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Advocate and Help Others with a Degree in Psychology

Explore human behaviors and contribute to the long-term success of individuals and groups with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Urbana University. You have the opportunity to understand what motivates others – and investigate why people behave certain ways. Possessing this knowledge makes you a valuable asset to companies and organizations in industries including: mental health and human services; business and organizational management; marketing and advertising; criminal justice; and education. With a psychology major, you can earn a broad-based degree tailored to your interests and career goals.

Explore Creative and Cognitive Abilities 

Urbana’s Psychology major is built on 10 foundational courses to provide you with an understanding of the broad field of psychology. As part of your curriculum, you’ll learn how people and groups have the power to influence others. You’ll examine biological, psychological and social influences on development through adulthood and be introduced to various perspectives on counseling and clinical psychology. Additionally, Urbana incorporates hands-on learning and field experiences, so you’re well equipped for the workplace once you graduate.

Customize Your Coursework to Your Career Path

As a Psychology major at Urbana, you’ll get the in-demand skills needed to help companies and organizations enhance individual and team performances. In addition, you can tailor the Psychology major to your interests, allowing you to explore many career opportunities and build upon the ideas and concepts that intrigue you most. Through your coursework, you’ll study different aspects of psychology through focus areas that include: 

  • Child Psychology
  • Forensic & Criminal Psychology
  • Industrial Organizational Psychology
  • Sports Psychology

A major in Psychology will prepare you for roles such as a chemical dependency counselor, mental health advocate, executive coach, career development specialist, interpersonal effectiveness trainer, human services counselor and more. You will also be well prepared to enter a graduate or professional program.

Curriculum & Course Descriptions

120 Semester Hours
Fundamental General Education Core (24 hours)
English Composition (3 hours)

Choose a minimum of 3 semester hours from:

ENG 120 - College Writing (4)
In this course, students acquire the writing competence necessary for conducting and presenting research. A variety of assignments, beginning with personal reflections, build upon one another, as students develop ideas that respond to, critique, and synthesize the positions of others. Students systematize and organize knowledge in ways that will help them in all of their courses. The course also emphasizes the elements of good writing style, appropriate grammar and mechanics, clarity of language, and logical and cohesive development. It culminates in submission of a documented research paper.
Mathematics (3 hours)

Choose a minimum of three semester hours from:
(At least one mathematics or statistics course beyond the level of intermediate algebra)

MATH 160 - College Algebra (4)
This course is designed to prepare students for Applied Calculus and Discrete Mathematics and to provide the mathematical background needed for the analytic reasoning used in other courses. Topics include functions and their graphs, including exponential and logarithmic functions; complex numbers; systems of equations and inequalities; matrices; basic principles of counting and probability; and other selected topics.
MATH 215 - Statistical Concepts (4)
This course introduces the student to statistics with business applications. The course covers both descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics included are: measures of central tendency; measures of dispersion; graphical displays of data; linear regression; basic probability concepts; binomial and normal probability distributions; confidence intervals; and hypothesis testing. These topics will be covered using a basic knowledge of algebra and Microsoft Excel.

MATH 215 is recommended. MATH 150 Fundamental Algebra is the prerequisite for MATH 160 or MATH 215. Course can count as a University elective.

Sciences (6 hours)

Choose a minimum of 6 semester hours from the Science discipline.

One must have a laboratory component.

Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 hours)

A minimum of 6 hours of Social & Behavioral Sciences coursework is required.  Choose from Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.  Must select at least two different disciplines to meet requirements.

Arts and Humanities (6 hours)

A minimum of 6 hours of Arts and Humanities coursework is required.  Choose from the Art, English Literature, Fine Arts, Humanities, Music, Philosophy, Religion or Theater disciplines.

Additional General Education Requirements (12 hours)
UNI 199 - University Seminar (2)
A mandatory course for entering full-time, degree-candidate students at Urbana. This course is designed to help freshmen adjust to the Urbana University and develop strategies for success by providing a "support group" during this critical period of adjustment and examining problems common to the freshman experience. Students must pass the course or be required to repeat it.
COMM 150 - Interpersonal Communication (4)
By using applied critical and creative thinking, students in this course will develop a set of communication skills that will enhance their personal and professional relationships and endeavors. This course will focus on skill development in key areas such as self, perception, listening, verbal messages, conversations, relationships, conflict management, persuasion, and public speaking.
OR SPCH 100 - Speech Communication (4)
This public-speaking course emphasizes the fundamentals of extemporaneous speaking. Skill-building activities and assignments focus on research, organization, reasoning, style and delivery of presentations as well as listening and audience engagement.
COMM 315 - Communication Ethics (4)
This course examines the strategies involved in effective, ethical communication in professional contexts. Students examine principles of ethical organizational communication and the temporal/cultural/social forces behind those principles, as well as apply reasoning and critical thinking in individual and group assignments. Comparing values and perspectives from diverse cultures, students will respond to cases in an intercultural professional environment.
  • General Education Electives (2)
University Electives (10 hours)

Any undergraduate courses offered by the University except developmental education courses.

