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 1100

Introduction to Psychology

PSYC 1500 Writing in Psychology 1
PSYC 2040 Psychology of Childhood and Adolescence 3
PSYC 2100 Social Psychology 3
PSYC 2155 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSYC 2700 Introduction to Behavioral Research Methods 3
PSYC 3100 Cognitive Psychology 3
PSYC 3120 Physiological Psychology 3
PSYC 3500 Statistical Methods in Behavioral Science 3
PSYC 4101 Senior Thesis and Experimental Psychology 3

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

To receive advising or to apply to the program contact:

Psychology Undergraduate Advising Center   

Advisors - HWH 214A

Ms. L. Joi Love

Phone: (773)821-1885

Email: llove21@csu.edu  


Ms. Lashawnetta Bryant

Phone: (773) 995-3512 

Email: ljacks48@csu.edu


Advising Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday: 9:30am to 5:00pm  

Thursday: 10am to 6:00pm (until 7:00 by appointment only)