The Culver-Stockton psychology program provides a strong curriculum, focused on significant career preparation. Students are prepared for immediate entry into the job market after graduation or to successfully complete a graduate program. Our balanced curriculum builds your research skills; strengthens your ability to speak, write and think critically; and offers numerous opportunities for you to explore psychology through hands-on involvement in projects, professional conferences, and beyond-the-classroom experiences. Among other expectations, students will grow in their appreciation of how psychological principles apply to their own lives, their awareness of individual differences, their tolerance of ambiguity, and their sensitivity in making ethical judgments.
We take pride in our program's success in treating each student as an individual and ensuring you don't “get lost among the masses.” We will work with you closely as your develop your area of special interest and mentor you in finding the right job or preparing for graduate school.
Psychology majors work in a computerized psychology laboratory. They collect and analyze data, write reports, and prepare presentations. They put their knowledge to work in organizations throughout the region. We encourage students to author or co-author research papers to publish in professional journals and/or to present at professional conferences.
To earn a degree in psychology, students must complete 36 credit hours of psychology coursework and nine hours of electives, three of which must be experiential. Among the required courses are statistics, research methods, developmental courses, experimental courses, and applied courses. Students often develop a “track” of courses that suits their personal and career interests, such as clinical/counseling, social counseling, experimental/research psychology, sports psychology, or industrial psychology. We can help you tailor the program to take you where you want to go.
For a complete listing of the course offerings and requirements for a psychology major, please see the current academic catalog.
Psychology majors put their knowledge to work by volunteering in the community and completing internships to gain valuable real world experience to augment their academic coursework. These experiences not only advance your knowledge, they strengthen your graduate school application, and give you competitive hands-on experience for the work world. Students can pursue one of the internships we have developed in the region or create one of their own for approval. Recent students have successfully completed internships at:
- Adams County Juvenile Detention Center, Quincy, Ill.
- Apex Rehabilitation, Quincy, Ill.
- Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Illinois, Quincy, Ill.
- Blessing Hospital, Quincy, Ill.
- Bruce Normile Juvenile Justice Center, Kirksville, Mo.
- Center for Prevention of Abuse, Peoria, Iowa
- Chaddock, Quincy, Ill.
- Clark County Family Services, Kahoka, Mo.
- Crisis Pregnancy Center, Jacksonville, Ill.
- Department of Human Services, Quincy, Ill.
- Hannibal Regional Hospital, Hannibal, Mo.
- Higginsville Rehabilitation Center, Higgginsville, Mo.
- Jerry Walker Therapy Services, Quincy, Ill.
- Lewis County Department of Family Services, Monticello, Mo.
- Marygrove, St. Louis Mo.
- Missouri Probation and Parole, Hannibal, Mo.
- Paris High School, Paris, Mo.
- Recovery Resources, Quincy, Ill.
- Southern Prairie Area Education Agency, Ottumwa, Iowa
- South Iowa Area Detention Service Agency, Montrose, Iowa
- Transitions, Quincy, Ill.
- Warsaw High School, Warsaw, Ill.
- West Central Illinois Therapy & Sports Medicine, Pittsfield, Ill.
On average, about 70 percent of our psychology graduates are either admitted to graduate school or to a pre-professional program or are employed in a job related to psychology. The job market for psychology majors is broad, and you will have choices of careers in community support, teaching, clinical psychology, or social work. Some graduates are pursuing careers in sports psychology, industrial psychology and criminal justice.
The C-SC psychology department maintains a website linked to a variety of resources for students.