Psychology

EMPHASIS OF PROGRAM

Students in the Psychology Program at Southwest Minnesota State University develop an understanding of the major approaches, methods, and principles which psychologists use to explore human thought and behavior. Psychology Majors learn how to apply psychological research and theory so they can use this knowledge in a variety of areas, from industry to mental health. The Psychology Minor is a valuable addition to students in other programs, such as social work, education, pre-law, pre-medicine, pre-physical therapy, and business administration. Regardless of whether you are interested in getting a job right out of college or going on to graduate school, you will receive a strong foundation in psychology. Personal attention combined with rigorous training yield a rich and rewarding four years at Southwest Minnesota State.

Where You Belong!

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FACILITIES

Classes are held in the Social Science Building and are conveniently located near faculty offices. Meeting rooms, social interaction labs, and club rooms are also available in this building. Computers for doing online research and data analysis are available in the Social Science Research & Computer Lab, at the various computer laboratories across campus, or in the SMSU Library.

PREPARATION

Psychology majors need to have good oral and written communication skills, computer skills, library research skills, and mathematics skills. Psychology students are encouraged to take courses in biology, math, and other social sciences as well as in psychology. All psychology majors are required to take statistics, research methods, and a 100 hour internship.

"I knew I had to be here because it was small and intimate, a place that make it easier to focus, and a place that would cultivate my talents. In the end, I knew I had to be here for something that I consciously hadn't worked out at the time. What the SMSU Psychology program did was give me the time and information to flesh out my greater directions in life. I owe each professor in this program a piece of my future and a piece of the pride I have in myself for accomplishing it".

Myah Nelson, Class of 2012

FACULTY

Our professors’ first commitment is teaching. However, faculty are also engaged in research, civic engagement, university service, and community outreach. For example, Dr. Bill Pavot’s research on happiness and well-being has been recognized nationally. Dr. Christine Olson has a clinical background and is active in connecting students with service and internship opportunities. Dr. Corey Butler studies personality, political attitudes, and social networks. Dr. Scott Peterson has recently presented his research on gender differences in science attitudes at the American Psychological Association national convention. Dr. Benjamin Anderson has a background in neuroscience and coordinates our CollegeNow psychology classes being taught in high schools around the state of Minnesota.

ACTIVITIES

Psychology majors may join the Psychology Club to get to know other students as well as faculty in an informal atmosphere. Students who earn a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher in psychology are eligible for Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology. Students from both organizations frequently attend the Midwestern Psychological Association conference in Chicago in the spring. Some psychology majors work with their professors on research projects and present research at conferences. Psychology students regularly present research at the annual SMSU Undergraduate Research Conference.

MAJORS & MINORS

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

"Being part of the SMSU psychology program led me to have a very beneficial educational journey. The relationships I had among my professors and classmates are what made it a truly memorable experience. Through their support, various teaching techniques, and exposure to a well-rounded curriculum, I can gladly say I feel fully prepared to travel on to my next journey at graduate school".

Katie Carlson, Class of 2012

SCHOLARSHIPS

Incoming students may be eligible for a number of leadership and academic scholarships through the SMSU Office of Admission. Freshmen who have completed a College Now psychology course while in high school are eligible for the College Now Psychology Scholarship. Junior and senior psychology majors are eligible for the Psychology Scholarship. Junior and senior female psychology majors are eligible for the Cowan Scholarship.

PLACEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

The psychology faculty at Southwest Minnesota State encourage students to pursue master’s or doctoral degrees in psychology. The program is also an excellent choice for students who are not interested in post-graduate education. Because psychology majors can think critically, write, do research, and solve applied problems, they are well prepared for entry-level employment in mental health agencies, business and industry, casework, child care, human relations, gerontology, health services, marketing and public relations, probation and parole, sales, and technical writing. To assist students with their interests in these diverse subfields of psychology, students enroll early in Psychology Seminar, a professional development course. They may also take advantage of a variety of internship and volunteer opportunities in the Southwest Minnesota region. Pursuing international study is another great way to better discern one’s career interests, and students majoring in psychology have regularly taken advantage of international studies opportunities through various cross-cultural education programs.

  • Mental Health
  • Business
  • Casework
  • Child Care
  • Career Services
  • Gerontology
  • Health Services
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Management
  • Law Enforcement

CONTACT INFORMATION

Psychology Program - Office

SS 103, Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State St.
Marshall, MN 56258

ACADEMIC COMMONS

The Academic Commons is a study center located in IL 224. Students are invited to study, meet friends, and seek assistance with coursework.

Our Mission is to create enhanced opportunities for learning by bringing an array of student academic support services together in a central, visible, and academically-identified location to facilitate seamless access to services for SMSU students and education resources for the wider community.

FRESHMAN ADMISSION PROCESS

  • Complete Application
  • $20 Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Official High School Transcript(s)
  • ACT or SAT Test Scores

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FRESHMAN ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Rank in the upper half of graduating class
  • or
  • Score a composite of 21 or above on the ACT or 990 on the SAT

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