Joan Littlefield Cook, chair
About the Programs
Critical thinking and strong communication skills are cornerstones of the undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the Psychology Department.
The department offers a comprehensive general psychology major and comprehensive graduate school preparation majors in psychological sciences and scientist-practitioner. A graduate degree in school psychology is also available. The education specialist program in school psychology is accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists.
Psychology students will have access to nationally recognized faculty members who have a wide range of knowledge and skills. Students can conduct research with faculty members in the departmentï¿½s neuroscience, visual perception and weight control laboratories, as well as work with faculty in other areas of research. They may also present with faculty members at conferences such as the Midwestern Psychological Association conference.
Students can also gain valuable hands-on experience through fieldwork opportunities. Psychology students may work with adults, adolescents or children at various sites in the community. Individualized internship opportunities can also be arranged.
In addition to undergraduate research and fieldwork experiences, students can join the Psychology Club. Select students may also be eligible for membership in Psi Chi, the national psychology honors organization which is affiliated with the American Psychological Association.
The department offers 4 scholarships for undergraduate psychology majors: The Huang Memorial Scholarship, The Paula Poorman and Susan Simmons Family Psychology Scholarship, the Larry and Mary Lee Anding Psychology Student Merit Scholarship and the Amy Krueger Memorial Scholarship.
Students who continue their education in graduate degree programs may work as psychologists providing therapy, conducting research, teaching at the university level or consulting. Those graduates with a bachelor's degree in psychology move into careers in a variety of areas, including human services, business and law enforcement.