The goal of the Department of Psychology is to provide students with an understanding of the methods and content of scientific and applied psychology.
The primary means of attaining our mission is classroom instruction. We offer courses across a wide range of disciplines within psychology; some of our courses also include laboratories that focus on experimental and statistical work. Some of these courses are beginning to be offered as fully online and as hybrid courses (partially online and partially in the classroom). Further learning opportunities are made available through field work, the Honors Program, Experiential Learning, Independent Study, and Internships. Our Internship Program consists of supervised work placements for which students earn academic credit; potential sites include human service organizations as well as community and industrial settings.
Bachelor of Arts Psychology majors must select one of the six B.A. concentrations: Standard, Human Development, Human Services, Industrial/Organizational, Community, or Comprehensive Evening Program. Students are limited to only declaring one concentration.
There is an option to complete the BA in Psychology online, with no face-to-face classes on DePaul Campuses (see "Special Programs" for prerequisites). Students who qualify and wish to pursue the BA in Psychology online may complete either the Standard or Human Development concentrations.
After completing any of the concentrations, a psychology major should be able to understand key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in psychology, read and understand behavioral science data, design and conduct rudimentary psychological research studies, and apply research findings to everyday situations. These skills are applicable to a wide variety of occupations and professions. Psychology as a major provides excellent opportunities for students planning to go to graduate or professional school. Psychology as a minor provides a flexible complement to other majors.