Department of Psychology at Illinois State University
High school students will find useful information about studying psychology and preparing for college. Potential transfer students have a number of factors to consider about our Undergraduate Program. Transfer students should also review the Transferring to Illinois State website.
PSY 111 Introduction to Psychology is reserved for freshman psychology majors. The classes are limited to only 30 students. This class size is comparable to virtually any course at a private college, which makes Illinois State's Undergraduate Program in Psychology unique in the state of Illinois. Even though Illinois State is a large university, PSY 111 gives students a greater opportunity to get to know each other and meet many of the psychology professors.
PSY 111 is four hours of credit rather than the standard three hours. During the fourth hour, freshmen psychology majors meet as a group for special demonstrations, presentations by psychology faculty, and for group discussions. PSY 111 is also taught by full-time tenure-track faculty, not graduate students. Many public universities assign graduate students to teach some of its courses, especially introductory or 100-level courses. In the Department of Psychology, psychology courses required for the Major are taught by full-time faculty.
The Major in Psychology requires a capstone experience, which provides students with challenging opportunities to apply their knowledge of psychology to research, teaching, or practice endeavors. Students can work with faculty in the classroom or their research labs, or study specific topics of the student's interest. The department has also established an extensive internship program that gives students opportunities to apply their knowledge in a work setting in the local community. The Research Apprenticeship Program, Undergraduate Teaching Assistantship Program, and Internship Program are designed to give students practical experiences beyond their academic coursework.
The Undergraduate Program in Psychology gives students the opportunity to learn from full-time faculty who frequently publish in top-rated journals in diverse areas of psychology. In our upper division 300-level content courses, students study with psychologists who are experts in the specific area covered in the course. Thus, a course in psycholinguistics (PSY 369) is taught by a faculty member whose area is psycholinguistics. PSY 351 Introduction to Clinical and Counseling Psychology is taught by faculty members with experience in a variety of clinical settings. Each year, our faculty supervise over 200 students working on research projects.