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Psychology

Human memory, social psychology, clinical and abnormal psychology, child development, human sexuality, neuroscience, and organizational psychology -- these are just a few of the areas you'll have a chance to explore as a psychology major or minor.


Professor Heather Hoffmann and a student examine a brainKnox Psychology Program

Understanding the principles of the mind, the brain, and behavior will prepare you for your next step after Knox -- whether you’re entering graduate school in psychology or pursuing a career in psychiatry, counseling, business, law, or education.

Student Research
What can we understand about people from the style of their e-mail messages? Do violent lyrics in heavy metal music increase aggression in males? Research will deepen your learning experience, broaden your perspectives, and prepare you for grad school or your career.

Faculty
Whether it's co-authoring a publication, participating in a dreaming class campout, or attending a professional conference, your experience as a student means collaborating with faculty both inside and outside the classroom.

Resources and Facilities
You'll have access to a number of resources -- like our space for biofeedback research and brain activity measurement, fully equipped labs for animal research, and a room where you can observe adults or children through one-way mirrors.

Internships and Study Abroad
Our students have served the Galesburg school district with their school psychology and social work needs, helped destitute women at a residential home in India, and taken specialized classes in neuroscience at the University of Aberdeen. You’ll be able to gain real world experience through internships, Clinical Term, and study abroad opportunities.

Requirements for the Major/Minor
You’ll have freedom to select classes that interest you the most. Check out our course descriptions to see the variety of classes offered.

Alumni and Careers
Our alumni choose a variety of paths -- from grad school in psychology to careers in family therapy, crisis counseling, law, education, human resources, marketing, and more.

Doctorate Earners & Alumni Satisfaction: By the Numbers...

  • Nationally, Knox is in the 93rd percentile in the relative production of psychology doctorate earners among all institution types. (Baccalaureate-Origins of U.S. Research Doctorate Recipients, Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium)

  • When asked about their overall level of satisfaction with our psychology program and major, psychology alumni reported an average rating of 5.46 on a 6-point scale -- with 6 being excellent and 1 being very poor. (Knox Alumni Survey)

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