Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. It focuses on questions relating to why people behave, feel, and think the way they do. Courses in the psychology department introduce students to the methods and findings of psychological research, but also provide students with opportunities to explore the application of psychological theories. Our students are encouraged to enrich their education by studying psychology abroad, getting involved in research, gaining hands-on experience in a practicum, and joining Psychology Club.
A psychology major can open the door to a variety of career paths. Students are required to complete several core courses in psychology, but also have the flexibility to take electives that allow them to tailor their education to their career goals. Students may focus their education by completing an optional emphasis within the major. Emphases available to psychology majors include:
Social Services Emphasis
Business/Human Resources Emphasis
Alternatively, students may design their own plan of study from the wide array of courses offered as part of the major. Students are encouraged to work with psychology faculty members to help them choose the specific courses that match their interests and needs.
The nature of the psychology major also allows students the flexibility to pursue second majors or minors if they desire. Biology, business, special education, sociology, and religion are just a few majors that complement a psychology major. For students who are interested in psychology but are unable to fit a major into their schedule, the department offers a psychology minor. Additionally, for students who are interested working specifically with children, an interdisciplinary minor in children and youth is also available, and for students who are interested in working with older adults, an interdisciplinary minor in Gerontology is available.
2001 South Summit Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57197
Olivia Lima, Chair
Madsen Social Science Center
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