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.

For more information, contact Program Advisor Maya Blackwell.

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 Requirements:

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 1101 Principles of Psychology (3)
  • PSYC 2345 Social Psychology (3)
  • STAT or MATH 2100 (3)

II. Required Courses (31 Hours):

  • PSYC 2102 Thinking & Writing in Psychology (4)
  • PSYC 2150 Introduction to Research Methods (3)
  • PSYC 2201 Life-Span Developmental Psychology (3)
  • PSYC 2410 Personality Theories (3)
  • PSYC 3430 Abnormal Psychology (3)
  • PSYC 4130 Ethics in Psychology (3)
  • PSYC 4750 Applied Research & Statistics (3)
  • PSYC 4950 Capstone: Psychological Issues & Social Values (3)

Cognitive/Behavioral Selective. Choose One:

  • PSYC 3520 Cognitive Psychology (3)
  • PSYC 3524 Principles of Learning & Behavior (3)

Biological Psychology Selective. Choose One:

  • PSYC 3675 Biopsychology (3)
  • PSYC3680 Introduction to Neuropsychology (3)

III. 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 4775 Principles of Psychological Testing (3)
    • MGMT 2100 Principles of Business Management (3)
    • MGMT 3300 Human Resource Management (3)
    • MGMT 3500 Organizational Behavior (3)

    Mindfulness Studies (10 Hours)

    • PSYC 2610 Laboratory in Stress Management (2)
    • PSYC 2620 Lab in Personal Growth (2)
    • PSYC 3602 Health Psychology (3)

    Selectives (3 Hours) Select One:

    • PSYC 3460
    • PSYC 3465
      Pre-Clinical Psychology (12 Hours)
      • PSYC 4470 Introduction to Clinical Psychology (3)
      • PSYC 4490 Physical & Sexual Abuse of Children (3)
      • PSYC 4775 Principles of Psychological Testing (3)
      • PSYC 4880 Field Experience in Psychology (3)

      IV. Electives (depending on chosen concentration area)

      •  Psychology Electives (6-12 Hours)
      •  General Electives (30-31 Hours)

      V. Total - 120 Hours

      Minors in Psychology

      Requirements for the Minor

      Students can choose from General Psychology, Forensics and Industrial/Organizational Psychology as Minors. In order to earn a 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.

      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:

      • Minors in Psychology  (Forensics, General, Industrial/Organizational)
      • 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.