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Behavioral Sciences

B.A. in Psychology

Generalist Concentration

  • Chicago, IL
  • Full-Time, Part-Time
  • 4 years

Over the last 40 years, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology has established a national reputation as a premiere university for those seeking graduate-level study in psychology and related behavioral sciences. The B.A. in Psychology program at our flagship campus in Chicago continues this tradition by now offering an undergraduate psychology program that provides access […]

Over the last 40 years, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology has established a national reputation as a premiere university for those seeking graduate-level study in psychology and related behavioral sciences. The B.A. in Psychology program at our flagship campus in Chicago continues this tradition by now offering an undergraduate psychology program that provides access to the same distinguished faculty, expertise, and resources as our graduate-level students.   

Designed for students seeking to develop an understanding of human behavior, this B.A. in Psychology program can prepare graduates to begin work or advance their career within a variety of professional roles and professional settings. For example, the B.A. in Psychology program can provide an excellent educational foundation for careers in:

  • Advertising, promotion, and marketing
  • Human resources
  • Organizational training and development
  • Medical and health services management
  • Public relations
  • Social and community services management
  • Retail sales management

 

Additionally, it can also act as a stepping stone for students seeking to advance to graduate-level programs in psychology, counseling, or health sciences—each of which are offered through The Chicago School.

This program is offered through an on-ground/online blended format. Most of the classwork is completed online while classes meet on campus every week.

A minimum of 42 credit hours out of 120 must be earned at The Chicago School. 

Program Minors 

  • Addiction Studies 

 

B.A. in Psychology: Chicago Student Experience

The Chicago Campus provides students an opportunity to immerse themselves into a culturally diverse city with nearly unlimited academic resources, as well as excellent networking opportunities, while studying for their B.A. in Psychology degree. Chicago is also home to some of the nation’s finest dining, entertainment, museums, and other activities.

The B.A. in Psychology program is offered at our flagship campus where The Chicago School has demonstrated a continued commitment to a diverse student population and expanding mental health services to multicultural and underserved communities. 

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Abnormal Psychology: This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to theories and research concerning abnormal behavior (psychopathology). The course will address such topics as the incidence (frequency) of abnormal behavior of various types; how abnormal behaviors are classified into various diagnostic categories; the etiologies (causes) of psychological disorders; and the variety of methods employed in the treatment of abnormal behavior.

Developmental Psychology: This course will explore the field of developmental psychology, and will investigate developmental changes regarding physiological, behavior, and emotional and mental processes across the life span. Students will examine the individual through the various stages of development from infancy to the aging adult. The course will include an evaluation of current methods of psychology evaluation, including its theoretical conflicts and sociocultural contexts.

Neuropsychology: This course is a comprehensive introduction and examination of human neuropsychology and is intended to provide students with a basic understanding of the relationship between the brain and behavior.  It will provide the basis for appreciating the many different ways in which behavior is related to specific regions of the human brain.  Topics will include foundations of neuropsychology, structure of the nervous system, functional specialization of the brain, as well as cognitive functions and assessment of brain disorders.

Admission to the B.A. Psychology program is open to any person who meets entrance requirements as outlined below. Applicants will be judged on their overall ability to successfully complete an undergraduate degree program. Generally, a high school cumulative GPA of a 2.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale is required for admission. However, applicants with a cumulative high school GPA below 2.3 or applicants seeking admission with a GED will be considered for admission with the submission of additional required documents. It is recommended that transcripts are submitted from all undergraduate schools where credit was received (and no degree was earned) to support their application and request for transfer credit.  (See Undergraduate Transfer Credit Policy).

Factors and materials to be considered for admission will include:

  • Completed application and $50 application fee
  • Applicants must provide proof of the qualifying conferral – high school graduation (or the equivalent) or proof of an earned Associate degree. Proof of qualifying conferral must be provided in one of the following ways:
    • Official high school transcript showing an earned high school diploma and date of graduation.  A copy of a high school diploma or unofficial transcriptions, if official transcripts are not immediately available, can be submitted with a contingency that original transcripts will be on file prior to day 9 of the term/semester of entry. Financial aid will not be disbursed until the compliant documentation is received.
  • Official Associate degree transcript from a regionally-accredited institution showing degree earned and date conferred
    • Official college transcript from a regionally-accredited institution that contains the high school name and date of graduation
    • Official NACES or AICE evaluation of an international diploma that contains the high school name and date of graduation
    • High school equivalency completed through home schooling as defined by state law
    • Official General Educational Development (GED) document.  A copy of the student’s GED Certificate, or unofficial GED score issued by the state, can be submitted with a contingency that the Official GED document will be on file prior to close of census. Financial aid will not be disbursed until the compliant documentation is received.
    • Official Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) document
    • Official High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) document
    • Official documentation showing a passing score on a state-authorized exam that the state recognizes as equivalent to high school graduation
    • Letter showing the date of graduation written on high school letterhead and signed by a high school administrator with an academic title
    • Form DD214 showing the high school name and date of graduation, if listed.

Applicants with a cumulative high-school or undergraduate GPA below 2.3 and applicants seeking admission with high school equivalency documentation that does not show a GPA (such as GED, home school, or testing) are required to submit additional documentation.

  • Curriculum Vita/ Resume
  • One Letter of recommendation (optional)
  • Essay of intent
  • Please compose a written essay to answer the questions below. Your essay should be typed, double-spaced, and three pages (approximately 500-750 words) while clearly addressing the program for which you are applying.
  • Psychology is a vast discipline with many career options:
    • Why are you interested in this particular program to earn your undergraduate degree in psychology?  Cite specific experiences and examples.
    • What are your professional career goals as they relate to this degree?  Why do you believe this program will assist you in reaching these goals?
    • Why is it important to you to study this discipline at a school that emphasizes cultural awareness, competence, and understanding of diversity (see our Commitment to Diversity Statement)?
    • If you are a first generation undergraduate degree student, please integrate this into your essay.
  • SAT/ACT scores are not required for admission, however applicants who have taken the SAT/ACT may submit their scores to enhance their application.

The Chicago School is dedicated to keeping our professional degree programs accessible to anyone regardless of financial status. In addition to the scholarships that may be available, our Financial Aid Department will help provide you with information to determine what financial arrangements are right for you.

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