WIU's Department of Psychology has been preparing skilled, caring, highly sought after professionals for over 25 years.

Our majors have the opportunity to earn field experience credit for work in such agencies as:

  • community mental health
  • rehabilitation centers

Besides assisting in research projects, students develop their expertise and experience while working side by side with faculty through individual readings, undergraduate seminars, and department committee memberships.

Our program offers specialized psychology electives such as:

  • abnormal
  • physiological
  • cognitive, and
  • child development
Field Experience / Hotline

Majors and minors can also earn credit for participation in HOTLINE, a student-run crisis intervention telephone service.

Why Choose Psychology at WIU?

If you plan further study, your psychology degree from WIU will prepare you for graduate programs in clinical, school, industrial, or other branches of psychology.

An undergraduate concentration in psychology also provides valuable preparation for professional schools of medicine or law.


  • Psychology
  • Gerontology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Neuroscience

Possible Careers

Western's graduates are employed in a variety of social services areas such as:

  • counseling
  • child care
  • case work at public and private agencies.

Others work in such areas of business such as:

  • human resources
  • marketing
  • sales
  • public relations
  • management
  • educational and medical settings
Excellent Student Organizations

Psychology students can join the Psychology club or its companion organization Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in psychology. These organizations sponsor educational events such as lectures and field trips, and programs on such topics as careers and graduate school, and publish a newsletter, The Freudian Slip.

At A Glance

Degree Available: 

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Master of Science
  • Specialist in School Psychology

Minor Available? Yes

Graduate Degree Available? Yes

Campus: Macomb

Study Opportunities: 

  • GradTrac
  • Honors
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

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