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.
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.
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.
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).
“My research interests include applying behavioral parent training strategies to the classroom to help teachers better manage student behavior. Undergraduate students work with me on projects examining teachers’ natural rates of praise statements and finding simple strategies to increase teachers’ use of praise. Students also work with me on projects examining pediatric sleep problems and intervention. These research experiences benefit students who are interested in working with children, teachers, and families."
"My research interests are how to improve teaching and learning in the classroom, particularly with the use of technology. I also am interested in the biological impact of psychological stress. I supervise research projects of undergraduate and graduate students who conduct research on a variety of topics.”
"I would recommend this program to anyone. The professors here taught me to think outside of my normal thinking, and to question things."Charleigh Harris (2018)
"One of the best decisions I have made was majoring in Psychology at Eastern. The coursework was challenging, but the curriculum was flexible enough for me to be able to complete my other prerequisites required for graduate school. The classes were small, and I was able to interact and form personal relationships with my professors. Being a part of the honors program provided me with many unique opportunities, such as being able to conduct my own research and present it at a psychological conference. I believe the skills I have learned at Eastern will make me a competitive and successful student and I continue on to grad school.”Victoria Munson (2018)
"The EIU Psychology department has provided me with an outstanding undergraduate education that has no doubt prepared me for what lies ahead, both in graduate school and the professional world."Madison Fisher (2016)
"The psychology department at Eastern has been critical in not only my education, but also as an individual trying to figure out life. In this stage of my life & going through a lot of changes, the faculty has been incredibly understanding & always willing to help with whatever I needed. My favorite professor at Eastern told a class of mine that it wasn’t his job to lie to us, it was to tell us the truth. That may seem simple, but I’m thankful to have genuine, authentic professors who are professional but also relatable. It has helped my learning, it has helped my interfering, & I truly believe it will continue to help my future. I can’t thank the psychology department, everyone from Mary at the front desk who’s given me information I was looking for to Dr Mace who stepped in as my advisor for a semester when I didn’t know who mine was, enough for what they’ve done for me.”Hannah Hohlbauch (2018)