The science of psychology is a rapidly evolving field that influences all aspects of society. Psychologists work in traditional and nontraditional settings, including schools, hospitals, businesses, government, mental health organizations, laboratories, and nonprofit organizations. We offer a wide array of courses that provide contemporary instruction in the major areas of the field. Students may choose to focus their program, or they may sample more broadly among a wide variety of courses. Which ever approach they take, our students graduate with a firm grasp of the field and a solid foundation for further education or fulfilling careers.
With over 30 full-time, Ph.D. faculty in the department and courses offered in a variety of concentrations, our psychology program is of the highest quality. There are seven areas of concentration:
- Clinical Psychology
- Cognitive and InstructionalPsychology
- Developmental Psychology
- Neuroscience and Behavior
- School Psychology
- Social Psychology
- Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Research: All students majoring in psychology participate in a sequential set of learning experiences designed specifically to provide them with practice in conducting psychological research. Students collaborate in groups to design a research study, conduct data analyses, write research report and present their findings.
Independent Study: Students enrolled in independent study receive course credit for working in a research lab or working with a faculty member on a research project.
Undergraduate Research Conference: Students present original research at this annual event. They prepare posters to showcase their work, present their findings and answer questions about their research.Faculty judges evaluate the quality of the posters and presentations.
Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP): URAP offers financial and scholarly support for undergraduates to work with senior faculty on research projects. Faculty serve as mentors and research guides, offering exciting and engaging ways to enhance the educational experience.
Join our SPA! The Student Psychological Association (SPA) is a student-run organization that provides skills andexperience to students who share aninterest in psychology. Join us to getto know our faculty, learn more aboutresearch experiences, and find greatvolunteer opportunities. Membership inthe SPA is open to all majors, freshmanthrough senior.
What can I do with this degree?
More than half of all psychology majors seek full-time jobs immediately upon graduating. Our graduates with bachelor’s degrees in psychology have entered these fields:
- Basic & applied research & development
- Business merchandising, research, andsales
- Child care professional
- Community mental health worker
- Employment counselor
- Foster care worker
- Job evaluation/performance evaluation analyst
- Marketing and public relations
- Personnel selection and placement
- Probation and parole officer
- Social worker
- Technical/scientific writing
- Health-related service
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of psychologistsis expected to grow 22% through 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Psychological services in schools, hospitals, mental health centers and social service agencies will be in greater demand. Job prospects are best for those with a doctoral degree in an applied specialty and those with a specialist or doctoral degree in school psychology.
"I have loved every psychology teacher that I've had here. They have all been very knowledgeable and willing to help. I have gone to several for career advice and help with academic planning and they have all given me great information that has helped me make educated choices."
The Department of Psychology offers the B.A. and B.S. degree with a major in psychology. Either program can be used to gain certification to teach social sciences at the junior and senior high school levels. The department also offers a minor in psychology which should be of interest to students majoring in many other areas in the university. A departmental honors program is offered for qualified majors. Successful completion of the program leads to graduation with honors in psychology.
Who Majors in Psychology?
- Jerry Bruckheimer, television andmovie producer
- Wes Craven, film director and writer
- Gloria Estefan, singer and song-writer
- Hugh Hefner, magazine publisher
- Guy Kawasaki, venture capitalist andblogger
- Phil Mickelson, professional golfer
- Natalie Portman, actress
- Jon Stewart, political satirist andtelevision host
Department of Psychology
Psychology-Computer Science Building, Rm. 400
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115