The Major

Students admitted to college prior to Fall 2015 may complete their current Psychology major or elect to complete a Psychology Concentration

The Psychology major is just part of what you'll need to graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. General Education courses and electives (courses you take for fun, to develop a skill, or to fulfill prerequisites, or pre-professional courses) will make up your entire Illinois academic experience. To appropriately recognize students that concentrate the academic path for their major within one particular area of Psychology, the major has been divided into several concentrations. Except for the Intradisciplinary Psychology concentration, each concentration requires one course more than is required for the traditional Psychology major. Official recognition of the area of specialization will appear on your academic transcript. This enhanced articulation of the Psychology “brand” will make you more attractive to both prospective employers and graduate schools.

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Behavioral Neuroscience

Study of the biological mechanisms underlying behavior.

Behavioral Neuroscience FA19/SP20 Concentration Planner

Clinical/Community Psychology

Study of problems encountered by individuals, families, groups, organizations and neighborhoods.

Clinical/Community FA19/SP20 Concentration Planner

Cognitive Psychology

Study of basic behavioral and cognitive processes, including learning, memory, problem-solving, motivation, and language.

Cognitive FA19/SP20 Concentration Planner

Cognitive Neuroscience

Study of how and where higher-level cognitive abilities are processed in the brain.

Cognitive Neuroscience FA19/SP20 Concentration Planner

Developmental Psychology

Study of intellectual, personality, psychophysiological and social development processes as individuals develop from birth through old age.

Developmental FA19/SP20 Concentration Planner

Diversity Science

Study of psychological research focusing on prejudice, discrimination, race, ethnicity, gender, and other areas.

Diversity Science FA19/SP20 Concentration Planner

Intradisciplinary Psychology

Provides students an opportunity to design a curriculum that meets academic and professional interests.

Intradisciplinary FA19/SP20 Concentration Planner

Organizational Psychology

Application of techniques of assessment, prediction, and intervention to areas of human resources in organizations.

Organizational FA19/SP20 Concentration Planner

Personality Psychology

Study emphasizing characteristics of the individual that are stable over time but which also determine the individual's behavior, thinking, and emotion.

Personality FA19/SP20 Concentration Planner

Social Psychology

Study of the power of the social situation as a determinant of individual behavior, thinking, and emotion.

Social FA19/SP20 Concentration Planner

Minimum required concentration coursework equates to 32-36 hours of Psychology courses.

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