Why Choose EIU?
Numerous opportunities exist for psychology students to earn credit towards the major and graduation by assisting faculty members in various phases of research including library research, data collection, data entry, and data analyses. Advanced students are encouraged to conduct their own research project under the direction of a psychology faculty member.
All undergraduate psychology majors participate in either individual or collaborative empirical research studies when they take Research Methods (PSY 3805, which is a required component of the psychology curriculum). A number of opportunities are available for students to disseminate the results of their research endeavors. Each semester, the Department hosts a Research Methods Poster Forum where students share their PSY 3805 research findings with other students, faculty, and administrators. Also, every spring, over a dozen students participate in the annual regional Mid-America Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference (MAUPRC), of which EIU’s Psychology Department is a host school. Students travel to Indiana or Kentucky to present the results of their own research projects; there, they are joined by almost 100 other presenters from about 20 other schools in the region, representing about 5 states. They are routinely joined by about a half dozen EIU Psychology faculty.
The undergraduate internship program in psychology involves preparation for and completion of an internship in a site such as human services, human resources, child and/or adolescent services, or the criminal justice system. Please visit our internship page for detailed information.
EIU Psychology Majors have a number of opportunities available to them for engaging with other students and faculty, beyond the classroom. One such opportunity is by joining the Psychology Club, available to all students, and Psi Chi (the International Honor Society in Psychology). EIU’s Psi Chi chapter has been continually active for 45 years; it allows students opportunities to interact with department faculty and other students, similarly committed to pursuing careers or graduate training in psychology-related areas.
Spring 2014 Psi Chi Inductees.
The Psychology department at EIU offers a faculty-led summer program that is held in Rome and tours the center of Italy. It involves the study of culture and its influence on behavior. Meanwhile visiting wonderful cities and cultural sites, you will take a course on Multicultural Human Behavior for 3 credits (PSY 4590 Psychology Seminar: Multicultural Human Behavior).
Through the completion of this program you will receive 3 credits and, if you are a Psychology major and meet the requirements, this may count as a Capstone Course. If you are not a Psych major, the only prerequisite is PSY 1879G. Also, whichever is your major, by taking a 1-credit course when you come back, you can satisfy the senior seminar requirement.
For more information on the program, click here.