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Introduction 

NEIU’s Department of Psychology offers an undergraduate program that leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a graduate program which leads to a Master of Arts in Gerontology. Our comprehensive Psychology program exposes you to various areas of psychology as well as opportunities for hands-on research and optional field experience.

The department faculty members represent a number of theoretical approaches as well as a wide range of content areas, enhancing your opportunity to become acquainted with the full scope of this broad and complex subject. Because of the need to create a combination of courses consistent with their career goals, students are urged to form a continuing relationship with a faculty advisor in the department early in their major.

The interdisciplinary nature of psychology requires familiarity with other fields. Students intending to pursue graduate studies should have a strong background in mathematics and the natural sciences. All psychology majors will benefit from course work in philosophy, physiology, literature, history, the social sciences, and computer science.

Minors in psychology and in gerontology are also offered.

Admission to the Program 

HOW TO BECOME A MAJOR OR MINOR

To declare a major or minor in Psychology, or a minor in Gerontology, you must attend a departmental declaration meeting. Contact Liz Gordon, Student Services Coordinator, at e-gordon1@neiu.edu for information on upcoming meetings.

For general Northeastern admission requirements, the Admissions Office helps new and returning students through the application process. In addition, the Transfer Center assists transfer and veteran students with transitioning to our campus.

Degree Requirements 

All Northeastern students must meet the graduation requirements in order to successfully complete their degree, including completion of 120 hours of coursework with satisfactory grades.

Psychology majors are required to complete 31 credit hours of coursework and, in addition, are required to complete a minimum of 39 credit hours of general education requirements. This allows you to take 50 credit hours of coursework in a second major, minor, or electives. Our advisors will help you choose the courses that will maximize your educational and professional opportunities.

Courses 

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Program Requirements (31 credit hours)
REQUIRED COURSES

  • PSYC-200 General Psychology (4 cr.)
  • PSYC-202 Statistics and Research Methods I (3 cr.)
  • PSYC-302 Statistics and Research Methods II (3 cr.)

Select one course from each of the following three groups (A-C): (9 cr.)

1. Group A (3 cr.)

  • PSYC-350 Physiological Psychology, or
  • PSYC-370 Theories of Learning, or
  • PSYC-373 Human Perception, or
  • PSYC-375 Cognitive Psychology

2. Group B (3 cr.)

  • PSYC-330 Psychology of Personality, or
  • PSYC-340 Abnormal Psychology

3. Group C (3 cr.)

  • PSYC-310 Developmental Psychology, or
  • PSYC-360 Social Psychology

Select one course from the following list: (3 cr.)

  • PSYC-308 Laboratory, Research Methods: Tests and Measurements
  • PSYC-316 Laboratory, Research Methods: Child Development
  • PSYC-331 Laboratory, Research Methods: Personality Psychology
  • PSYC-351 Laboratory, Research Methods: Physiological Psychology
  • PSYC-361 Laboratory, Research Methods: Social Psychology
  • PSYC-374 Laboratory, Research Methods: Perception and Cognition

Other Requirements:

  • Two elective courses in psychology (6 cr.)
  • Senior Capstone Project (3 cr.)

NOTES:

ELECTIVES

Psychology courses used as electives within the major must be at the 200 or 300 level. No more than one 200 level course may be used here.

CAPSTONE PROJECT

The Senior Capstone Project must be proposed in advance with assistance from your faculty advisor. All projects must be approved by department chairperson.

TRANSFER COURSES

Transfer courses must be approved by the department before being applied to the major or minors. For transfer students at least one half of the courses applied to the major (15 semester hours) or minors (9 semester hours) must be taken at Northeastern. No more than two courses (6 semester hours) transferred in from junior/community colleges may be applied to the major or minors. Junior/community college courses may not be used in place of 300-level Northeastern courses. Students who transfer in an approved 3 semester hour course equivalent to General Psychology may complete the major with 30 semester hours, or the psychology minor with 18 semester hours.

The same courses may not be used to fill requirements in two different programs within the department.

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