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

Millikin University Research
Academic | Behavioral Science | Campus
Millikin research team gathers essential data for helping end homelessness
May 6, 2020, 2:45pm
Millikin students gain invaluable experience with research study Each year, the results of the Point-in-Time (PIT) survey and Housing Inventory Count (HIC) are collected to provide data on...
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Mary Garrison
Behavioral Science | Campus | College of Arts & Sciences
10 Essential Mental Health Tips to use during COVID-19
April 8, 2020, 2:45pm
Millikin Professor offers tips to manage mental health during COVID-19 Outbreak Mary Garrison, professor of social work at Millikin University, has had extensive practice experience in the...
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Millikin Box City
Academic | Behavioral Science | Campus
For 10 Years, Millikin's Box City offers a perspective on homelessness
November 18, 2019, 1:15pm
Bringing hunger and homelessness awareness to the community When the month of November approaches, Professor Mary Garrison gets excited, because she knows Millikin University's annual Box...
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Millikin SNAP Hunger Challenge
Academic | Behavioral Science | Campus
Millikin students experience the SNAP Hunger Challenge
October 2, 2019, 12:15pm
Can you live on $4.47 a day? Imagine yourself only having $4.47 per day to use for food. It makes it difficult to afford nutritious food items and to stay healthy. A group of Millikin...
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