Out of Class Experiences
Student organizations and other out of class experiences provide both undergraduate and graduate students with a multitude of opportunities to get involved with the Department of Psychology.
For Credit Experiences
The department encourages faculty to participate in the Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (UTA) Program. Students who work with faculty as undergraduate teaching assistants often assist with grading, record keeping, reading papers, holding office hours, and tutoring students in the class.
Every semester, undergraduate students work with department faculty in research labs. Any research conducted in the Department of Psychology must comply with the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct of the American Psychological Association.
In contrast to many colleges and universities, faculty at Illinois State maintain a strong commitment to undergraduate instruction and mentoring. Every semester approximately 100 undergraduate students work with department faculty in their classrooms or research labs, or complete independent study. Opportunities are also available for more advanced students to complete an internship in an applied setting. Students report that these out-of-class opportunities are among the most valuable aspects of their educational experience.
Click on the links below for a description of the out-of-class experiences and registration procedures.
- Honors Research - (PSY 299, IDS 285, or IDS 286) students complete a research project through the Honors Program
- Independent Study - (PSY 287) students complete an in-depth study project under the supervision of a faculty member
- Internship Program - (PSY 398) students earn academic credit for completing a psychology-related work experience
- Research Apprenticeship Program - (PSY 290) students obtain research experience in a faculty member's lab
- Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Program - (PSY 291) students assist a faculty member in a classroom
Psychology majors may not earn academic credit for more than 17* hours of any combination of the following courses: PSY 287, 290, 291, 299, 390, 391, 398, and IDS 395.03.
* As of spring 2013, students are able to earn a maximum of 17 hours of out-of-class credit. This approved change will not appear in the 2014-16 Undergraduate Catalog.
Not for Credit Experiences
The Psi Chi Honor Society and Student Psychology Association (SPA) are department-sponsored student organizations that regularly meet together and plan activities relevant to students interested in psychology.