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The Our Lady of the Lake University Psychology Department offers a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program that prepares students to apply psychological theory and science in a broad range of settings and to pursue graduate studies. Students complete core courses that represent the field of psychology and have the option of selecting either a flexible degree plan that allows for 15 hours of elective courses in psychology or a concentration in pre-counseling.

A bachelor's degree in psychology opens the doors to marry entry-level careers within social services. Possible career options include case manager, rehabilitation specialist, psychiatric technician, career counselor and many more.

Psychology Concentrations and Certificates

While each of the concentrations available 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 option provides an additional opportunity for students to enhance their knowledge and skills in dealing with diverse clients in their careers.

Students choose the general concentration in preparation for careers in psychology and/or preparation for graduate studies. Coursework in this concentration focuses on the foundations of psychology that students will be able to apply in a variety of industries.

General Concentration degree plan and course descriptions

This concentration prepares students for graduate training or entry-level positions in mental health and human service fields through the learning of basic counseling theories and techniques and application of these techniques in a clinical practicum.

Pre-Counseling Concentration degree plan and course descriptions

The Psychology Minor offers students the opportunity to gain skills in comparative analysis, conducting research and creating persuasive and well-developed arguments. This minor pairs well with many of the majors offered at OLLU, including:

  • Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Social Work
  • Communication and Learning Disorders
  • Sociology

Psychology Minor degree plan and course descriptions

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.

Violence Prevention and Intervention Certificate degree plan and course descriptions

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. 

Community Counseling Service

The Community Counseling Service (CCS) is a university-operated center that offers individual, couple/marital, or family counseling or psychological testing to area residents. Although undergraduate 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. 

Hands-On Experience

Psychology Practicum

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.

Research Practicum

Students also have the option to complete a research practicum. 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. 


SBIRT Program

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. 

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