Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) offers bachelor's degrees in psychology that prepare students for graduate school in programs that can lead to careers in counseling psychology, clinical psychology and research. Since many students wishing to pursue a psychology career will ultimately need a master's or doctoral degree, OLLU students engage in a graduate school preparatory curriculum with supportive advising to explore career opportunities and plan strategically for their professional future.
Psychology Concentrations and Certificates:
While all of the concentrations available at OLLU prepare students for entry-level positions, becoming licensed to practice psychology requires that students continue on to pursue a master's or doctoral degree. A student's ultimate career goals will help them determine which concentration to pursue. The certificate options provide an additional opportunity for students to enhance their knowledge and skills in dealing with diverse clients in their careers.
BA Psychology - Pre-Counseling Concentration
BA Psychology - Research Concentration
Students choose the Pre-Counseling concentration in preparation for careers in counseling psychology. By learning the basic counseling theories and techniques and the applications of these techniques, students are prepared for entry-level positions in mental health and human services.
Students in this concentration complete a clinical off-campus practicum (practice) in family services organizations across the city. Some even complete their practicum in OLLU’s Community Counseling Service center, which provides counseling services to members of the community.
Students pursuing this track often go on to graduate programs that will lead to licensure as therapists or counselors.
View the Pre-Counseling degree plan and course descriptions here.
BA Psychology - Pre-Counseling/Research Concentration
The Research concentration prepares students for entry-level positions or graduate training in psychological science. Coursework in this concentration places an additional emphasis on statistics and students conduct a research project with a faculty member or at a laboratory off campus.
This concentration is ideal for students who may not want to become therapists, but have an interest in studying human behavior.
View the Research degree plan and course descriptions here.
Psychology Minor Violence Prevention and Intervention Certificate
The Pre-Counseling/Research concentration is designed to prepare students for doctoral study in mental health and human services fields through the practice of both counseling and research techniques. Students pursuing this concentration often go on to graduate programs that can lead to licensure as clinical psychologists –those that have the ability to diagnose and treat mental, emotional and behavioral disorders.
Students in this concentration complete a psychology practicum at a family services organization in addition to a research practicum where they will conduct research with a faculty member, classmates or at an off-campus site with other researchers.
View the Pre-Counseling/Research concentration degree plan and course descriptions here.
The Violence Prevention and Intervention (VPI) certificate program is designed to educate students about the evolution and cycles of violence in families, systems and the broader culture. The purpose of the VPI certificate is to better prepare students for entry-level positions or for graduate training in the human services fields by acquiring knowledge about basic intervention theories and techniques for families exposed to violence and studying the effects of violence on women, children and the broader community.
This interdisciplinary certificate includes courses from psychology, sociology, criminal justice and social work.
View the Violence Prevention and Intervention Certificate degree plan and course descriptions here.
Community Counseling Service
The Community Counseling Service (CCS) is a University-operated center that offers individual, couple/marital, or family counseling and psychological testing to area residents. Although undergraduate psychology students are not able to work directly with clients, they do observe live counseling sessions that are conducted by master's and doctoral psychology students. During the sessions, undergraduate students engage in discussions with faculty members to gain better insight into the techniques and practices being utilized. Learn more about the Community Counseling Service.
Psychology students can complete a practicum at the Community Counseling Service, or other family service organizations, where they can apply basic counseling skills while working with individuals, groups and families. Students are supervised by professional counselors during their practicum and get to reflect on their work at the conclusion of their experience.
As part of this course, students apply the methods used to conduct psychological research to work with classmates, their professors or psychologists from other organizations on research projects. Work on the project may include research design, literature reviews, data collection and statistical analysis.
Psychology Career Options
Studying psychology opens the doors to many entry-level careers within the social services. Possible career options include case manager, rehabilitation specialist, psychiatric technician, career counselor and many more.
Earn a Bilingual Psychology Degree
Spanish-speaking students can earn a Psychology degree with dual-language emphasis through the Biliterate Certificate Program. Students take specialized Spanish classes and fulfill a portion of their major requirements by taking classes taught in Spanish. Learn more about the Biliterate Certificate Program.
Another popular option for those interested in becoming a bilingual psychotherapist is to add a Spanish minor to their degree. Learn more about the Spanish program at OLLU.
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.
Psychology Honor Society
Undergraduate students also have the opportunity to join Psi Chi, the National Honor Society for psychology majors and minors. Psi Chi strives to produce well-educated, ethical and socially responsible members committed to contributing to the science and profession of psychology and to society in general.
OLLU has made me a well-rounded individual due to the vast amount of experiences that were presented to me during my undergraduate education. Thanks to these experiences, I am now more aware of a greater reality and the importance of being active in the community. I plan to implement my degree and experiences achieved at OLLU in order to help marginalized individuals in the community by providing them with adequate resources and professional help.
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