Psychology is the scientific discipline concerned with studying the behavior of both humans and animals.

It is a broad discipline, spanning subject matter from biology to sociology.

Career Opportunities

  • Behavior Analysis
  • Market Research
  • Direct Care
  • Group Home Counseling
  • Youth Work
  • Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Employment Counseling 
  • Rehabilitation 
  • Veterans Advising
  • Recreation Worker
  • Health Education 
  • Community Outreach 
  • Day Care Center Supervision
  • Affirmative Action 
  • Community Relations  

Study Format

  • On Campus

Psychology Program and Degree Overview

Our program provides you with a solid foundation in which you will build your critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills, and apply these skills to psychology. You will develop an understanding of the different types of psychology and theories behind them.

Today, psychologists are increasingly concentrating on behaviors that affect the mental and emotional health and mental processes of healthy human beings. For example, they work with business executives, performers and athletes to combat stress and improve performance. They advise lawyers on jury selection and collaborate with educators on school reform. They show up immediately following a disaster such as a plane crash or bombing, to help victims and bystanders recover from the trauma or shock of the event.

The required courses in the major will provide you with a strong foundation in psychology. Courses such as development, statistics and research will acquaint you with the field, while preparing you for courses like social psychology, abnormal psychology and neuropsychology.

The electives in the psychology department will help you refine your interests and skills. Students wishing to pursue a career in the helping professions can take courses such as Group Dynamics and Leadership Skills, Community Psychology, and Behavior Assessment and Management. Students who wish to prepare for continued scholarly work in the psychological sciences will be encouraged to take classes like Cognitive Psychology, History and Systems and Cross-Cultural Psychology.

You will also choose a capstone experience from either an internship in psychology or senior seminar in psychology. Through the seminar you will discuss current topics in psychology, career planning and the role of psychology in today’s society.

For details about required courses, please visit our online catalog.

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.

Log into Concordia Connect to see details.

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.

Sleep Quality and Cognition

Dr. Pych is currently looking for a research assistant. If you are interested, please email Dr. Jason Pych.