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

Big Blue Backpacks
Academic | Behavioral Science | Campus
Big Blue Backpacks continues to help local children in need
September 10, 2018, 1:15pm
Millikin student-run organization begins another year of providing nourishment Millikin University student-run organization Big Blue Backpacks is continuing its impact on the local Decatur...
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BluePoint Connections
Academic | Campus | Career Center
Make It Millikin: BluePoint Connections
June 11, 2018, 3:15pm
New Millikin startup connects students to need-based work and internships When Bryce Kapitzky entered Launch Weekend during the fall of 2017 at Millikin University, he had no idea that his...
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Box City
Behavioral Science | Campus | College of Arts & Sciences
Box City opens students' eyes to Homelessness
November 13, 2017, 12:15pm
Millikin event supports Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week Millikin University students experienced homelessness, firsthand, during Millikin's 8th annual Box City event on Nov. 10....
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Big Blue Backpacks
Academic | Campus | College of Arts & Sciences
Big Blue Backpacks program impacts local community in first year
September 8, 2017, 12:30pm
Big Blue Backpacks program impacts local community in first year Big Blue Backpacks, a Millikin University student-run organization seeking to make a positive impact in the Decatur, Ill.,...
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Mary Garrison
Behavioral Science | College of Arts & Sciences | Community
Millikin professor co-authors book on strategies for managing depression
April 18, 2017, 10:30am
Millikin professor co-authors book on strategies for managing depression Dr. Mary Garrison, associate professor of social work at Millikin University, and mental health advocate Cliff...
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