Harper College has partnered with Roosevelt University to create an academic and research partnership that lets students earn a Harper associate degree in psychology and then seamlessly transfer to Roosevelt to earn a bachelor's or master's degree.
Students in the program will spend the first two years taking required courses at Harper, and will have the opportunity to participate in psychological research alongside Roosevelt professors -- and potentially conduct their own. Participants will be guaranteed admission to Roosevelt following the completion of their associate degree with a minimum GPA.
"The program will allow students to save considerable time and money while earning their psychology degrees in the Northwest suburbs," said James Choca, psychology department chair at Roosevelt.
It also gets students more involved with the actual science of psychology, Harper Professor Charlie Johnston said.
"This presents our students with the priceless opportunity to participate in real research and delve into psychology in ways they may not otherwise have the opportunity to do," Johnston said.
"Additionally, it provides the incentive to finish an associate degree and paves a clear path toward higher degrees in the field."
Participants in the program will be able to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology or a Master of Arts in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Roosevelt.
Graduates often find work in business, sales, counseling, research, education and health care. Building on an existing partnership between the two institutions, students in the program will receive Roosevelt tuition discounts based on their Harper academic performance; have access to both Harper and Roosevelt advisers throughout the course of their education; and be able to compete for scholarship funding intended for those in the Dual Degree Program.
Harper currently holds more than 100 other transfer agreements with colleges and universities across the nation that create a pathway for students seeking four-year or advanced degrees.