B.S. in Psychology
The College of Psychology offers a distinct psychology program, as well as options for pre-med and honors law. Our psychology program is a unique research-based, human-behavior-oriented B.S. program, blending the strengths of highly successful graduate programs in Clinical, Industrial/Organizational, and Rehabilitation psychology. Designed for highly motivated, career-oriented students, this program emphasizes the integration of applied research and practical "real-world" experience in conjunction with traditional classroom activities.
What does this mean for you? Simple, you can get a customized educational experience at a nationally recognized College.
A customized experience in which you can:
- Share your passions with a faculty mentor. Your first year you will spend a bit of time crystallizing your hopes and plans with the aid of our talented faculty. After you have focused your goals, you can select a new faculty mentor whose interests match your own.
- Engage in meaningful discussions with other smart people. We purposely keep our classes small so that you can really learn from and interact with some of the best Ph.D. professors in the country.
- Expand your education with a variety of independent research opportunities. Every undergraduate student is guaranteed to participate in or run an actual research project before you graduate. That's real-world, practical experience that will help you start your career, and/or get into the graduate college of your choice.
- Accelerate your professional advancement by opting to complete a Dual Degree Program in our nationally ranked Rehabilitation Counseling Program (Ranked in the top 15 in the nation) or our Industrial/Organizational Psychology Program (Ranked #13).
What a medical school is to a university, we in psychology are to IIT. Supported by a professionally accomplished Board, we are a full-fledged College of Psychology complete with world-renowned faculty and groundbreaking research. We offer a select group of handpicked students the environment to grow and explore their opportunities. We invite you to contact us to discover more about our exciting possibilities.
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Accelerated Combined-Degree Programs
A specialization in psychology may be used as the basis for IIT's combined undergraduate-graduate professional degree programs in law (B.S./J.D.), business (B.S./M.B.A.), public administration (B.S./M.P.A.), rehabilitation counseling (B.S./M.S.) or personnel and human resources development (B.S./M.S.). Students wishing to participate in the accelerated B.S./J.D. option must indicate this as early as possible. With the consent of the College of Psychology director, undergraduate psychology students may enroll in some graduate-level psychology courses. Close communication with advisors is required for students to reach their target completion dates for accelerated programs. Students must also meet the minimum graduate program admission criteria and be accepted into the graduate program they wish to enter. For undergraduate psychology majors, it is possible to earn an accelerated Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling or a Master of Science in Personnel and Human Resources Development (PHRD) by taking psychology courses that apply to the program. This can reduce the graduate program coursework by up to 15 credit hours, or one full-time semester.
Minors and Dual Majors
Minors consist of at least five courses (minimum 15 semester hours) and are optional and frequently cross-disciplinary. Since they provide a coherent set of ideas, concepts and educational experiences in a variety of areas, students may find that minors enhance potential for professional development. Students who wish to pursue a minor must consult with advisers in their respective major departments.
The College of Psychology understands students' need and desire to take a minor. With the inclusion of extra Free Electives in the curriculum, students will find completing a minor relatively painless. The College of Psychology minors include Organizational Psychology, Psychology, Rehabilitation Services and Human Resources.
Minors Required Courses
PSYC 221, PSYC 301, PSYCH 303, PSYC 310 or SOC 201, PSYC 409
At least 15 credit hours must be completed, including the following two required courses: PSYC 203, PSYC 221
PSYC 410, PSYC 411, PSYC 412, PSYC 583, PSYC 590
PSYC 221, PSYC 310, PSYC 455, PSYC 431, PSYC 481, PSYC 301, PSYC 482 or 483, PSYC 497
Many psychology students also choose to take advantage of adding a second major to their program of study. The College of Psychology encourages and facilitates this endeavor. Students wishing to pursue this option should inform their advisor early in their freshman year and communicate with advisors from both majors on a regular basis.