The Psychology department at OLLU is nationally recognized for degree programs that prepare graduates to work in multicultural and dual-language settings. The department offers a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and students can opt to earn a biliterate certification.
Students have the option of selecting a concentration in pre-counseling, research, or a combination of both concentrations.
- The Pre-Counseling concentration prepares students for entry level positions or graduate training in mental health and human service fields through the learning of basic counseling theories and techniques and application of these techniques in a clinical, off-campus practicum.
- The Research concentration prepares students for graduate training or entry level positions in psychological science through additional statistics coursework and conducting a research project with a faculty member or at a laboratory off campus.
- The Pre-Counseling/Research concentration provides experiential practica in both counseling and research and prepares students for graduate programs and careers that emphasize both science and mental health practice.
Psychology degree plans and course descriptions:
Undergraduate psychology students have the opportunity to take part in a practicum at the University-operated Community Counseling Service or at a community agency of interest to the student. The Community Counseling Service provides counseling to area residents and offers students real-world experience under the supervision of OLLU professors.
Students may also opt to take a Research Practicum course in which they conduct research with a professor on campus or with a psychologist conducting research off-campus.
Finally, some psychology students become involved with the McNair Scholars Program, which provides tremendous research opportunities and support for students who plan to pursue doctoral work.
Students in the Psychology program benefit from the Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Competency and Dissemination project, a collaborative project between the Psychology and Social Work programs at OLLU. SBIRT serves as an early intervention for individuals struggling with substance abuse and those at risk of developing substance abuse disorders. SBIRT curricula is integrated into programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. Read more about the SBIRT program at OLLU.
Additional Certificate Options
In addition to the BA in psychology, the department offers a certificate that students may earn in Violence Intervention and Prevention. Students with conversational proficiency in Spanish may choose the Biliterate Certificate option.
Psychology Honor Society
Undergraduate students also have the opportunity to become involved in Psi Chi, the National Honor Society for psychology majors and minors.