The profession of a psychologist is one of the most rapidly developing and promising. Psychology is popular and in demand in all countries of the world. Modern psychologists can help every person in solving difficult life situations, choosing a profession, resolving conflicts in the family, in school or at work, in interpersonal or intergroup relationships. Psychologists are indispensable both in emergency situations and in the work of any company, organization, in the field of education, science, mass communications, politics and economics.
The advantage of studying psychology at RUDN University is a unique opportunity to use the educational resources of the largest multinational classical university and get acquainted in practice with the psychological characteristics of representatives of more than 150 countries of the world. The high quality of psychological education at RUDN University is confirmed by the fact that RUDN was the first Russian university to win the right to open a branch of the PSI CHI International Psychological Society of Honor, which was the first not only in Russia, but also in continental Europe.
The bachelor program is aimed at studying the most modern achievements of Russian and world psychology, at mastering modern methods of psycho-diagnostics, psycho-correction, professional selection, psychological counseling, and psychological research.
Key disciplines: “General psychology”, “Age psychology and developmental psychology”, “Social psychology”, “Pedagogical psychology”, “Psychology of personality”, “Mathematical methods in psychology”, “Experimental psychology”, “History of psychology”, “Ethnopsychology”, etc.
About 25% of the studied disciplines are the ones of the student's choice, including: “Workshop on intercultural communication”, “Family counseling”, “Self-regulation of emotional states”, “Psychological correction of parent-child relations”, “Practical psychology” and some others.
Classes are held in multimedia and computer classrooms. Active and interactive forms of teaching are widely used: discussions, disputes, case study, work in mini-groups, preparation and defense of projects. For students, master classes are regularly organized by leading practicing psychologists to get acquainted with the advanced methods of individual and group psychological work.
The teachers are members of international and professional associations, where they cooperate with a large number of foreign scientists and practitioners.
The topics of course and final qualifying works of students are connected with the most relevant psychological research on the problems of development and self-realization of the individual, his abilities, creativity, etc.; psychological health and well-being of the individual; specifics of modern functioning of the individual in cyberspace; socially significant problems associated with the political and economic instability of modern society — intercultural communication, prevention of conflicts and extremism, tension in society, etc.
Starting from the first year, students undergo practical training on the basis of schools and psychological centers. This practice provides an opportunity to apply the acquired knowledge and master new practical skills. For the 1st year students, educational practice is organized, during which the students have an opportunity to look at the profession of a psychologist from the inside. Practice takes place in various organizations: social assistance centers for families and children, schools, children's helplines, etc.
The 2nd and 3rd year students choose from the proposed practice bases the one in which they want to try themselves as an assistant to a psychologist.
The competencies obtained during the years of study are confirmed by students during pre-diploma practice in the 4th year in the course of independent research work, the result of which is the writing and defense of the graduation thesis.
About 30% of bachelor’s degree graduates continue their education in master’s programs at Russian and foreign universities. More than 60% of undergraduates work in the field of training in recruitment agencies, consulting and training centers, centers for social support of the population, in schools and universities, in the psychological service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, in the field of public relations, mass communication, advertising and business, etc. Foreign graduates, as a rule, work in their native countries — in educational institutions, ministries, in the business sector.