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The goal of the Department of Psychology is to provide students with an understanding of the methods and content of scientific and applied psychology. We offer courses across a wide range of disciplines within psychology.

There is an option to complete the BA in Psychology online, with no face-to-face classes on DePaul Campuses. Students who qualify and wish to pursue the BA in Psychology online may complete either the Standard or Human Development concentrations. 

After completing either of the psychology 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.

Program Requirements Quarter Hours
Liberal Studies Requirements 76
​Major Requirements 24
Major Concentration Requirement​s 32
​Open Electives 60
Total hours required 192

Students will be able to:

  • Describe key concepts, principles, themes, and applications across a variety of content domains in psychology.
  • Use scientific reasoning and critical thinking to interpret psychological phenomena.
  • Design, conduct, and interpret basic psychological research, accounting for sociocultural factors.
  • Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice.
  • Write a paper applying cogent scientific argument that includes presenting information using a scientific approach, discussing psychological concepts, explaining the ideas of others, and expressing their own ideas with clarity.

College Core Requirements

Modern Language Requirements

Students who intend to graduate with the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree will be required to demonstrate competence in a modern language equivalent to the proficiency attained from one year of college-level language study. Such competence may be demonstrated in one of several ways:

  • completing the last course in the fourth-year high school sequence of any language
  • completing the last course in the first-year college sequence of any language
  • completing a college course beyond the first-year level in any language
  • achieving a satisfactory score on any of the Modern Language placement examinations administered at DePaul
  • achieving a satisfactory rating in a proficiency examination accepted by DePaul
  • achieving a score of 3 or higher on the Advance Placement (AP) test for any language
  • achieving a score of 5 or higher in the Language B assessment from a Standard or Higher Level International Baccalaureate (IB) program
  • achieving a satisfactory score on the CLEP examination

Please note: Modern Languages courses with an E-designation are taught in English and may not be applied to the Modern Language Requirement.

For further information regarding satisfactory scores and possible credit from the DePaul placement, AP, CLEP, or IB examinations, please contact Student Records.

Students who complete an Inter-College Transfer (ICT) to the College of Science and Health will abide by the College of Science and Health Modern Language Requirement in place on the effective date of the ICT.

BA students who meet College requirements and wish to pursue further work in the language may elect the “Modern Language Option” of the Liberal Studies Program. While Bachelor of Science (BS) students are not required to demonstrate competency in a modern language, the “Modern Language Option” is available to them for language study at any level. Modern Languages courses with an E-designation are taught in English and may not be applied to the Modern Language Option.

Major Declaration Requirements

All students in the College are required to declare a major field prior to beginning their junior year. After researching College programs, the student should declare a major field by visiting Campus Connection and using the Declarations and Inter-College Transfer tool. The student will then be assigned a faculty advisor or staff advisor in the department or program and should make an appointment to see that advisor at his or her earliest convenience.

To change major fields, or to declare a minor or concentration, the student must use the Declarations and Inter-College Transfer tool described above. However, for the purpose of exploring the possibility of changing a major field, the student should consult an academic advisor in the College or an academic advisor in the Office for Academic Advising Support.

Liberal Studies Requirements

Honors program requirements can be found in the individual Colleges & Schools section of the University Catalog. Select the appropriate college or school, followed by Undergraduate Academics and scroll down.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year ProgramHours
Chicago Quarter  
LSP 110
DISCOVER CHICAGO
or EXPLORE CHICAGO
4
Focal Point  
LSP 112 FOCAL POINT SEMINAR 4
Writing  
WRD 103 COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC I 1 4
WRD 104 COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC II 1 4
Quantitative Reasoning  
LSP 120 QUANTITATIVE REASONING 2 4
Sophomore Year
Multiculturalism in the US  
LSP 200 SEMINAR ON MULTICULTURALISM IN THE UNITED STATES 4
Junior Year
Experiential Learning  
Required 4
Senior Year
Capstone  
Select one of the following:  
PSY 361 HISTORY AND SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOLOGY 1,3 4
PSY 389 PSYCHOLOGY SENIOR SEMINAR 1 4

Learning Domains

Arts and Literature (AL)

  • 3 Courses Required

Historical Inquiry (HI)

  • 2 Courses Required

Math and Computing (MC)

  • 1 Course Required
    [1 CR Course]

Philosophical Inquiry (PI)

  • 2 Courses Required

Religious Dimensions (RD)

  • 2 Courses required

Scientific Inquiry (SI)

  • 2 Courses Required
    [1 Lab Course and 1 SWK Course]​

Social, Cultural, and Behavioral Inquiry (SCBI)

  • 1 Course Required

Notes

Courses offered in the student's primary major cannot be taken to fulfill LSP Domain requirements. If students double major, LSP Domain courses may double count for both LSP credit and the second major. Students who choose to take an experiential learning course offered by the major may count it either as a general elective or the Experiential Learning requirement.

In meeting learning domain requirements, no more than one course that is outside the student’s major and is cross-listed with a course within the student’s major, can be applied to count for LSP domain credit. This policy does not apply to those who are pursuing a double major or earning BFA or BM degrees.

Major Requirements

The program consists of the common core plus eight additional courses in a concentration area. Bachelor of Arts students are required to take fourteen general electives which may be psychology and/or other department courses. Students may choose to complete a minor or double-major. Bachelor of Arts students must fulfill the Modern Language requirement.

Common Core

Course Title Quarter Hours
PSY 105INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY I4
PSY 106INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY II4
PSY 240STATISTICS I4
PSY 241RESEARCH METHODS I4
PSY 242RESEARCH METHODS II4
Select one of the following:4
HISTORY AND SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOLOGY (Liberal Studies Program Capstone) 1
PSYCHOLOGY SENIOR SEMINAR

Upon faculty approval psychology majors may register for the following psychology courses as psychology electives:

Course Title Quarter Hours
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH IN PSYCHOLOGY
DEPARTMENT HONORS THESIS 1
HONORS IN PSYCHOLOGY 1
EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING/PSYCHOLOGY RESEARCH
TUTORING AND MENTORING IN PSYCHOLOGY
INDEPENDENT STUDY

PSY 105 and PSY 106 are not sequential, i.e., one is not a prerequisite for the other. They may be taken in either order.

For the research sequence, PSY 240 must be taken first; PSY 241 and PSY 242 may be taken in either order. A special note: PSY 340, an elective course, may be taken immediately after the completion of PSY 240.

Concentration Requirements

Students must complete the requirements from one of the following concentrations: Standard; Human Development; Human Services; Industrial/Organizational; Community; or Comprehensive Evening Program. Students are limited to only declaring one concentration.​