Psychology

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  • Minor

Our Psychology program was designed to give students a strong foundation in understanding human psychology. Because we are a small university, we’re able to focus on your career goals and tailor the program to meet your needs.

At UJ, small doesn’t mean less. We offer a large selection of courses, backed by individualized attention from your professors. Plus, with UJ’s community partnerships, you can pursue hands-on experience in a range of disciplines – all to prepare you for entering the workforce, pursuing master’s level work, or earning your doctoral degree.

A personalized educational experience

We want to help you meet your career goals. That’s why we personalize your undergraduate experience by offering two psychology degree tracks:

  1. Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

The Bachelor of Arts degree provides students with a solid grounding in psychological theory, research, and application. It is designed for students who will enter the workforce after graduation, or for students wishing to pursue graduate work in applied psychology at the master’s level (such as counseling) or in a related field (such as occupational therapy or social work).

 

2. Bachelor of Science in Psychology

The Bachelor of Science track is designed for students who plan to pursue doctoral degrees in some area of psychological research or clinical psychology. This track places greater emphasis on research, experimental design, and statistical analysis that culminates in the senior thesis.

Grow your skills

One of the goals of the Psychology Department is to foster the intellectual development of our students. We achieve this goal by examining various disciplines, including counseling theories/techniques and psychotherapy best practices, while remaining rooted in the liberal arts. This teaching style promotes strong writing, communication, and research skills—all of which are crucial to finding professional success. Upon graduation, you will have gained experience in:

  • Research methods
  • Critical thinking
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Writing in APA style
  • Working collaboratively
  • Understanding mental disorders and motivation theory
  • Obtaining peer reviewed sources
  • Understanding why people are the way they are
  • Appreciating and accepting individual differences
  • Managing mental health

Concentrations

Addiction Counseling
It’s rare to find an Addiction Counseling Concentration offered at the undergraduate level. We designed this program to give students not interested in graduate school an option to still work as a Licensed Addiction Counselor following their four-year degree.

Students who concentrate on Addiction Counseling will apply to a 960-hour NDBACE approved training practicum. After successful completion, you will be eligible to sit for a licensure exam in North Dakota.

Course Details
The following courses are required for certification as a Licensed Addiction Counselor by the state of North Dakota, along with successful application to a training consortium and completion of 960 hours of training practicum in addiction. These courses, when combined with the psychology core courses and an appropriate grade point average, will constitute a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with an addiction counseling concentration.
Students are advised that certification as an addiction counselor in North Dakota requires a four-year degree in addiction studies or a closely related mental health field (i.e., psychology). Because some of these courses are offered only during summer sessions and many have prerequisites, students entering the addiction counseling concentration should carefully plan their program with their faculty advisor. Students should also work closely with a faculty advisor to prepare for training consortium deadlines.

Course Title (credits)
Psyc 101 General Psychology (3)
Psyc 203 Developmental Psychology (3)
Psyc 299 Sophomore Experience in Addiction Counseling (1)
Psyc 302 Abnormal Psychology (3)
Psyc 360 Psychopharmacology (3)
Psyc 365 Dynamics of Addiction (3)
Comm 370 Diversity (3)
Psyc 401 Professional Ethics (3)
Psyc 410 Fundamentals of Counseling (3)
Psyc 411 Group Counseling (3)
Psyc 412 Advanced Counseling (3)
Psyc 413 Family Counseling (3)
Psyc 498-499 Training Practicum in Addiction Counseling (if applicable) (6-12)
Total Semester Credits Required: 37-49

Why UJ?

  • Small class sizes allow for more personalized support and discussion.
  • Learn from faculty who maintains a private practice in counseling.
  • Academic advisor (who is also psychology faculty) is assigned on day one.
95%

Acceptance rate

More than 95% of UJ Psychology students who apply to graduate school programs are accepted.

360x360

Become Licensed

UJ psychology students who complete the Addiction Counseling Concentration requirements are eligible to sit for the addiction counselor licensure exam in North Dakota.

$12.49 milllion

In scholarships, grants, and waivers

This is the amount awarded to students in the 21-22 year.

Gain real-life experience.

We graduate students who are prepared to make a difference in the field of psychology. This outcome is accomplished, in part, through hands-on experience.

Examine Future Careers

To help you gain a better understanding of what your future can look like, all freshmen are required to take a course that examines psychology careers.

Individual Research Projects

Every student will conduct their own research project from start to finish. Students have the opportunity to present their findings at an annual research symposium and at regional professional conferences.
Although these opportunities are often not available at state schools, we find research development is a strong point for graduate school admission committees and sets our students apart from most applicants.

Internships

Our internship program enables students to gain work experience and make informed career choices through supervised internships of a semester or more in length – many of which are available for credit.

UJ is located in what is often referred to as a “psychology town.” That means students can develop their skills working with a range of clients from the State Hospital, the Anne Carlson Center (serves individual with development disabilities), Triumph (assists individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities), the State Prison, and Safe Shelter (works with victims of domestic violence), among others.

Co-Curricular Activities

UJ has an active Psi Chi chapter (the international honor society in psychology) that recognizes scholastic achievement, and encourages leadership, research, and creativity within psychology. We also have a Student Psychology Association where students with similar interests meet to learn about different aspects of psychology, as well as graduate programs.

Coursework

Course Title Credits

Psyc 101

General Psychology

3

Psyc 201

Psychology in Context

3

Psyc 202

Research Methods

3

Psyc 302

or

Psyc 311

Abnormal Psychology

 

Theories of Personality

3

 

3

Plus two of the following courses

Course Title Credits

Psyc 315

Social Psychology

3

Psyc 317

Motivation and Emotion

3

Psyc 319

Cognition

3

Psyc

Electives

12

Psyc 318

Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

3

Psyc 321

or

Psyc 330

or

Psyc 360

Biological Psychology

 

Health Psychology

 

Psychopharmacology

3

 

3

 

3

Psyc 391

Junior Seminar

1

Psyc 450

History & Systems

3

Total Semester Credits Required: 40

Our Faculty

The psychology faculty are known for being invested in their student’s work and are committed to providing detailed feedback to help them achieve success. You’ll get to know faculty, both in and outside of the classroom, from day one.

Tuition and Financial Aid

We believe every student, regardless of their financial situation, should have access to a UJ education. 100% of our full-time undergraduate students have some type of financial aid, with scholarship packages starting at $8,000 minimum. Your counselor for admissions personally walks you through financial aid, including the process of filing a FAFSA, maximizing your eligibility for aid, and answering any questions you may have along the way.