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Concentration Planning Forms

Our curriculum has been designed to accommodate students’ varying interests and career goals by providing several curricular concentration options. Your concentration is listed on your transcripts, but not your diploma.

Students should select any one of the following possible concentrations in consultation with their academic advisers and based on individual educational goals. You declare your concentration using a concentration selection form.

Each concentration has 1 required course in addition to the three courses (PSY301, PSY302, and PSY471) that are required for all students majoring in Psychology.

Concentration planning forms: Catalog years for Fall 2012 to present (.pdf format)

  • Clinical/Counseling Psychology: The clinical/counseling concentration is intended to give students a background in the assessment and treatment of mental health issues. This concentration is appropriate for students who are interested in pursuing a career that involves working professionally in the field of psychology. If you intend to go to graduate school to become a counselor, psychologist, or other service provider, you should consider this concentration.
  • Developmental Psychology: The developmental concentration is intended to give students a background in the concepts, theories, and research on human development as it occurs over the life-span and across contexts. If you are interested in learning about developmental milestones and challenges unique to each stage of human development, including infancy, early and middle childhood, adolescence, emerging adulthood, middle age, and old age, you should consider this concentration.
  • Educational Psychology: The educational concentration is intended to give students a background in theory and research related to learning and cognition, development across the life span, and psychological/educational testing. If you intend to go to graduate school to become a school counselor or psychologist, or you are in the elementary education teacher education program, you should consider this concentration.
  • Experimental PsychologyThe experimental concentration is intended to give students broad background in the fundamental sub-areas in Psychology while emphasizing research methodology and statistics. If you intend to go to graduate school in an area other than clinical, counseling, or developmental psychology, you should consider this concentration. If you do not intend to go to graduate school, this concentration is probably not for you.
  • Individualized concentrationThe individualized concentration is intended to give students the flexibility to obtain a general background in Psychology or to create their own specialization beyond the concentration areas offered by the Psychology Department. If you are interested in an area other than clinical, counseling, developmental, educational, or experimental psychology, OR if you would like to develop a broad foundation across all areas of psychology, you should consider this concentration (no additional required courses).

Spring 2012 and earlier catalog years (.doc format)

Your catalog year is determined by your first semester at UIS. It does not depend on when you declared Psychology as your major or any other event. If you have a question about your catalog year, please see your advisor. If you do not know who your advisor is, contact the departmental office.