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EIU Department of Psychology

93%of the senior psychology majors
evaluated by faculty were judged to be
competent in their critical thinking skills.

The Department of Psychology emphasizes the scientific study of behavioral, affective, and cognitive processes and their application to real-world issues by engaging students in integrative learning experiences such as undergraduate and graduate research, internships, and enhanced classroom experiences.

Faculty excellence in areas of teaching, research, and service provides the context for collaborative student-centered learning experiences that promote inclusion and diverse perspectives. The department's curriculum furthers the development of students' critical thinking, communication skills, research skills, quantitative reasoning, and ethical behavior in preparation for responsible citizenship, careers, graduate study, and lifelong learning.

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Why Choose EIU for Psychology

Undergraduate Research

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.

Undergraduate Internships

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.

Student Organizations

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.

Study Abroad

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 6 credits (PSY 3970 Study Abroad).

For more information on the program, click here.

Meet our Faculty

Take our word for it

"I loved my experience as a student in the psychology department and the relationships I have formed. The connections I have made with faculty and my fellow psychology majors through my research and academic experiences is beyond what I could have hoped for, in my undergraduate career."

Caitlin Garstkiewicz (2014)

"The engaging professors, courses, and unique opportunities for fieldwork prompted me to shift majors and pursue an entirely different career. In fact, the professors encouraged me to enroll in the school psychology graduate program at EIU, and it was one of the best decisions I could have made. I went on to earn my PhD in School Psychology, and I'm now living my dream as an associate professor at the University of Washington, Tacoma.”

Laura Feuerborn (1997)

"Small class size promotes a better quality of learning through discussion opportunities with both students and the professor. The psychology faculty at EIU go above and beyond expectations for the success of their students."

Katelyn Leid (2016)

"Through the program, I studied and traveled abroad, received hands-on independent study research experience, and established a firm foundation in research and statistical methods which I use daily. I witnessed members of the faculty invest themselves into their students and really care about their long-term success.”

Ryan Pezold (2009)

Related Pages

Psi Chi Psychology ClubAdvising InformationEIU 3-Year Psych BA

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600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-2127
Fax: (217) 581-6764

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