A foundation in psychology—the scientific study of behavior—underpins an understanding of countless other fields, from biology and medicine to marketing and public policy. How we perceive our world, interact with our neighbors, make decisions on a daily basis, view our role in society—these are all better understood using psychology.
Illinois Tech's psychology program is particularly strong, in that it utilizes the scientist-practitioner model of teaching. Here, you'll receive a strong background in scientific thinking and be able to apply psychological research and principles to the study of contemporary problems in a variety of fields.
Illinois Tech has earned an excellent reputation in psychology through the years, and helps a large percentage of its undergraduates land in either top graduate programs or jobs well before they walk across the stage in our graduation ceremony.
Program at a glance
While studying psychology at Illinois Tech, you'll have the option of focusing on one of these five specializations: clinical psychology, diversity, health psychology, industrial and organizational psychology, or rehabilitation psychology. Or, working closely with your advisor, you are free to develop your own specialization.
Illinois Tech's psychology program has a great degree of flexibility, making it possible for you to double major or complete another pre-professional program, such as pre-med, pre-optometry, or pre-law. You can also earn an out-of-degree minor in an area of your choosing.
Your program will also include a capstone project designed to integrate and apply the concepts and skills learned throughout the curriculum. The capstone will be an individually tailored project defined in collaboration with a faculty advisor, which will typically involve either a field placement or research component.
Core Curriculum 48-49
Major (core classes) 31
Major (specialization) 12
Free Electives 34-35
And you'll participate in an Interprofessional Project, unique to Illinois Tech’s curriculum.
- Correlation and Regression
- Industrial/Organization Psychology
- Social Psychology
- Health Psychology
- Stigma and Prejudice
- Clinical Psychology - Assessment and Treatment
- Abnormal Psychology
- Introduction to Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling
As a psychology graduate, you will be prepared for a career in business, community organizations, health services, and many other fields, including:
- Survey research
- Market research
- Social work
- The nonprofit sector
- Public policy
- Academic or health administration
You will also be prepared to continue on to a wide range of top graduate programs at the masters and doctoral levels, at universities such as Northwestern University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Indiana University, and right here at Illinois Tech.