Illinois Wesleyan
Psychology
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A Solid Foundation
Psychology is the study of the human and animal mind, thought processes and behavior. Psychology majors at Illinois Wesleyan study psychological theory, use observational methods, and conduct scientific research to gain insights into cognition and behavior in various contexts. Many students collaborate with faculty members to conduct research that is published in scientific journals and presented at professional conferences. In addition, psychology majors gain “hands-on” experience in the field with a practicum or internship.

Travel and Research: Ape Sapiens May Term Course 

Opportunities to Explore
The psychology department at IWU emphasizes hands-on experience.
Mental Health Immersion Semester
Mental Health Immersion Semester
The Mental Health Immersion Semester (MHIS) provides a distinctive learning experience for IWU students interested in mental health topics or mental health-related careers.
Dog Cognition Lab 
Dog Cognition Lab 
The IWU Dog Scientists is a team of researchers seeking to understand a little more about the thoughts, behaviors, and reasoning of our best friends.
Research
Research
If you’re interested in gaining research experience you may offer to help a faculty member with ongoing research, assist a fourth-year student involved in the Undergraduate Thesis Program, or complete a project in the Undergraduate Thesis program as a fourth-year student. 
Internships 
Internships 
Internships are a great opportunity for students to get practical experience. 
Justice Scholars First Year Experience 
Justice Scholars First Year Experience 
Crime and the justice system are at the forefront of this First-Year Experience. 
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