The B.S. in Psychology program at Albizu University, Miami campus, gives you the foundation you will need to build a career in mental health as well as the required skills and knowledge to enter graduate school. Our program integrates social, emotional, and behavioral theories with current trends in psychology and mental health. Albizu University’s multicultural approach focuses on the worth and dignity of all people, regardless of background, origin, or life circumstances.
As an undergraduate, your studies are tailored to your academic interests and goals. In addition to the General Psychology program, seven minors are available: Gay and Lesbian Studies, Cross-Cultural Studies, Child Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Health Psychology, Applied Behavior Analysis, and Case Management Studies. You will also have the opportunity to take a select number of graduate-level courses as electives, paving the way for entrance into a master’s degree program.
The B.S. in Psychology program with a minor in Gay and Lesbian Studies is designed to familiarize students with the cultural, historical, sociological, and psychological processes that occur in and impact the gay and lesbian community. Students in this minor area of study will be exposed to current psychological topics in the field of gay and lesbian studies, including socio-cultural dimensions, adolescent development and the ‘coming out’ process, transgender issues, physical and emotional health issues, and strategies for equality/human rights advocacy and legal issues.
The minor consists of 18 credits of coursework. The courses have been infused with multicultural principles to further broaden students’ knowledge of the psycho-cultural needs of gay and lesbian individuals. The availability of day, evening, and weekend classes is aimed at meeting the needs of a wide range of students. Courses are held in classrooms equipped with modern technological resources and conducted by professors with theoretical and practical expertise in the field of gay and lesbian studies.
In addition to the core curriculum for B.S. in Psychology students, the following courses are required for the minor: Introduction to LGBT Studies (LGBT101), Multidisciplinary Approaches to LGBTQI2-S Health (LGBT102), Child and Adolescent LGBTQI2-S Development (LGBT103), Human Sexuality and LGBTQI2-S Individuals (LGBT104), Special Topics: LGBTQI2-S Advocacy and Community Involvement (LGBT105), and Socio-Cultural and Historical Dimensions of the LGBTQI2-S Community (LGBT106).
Albizu University has historically provided professional training that is sensitive to cultural and ethnic issues. Following this tradition, the B.S. in Psychology program familiarizes you with a variety of multicultural topics, enhancing your ability to work with diverse populations.
Graduates of Albizu University's B.S. in Psychology program find employment as social workers, case managers, human resource professionals, certified addiction professionals, behavioral technicians at hospitals, child life specialists, and associate behavior analysts. Some begin careers in corrections or law enforcement or apply their studies in psychology to teaching in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, working in areas with a critical shortage of teachers. Others continue their studies at the graduate level, with the advantage of an enhanced knowledge and understanding of human behavior.