Welcome to Behavioral Sciences

The Behavioral Sciences Department will provide you with opportunities to explore the connections between mind, behavior, and society. Our programs combine the value of a broad-based liberal arts degree with the rigor of scientific research methods to create a deeper and more meaningful understanding of our society and the people that live in and drive it.

Perform Graduate-Level Research

All Psychology majors have the opportunity to be involved in research. Students complete a senior Psychology Capstone research project under the direction of a faculty member, resulting in a research paper that can accompany their applications to graduate schools. While at Millikin, Human Services majors have a wide range of opportunities for research with faculty.

Develop Expertise with Professional-Grade Software

The Behavioral Sciences Computer Lab is equipped with 10 computers that use specialized software for statistical analysis and research. It includes the same software for computerized experimentation in psychology that is used by researchers around the world.

Intern with Local Agencies

The final experiential course, which completes the Human Services clinical experience, is a Capstone Internship. Students are placed as an intern in a selected learning site at a community, state, social service, or welfare agency.

Career Paths

Millikin graduates are extremely employable; 99% of students gain employment or entrance into graduate or professional school within six months of graduation.

Places of employment for our students have included Big Brothers Big Sisters, Macon Resources, Growing Strong of Decatur, Illinois Department of Corrections, Heritage Behavioral Healthcare, Webster-Cantrell Hall, Lutheran Child and Family Services, community mental health centers, various regional hospitals, senior care centers, long-term care facilities, and assisted-living facilities.

Behavioral Science News

Department News

Mary Garrison
Behavioral Science | College of Arts & Sciences | Community
Millikin professor co-authors book on strategies for managing depression
April 18, 2017, 10:30am
Dr. Mary Garrison, associate professor of social work at Millikin University, and mental health advocate Cliff Richey have co-authored a book entitled "Your Playbook for Beating Depression...
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Mary Garrison
Behavioral Science | College of Arts & Sciences | Community
Millikin students reach out to needy through service work
March 22, 2017, 1:30pm
Millikin University students are providing services at Oasis Day Center for the homeless several times throughout the spring semester under the guidance of Dr. Mary Garrison, professor of...
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Box City
Behavioral Science | College of Arts & Sciences | Community
Millikin students play key role in collecting homeless data
March 13, 2017, 12:30pm
The Macon County Homeless Council Continuum of Care works diligently to meet the needs of homeless individuals, veterans, children and families. To identify how many people are homeless in...
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Millikin Box City
Behavioral Science | College of Arts & Sciences | Community
Millikin students take Box City event to next level
November 14, 2016, 12:15pm
Millikin University's Human Service Connection and the Macon County Continuum hosted its annual Box City event in support of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week on Nov. 11 on the...
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Big Blue Backpacks
Behavioral Science | College of Arts & Sciences | Community
Big Blue Backpack program impacts local community
October 10, 2016, 2:30pm
A new Millikin University student-run organization is making an impact on the local community by helping alleviate childhood hunger. The organization, Big Blue Backpacks, is providing...
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