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Learn About New Psychology Major at WIU-QC Feb. 16

February 4, 2019

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MOLINE-- An open house offering information on a new major in Psychology will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 at Western Illinois University-Quad Cities in Riverfront Hall, Rooms 103 and 104. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged.

The Bachelor of Science in Psychology is the latest addition to the academic offerings at WIU-QC. University administration announced at a press event on Jan. 31 that a full bachelor's degree in psychology will be offered at WIU-Quad Cities beginning Fall 2019. A minor has been the previously available option. The open house will offer an opportunity for anyone interested to learn about the psychology major and career options.

The new academic program is taught by four psychology faculty, with courses available both on campus and online, as well as evening courses, noted Karen Sears, psychology department chair.

"WIU's Department of Psychology members are delighted to announce the arrival of a Psychology major at the QC campus," said Sears. "As part of our launch for the major, departmental faculty and advisors will be on hand to inform interested community members about degree requirements and potential career options. An academic advisor will be available to assist current students in declaring the major. We are excited to get the word out about this new educational opportunity."

Sears also noted that students choosing to major in psychology at WIU-QC have opportunities to work closely with faculty to plan and conduct psychological research, as well as to participate in the WIU-QC Psychology Club, a student organization that brings speakers to campus and hosts other events. "We are excited to add our degree program to the offerings available at our QC campus," she said.

A detailed schedule, as well as registration link, can be found at For more information, contact the psychology department at (309) 298-1593.

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