Pre-Counseling (PPC)- major

Get a head start on your master’s degree while earning your bachelor’s degree. Students who choose Alverno’s undergraduate psychology pre-counseling major will be able to start their graduate credits during their senior year. Once you earn your bachelor’s degree after four years of study, you will spend another 18 months to complete your graduate degree and then become eligible to sit for the professional counselor licensing exam. You’ll experience our undergraduate focus on the scientific study of normal and abnormal human behavior across the diverse subdisciplines of psychology, including developmental, cognitive, physiological, social, and cultural psychology. As you complete your advanced undergraduate work, you’ll begin your training in counseling psychology, engaging with issues of healing and justice. The courses you take will prepare you to be a skilled counselor, and you will learn how to address the important social issues that affect our communities daily.

For 130 years, Alverno College has been dedicated to the education of women, preparing them for lives of personal and professional distinction and meaningful engagement with the world. Alverno extends this mission to men as well, through graduate and adult classes. We are a Catholic, liberal arts college with a curriculum so unique, educators from around the world come to Alverno to learn how we teach. Alverno’s abilities-based approach to learning ensures our graduates will learn more in class and retain knowledge longer. Students do not receive traditional grades, rather, they are assessed by faculty, community assessors, peers and themselves. Our small class sizes ensure students receive uncommon access to faculty. With an average student to teacher ratio of 10:1, you are guaranteed an individualized learning experience.

Beginning Requirements
PSY-110Life Span Development4
Intermediate Requirements
BSC-255Behavioral Science Research Methods4
PSY-250Abnormal Psychology4
BSC-256Probability & Statistics4
PSY-301Analytic Reading in Psychology4
PSY-302Classic & Contemporary Psychology Theory4
PSY-399Formal Introduction to Advanced Work0
PSY ElectivePsychology (PSY) Electives8
Advanced Requirements
PSY-350Experimental Psychology4
INTERN-383Internship Seminar2
PSY-483Advanced Internship Seminar2
PSY-491Senior Seminar2
PSY-500Foundations/Comm Psychology & Counseling4
PSY-511Human Development in Community Contexts4
PSY-520Helping Rel: Prevention, Intervnt & Syst4
PSY-525Clin Mntl Hlth Cnsl: Diagnosis& Treatmnt4
PSY-527Culturally Engaged Counseling4
PSY-540Trauma Counseling4

The Academic Map below should be used for planning purposes only. All official graduation requirements are listed on a student's Academic Evaluation. Course Sequence is subject to change. All students must complete a minimum of 120 credits to earn a Bachelors Degree.

NOTE: Students may continue their education to complete the Master of Science in Community Psychology (MCP). The PSY 5xx-level courses in your final year will be used to meet requirements for the first year of classes in the MCP program.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
ILA-100 Introduction to the Liberal Arts @ Alverno 0
PSY-110 Life Span Development 4
FSS 100 LevelAny FSS-125 First Semester Seminar (FSS) topic from 2
AC-151 Initial Social Interaction Assessment 0
CM-125 Communication Seminar 2 3
QL-156 Mathematical Connections 3
BSC-215 Working in Diverse Groups 2
PSY-250 Abnormal Psychology 4
BSC-255 Behavioral Science Research Methods 4
FA 100 LevelAny FA-100 Intro to the Arts (FA) from 4
CM-225 Communication Seminar 3 3
Second Year
BSC-256 Probability & Statistics 4
HUM 100 LevelAny HUM-150 Intro to the Humanities (HUM) topic from 4
ADV-299 Intermediate Level Event 0
Human Biology
and Human Biology Lab
PSY Elective Psychology (PSY) Electives 2
PSY-301 Analytic Reading in Psychology 4
HFA 250 ElectiveAny HFA-250 Humanities and Fine Arts (HFA) elective 4
PSY-302 Classic & Contemporary Psychology Theory 4
PSY-399 Formal Introduction to Advanced Work 0
PSY Elective Psychology (PSY) Electives 4
Third Year
PSY-350 Experimental Psychology 4
PSY Elective Psychology (PSY) Electives 4
INTERN-383 Internship Seminar 2
ElectivesGeneral electives to meet the 120 credit requirement for the degree 4
GEC 300 LevelAny GEC-300 Globally Effective Citizenship (GEC) topic from 3
PSY-483 Advanced Internship Seminar 2
PSY-491 Senior Seminar 2
PSY Elective Psychology (PSY) Electives 4
ElectivesGeneral electives to meet the 120 credit requirement for the degree 4
Fourth Year
PSY-500 Foundations/Comm Psychology & Counseling 4
PSY-511 Human Development in Community Contexts 4
PSY-540 Trauma Counseling 4
PSY-520 Helping Rel: Prevention, Intervnt & Syst 4
PSY-525 Clin Mntl Hlth Cnsl: Diagnosis& Treatmnt 4
PSY-527 Culturally Engaged Counseling 4
 Total Credits112