About the Psychology Department
The Psychology Department at Eastern Illinois University is comprised of 20 tenured/tenure track and 2 annually contracted faculty and is housed within the College of Sciences. Eastern's Psychology Department has an active and scholarly faculty whose educational background and research interests span the full spectrum of current psychological thought. All full-time, tenure track members of the department hold doctoral degrees from well-respected graduate programs throughout the country. There are well over 500 undergraduate psychology majors and 50 graduate students.
At Eastern, psychology is treated as a natural science, a social science, and a profession. The undergraduate curriculum in the Psychology Department is designed to prepare students for graduate school, for careers, and for lifelong learning. At the core of the curriculum is a set of carefully selected required courses that enable students to master basic psychological principles, theories, and methods. Students fulfill their departmental graduation requirements by taking the required core courses, choosing courses within several content areas, and selecting elective courses from all the content area courses in psychology.
In addition the Psychology Department offers two graduate programs: Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology and Specialist Degree in School Psychology. These programs offer training for entry level positions in professional psychology. Both programs are fully approved and accredited. While primary responsibility for the Clinical Psychology and School Psychology programs resides with the respective core faculty, graduate students may take courses and conduct thesis research with any member of the faculty.
The Psychology Department has physiological equipment for conducting various physiological and psychological studies.
Active chapters of Psi Chi and the Psychology Club provide undergraduate students opportunities for further development of learning and collegiality.