Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

The Psychology program at Stritch focuses on the scientific study of human and animal behavior and mental processes. Psychology is a strong major at Stritch. Students who major in psychology are offered a solid foundation that prepares them for job placement opportunities and/or graduate school admission.

Degree Requirements

Program Credits35
Required Courses

PS 101, 303, 304, 405, 410 and 403, plus five electives in psychology. MT 120, PS 303, 304 and 410 must be taken in sequence and during different semesters. PS 405 and 410 must be taken during senior year. Students should review prerequisite requirements for all courses in the major/minor. Five electives are required. At least one elective course must be taken in three of the following five subject areas: developmental, clinical/counseling, diversity, biological or additional electives. Approved electives include PS 190, 205, 220, 221, 223, 250, 260, 265, 270, 275, 280, 290, 302, 308, 309, 320, 325, 354, and 400.

Required Auxiliary Courses

MT 120 Applied Statistics, one course in Biology (Department approval required)


Additional Information

Students are encouraged to take PS 308, 309 and 320 in sequence.

Required grades: The following are the required grades for Psychology majors and minors: a) No grade lower than a C will be accepted toward psychology major or minor requirements in any of the following courses: Required Psychology courses Elective Psychology courses MT 120 Applied Statistics Required auxiliary biology courses Biology If a student receives a grade lower than a C in a required psychology course (PS201, PS303, PS304, PS355, PS401) or in MT120, the student must retake that course before they can proceed to the next course in the sequence. If a student receives a grade lower than a C in an elective psychology course or an auxiliary biology course, that course will not count toward their psychology major or minor. No required or elective psychology course and no required auxiliary course may be retaken more than ONE time. If the student does not earn a grade of C or better either time a required psychology course or MT120 is taken, the student will be dismissed from the major or minor. If the student does not earn a grade of C or better either time an elective psychology course or an auxiliary biology course is taken, that course will not count toward psychology credit. Any student earning grades less than a C in two required psychology courses or elective psychology courses will be dismissed from the major or minor, regardless of whether or not these courses were retaken. Required GPA in Psychology Courses to Graduate With a Major or Minor: A minimum GPA of 2.75 (B/B- average) in combined psychology courses is required. A psychology elective course with a grade lower than a C will count toward the student's psychology GPA even though the student has six other elective courses with grades above C-. Upper Class Status and Instructor Permission are Required to Enroll in the Following courses: *PS400: Independent Study (a minimum psychology GPA of 3.0 is also required) *PS400: Directed Study (a minimum psychology GPA of 3.0 is also required) *PS401: Senior Seminar in Psychology *PS403: Fieldwork in Psychology