Psychology Program

Psychology Degree

Obtain the ability to think critically about human behavior, including its causes, development and outcomes.

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If you truly want to help people and enjoy trying to figure them out, then a psychology major may be perfect for you. Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. You’ll focus on the development of theories and laws to understand, explain, predict and change behavior. You’ll also gain a greater sense of:

  • Self-awareness

  • An understanding of others

  • Fundamental skills relevant to behavior change




Why a Psychology Degree?

If you have a desire to help people and enjoy trying to figure them out, a bachelor’s degree in Psychology may be the major for you. As the scientific study of behavior and mental processes, Psychology equips students with a greater sense of self-awareness, understanding of others, and fundamental skills relevant to behavior change.




About the Psychology Major

Housed under the Division of Social Science, the B.A. in Psychology focuses on the development of theories and laws to understand, explain, predict, and change behavior. The Psychology major will provide you with a broad overview of psychology and prepare students who plan to attend graduate school or who have general career plans in the field.

2016-2017 Program Catalog

2016-2017 4-Year Plan

A minor in Psychology is also available.




Photo of McKendree's Entryway MonumentWhy McKendree?

McKendree University provides you with interactive learning opportunities through our small class sizes, experienced faculty, and unique internship experiences that move you beyond the classroom. We are committed to your success in the degree programs we offer, the internships and extracurricular activities that will set you apart, and the college experience you’ll get here. Just 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis, Missouri, McKendree University is located in historic Lebanon, Illinois, and affords students a host of enriching cultural, career, and entertainment opportunities.



Program Highlights


  • Faculty who are committed to providing you with a high quality academic experience that prepares you for graduate school and careers

  • Unique opportunities to conduct research with your professors, present papers at national academic conferences, and gain real world experience through exciting internships

  • Psychology Club and honor societies enable you to meet others and enhance your resume



Photo of McKendree Seal MarkerEmployment Opportunities


Graduates in Psychology find employment in mental health clinics, crisis centers, substance abuse programs, social work agencies, eldercare facilities, human resources and personnel departments, criminal justice facilities, and the education system. Their work can include professional counseling within schools or the community, occupational therapy, sports psychology, law, divinity, clinical social work, to name a few.

Some of the companies that our recent graduates are working for include:

  • Call for Help, Inc.

  • Catholic Charities

  • Chestnut Health System

  • Nestle Purina



Internship Opportunities

Our Psychology students have many opportunities to intern with a diverse number of local companies and organizations, such as:

  • Violence Prevention Center

  • Trinity Services of Mascoutah

  • Madison County Probation

  • Chestnut Health

  • Hope Clinic for Women

  • Family Physicians of O’Fallon

  • Kathryn Klee Counseling

  • Counseling Associates of Southern Illinois



What Our Students & Alumni Are Saying


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The dedication of the Psychology Department faculty to ensure that students have a well-rounded and extensive education focused on critical thinking and creative applications to real world problems has prepared me for more than just graduate school and starting a career. The education I received at McKendree has given me the confidence and skills to feel prepared for any of the challenges I might face in life.”

~ Ashley Ebersole '14, graduate student in Clinical Psychology at Eastern Illinois University




Interesting Courses


  • Abnormal Psychology

  • Sport Psychology

  • Military Psychology



Club Information / Honor Societies


  • Psychology Club

  • Psi Chi (National Psychology Honor Society) - Participate in a variety of activities throughout the year, including attending an annual undergraduate research conference.

  • Pi Gamma Mu (International Social Science Honor Society) - Student members enjoy enriching activities, service projects, publications, guest lectureship grants, and scholarship programs.



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Meet the Faculty

Photo of Guy Boysen, Ph.D.Guy Boysen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology
Carnegie Hall 201
(618) 537-6882

(Abnormal Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Honors Introduction to Psychology)


Photo of Tami Eggleston, Ph.D.Tami Eggleston, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology
Carnegie Hall 202
(618) 537-6859

(Sport psychology, Social psychology, Human Sexuality)


Photo of J.L. Kemp, Psy.D.J. L. Kemp, Psy.D.

Professor of Psychology
Carnegie Hall 203
(618) 537-6580

(Child and Adolescent Development, Theories of Personality, Clinical Psychology)


Photo of Gerald McDonnell, Ph.D.Gerald McDonnell, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Carnegie Hall 204
(618) 537-6886



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