What will I learn?

Based on the learning goals for undergraduate psychology recommended by the American Psychological Association, Governors State’s Bachelor of Arts in Psychology equips students with skills in critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and research, and offers a focus on cultural awareness, ethics, and personal development.

As a psychology student, you will have the opportunity to advance your academic and professional interests through concentrations in Forensic Psychology, Mindfulness Studies, and Pre-Clinical Psychology. Students intending to pursue graduate study are encouraged to work closely with their advisors to strategically meet the requirements of graduate programs. You also have opportunities for gaining experience in research and field work in psychology.


Prepare for advanced graduate studies in psychology within your area of academic and professional interest.

Forensic Psychology:

Learn to apply your studies in psychology to the legal arena in this concentration. Forensic psychologists assist in cases such as child custody assessments, counseling services to victims of crime, and the screening of law enforcement applicants.

Mindfulness Studies:

In this concentration, you will study the practice of mindfulness: a self-regulation technique that focuses on training attention and awareness under greater voluntary control. Its practice has been shown to result in greater general mental well-being and specific benefits such as greater focus and relationship satisfaction and reduced stress and rumination (American Psychological Association).

Pre-Clinical Psychology:

In preparation to provide clinical services for all sociocultural groups, this concentration will equip you with a foundational knowledge of clinical psychology while diving deeper into specific points across the lifespan.

Student Involvement

As a psychology student, you can get involved on campus through opportunities in the GSU Psychology Club or the GSU Psi Chi chapter—the international honor society in psychology.

Reach your career goals

A bachelor’s degree in psychology lays the groundwork for the advanced degree needed to become a psychologist. Psychology graduates may alternately choose to enter a wide range of complementary fields, including—but not limited to—criminal justice, public relations, marketing, research, and writing.

Which department am I in?

College of Education

Study options

Full Time (120 hours)

Tuition fees
USD $626 per credit hour
Start date

18 January 2022, 29 August 2022


College of Education

1 University Parkway,



60484, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have earned an Official high school diploma (or equivalent) or GED; Must have a minimum of 2.0 unweighted high school GPA on a 4.0 scale; Earned fewer than 24 semester hours of college credit to start GSU as a freshman.

For international students

Applicants must:

have earned an Official high school diploma (or equivalent) or GED

Must have a minimum of 2.0 unweighted high school GPA on a 4.0 scale

Earned fewer than 24 semester hours of college credit to start GSU as a freshman

International students should have TOEFL score 500 on paper based with 53 on reading, 54 on writing, 53 on Listening, 173 on computer based with 20 on reading, 21 on writing, 19 on Listening and IBT score of 68 with 19 on reading, 16 on writing, 18 on Listening and 15 on speaking.

Application Deadline: Spring: December 01; Fall : April 01.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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