Major Area (34 hours)
PSYC 110 - General Psychology (4)
A survey of the various fields of study comprising modern scientific psychology. The course examines the theories, research findings, and applications in each of the major areas of psychology, with the goal of providing students with practice information they can apply to their personal and professional lives. The topic areas covered in the course include learning and memory, motivation and emotion, human development, theories of personality, psychopathology, and social behavior.
PSYC 201 - Neuropsychology (3)
Biological and physiological processes as related to the discipline of psychology are explored. The dynamic interaction between nature and nurture is emphasized as it informs the understanding of the psychology of mental illness, substance addiction, aggression, anger, aging, and cognition.
PSYC 202 - Social Psychology (3)
This course explores the influences of other people, groups, and situations on the individual. The concepts of social psychology are examined from a variety of theoretical perspectives utilizing contemporary societal problems. The scientific method is applied in the discovery of individual functioning in the social world.
PSYC 207 - Lifespan Development (3)
A survey of human development across the lifespan examining the biological, psychological, and social influences on development. Prominent theoretical perspectives associated with development in childhood, adolescence, early adulthood, midlife, and late life will be included.
OR PSYC 209 - Adult Development and Aging (3)
An investigation of young, middle, and late adulthood. Psychological theory and research regarding growth and development in adulthood are surveyed. Emphasis is placed on the psychological, social and biological changes that occur during the adult years.
PSYC 390 - Cognition (3)
Theories of learning and cognition from early classical conditioning through contemporary views are presented. The relationship between these processes and behavior in both humans and animals are explored.
PSYC 403 - Theories of Counseling (3)
Introduces students to counseling psychology. Various theoretical perspectives of counseling are explored. Synthesizes counseling theory, research, and practice directed toward achieving a successful therapeutic outcome for the client.
PSYC 407 - Abnormal Psychology (3)
This course introduces students to clinical psychology through the exploration of the major categories of psychological disturbance, using the current DSM as a basis. Empirical examination of etiology, prognosis, and treatment modalities is covered. Ethical concerns and social/cultural perspectives regarding mental health issues are also discussed. Knowledge of basic biological processes is recommended.
COMM 335 - Communication in Groups and Teams (4)
The course examines current theories and best practices of working collaboratively in professional contexts. Students apply these concepts to analyze their own work experience, generating strategies for how to improve their performance in work groups. Students will learn basic project management skills and work in online virtual teams to complete a final communication project.
SOCL 335 - Applied Research Methods (4)
Applied Research Methods introduces students to foundational issues of social scientific research - that is, research entailing the application of the scientific method to the study of human behavior. Students will examine the strengths and weaknesses of major quantitative and qualitative data collection techniques as well as the processes involved in planning and executing such projects and the standards of evaluating the quality of data.
PSYC 495 - Psychology & Soc Scie Capstone Capstone (4)
This course provides a culminating, integrative experience for all Psychology and Social Science majors. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate their mastery of the learning outcomes associated with the major. Students will self-select a capstone project that can be completed within the duration of the course that will provide evidence of their subject matter learning as well as provide a benefit to themselves and a participating organization.
OR SOSC 495 - Psychology & Social Sciences Practicum (4)
This course provides a culminating, integrative experience for all Psychology and Social Sciences majors. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate their mastery of the learning outcomes associated with the major. Students will self-select a practicum field experience that can be completed within the duration of the course that will provide evidence of their subject matter learning, as well as provide a benefit to themselves and a participating organization.
Major Electives (12 hours)

Students may enroll in any course from any focus area and are not limited to just one area of focus. Focus areas include:  Child Psychology, Forensic & Criminal Psychology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, and Sports Psychology. See Academic Catalog and Course Schedule for available options.

Additional Requirements

All students are required to pass College Writing (ENG 120), and University Seminar (UNI 199) prior to enrolling in any course at the 200 level or above. Interpersonal Communication (COMM 150) or Speech Communication (SPCH 100) must be taken prior to enrolling in any course at the 300 level or above. Students must also meet the University algebra competency requirement. Students must also meet the University algebra competency requirement.


Gain Skills for Careers in Community Mental Health, Counseling, Social Work, Psychology, Education 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 or practicum internship will provide relevant, applied experience to prepare you for a successful career. Psychology is also a great option to set you up for success if grad school is part of your education plan.

Program Outcomes

  1. Apply principals of effective communication to enable individuals and groups to pursue equitable interaction and opportunities.

  2. Recognize major historical events, significant theorists, theoretical perspectives, concepts, and principles in psychology.

  3. Engage in innovative and integrative thinking to interpret, design, and conduct basic psychological research.

  4. Articulate ethical standards in psychological contexts, which can further be applied to the values that build community at the local, national, and global levels.

  5. Practice self-regulation, develop teamwork capacity, and utilize project management skills in order to prepare for a personally meaningful professional direction.

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 or bachelor's degree must present evidence of high school completion in the form of a high school diploma or GED. Careful consideration is given to the applicants academic record to include the curriculum, courses, and/or state mandated graduation tests. Results from standardized testing (either ACT or SAT) are required for first-time freshmen. Students who wish to apply for admission, but do not meet the minimum standardized test scores used for placement in University courses may be required to undergo placement testing.

Undergraduate admission requirements and materials:

A student who meets at least one of the following criteria is eligible for admission as a degree-seeking student:

  • Has provided official documentation of graduation from an accredited high school or its equivalent (see documentation required below), or
  • Has an associate, bachelor or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, an institution recognized as a candidate for accreditation, or an institution recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation

Documentation required:

1. Documentation of high school graduation or equivalence is required for applicants who are transferring fewer than 24 semester hours that apply towards a degree.

2. If the student has transferable hours of 24 credit hours or more from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, then they will not have to provide a high school diploma or equivalence. Acceptable forms of documentation of high school graduation or high school equivalence for undergraduate admission must include one of the following:

  • Official high school transcript listing the date of graduation
  • Official GED certificate
  • Official documentation of having passed a State High School Equivalency examination
  • Official documentation of a home school completion certificate/transcript
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions (college, universities, professional schools, etc.) attended

3. Any applicant seeking to be a first-time freshman undergraduate degree-seeking students at Urbana University must supply standardized test scores (ACT SAT) to be used for placement in courses., to determine athletic eligibility, and/or determine institutional scholarship qualification.

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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