Department of Psychology at Illinois State University



The philosophy of the Department of Psychology is to require students to be personally responsible for their college education. The department emphasizes students' involvement in planning their academic schedules to maximize opportunities for learning and growth in order to meet graduation requirements and advance career interests. Relevant curriculum information is provided in theUndergraduate Catalog,on the department's Undergraduate website, and in periodic e-mails sent through the psychology undergraduate listserv.

Students are expected to understand the requirements for the Major or Minor in Psychology and Illinois State's graduation requirements. Students should review the following websites:Requirements for the Major in PsychologyorRequirements for the Minor in Psychology,Model Course Schedules, Cumulative Planning Guide, and the University's General Education Program. The department respects our students' abilities to implement their own academic plan in order to graduate with a bachelor's degree.

Freshmen are advised throughUniversity College, not by the department. Honors students are advised through theHonors Program. After the freshman year, students are not required to meet with any academic advisor.

Undergraduate Advisor




Ms. Raz Steward
Undergraduate Advisor

421 DeGarmo Hall


Summer Office Hours are By Appointment Only.

No walk-ins will be permitted during this time.


Student Responsibilities

Before meeting with the Psychology advisor, students must:
1. Go toMy Illinois State (NOTE: incoming freshman will not have access to My Illinois State), log in, and click on the Academics tab. Under Academic Progress, click on Academic Requirements, and print the information.
2. Review theRequirements for the Major in Psychology website and graduation requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog.
3. Prepare a written academic plan for review with the Psychology advisor.
4. Make an appointment to see the Psychology advisor and bring all of this information with you to your scheduled appointment.

Students who do not complete these three steps will be asked to reschedule their academic appointment until they are fully prepared to discuss their semester schedule and academic plan.

Advisor Responsibilities

The Psychology advisor is responsible for assisting students with academic problems and helping students make decisions based on available options. The advisor will not tell students what courses they need to take each semester in order to graduate. Specifically, the Psychology advisor can:

  • Update students' academic record to identify the elective courses that count toward the Major. After their sophomore year, students should ask the advisor to update their plan of study, at least annually, to reflect elective courses in students' official academic record.
  • Advise students about enrolling in a course at another college or university. The advisor can verify if the course will meet Illinois State's requirements and if the hours can be transferred to Illinois State.
  • Assist students when they anticipate a disruption in their academic career for any reason.

Internship Coordinator


Dr. Karen Mark
Internship Coordinator,
Clinical-Counseling Psychology Program Coordinator
423 DeGarmo Hall


Summer 2016 Office Hours
are by appointment only.


Students interested in internships, or pursuing graduate or professional school should meet with Dr. Mark.

PSY 200 Careers in Psychology

Psychology majors are required to take PSY 200 Careers in Psychology. PSY 200 should be taken during the second semester of students' freshman year or their sophomore year. This course is designed to acquaint students with the requirements of the Major in Psychology. Students will be instructed on how to design a plan of study to meet academic and career-preparation goals. This course will also identify which careers are possible with a bachelor's degree in psychology and how to pursue graduate study in psychology.


Capstone Experiences for Majors

The Major in Psychology is structured so that students learn basic knowledge and skills in the required and elective courses and then apply that information in a capstone experience before completing graduation requirements. The capstone experiences for psychology majors is described on the Out-of-Class Experiences Capstone Experiences website. The capstone experiences are also discussed in PSY 200 Careers in Psychology.

Considering Graduate School

Students are encouraged to review the Considering Graduate School website. This website contains information for students thinking about attending graduate school and discusses how to prepare for graduate school.