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NEIU Psychology Psi Chi Induction 2014     Photo: Alejandro Monroy
NEIU Psychology Psi Chi Induction 2014 Photo: Alejandro Monroy
Welcome to the Psychology Department! As one of the largest majors in the College of Arts and Sciences, we’re very proud of the achievements of our students and faculty, and welcome you to our website.

Psychology is the science that deals with the brain and human behavior in all its forms—psychological, cognitive, emotional, individual and group. Its methods range from those similar to the ones used in the humanities to those used in the natural sciences. It offers students a perspective that not only can lead to a career in itself but is also a useful adjunct to any discipline.

Why Major in Psychology?

Students gain many marketable quantitative and qualitative skills through our psychology major. They include:

  • Verbal communication           
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Basic clinical skills
  • Problem solving
  • Knowledge of human behavior and development
  • Knowledge of group behavior, decision making and organizations
  • Interpretation of research
  • Technical writing and reading
  • Information gathering and synthesis
  • Public speaking/presentation skills
  • Computer skills
  • Analytical skills/statistics/SPSS statistical software

What Can I Do with a Degree in Psychology?

There are many things the broad-based foundation of a B.A. in psychology can prepare you for, such as:

  • Case Management     
  • Human Services
  • Nonprofit Administration
  • Education/Higher Ed
  • Human Resources
  • Research
  • Sales
  • Management
  • Marketing/Market Research
  • Advertising/Public Relations
  • Technical or Proposal Writing

With additional schooling and/or credentialing, you can also pursue careers in:

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Counseling
  • Physical or Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Pathology
  • Art, Music, Dance or Drama Therapy
  • Gerontology
  • Child Life Specialist
  • Law
  • Medicine

…and much, much more!  For further information, you can refer to this publication from the American Psychology Association: http://www.apa.org/careers/resources/guides/careers.pdf

How to Become a Psychology Major

To declare your major or minor in psychology or gerontology, you must attend a declaration meeting in the psychology department where we will review the course requirements and check your transcripts for prerequisites. You will also fill out the major declaration form and be assigned to a faculty advisor in the department. For further information, please contact Liz Gordon, Student Services Coordinator, at e-gordon1@neiu.edu.

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