Our program provides you with a solid foundation in which you will build your critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills and apply these to a career in psychology—whether that be as a researcher, counselor or educator.
Psychology is a scientific discipline with a focus on the behavior of individuals. Some psychologists have interests that overlap with the natural sciences, while others gravitate toward the social sciences. Concordia University Chicago's psychology majors develop an understanding of the different types of psychology and theories behind them.
Psychology is the scientific discipline concerned with studying behavior of both humans and animals. It is a broad discipline, spanning subject matter from biology to sociology.
Psychology focuses on understanding two critical relationships: one between brain function and behavior, and one between the environment and behavior. As scientists looking to contribute solutions to problems, psychologists follow the scientific method through careful observation, experimentation and data analysis to develop intervention strategies, applying scientific principles.
Seniors have an option to do an academic internship for their capstone.
The internship is a synthesis of the psychological principles learned in coursework applied in a hands-on practical skill building experience. Interns develop as professionals throughout the experience, reflecting on strengths and weaknesses.
Psychology internship can be done in a variety of settings including after-school programs, high school guidance office, retirement homes, residential facilities with high risk youth or developmentally disabled adults, in the human resource office of non-for-profit organizations, at police departments, with social services agencies in various different programs. We can help students tailor their internship experiences to maximize the learning potential within potential career areas.
Students are strongly encouraged to become involved in research at Concordia University Chicago. Students often have their first taste of psychological science as research participants in General Psychology. As a result of their participation, students regularly comment that they are better able to grasp aspects of research, design, and statistics, and that the experience complements their reading and classroom learning. Some students remark that they enjoy helping classmates and faculty conduct research projects.
Get Involved in Research
Students interested in gaining research experience are encouraged to contact the professor conducting the research directly.
First-generation students’ academic experiences
Research assistants are needed for an in-depth, exploratory, qualitative research study of first-generation law students’ experiences. For more information please read this document. Please email Dr. Andrea Flynn if you have an interest in applying for the research assistant position.
Sleep Quality and Cognition
Dr. Pych is currently looking for a research assistant. If you are interested, please email Dr. Jason Pych.
E-mail Dr. Beth Venzke for information about current projects