College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


What is Psychology?

Psychology is the study of human and animal behavior. Your coursework will take you from studying single cells to large communities. In this program, you'll learn research techniques and methodologies so that you can form hypotheses. You’ll also study statistical analysis and gain a larger understanding of the biological processes of behavior. With this knowledge, you can better understand the human condition. You can choose from ten concentrations:

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Clinical/Community Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Diversity Science
  • Intradisciplinary Psychology
  • Organizational Psychology
  • Personality Psychology
  • Social Psychology

Career Options

  • Business
  • Community activism
  • Counseling
  • Education
  • Health
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Psychotherapy
  • Social services

Post-Graduation Success1

85% employed or continuing education

44% employed after graduation

40% attending graduate school

1% volunteering

$39,986 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Teach for America, Alight Solutions View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois at Chicago, Depaul University View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Demonstrated understanding of and interest in the major

View All Review Criteria

Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

3.8 years to degree

94% first-year retention rate

77% four-year graduation rate

87% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,712
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $35,862


  • Tuition: $31,832
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $55,322


  • Tuition: $34,280
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $57,770