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 3 credits (PSY 4590 Psychology Seminar: Multicultural Human Behavior).
For more information on the program, click here.
“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 interest is in memory of space and spatial thinking, along with the neurological bases of these functions. In my lab we address this by examining eye movements during visuo-spatial tasks with an eye-tracking device; furthermore, we use simpler techniques involving behavioral observation of performance in tasks like navigation. I am always happy to include students in my lab – it’s a great learning experience and it provides skills very useful for grad school and the job market."
"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)