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As a psychology major at Augustana, you’ll work with expert professors, who are each actively working in their field. The program offers valuable hands-on learning experiences through practicums (internships) and research opportunities.


Study Psychology at Augustana University. 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. Some (such as counselor and licensed psychologist) require graduate degrees (masters or doctorate). Others (such as child life specialist and human resources) are accessible with just a bachelor's.  Keep in mind that psychology is a broad field: only half of psychologists work in counseling/clinical areas, while the remainder are spread across areas as diverse as neuropsychology, human factors in product development, and psychometrics, just to name a few. Our graduates have found themselves in many places following graduation, including graduate programs in psychology, counseling, and occupational therapy, in law school, and in a variety of human services-related settings, from mental health to social and medical services to religious ministries. Business and industry desire psychology majors in fields like advertising, public relations, human resources, sales, and more. Career options for psychology majors are virtually unlimited.

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:

  • Business/human resources emphasis
  • Counseling/clinical emphasis
  • Neuroscience emphasis
  • Social services emphasis
  • Research 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. Read more about our learning environment.

Contact Information

Augustana University
Psychology Department
2001 South Summit Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57197

Elizabeth Babcock, Psychology Department Chair
Office: Madsen Social Science Center, 134
Phone: 605.274.5419
Email: elizabeth.babcock@augie.edu