Psychology

Dig Into Our Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Program

Psychology is a science devoted to understanding human behavior. As a psychology major, you’ll learn how to make an impact in any organization committed to better understanding how people think and what drives their behaviors and decisions. 

Urbana’s Psychology major prepares you for graduate-level study in psychology, social work, human services, business and a variety of other disciplines.

A strong choice on its own or to prepare you for a career or graduate school, you might consider Psychology as part of a double major – or even as a minor to enhance your critical-thinking, perspective-taking, and relationship skills.

Psychology Students Love Urbana University

You can study psychology at a variety of schools – but you won’t find the mentoring experience available to you as an Urbana University student for a better value.

At Urbana, you’ll have access to faculty members who are eager to share their breadth of experience with you. Our major follows undergraduate guidelines established by the American Psychology Association (APA), which means we teach you the fundamentals – and let you roll your sleeves up to get a practical, solid foundation of knowledge in a community of like-minded people who share your passion and goals. 

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Karen Basinger

Dr. Karen S. Basinger is an experienced educator and researcher that helps Urbana psychology majors pursue rewarding careers. She is known internationally and nationally for neoKohlbergian measures of moral reasoning. She’s currently researching child and adolescent moral identity, moral judgment and social self-efficacy to personal behavior.

Careers

Gain Skills for Exciting Careers in Business, Science, Education, Counseling and More

The skills and knowledge acquired by Psychology majors are needed in a variety of professional settings--in both public and private sector organizations. With an emphasis on the development of ethically and socially responsible behaviors, you’ll learn to analyze and interpret data to help you describe, understand, predict and even modify behaviors.

Your Psychology capstone project and optional internships provide relevant experience to prepare you for a successful career. Psychology is also a great option for students interested in going on to graduate school. 

Program Outcomes
  1. Recognize/identify major historical events, significant theorists, theoretical perspectives, concepts, and principles in psychology.

  2. Recognize/identify basic psychological terminology and key characteristics of major content domains (e.g., learning and cognition, mental health, biological developmental, and, sociocultural).

  3. Identify/recognize the basic statistics, research methods, and assessment techniques of the behavioral sciences and apply them to the analysis and interpretation of data/findings of psychological phenomena.

  4. Apply the major theoretical perspectives, basic concepts, and fundamental principles of psychology to the understanding of human problems.

  5. Recognize/identify violations of ethical standards in psychological contexts.

Undergraduate Studies Admission Requirements

Each applicant seeking admission to Urbana University is individually evaluated. Factors considered are past academic achievement, aptitude, extracurricular activities, and any additional evidence supporting the prospect of academic success.

To qualify for admission, applicants seeking an associate’s or bachelor’s degree must present evidence of high school completion and a required minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale, in the form of a high school diploma or GED. Careful consideration is given to the applicant’s academic record to include the curriculum, courses, and/or state mandated graduation tests.

Satisfactory completion of a college preparatory curriculum is expected, which includes a minimum of four units of English, three units of mathematics, two units of science, two units of social science, one additional unit in English, mathematics or science, and four additional elective units, for a total of 16 or more units. Should the applicant’s preparation differ from the recommendation above, the applicant may be asked to supply additional information for review.

Results from standardized testing (either ACT or SAT) are required for those under 21 years of age. Students who wish to apply for admission, but do not meet the minimum ACT score or high school cumulative GPA requirements listed below, may request consideration by the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee.

Undergraduate Admission Requirements/Materials:

  • Completed undergraduate application
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Official high school transcript with a required minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale
  • Standardized test results (if younger than 21 years old)
    • Minimum ACT score: 17
    • Minimum SAT score: 830

At any time the University may require an applicant to meet with the Admissions Committee to address questions that arise in the application review process. If an applicant requests transfer credit, official transcripts from any other regionally accredited institution are required.

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