Department of Psychology at Illinois State University
Psychology is a science that seeks to understand behavior and mental processes and a profession that applies empirical knowledge to improve the lives of people. It is a broad discipline. Psychologists study the intersection of two critical relationships: one between brain function and behavior, and one between the environment and behavior. Because it is a scientific discipline, psychologists follow scientific methods, using careful observation, experimentation, and analysis. In 2002, the Department of Psychology voted to adopt the recommendations for Goals and Objectives for the Undergraduate Psychology Major developed by the Education Directorate of the American Psychological Association. These objectives are now identified for the Major in Psychology at Illinois State and for specific undergraduate psychology courses taught by the department..