Psychology: The UDC Edge

Located in the heart of the nation’s capitol, the University of the District of Columbia is an affordable and high quality educational option, attentive to your needs and committed to your success.

At UDC, a shared multicultural perspective among students and faculty shapes the learning environment. Our students are acutely aware of the impact of health disparities among lower income, minority populations. To that end, they often commit their careers to working with underserved and underrepresented populations. Our students and faculty also embrace the approach of healing the whole person, their family and the community at large.

Bachelor’s Degree (BS) in Psychology

“Why does she behave that way when there’s a crisis?” “What do babies know and when do they know it?”  “What influences his spending habits?” We may ponder questions such as these, but the answers are not always apparent. But being able to understand others—and, in the process, better understand ourselves—is a valuable skill in any field where you have to interact with a range of personalities.

Maybe you are curious about how people relate to or influence other people, or perhaps you are more interested in how genetics and various environmental factors influence our behaviors. The bachelor’s degree program in psychology at the University of the District of Columbia introduces you to the science of behavior. We provide a solid foundation in the major theoretical perspectives and the research methods used to generate the data and scientific findings of psychology, derived from both animal and human populations.


Curriculum and Requirements in the UDC Psychology Program

The bachelor’s degree in psychology requires a minimum of 120 credit hours of coursework. This includes university-wide requirements, 43 credit hours in psychology, degree requirements in other departments and elective courses.

Courses cover such topics as:

  • Neuroscience
  • Developmental psychology
  • Abnormal psychology
  • Tests and Measurements
  • Community psychology
  • Experimental psychology
  • Statistics
  • Learning and Cognition

Seniors have the opportunity to participate in practica, independent research, and a capstone seminar course in which you complete an independent research project.

Student Organizations and Activities in the UDC Psychology Program

  • The Psychology Club offers students study groups, discussion around issues in psychology and engagement with scholars in the field.
  • The UDC chapter of Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology, offers membership to qualified students. Members have the opportunity to pursue independent research (under faculty direction), attend conferences and submit work for award or publishing consideration. The society’s quarterly magazine, Eye on Psi Chi, keeps the community informed and connected, while the quarterly Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research introduces students to the publishing and review process.
  • The UDC chapter of PsySSR (Psychologists for Social Responsibility)—founded in 2002 as the first student chapter of the national organization— is devoted to the use of psychological knowledge and practice to promote peace, social justice, human rights and sustainability through education, research and activism on campus and in the D.C. community. 

Faculty Spotlight: UDC Psychology Program

Career Pathways and Prospects

With a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UDC, you may pursue graduate study in one of the many subfields of psychology, go to law school, or pursue entry-level positions or opportunities at the local, state, or federal agencies, or in research or mental health settings.

Many graduates continue their education and training in graduate and certificate programs in psychology, pursuing subfields as:

  • Organizational psychology
  • Educational psychology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Child psychology
  • Gerontology
  • Social psychology
  • Forensic psychology

Past graduates have gone on to complete doctoral programs at institutions including the University of Michigan, the University of Texas-Austin, the University of Maryland, George Washington University, Johns-Hopkins University, and Howard University.

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