The Department of Psychology offers honors work for superior students majoring in Psychology. After a semester of experience working with a faculty member, the student must complete a senior thesis (HON 395A03) for at least 3 hours that reflects substantial research and quality of thought and present the thesis at the Psychology Department Honors colloquium.
For more information on Honors in Psychology, including admission and retention standards, please visit the Honors website.
The Department of Psychology participates in the Minor in Cognitive Science program. Several courses offered by the department contribute to the minor. For further information, please consult the Department advisor as well as the section entitled Interdisciplinary Studies Programs.
Major in Psychology
The Major in Psychology prepares students for careers in psychology-related fields as well as advanced studies in the discipline. The curriculum ensures that majors gain a strong background in the basic and applied aspects of psychological science. Majors receive in-depth instruction in psychological research methods and statistical application. They also take five courses in foundational areas of psychology that provide exposure to the broad content of the discipline, historical issues, cultural considerations, and applications. Majors become familiar with careers in psychology and complete a capstone experience as they complete the program.
Standards for Progress in the Major
In order to remain in the major, all Psychology majors must have achieved the following by the time they have completed 75 hours: (1) maintenance of a 2.00 or higher cumulative Illinois State University GPA, (2) maintenance of a 2.20 or higher Psychology major GPA (based on all courses taken at Illinois State University that count towards the Psychology major), and (3) completion of all of the following courses with a grade of C or better: PSY 111, PSY 138, PSY 200, and PSY 231; MAT 120 or MAT 121 or MAT 144 or MAT 145; a laboratory science course.
Records of all Psychology majors will be reviewed once they have completed 75 hours. Any student not fulfilling all of the standards for progress will be dismissed from the Psychology major.
Minor in Psychology
The Minor in Psychology allows students to explore the scientific understanding of human behavior as an area of interest or as a subject to support their major area of student and career goals.
24 total hours required
12 credit hours in Psychology content-course electives
6 of these credit hours must be taken at the 200- or 300-level (upper division) at Illinois State or another four-year school
A course in statistics from the following list
NOTE: Except for PSY/SOC 123 and PSY/SOC 223 (as electives) and SOC 275 (if used as statistics requirement), coursework in Sociology, Anthropology, or Social Work does not count toward the Psychology Minor