one of the following:
PSYC 3605 LOVE: What Everyone Needs to Know (3)
PSYC 3650 Creating a Healthy Lifestyle (3)
PSYC 4070 Topics in Contemporary Psychology (1-3)
PSYC 4610 Laboratory in Stress Management (2)
PSYC 4620 Lab in Personal Growth (2)
PSYC 4829 Psychology of Women (3)

VII. Concentration Options

Forensic Psychology Concentration (15 Hours)
Required Courses (9 Hours)
PSYC 3820 Forensic Psychology (3)
CJUS 3100 Foundations of Social Justice (3)
CJUS 4411 Theories of Crime and Deviance (3)
Selectives (6 Hours) Select two of the following:
PSYC 4490 Physical and Sexual Abuse of Children (3)
PSYC 4780 Principles of Psychological Testing (3)
CJUS 4230 Health Issues in the Corrections System (3)
CJUS 4545 White Collar Crime (3)

CJUS 3600 Judicial Process and Constitutional Issues in Criminal Justice (3)

I/O Psychology Concentration (15 Hours)

PSYC 3840 Industrial Psychology (3)
PSYC 4780 Principles of Psychological Testing (3)
MGMT 3100 Introduction to Management Strategies (3)
MGMT 3300 Human Resource Management (3)

MGMT 4500 Organizational Behavior (3)

Mindfulness Studies (10 Hours)
PSYC 4070 Topics in Contemporary Psychology (6)
[Mindfulness Studies (3) and Spiritual Development (3)]
PSYC 4610 Laboratory in Stress Management (2)

PSYC 4620 Lab in Personal Growth (2)

Pre Clinical Psychology (8 Hours)
PSYC 3470 Introduction to Clinical Psychology (3)
PSYC 4780 Principals of Psychological Testing (3)

PSYC 4840 Field Experience in Psychology (2)

VIII. Electives (41-50 Hours)

  • Forensic Psychology Concentration (29-31 Hours)
  • I/O Psychology Concentration (29-31 Hours)
  • Mindfulness Studies (37 Hours)
  • Pre-Clinical (36-38 Hours)

IX. Total - 120 Hours

Minor in Psychology

Requirements for the Minor

Students must:
1. Complete a minimum of 18 hours in Psychology coursework.
2. Complete a minimum of nine hours of coursework at Governors State University.
3. Submit transfer courses to the minor advisor for approval by the first week of the trimester of intended graduation.
4. Complete the minimum number of hours identified in each of the four areas.
5. Complete all coursework applied toward the minor with grades of a "C" or better.

I. Required Courses (3 Hours)

PSYC 3101 Principles of Psychology (3) *

II. Personality Selective (6 Hours)

Select two courses:
PSYC 3310 Personality Theories (3)*
PSYC 3345 Social Psychology (3)*
PSYC 3430 Abnormal Psychology (3)*

III. Developmental/Cognitive Selective (6 Hours)

Select two courses
PSYC 3201 Developmental Psychology (3)*
PSYC 3202 Adolescence (3)*
PSYC 3203 Adulthood (3)*
PSYC 3204 Geropsychology
PSYC 3520 Cognitive Psychology (3)*
PSYC 4520 Cognitive Development (3)*
PSYC 4524 Principles of Learning and
Behavior (3)*

IV. Applied Psychology Selective (3 Hours)

Select one course:
PSYC 3102 Thinking and Writing in Psychology (3)*
PSYC 3470 Introduction to Clinical Psychology (3)
PSYC 3602 Health Psychology (3)*
PSYC 3605 LOVE: What Everyone Needs to Know (3)*
PSYC 3650 Creating a Healthy Lifestyle (3)
STAT 4720 Statistics (3)*
PSYC 4750 Research Methodology (3)
PSYC 4840 History and Systems of Psychology (3)*

V. Substitutions for those who completed more than nine hours elsewhere (9 Hours)

Students who have completed the required courses or any selective may choose from the selective areas above for additional courses to meet the requirements of nine hours of course work completed at Governors State University.
* Available as telecourse or online.

VI. Total - 18 Hours

Academic Advising

The professional Academic Advisor for undergraduate Psychology program is Maya Blackwell. Ms. Blackwell handles all issues and questions related to the following programs:

  • Minor in Psychology  
  • Bachelor's in Psychology 
  • Bachelor's in Psychology with the Pre-Clinical Concentration  
 

Academic Advising is a team process where the student and advisor can work together. The advisor helps the student to develop a study plan to track coursework and assists with the following:

  • B.A. in Psychology and Psychology Minor Study Plans 
  • Transfer Credits 
  • GSU General Education Requirements 
  • General Career Information 

The study plan is completed and signed by the student and the advisor at the initial advising session. General topics discussed at the initial advising session include the following:

  • Transferable Psychology Courses 
  • General Education Requirements 
  • Total transferable hours (Students may transfer up to 80 lower-division hours and 16 upper-division hours into the Psychology program) 
  • Elective courses (if applicable) 
  • Minors (if applicable)  

The Psychology study plan must be updated at least every other semester by the advisor. Additionally, students applying for graduation MUST meet with the advisor before registering for the semester PRIOR to their last anticipated semester. The advisor will update and review the student’s Psychology study plan as well as other graduation requirements.

To schedule an appointment or for general questions, please contact Ms. Maya Blackwell at mblackwell@govst.edu or at 708.534.4573.