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Psychology

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS

Benedictine’s psychology program provides students with the opportunity to broadly study how people create, respond to and live in a complex social world.

Students in our program study the behavior of individuals, groups, society and organizations and learn both the theories of psychologists and how those theories are applied in real situations. Students learn what motivates people and acquire the skills to work with people effectively in a range of careers in health care, public affairs, administrative support, business, sales and the service industry. Our program also has a clinical focus, preparing students for graduate or professional studies in clinical psychology, physical therapy, occupational therapy or medicine.

Students in the Psychology program have the opportunities to:

Gain practical work experience by taking part in an on-the-job internship in psychology related to their area of interest.
Demonstrate informational competence by formulating a research topic, conducting a literature search, selecting valid and appropriate sources, and accurately summarizing selected literature.
Do research and prepare to present work at scholarly meetings.

What Our Graduates Have Done With this Degree

Psychology Alumni

Our alumni work in a variety of fields including business, health care, education and clinical psychology. They have gone on to earn their master’s and doctoral degrees from Benedictine’s MCP program, Northern Illinois University, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Midwestern University, Nova Southeastern University and the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of St. Thomas.

Psychological Principles

Students will learn how to understand and apply psychological principles in the cognitive and biological sciences, formulating and evaluating questions involving the mind/brain or information processing. They will also learn to recognize the proper application of descriptive and basic inferential statistical techniques and use computers to conduct and interpret data analyses.

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Dedicated Faculty

Psychology faculty members excel in the classroom, introducing students to important disciplinary methodologies, teaching them how to do research and preparing them to present their work at scholarly meetings. Students learn from faculty who are practicing psychologists and clinicians who give guest talks about various types of treatment programs.

Psychology & MCP 3+2

Our undergraduate degree in psychology is highly focused on clinical application with courses in psychotherapy and abnormal psychology along with a clinical practicum. These courses are designed to prepare students to pursue a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology (MCP). Students who major in psychology and who plan to complete the Master’s in Clinical Psychology program at Benedictine can apply to the Psychology & MCP 3+2 program. High school seniors can apply to the Psychology & MCP 3 + 2 Program at the time of their admission to the University.

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