Faculty and professional interests
Heather Hoffmann, chair
Human sexuality, behavioral neuroscience
Tim Kasser (on leave Fall 2012)
Values, materialism, well-being
Frank T. McAndrew
Environmental psychology, evolutionary social psychology
Human memory and learning
Defensive beliefs, personality neuroscience, motivation
Gender, stereotyping and prejudices, film
Cooperating faculty from other programs
Diana Beck, Educational Studies
Andrew Civettini, Political Science
Frederick Hord, Black Studies
James Mountjoy, Biology
Esther Penick, Biology
Jennifer Templeton, Biology
Judy Thorn, Biology
The Psychology Department teaches students about theories and research concerning many areas of psychology and provides students with opportunities to use and apply this knowledge. After taking an introductory course, students choose from an array of topics spanning the breadth of psychology, as well as advanced courses that allow them to pursue more specific interests. Central to the major is education about the process of doing research, which is facilitated by a variety of courses that prepare students to design, conduct, and present their own research project during the senior year. Opportunities for research are also supported by our active faculty and by excellent laboratory facilities for human and animal projects. Opportunities for applying one’s knowledge in other ways also abound, through opportunities to pursue a variety of types of internships both in the Galesburg area and around the nation.
All of these experiences as a psychology major help improve students’ abilities to think critically and systematically, to write and speak clearly, to access and evaluate information, to formulate interesting questions, and to answer those questions in a scientific manner.
Because psychology focuses on understanding the basics of brain, mind, and behavior through a scientific approach, majors are well-positioned to pursue careers in a variety of different fields. Many of our students pursue graduate school in order to sharpen their research skills or to become clinicians, counselors, and social workers. Others have found psychology to be excellent preparation for careers in law, business, and education.
The departmental curriculum contributes to the College's Key Competency Requirements as follows:
Departmental Learning Goals
Students completing the major in Psychology will be able to: