The psychology major introduces students to the fundamentals of scientific psychology, providing a firm basis of psychological knowledge and research experience. Course offerings are varied, and cover all the major schools of thought in psychology. Many careers in psychology require at least a masters' degree and many graduate programs recommend a broad background in different areas of psychology. Therefore, requirements for the major correspond to the basic course requirements for entrance into graduate school.
The psychology department makes use of multimedia equipment for classroom instruction and students benefit from extensive interaction with faculty members both in and out of class. Degree candidates can take advantage of the social service agencies in Jacksonville to gain practical experience and academic credit. The department also provides opportunities for students to engage in original research and to attend regional and national professional conferences. Academic achievements of psychology students are recognized through membership in the department's chapter of Psi Chi, the national psychology honors society.
Internships / Career Opportunities
- Wells Center (Drug and Alcohol Treatment facility)
- Community Counseling
- Youth Attention Center
- Illinois School for the Deaf
- Illinois School for the Visually Impaired
- Big Brothers/Big Sisters
- Department of Corrections (Jacksonville Prison)
- Women's Crisis Center
- McFarland Zone Center
- Developmental Center
- Elm City
- Pathway Services Unlimited, Inc.
We also allow the possibility of the student arranging a Career Experience at a local facility in their hometown during January term and summers.
Matthew Wiediger, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
B.S., Washington State University
M.S., Washington State University
Ph.D., Washington State University