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The right major matters.

The Psychology Program at MacMurray College introduces students to the fundamentals of scientific psychology, providing a firm basis of psychological knowledge and research experience.

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Course offerings cover all the major schools of thought in psychology. Many careers in psychology require at least a master's degree, and many graduate programs recommend a broad background in different areas of psychology, so the requirements for the major correspond to the basic course requirements for entrance into graduate school. In recent years, MacMurray graduates have been admitted to such top graduate programs as the University of Illinois.

As a psychology major at MacMurray, you will benefit from extensive interaction with faculty members both in and out of class.

As a psychology major, you can specialize in MacMurray's pre-professional program for occupational therapy, which prepares you for the graduate school of your choice to train as an occupational therapist.

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Opportunities for Students

The undergraduate psychology degree at MacMurray College will prepare students for a wide range of future opportunities. It is a great choice for those who love to help others while solving practical and/or theoretical problems.

As a psychology major, a combination of classroom learning and practical, hands-on experience matters for a successful career. You will be offered the education, knowledge, and experience you need to help people resolve complex emotional issues, develop solutions for real-world problems, and develop a deeper understanding of the human mind and behavior by conducting research. It will prepare you to make real differences in other people's lives and help people overcome adversity, increase their well-being, and realize their full potential.

The Program will also provide you with opportunities to engage in original research and to attend regional and national professional conferences. Academic achievements of psychology students are recognized through membership in the MacMurray chapter of Psi Chi, the national psychology honors society.

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You will have the opportunity to gain practical experience and academic credit through internships with a wide range of social service agencies, including the many agencies in Jacksonville. MacMurray students have had either paid or unpaid internships at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville; the Morgan County Sheriff's Department, also in Jacksonville; and with the State of Illinois; and you will have opportunities to observe at many other institutions and agencies.

You'll learn how to record, organize, analyze, and interpret data with statistics and various research methods. These skills matter to professionals in a wide variety of careers, such as education, administration, science-related research, marketing, and advertising.

Graduate School Opportunities

The undergraduate psychology degree at MacMurray College can serve as the basis and the background for your continued graduate studies in such fields as psychology, counseling, social work, law, medicine, nursing, criminal justice, and others.

The undergraduate psychology degree at MacMurray College offers you a wide range of psychology courses and covers all the major schools of thought in psychology. Requirements for the major correspond to the basic course requirements for entrance into graduate school.

Career Opportunities

If you do not want to pursue an advanced degree or want to join the workforce before pursuing further studies, you can catch the attention of a variety of employers in human resources, personnel departments, and social service agencies. In recent years, MacMurray graduates were employed by the State of Illinois, Goodwill Industries, and Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL, amongst others.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics expects that opportunities in psychology will continue to grow over the next decade. In addition to learning about yourself, psychology will help you understand why people do what they do. This marketable skill matters in a wide variety of job settings.

Students who earn a degree in psychology have access to many career opportunities in art and music therapy; child, developmental, clinical, and community psychology; industrial and organizational psychology; life coaching; marriage and family therapy; mental health or military counseling; rehabilitation counseling; school psychology; sports psychology; and substance abuse counseling, plus others.


Learn more about Psychology courses and how to pursue a major or minor in Psychology through our catalog.


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Matt Wiediger, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology

"Students are people too."

  • Areas of interest: Dr. Wiediger is interested in cognitive and behavioral research.
  • Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology (Cognition and Memory) — Washington State University
  • M.S. in Psychology — Washington State University
  • B.S. in Psychology — Washington State University
  • Courses taught: General Psychology, Elementary Statistics, Research Methods, Educational Psychology, Social Psychology, Learning, Physiological Psychology, Sensation & Perception, Memory & Cognition, Theories of Personality, Research Participation, Senior Seminar
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Shahyad Ghoncheh, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology

"A great place to learn."

  • Areas of interest: Dr. Ghoncheh is interested in the therapeutic approaches of Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and ADDRESSING model.
  • Ed.D. in Counseling Psychology — Argosy University
  • M.A. in Clinical Psychology — Roosevelt University
  • B.A. in Psychology & Philosophy — Roosevelt University
  • A.A. in Liberal Arts — Oakton Community College
  • Courses taught: General Psychology, Lifespan Development, Adolescent Psychology, Social Psychology, Psychology of Criminal Mind, Educational Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Theories of Personality, Individual & Group Therapy, Clinical Practicum, Multicultural Counseling, Counseling Theories, Psychology & the Media, Stress Management, Coping with Stress