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Why Study Psychology?

Psychology is the scientific approach to understanding human behavior. Psychology courses offered at Prairie State College (PSC) range from surveys introducing students to the basic principles associated with the study of psychology, to specialized courses that examine in detail topics that include physiology, sensation, perception, motivation, learning and memory, maturation and development, personality, individual differences, social behavior, human sexuality, and abnormal behavior and its therapies.

Students who plan to major in psychology are encouraged to complete foundation coursework in the sciences and mathematics in addition to a core of basic psychology courses. It is recommended that students complete the Associate in Arts degree prior to transfer. The psychology transfer program provides a broad general education background and prepares students for the specialized coursework undertaken during the last two years of a baccalaureate program.

Degrees and Certificates
View the curriculum for each program in the current Academic Catalog. You can also access the entire catalog online. An archive of previous catalogs and addenda is also available.

Please visit Career Programs and Transfer Degrees, where you will find information describing the requirements needed to complete a degree or certificate.

A listing of course descriptions is available in the current Academic Catalog. For a listing of when courses are offered, consult the current course schedule or WebAdvisor.


Dr. André Halliburton, Assistant Professor of Psychology.

Dr. André Halliburton, Professor, Psychology

Dr. Halliburton has a B.S. and M.S. from Chicago State University and a Ph.D. from Loyola.



Dr. Dianne DeSousa, Associate Professor of Psychology

Dr. Dianne DeSousa, Professor/Coordinator, Psychology

Dr. DeSousa received her B.A. from Lake Forest College, and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University of Chicago.



Dr. Cynthia Cornejo, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Cynthia Cornejo, Professor, Psychology

Dr. Cynthia Cornejo received her B.A. with Honors from Roosevelt University (Chicago, IL), and her M.A. and PsyD in Clinical Psychology from The Illinois School of Professional Psychology/Argosy University (Rolling Meadows, IL).


Adjunct Faculty

A number of dedicated adjunct faculty members offer psychology courses at PSC. Adjunct faculty can be reached via the contact information you will receive the first day of class. You may also try stopping by the Adjunct Faculty Office, located on the fourth floor of Main Building in room 4195, when your professor is on campus.