Department of Psychology

A Powerful Undergraduate Major

Good faculty - student engagement.The bachelor of science degree with a major in psychology requires four courses of all students, and eight additional courses selected from electives such as abnormal, physiological, cognitive, and child development. Most classes are small. Class size in the required statistics and research courses is limited to just 20 students.

Required Courses

  • introductory psychology
  • statistics
  • research methods
  • senior comprehensive exam

Specific requirements and course descriptions are listed in the WIU undergraduate catalog.

The Minors

Because the study of psychology leads to a greater understanding of people, a psychology minor is an excellent complement to many majors.

There are four minors available.

The six courses required for a minor may be selected from courses that are consistent with your major, interests, and career plans.


Substance Abuse Counseling Concentration and Courses: 


The Department of Psychology currently offers a substance abuse counseling concentration and courses that students interested in addiction can take. The substance abuse counseling concentration is open to psychology and other majors too.


The Substance Abuse Counseling Concentration allows interested students to pursue academic coursework in preparation for Certification as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) in Illinois and a possible career in the field of addictions. Please explore the certification process through the IAODAPCA website for further information ( ).




Field Experience / Hotline

As a major you will have the opportunity to earn credit for work in such agencies as community mental health or rehabilitation centers. Majors and minors can also earn credit for participation in HOTLINE, a student-run crisis intervention telephone service.

Career Opportunities

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 as personnel, sales, public relations, human resources, and management. 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.

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.