Modern psychology focuses on the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. It investigates questions such as, “Why do people behave, feel, think, and interact the way they do? How are we affected by our environment? How do we affect other people?” — and many more!
The Department of Psychology introduces students to the methods and findings of psychological research, while providing the experiential development of intuitive, reflective clinical skills. In class, you will explore the applications of psychological theories and findings. Our psychology majors learn how to better understand and help people, and they gain valuable research skills.
A psychology major can lead to many different career opportunities. Your academic advisor will help you choose the specific courses that meet your needs. If you intend to pursue a career specific to psychology such as counseling or research, you should take up to 43 credit hours in psychology. If you wish to attend graduate school, you should talk to your advisor about ways to prepare, and become involved in research projects with department faculty.
We encourage you to integrate your learning in our department with other disciplines. Psychology is also an excellent choice as a second major; good complements include business, education, law, ministry, and health services — to name just a few!. Read more about our learning environment.
2001 South Summit Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57197
Olivia Lima, Chair
Madsen Social Science Center