The Department of Psychology offers a Bachelor of Arts degree for students interested in the scientific study of human cognition and behavior. Psychology is composed of many sub-areas. The curriculum and courses offered in the department reflect this diversity and are designed to provide a well-rounded education in psychology.

What is Psychology?

The Webster’s Tenth New Collegiate Dictionary (Merriam-Webster, 1993) define psychology as “The Science of the mind and behavior; the study of the mind and behavior in relation to a particular field of knowledge or activity. A psychologist is a person who has completed doctoral training in one of the many psychology subfields (clinical, experimental, counseling, social, community, developmental, industrial/organizational, quantitative/statistics, etc.)

For many people, psychology is the “profession that understands or cures the mentally ill.” Perhaps the word “therapist” comes to mind, or you may have an image of someone lying on a couch while the therapists ask questions such as: “Tell me more about that?” or “How do you feel about that?” These images, while legitimate, represent only two specialty areas of psychology-counseling psychology and psychotherapy.


Program requirements
Note: Students already enrolled should see an advisor regarding program requirements     

Core Courses for Major in Psychology (28 CREDIT HOURS) for students entering CSU for fall 2012 and after

PSYC 1100Introduction to Psychology3
PSYC 2040Psychology of Childhood and Adolescence3
PSYC 2100Social Psychology3
PSYC 2155Abnormal Psychology3
PSYC 2700Introduction to Behavioral Research Methods3
PSYC 3100Cognitive Psychology3
PSYC 3120Physiological Psychology3
PSYC 3500Statistical Methods in Behavioral Science3
PSYC 4100Senior Thesis and Experimental Psychology4

Course Descriptions (please click here for a link to our catalog)


To receive advising or to apply to the program contact:

CSU Undergraduate Advising Center
New Academic Library
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  daily

Phone: (773) 995-2000 - Ask for the Undergraduate Advising Center