Quick Facts

General Education Requirements: 37 hours
Required Courses: 31 hours

Concentration and Elective Hours: vary by concentration
Total: 120 hours

Full Program Requirements

Why Study Psychology?

Based on the learning goals for undergraduate psychology recommended by the American Psychological Association, Governors State’s Bachelor of Arts in Psychology equips students with skills in critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and research, and offers a focus on cultural awareness, ethics, and personal development.

As a psychology student, you will have the opportunity to advance your academic and professional interests through concentrations in Forensic Psychology, Mindfulness Studies, and Pre-Clinical Psychology. Students intending to pursue graduate study are encouraged to work closely with their advisors to strategically meet the requirements of graduate programs. You also have opportunities to gain experience in research and fieldwork in psychology.

Student Involvement

As a psychology student, you can get involved on campus through opportunities in the GovState Psychology Club or the GovState Psi Chi chapter—the international honor society in psychology.

Reach Your Career Goals

A bachelor’s degree in psychology lays the groundwork for the advanced degree needed to become a psychologist. Psychology graduates may alternately choose to enter a wide range of complementary fields, including—but not limited to—criminal justice, public relations, marketing, research, and writing.


Prepare for advanced graduate studies in psychology within your area of academic and professional interest.

Forensic Psychology
Learn to apply your studies in psychology to the legal arena in this concentration. Forensic psychologists assist in cases such as child custody assessments, counseling services to victims of crime, and the screening of law enforcement applicants.

Mindfulness Studies
In this concentration, you will study the practice of mindfulness: a self-regulation technique that focuses on training attention and awareness under greater voluntary control. Its practice has been shown to result in greater general mental well-being and specific benefits such as greater focus and relationship satisfaction and reduced stress and rumination (American Psychological Association).   

Pre-Clinical Psychology
In preparation to provide clinical services for all sociocultural groups, this concentration will equip you with a foundational knowledge of clinical psychology while diving deeper into specific points across the lifespan.

Students who do not choose a concentration will complete the general psychology concentration.

Contact Us

Alli Cipra

Alli Cipra, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Undergraduate Program Coordinator

Naomi Fenton

Naomi Fenton
Academic Advisor

<b>Full Program Requirements</b>

Full Program Requirements

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<b>Program Faculty</b>

Program Faculty

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All Academic Programs

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