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Human Resources Minor

In order for a student to receive a Minor in Human Resources the following courses must be completed: PSYC 221, PSYC 301, PSYC 310, and any two from PSYCH 409, PSYC 455, or PSYC 481.

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 they enhance potential for professional development. Students who wish to pursue a minor must consult with advisers in their respective major departments.

Leadership Minor

In order for a student to earn a Minor in Leadership, a minimum of 15 credit hours must be completed, including PSYC 250: Introduction to Leadership Concepts and Practice. The course is a survey of historical and contemporary theories, concepts, and complexities associated with leadership. Emphasis is placed on application of theories to practical experience of leadership.

 In addition to PSYC 250, students must take four electives from the following list.

Psychology
PSYC 310 Social Psychology

PSYC 312

Human Motivation and Emotion
PSYC 481 Groups and Leadership at Work
Business
BUS 301 Designing and Structuring the Organization for Strategic Decision-Making
Humanities
PHIL 332 Political Philosophy
COM 371 Persuasion
COM 380 Topics in Communication
COM 435 Intercultural Communication
Social Sciences
PS 232 Democracy, Development, and Dictatorship
PS 306 Politics and Public Policy
PS 351 Public Adminstration
SOC 302 Social Communication
SOC 340 Social Organization and Control
SSCI 210 Social and Political Thought
SSCI 422 Complex Organizations
Industrial Technology and Management
INTM 301 Communication for the Workplace
INTM 322 Industrial Project Management
Information Technology and Management
ITMM 470 Fundamentals of Management for Technology Professionals
ITMM 471 Project Management for Information Technology and Management
Military Science Department
MILS 301 Leadership and Problem Solving
MILS 302 Leadership and Ethics
MILS 401 Leadership and Management

Psychology Minor

In order for a student to receive a minor in Psychology, at least 15 credit hours must be completed, including the following two required courses: Psych 203, Psych 221.

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 they enhance potential for professional development. Students who wish to pursue a minor must consult with advisers in their respective major departments.

Rehabilitation Services Minor

Mission Statement

The Department of Psychology has a long history of responding to the demands of the community for trained practitioners. The College also has a long history of providing quality education and individualized attention to students that facilitates the development of personal and professional skills. The degree programs in Rehabilitation have received national recognition for their contribution to the field, currently ranked fifth in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. The Rehabilitation Program also offers specialized training in the areas of Assistive Technology and Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

The mission of the Rehabilitation Services program is to:

  • Increase the number of students entering the workforce with a bachelor's degree who are qualified to provide rehabilitation services to people with disabilities.
  • Prepare students to enter graduate study in the field of rehabilitation counseling and related professions serving people with disabilities.

Disciplinary Subspecialties

Students can graduate with a Major in Psychology and a Minor in Rehabilitation Services that is designed to prepare the student to work in a rehabilitation setting. Students can design their degree program to qualify for positions as a:

Assistive Technology Practitioner Behavior Specialist
Career Counselor Case Manager
Disability Services Counselor Habilitation Program Specialist
Independent Living Specialist Job Coach
Job Placement Specialist Probation/ Parole Officer
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Specialist Rehabilitation Technician
Residential Counselor Substance Abuse Counselor
Vocational Evaluation Specialist Work Adjustment Specialist

Program Objective

The objective of the program is to prepare students to meet the demand for bachelor's level personnel with expertise in working with people with disabilities. Candidates for a minor in rehabilitation services will complete coursework that allows them to:

  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the physical, medical, social, psychological, economic and environmental barriers faced by people with disabilities and how these barriers prevent people with disabilities from participating fully in society.
  • Acquire in-depth knowledge of the history, philosophy, and legal bases of rehabilitation.
  • Acquire in-depth knowledge of the agencies and facilities that comprise the rehabilitation/human services system, including vocational, independent living, public and private rehabilitation service delivery systems and the roles and functions of the rehabilitation practitioner. Students will also demonstrate an awareness of the influence of cultural diversity in the rehabilitation.
  • Acquire knowledge of and demonstrate an ability to effectively communicate with consumers and other professionals.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the coping process and personal adaptation following the onset of a disability; the psychological and social consequences of disabling conditions; sexuality and disability; attitudes towards people with disabilities; and stigma surrounding disability.
  • Acquire an in-depth understanding of vocational rehabilitation outcomes, including work adjustment, job placement and independent living.
  • Acquire an understanding of consumer advocacy techniques to assist consumers with problems related to access to care and quality of services.
  • Acquire knowledge of and demonstrate adherence to the ethical principles and standards of rehabilitation service provision.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and, as needed, demonstrate strategies for utilizing vocational information, assessment results and problem solving strategies when working with other professionals in a multidisciplinary team environment.
  • Acquire an in-depth knowledge of the process model of psychiatric rehabilitation, which consists of skills training, motivation strategies, transfer training skills, and cognitive rehabilitation strategies.
  • Acquire an overview of assistive technology (AT) used by people with disabilities, including AT resources, economics of AT development, funding sources for AT, and the AT service delivery system.

Accelerated Rehabilitation Counseling Program

The fast-track program in rehabilitation counseling provides undergraduate students with an interest in pursuing a graduate degree in rehabilitation counseling the option to earn their degree in one and a half years instead of two years. By taking courses that apply to the Rehabilitation Counseling Program in the student's senior year, coursework can be reduced by up to 15 credit hours, or one full-time semester.

Students interested in either undergraduate program option should contact:

Frank Lane, Ph.D., CRC
Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Advisor - Rehabilitation Services Program
3101 S. Dearborn Street
Life Sciences Building, Suite 248E
Chicago, Illinois 60616
Phone: 312.567.8862
Fax: 312.567.3493
email: lane@iit.edu

In order for a student to receive a minor in Rehabilitation Services the following courses must be completed:

  • PSYC 410
  • PSYC 411
  • PSYC 412
  • PSYCH 583
  • PSYCH 590

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 they enhance potential for professional development. Students who wish to pursue a minor must consult with advisers in their respective major departments.