The Department of Psychology at ULM offers an undergraduate curriculum that provides a basic arts and sciences education including courses in all major content areas of Psychology. The Bachelor of Arts degree is designed to provide students with background and skills essential for further professional or graduate study in Psychology. Minimum course hours required: 120. Students who expect to earn the Bachelor's Degree in Psychology must take a written examination in the field of Psychology during the senior year and make a satisfactory score.
ULM Psychology also offers a Master of Science degree, with concentrations in General Psychology, Psychometrics, and Forensic Psychology. The Forensic Psychology program combines classes from Criminal Justice and Psychology.
Psychology is the scientific study of behavior, both animal and human. It is a very broad and diverse discipline that ranges from studies of brain structure and function to studies of behavior and cognition. Psychologists apply the scientific method and research techniques to increase our understanding of all aspects of behavior, both normal and abnormal. Psychology provides a knowledge base for understanding human behavior that has applications in professions like Law, Teaching, Business, Medicine, Public Relations and more.
Opportunities in Psychology
A Bachelor of Arts degree, having majored in psychology, does not prepare a person to be a psychologist or counselor. Jobs in which you are working directly with people in a therapeutic setting generally require an advanced degree and becoming licensed by the state. However, there are some positions such as child protection worker, social service director, counselor's aide, and corrections officer, to name a few, which can be pursued with a BA degree. In addition, many graduates find work in business settings in positions such as advertising trainee, customer relations, marketing researcher, or staff training and development. About 20% of psychology graduates go on to a graduate program in psychology, but many also pursue advanced degrees in other fields such as business or law.
What is Psi Chi?
Psi Chi is the International Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology. Membership is open to both graduate and undergraduate students who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests and who meet the minimum qualifications. Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Psychological Sciences (APS). Psi Chi’s sister honor society is Psi Beta, the National Honor Society in Psychology for community and junior colleges. Contact Dr. Rick Stevens for more information. For our Facebook page search for "Psi Chi: University of Louisiana at Monroe Chapter". For general information about Psi Chi go to psichi.org.