Approximate number of students pursuing this major: 500
Approximate number of student pursuing this minor: 300
Students pursuing this major engaged in research: 100%
Full-time faculty: 11
Recent Award: Dr. Fred Shaffer received (2013) and Prof. Sal Costa (2015) received Truman’s Outstanding Research Mentor of the Year award.
Departmental student organizations: Psi Chi – honor society in psychology and Psychology Club – interest group
92% of the faculty members have earned a Ph.D. in psychology.
Three members of our department have been awarded the Walker and Doris Allen Fellowship for Faculty Excellence.
Our faculty have research and teaching interests that cover a wide variety of popular specializations: biofeedback, clinical psychology, cognition, development, learning and memory, parenting, positive psychology, psychopharmacology, evolutionary psychology, and social psychology.
Psychology faculty have participated in an assortment of activities across campus and throughout Kirksville:
advising fraternities/sororities and other student organizations, directing the student portfolio project and interview project, leading Truman’s annual campaign
for the United Way, serving on faculty senate and the undergraduate council.
Department faculty are professionally active, with memberships in Association for Psychological Science, American Psychological Association, Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, Biofeedback Certification Institute of America, Midwestern Psychological Association, Sigma Xi, Council on Teaching of Undergraduate Psychology, Society for the Teaching of Psychology, Association to Advance Ethical Hypnosis, Society for Social and Personality Psychology, and others.
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The department offers a variety of courses in the major specializations of psychology: abnormal psychology, applied, clinical, cognitive, developmental, physiological, social and others.
Choose which classes you wish to explore. Only 4 classes are required for all Psychology majors, the rest can be chosen from 5 sets of course groupings.
100% of students will conduct and present at least one full research project as part of their training in the major.
100% of our classes are taught by faculty members.
Classes incorporate a variety of innovative approaches to learning. As a Psychology student, you may participate in service learning, collaborate on team projects, evaluate peer writing, develop and answer your own research questions.
Participate in research, take advantage of internship opportunities, study abroad, and/or earn a minor or second major in another area. The major is designed to accommodate these opportunities while still allowing you to graduate in four years.
Want flexibility? Choose from a large assortment of summer online classes in Psychology.
Student Research and Internships
At many universities, undergraduates merely assist in the data collection of someone else’s research. At Truman, you develop the hypothesis, create the experiment, collect and analyze the data, and attend conferences to present your own conclusions.
Engage in original research under the supervision of faculty mentors. Present your work at regional, national and international psychology conferences, with the department assisting with your travel expenses.
Present your own research at the annual Psi Chi research conference and the campus-wide Student Research Conference.
Looking for an internship? Use of one of our many recurring programs or identify a new internship opportunity in your own community.
Each semester Truman Psychology majors participate in internships in a variety of professional settings. Some recurring internship positions have been with:
American Red Cross
A.T. Still University
Department of Children and Family Services
Edgewood Childrens’ Center
Missouri Institute of Mental Health
Preferred Family Healthcare (HR and Clinical)
After the Degree
Each year up to 2/3 or more of our graduates go on to graduate school. During the past several years, students have enrolled in graduate programs at:
University of Missouri-Columbia
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Iowa
University of Missouri-Kansas City
University of Missouri-St. Louis
Truman State University
A sample of employers for our students include the following: