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Psychology

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.

Careers

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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