Psychology is the scientific study of behavior—how individuals think, feel, and behave. A foundation in psychology 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.
Program at a Glance
As a psychology major, you will develop an understanding of:
- How people perceive and process information and how they use that information to make decisions.
- Psychological theories in a variety of fields including social, cognitive, clinical, industrial-organizational, development, and neuroscience.
- How to apply psychological theories to real-world problems.
- How to design research studies, analyze results, and communicate results to a variety of communities.
Illinois Tech's psychology program is particularly strong, in that it utilizes the scientist-practitioner model of teaching. This means that you will take research-based courses and conduct independent research projects with the guidance of our faculty that will give you 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.
A flexible curriculum allows the degree to be customized. You can elect to specialize in clinical, culture and diversity, industrial/organizational, behavioral health and wellness, and rehabilitation services. You will work with a faculty mentor to craft a program of study that supports your interests and career goals. Additional programs for students interested in pre-medicine and honors law are also available.
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.
And you'll participate in an Interprofessional Project, unique to Illinois Tech’s curriculum.
A psychology degree from Illinois Tech will prepare you for a wide range of professions in business and industry, community organizations, and health services, including:
- Survey research
- Market research
- Social work
- The nonprofit sector
- Public policy
- Academic or health administration
If you are interested in furthering your education in the field of psychology, you will be a competitive candidate for a wide range of graduate training programs at the masters and doctoral levels. Many of our graduates have attended top programs at universities such as Northwestern University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Indiana University, and right here at Illinois Tech.
For those interested in attending a professional school, a degree in psychology is also highly beneficial as a pre-professional major for advanced studies in medicine, dentistry, law, business, or public administration.
Jennifer L. Miller, Ph.D.
Director, Undergraduate Psychology Program
For more information about the admissions process at Illinois Tech, visit the Undergraduate Admissions website.