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Students majoring in Psychology will learn to understand the biological, developmental, and social determinants of human and animal behavior.

Our program will provide you the tools necessary to succeed in your future career by providing intellectual and practical engagement through internships, participation in conferences, travel, and research opportunities. The Psychology major requires a total of 9.5 courses. Courses are divided into three categories: Required Courses, Foundational Courses, and Advanced Courses.

The Monmouth College Psychology program provides students with three extensive areas of experience:

Hands-on Laboratory Experience — Students will complete research methods and advanced laboratory classes, and majors are required to complete independent research projects.

Classroom Experience — Students participate in research seminars, independent studies, and a readings course. Majors practice designing and conducting studies in psychology. Results from research are recorded, analyzed, and synthesized, and students have ample opportunities to practice counseling skills.

Practical Experience — Students unite self-discovery with the development of analytical problem-solving skills. Students also learn to use problem-solving, hypothesis-testing, analysis and communication skills. Psychology students have taken advantage of many off-campus programs.

We assist interested students in developing applied projects in local agencies, such as the Henry C. Hill Correctional Facility, the juvenile court system (probation), and Bridgeway Center (mental health facility). Students have also benefited enormously from having the opportunity to present the results of their research at annual undergraduate research conferences and the regional professional conference, Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA).

Department Facilities and Equipment

The department has well-equipped laboratory facilities housed with other departments in the Center for Science and Business. This building opened in the Fall of 2013 and promotes interaction among what have been traditionally independent departments. The department has behavioral research and observation rooms along with an animal research facility.

Activities & Involvement

Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology, established in 1929. The chapter at Monmouth College has been active since 1972. Membership is offered to Psychology majors and minors who meet minimum academic standards, and the Monmouth College chapter typically holds inductions of new members each Fall and Spring.

Our Psi Chi chapter has been active in promoting the field of Psychology, by sponsoring talks on campus, holding Movie Night discussions of films with psychological themes, and through fundraising efforts to defray the costs of conference attendance for students.

Psi Chi membership comes with many benefits. Besides being active in the local chapter events, Psi Chi members can compete for national and regional research grants and awards, and can submit their research for publication in Psi Chi's Journal of Undergraduate Research. Monmouth Psi Chi members are very engaged in student involvement. Recently, members have held fun, student-generated activities such as fundraisers, food drives, and a senior prom.

Conferences & Publications

Monmouth College offers students opportunities to present research at three conferences per year: two undergraduate conferences and one professional conference.

When possible, research is submitted for publication at conferences or in journals. All seniors are encouraged to present their research at ILLOWA and at the Tri-State Psychology Research Conference. Some students have also had research presented at MPA.

ILLOWA is a regional undergraduate Psychology conference held annually and the second undergraduate conference is the Tri-State Psychology Research Conference which includes the states of Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin. The MPA (Midwestern Psychological Association) is an annual professional conference held in Chicago.

In addition to these conferences, students also present their research to the Monmouth College community at the annual Senior Science Poster Session, held near the end of Spring semester.

Graduate School Opportunities

After studying psychology at Monmouth, the majority of students continue their education at the post-graduate level. Most commonly they enter graduate programs in psychology, social work or counseling. Some examples of schools recently attended are: the University of Iowa (counseling; political science; law school), Northern Illinois University, University of Indianapolis, Illinois State University, Southern Illinois University, Loyola University and Eastern Illinois University.

Career Opportunities

  • Art Therapist
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Correctional Treatment Specialist
  • Crisis Counselor
  • Cognitive Psychologist
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Crisis Work
  • Mental Health Services
  • Licensed Psychologist

Recent Psychology Graduates

Alicia Pence ’11
Non-Profit Family Resource Center
Henderson County

Katie Mitchell Ranallo ’03
School Psychologist
Grundy County Special Education

Katie McLaughlin ’02
Assistant Professional, Behavioral Neuroscience
Loras College