Program Highlights

This major will provide you with an understanding of the scientific discipline of psychology through exposure to the breadth of our discipline from its most basic level (neuroanatomy) to its most interactional level (sociocultural). Your studies will develop your knowledge and skill in using the scientific method to both conduct research to understand mind and behavior, as well as deliver clinical or consulting services from this empirical base.

This major is designed for students who seek a Master's or Doctoral degree leading to a career as a practitioner, researcher, or college professor. Our program explores two essential aspects of a career in psychology.

  • Experimental psychology, including the domains of cognition, learning, industrial-organizational, physiological, quantitative, and social
  • Clinical psychology, including the domains of school psychology and psychotherapy

Related options

If you are interested in a career in counseling at the Bachelor's or Master's level, you should explore a Human Services degree.

To teach psychology or sociology in the public schools, you should learn more about the Social Science Secondary Teaching program.

Departmental Course Offerings

Courses change each semester, so this list should not be considered a commitment to these individual topics. However, this does represent a list of many of our current and popular courses. The list is provided so that you can begin to imagine your academic career at Millikin in this major.

Introductory Psychology Introduction to study of behavior and mental processes derived from application of scientific method. Topics range from biological bases of behavior, levels of consciousness, development, memory, abnormality to motivation and emotion. Examination of psychology as a profession and its relevance to everyday life. (PS130)
Principles of Psychology A natural science laboratory course in psychology. Students will learn the science of psychology in the classroom and in the laboratory. Topics to be covered range from the biological bases of behavior to learning and cognitive science. This course can be used as a pre-requisite for other psychology classes. No credit will be given for students who have taken PS130. Concurrent enrollment in PS141 required. Taught every fall. (PS140)
Advanced Experimental Psychology Advanced study of major areas of psychological research. Emphasis on psychology as an empirical science. Students design, perform, analyze and report on experimental projects. Readings in current psychological research are discussed. Two hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory each week. Pre-requisite: PS 202 and 301. (PS304)
Social Psychology Systematic study of social behavior of the individual as well as the group. Social perception, motivation, learning, attitudes and values. Dynamics of social groups and interaction among groups. Emphasis on research methods and projects. Pre-requisite: PS130. Cross-listed with SO204. (PS305)
Tests and Measurements An introduction to basic psychometric principles underlying test construction, evaluation, and interpretation; methods of collecting, evaluating, and reporting psychometric data; major psychological and educational measurements currently in use, their application, theoretical and empirical basis, and their historical significance. Basic legal and ethical issues in psychological measurement are addressed. Pre-requisite: PS130 and PS201. (PS306)
Principles of Psychopathology An introduction to pathological personality development and the behavior disorders. Emphasis on causal perspectives and major theories of psychopathology. Assessment and diagnostic systems are broadly reviewed. Pre-requisite: Psychology 130 or 140. (PS310)
Child and Adolescents Pscychopathlgy Introduction to behavior disorders of children from birth to mid-teens. Etiology, diagnosis and treatment modalities are reviewed. Practical understanding of the child psychopathology for students whose career goals include service to children. Pre-requisite: Psychology 310 and junior or senior status. (PS312)
Sensation and Perception Examination of traditional and contemporary psychophysical models of sensation and perception, overview of the seven senses, sensory development and learning, and applications of sensation and perception research. In-class laboratory participation required. Pre-requisite: one course in psychology or consent of instructor. (PS315)
Personality Theory Development, dynamics and structure of personality. Survey of major contributions to methodology, theory and empirical research. Pre-requisite: Psychology 130, 140, or consent of instructor. (PS318)
Memory and Cognition Consideration of experimental approaches to the study of higher mental processes. Emphasis on the major developments in the study of memory acquisition, storage and retrieval. Survey of concept formation, knowledge representation, language (PS332)
Lifespan Development Study of human development through the lifespan. Emphasis is on theories of development, normative development, and changes in psychological processes including cognition, memory, and intelligence. The changes in family and social interactions are also considered. Pre-requisite: PS130. (PS340)
Topics in Development A course that focuses on specialized topics in developmental psychology, such as child and adolescent development, maturity and aging, psychobiological perspectives on development, adult cognitive change, or social aging. Pre-requisite: Psychology 340 or consent of instructor. (PS350)

Sample Plan of Study

This plan of study shows the types of courses you might take as a student in this major. This is presented simply to provide a realistic preview of your coursework. Once you enroll at Millikin, a faculty advisor will guide you through the process of selecting courses that will help you graduate on-time from Millikin. While this sample demonstrates a plan of study that covers eight semesters, each student’s academic path is unique and your timeline may look different.

Semester 1 Semester 2
University Seminar  Critical Writing, Reading and Research II
Critical Writing, Reading, and Research I  Fine Arts
Natural Science with Lab Introduction to Sociology
The American Political System Statistical Methods
Introduction to Psychology Core Competency Course
Semester 3 Semester 4
Core Competency Couse Core Competency Course
Historical Studies Methods of Social Research
Core Competency Couse U.S. Studies II
Natural Science or Math Oral Communication
U.S. Cultural Studies Experimental Psychology
Semester 5 Semester 6
Advanced Statistical Methods Advanced Experimental Psychology
English Literature Racial and Ethnic Group Relations
Global Studies Tests and Measurements
Core Competency Course Sensation and Perception
Natural Science or Math Principles of Psychopathology
Semester 7 Semester 8
Experimental Capstone Physiological Psychology
Writing Seminar Criminology
Business and Professional Writing Elective
Natural Science or Math The Family
International Cultures and Structures International Cultures and Structures

Psychology Major