Monday, October 28, 2013

From Our Undergraduate Advisor

Hello everyone. I hope you are having a successful fall term! Please review this email before scheduling an appointment for Spring 2014 advising. Registration for Spring begins on November 1.

If you have completed 60 semester hours and your file has been transferred to the Psychology Department, we would meet for an advising appointment. 

To arrange an advising appointment with me, I will need to know your name, student ID number, campus, preferred meeting times, and phone number. You can email me at or call 847-619-4229.

I'm at the Chicago campus (GAGE, Room 400) on Mondays and Tuesdays, with appointment times from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., then 2:00-5:15 p.m.  I'm at Schaumburg campus on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, with appointment times from 10:30 a.m.-12:30, then 2:00-5:15 p.m. 

It would be best to provide a range of times/days that you are able to meet because the appointment times that tend to fill quickest are times directly after classes end (such as 11:00, 12:15, 2:00, 4:30). Also, because my Chicago appointment times book quickly, if you have any flexibility to meet at Schaumburg, you would likely secure an earlier appointment. Finally, email advising is an option as well.

For Chicago campus students with 60-90 hours completed, you also have the option of scheduling an appointment with our part-time psychology advisor, Christina Tri, at She’s at the Chicago campus (GAGE, Room 400) on Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1:30-5:00 p.m.; and Thursdays, 9:30-1:30 and 4:45-6:00 p.m.

Before scheduling your advising appointment, take some time to review your transcript and re-acquaint yourself with requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in psychology. To locate your Roosevelt transcript (that also would include a listing of courses you have transferred from other colleges) go to, select "Current Students" in the upper-left corner, and log into RU Access. Under "Registration & Other Student Services" select "Student Records" then "print unofficial transcript" to view your transcript.

You can now review the Spring 2014 class schedule by going to the main website at, selecting "Current Students" in the upper-left corner, then "Class Schedule" from the links in the left column. Do not look up courses through your RU Access or you will not see course prerequisites, notes, course status, special information, etc.

Finally, before our meeting, you are urged to resolve any registration holds you might have. To find out if you have any holds, log into your RU Access, select "Registration & Other Student Services," then "Student Records" and "View Holds." If you have a hold, you would contact the office that placed the hold to have it lifted so you can register. 

PLEASE NOTE: SPRING 2014 ACADEMIC CALENDAR. It's expected that the spring term will begin with the Monday (OR Monday/Wednesday OR Monday/Wednesday/Friday) classes having the first meeting on Friday, January 10th; then resuming regular meeting dates on Monday, January 13th. FYI: the Friday meeting date is the "make up" day for the Monday, January 20th Dr. Martin Luther King holiday, when the University is closed. The final Spring ‘14 academic calendar will be posted at the website for the Office of the Registrar (under “Important Dates”) during the fall term. You are urged to check that website for updates to the spring ’14 calendar.

Undergraduate concentrations

The Department of Psychology offers three undergraduate concentrations.  Concentrations are optional class sequences that provide undergraduates a greater depth of knowledge within selected fields of psychology.  

Choosing a concentration area complements the breadth of exposure that we ensure within the psychology majors.  Concentrations are also open to students in other departments independent of the psychology major, similar to our minor. 

Concentration in Child and Family Studies

The Concentration in Child and Family Studies allows undergraduates to learn about child development from an interdisciplinary perspective, and addresses areas such as parenting, schooling, and the place of children and families in society.

Four courses (at least 12 semester hours) are required to earn a Concentration in Child and Family Studies.  Students choose three electives from the list below.  Because of the interdisciplinary nature of this concentration, students must choose at least one elective in an area/department outside of their major.  In addition, at least one of these electives must be at the 300 level.

The fourth course is the capstone class (PSYC 398: Field Placement with Children and Families) in which students complete a 72 hour service-learning placement in an organized setting that caters to children and families.  Early enrollment and instructor approval are required for PSYC 398, which is offered every Spring semester.

CJL 220: Juvenile Justice
ECHD 309/SPED 309: Child, Family and Community
ECHD 336: Language Development
EDUC 210 or PSYC 254: Child Development 
EDUC 311: Adolescent Development
PSYC 215: Developmental and Learning Disabilities
PSYC 319: Child Psychopathology
PSYC 368: Child Abuse and Family Violence
PSYC 381: Children and Families
PSYC 392: Children, Psychology, and the Law
READ 339: Young Adult Literature
SOC 215: The Family

Concentration in Neuroscience

The Neuroscience Concentration allows students to study the biological basis of behavior and organizational principles of brain functioning in depth. Students are encouraged to take courses in both psychology and biology because of the field’s interdisciplinary nature; however, students can meet concentration requirements from classes offered by the Department of Psychology alone. This concentration is well suited for students planning to go on to clinical neuropsychology, medicine, pharmacology, neuroscience, or allied health fields.

Four courses (at least 12 semester hours) are required from the list below. One of the four courses must have a service learning component or a laboratory component.

PSYC 310: Fundamentals of Behavioral Neuroscience
PSYC 325: Sensation and Perception
PSYC 326: Cognitive Processes
PSYC 336: Brain and Behavior
PSYC 350*: Human Neuropsychology
BIOL 201*: Organismic Biology
BIOL 301*: Cellular and Molecular Biology
* meets service-learning/laboratory requirement for concentration

Concentration in Forensic Psychology

The Concentration in Forensic Psychology allows students to study the field of psychology and the law in depth.  Students will explore areas such as police investigation, court proceedings, policy work, and learn about professions related to the forensic arena.  Drawing on knowledge from a range of subfields in psychology, students will gain first-hand experience with forensic research and related clinical interventions with forensic populations.  This concentration is well suited for students planning to pursue graduate school in forensic psychology, clinical psychology, experimental psychology (cognitive, developmental, or social psychology), criminology/criminal justice, or law school.

Four courses (at least 12 semester hours) are required from the list below. Students must enroll in PSYC 351: Law and Psychology. Students must also select a second class that has a service learning component or a laboratory component as part of their coursework.

PSYC 106: Forensic Science
PSYC 351: Law and Psychology
PSYC 360: Eyewitness Testimony
PSYC 368*: Child Abuse and Family Violence
PSYC 391*: Advanced Forensic Psychology Seminar
PSYC 392: Children, Psychology, and the Law
CJL 200: Introduction to Criminal Justice
* meets service-learning/laboratory requirement for concentration

Note.  Students may choose only one concentration.  All courses must be passed with a grade of C- or higher. Only three credits of course work from another university may be applied towards a concentration.  Additional courses related to each area may be approved by the Department of Psychology if they are offered.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Psi Chi Applications for Fall 2013 Due Next Week!

Roosevelt University Chicago’s chapter of Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology, is accepting applications for membership through October 14th.  To apply, go to the Psi Chi website at and select the menu option “Join – Become a Member” to access the online application. 

Members must be second-semester sophomores, have completed at least 9 credit hours in psychology, be a declared psychology major or minor, and have a 3.0 GPA or better in their psychology classes. 

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Jill Coleman at or Dani Adams at