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

Box City
Behavioral Science | Campus | College of Arts & Sciences
Box City at Millikin provides eye-opening experiences
November 16, 2015, 1:00pm
Box City at Millikin provides eye-opening experiences For six years, Millikin University's Box City event has not only kicked off National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, but has...
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Pixie Fennessey
Behavioral Science
Raising Awareness
July 20, 2015, 11:15am
Pixie Fennessey, Millikin University adjunct professor of psychology and sociology, has spent a decade working with children at the By Grace Disabled and Orphans Centre in Kayole, Kenya....
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Mary Garrison
Behavioral Science
Urban Development Project
February 25, 2015, 3:30pm
Urban Development Project Every year, the city of Decatur receives more than $1 million in federal funds to help with a variety of community needs, including neighborhood stability and...
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