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Psychology Club Mission Statement

The Psychology Club is a student organization whose mission shall be to encourage, promote, and build a greater understanding of the field of psychology throughout the student body, university, and community.

What is Psychology?

Psychology is a science. It is the science of describing, understanding, predicting, and trying to control behavior and mental processes. Psychology is a very large subject area with numerous schools of thought and many different areas and fields of study. Psycholgy evolved out of the biology and philosophy fields of study. Today, the psychology program at BHSU has evolved into an excellent area of study with its outstanding faculty, interesting courses, and of course, you the student.

What is the Psychology Club?

The Psychology Club is a student organization dedicated to having fun and working hard.  We are both a social and academic club.  We work with the student population, University, and community in an effort to better them and ourselves. We hold fundraisers, social activities, volunteer, donate our time and efforts, and much more!

Who is involved with the Psychology Club?

Anyone with an interest in psychology or other behavioral sciences and a desire to get involved. You don't have to be a psychology major or minor to join.  You just have to want to be there, it's that simple.

Why should I get involved?

There are so many great reasons to get involved with any student organization, and the Psychology Club is no different. This is not just something to add to your resume. By getting involved with the Psychology Club you will meet and make new friends, get to know the faculty on a personal level, learn new skills both in and outside of psychology, have the opportunity to attend conferences, learn more about graduate school and career opportunities, and serve the community. By becoming a Psychology Club member you will get the chance to have fun, maybe even learn a little something, and make a difference!

How can I get involved?

It's simple, just talk to any of the psychology professors or talk to any current member of the organization.  Find out when a meeting or activity is scheduled for and show up and be a part the fun. Whatever your interests may be, Psych Club has something to offer you, and we know you have something to offer us! For more information you can talk to any of our current officers or faculty members:



Advisor: Dr. Alissa Call

President: Stephanie Opp

Dr. Cheryl Anagnopoulos

Secretary: Kaitlyn Johnson

Dr. Eric Clapham

Treasurer: Jacquelyn Bassford

Dr. Nathan Deichert

Dr. Emilia Flint

Dr. Jim Hess


Dr. Michael Huxford

Mr. William Cockrell



Contact Stephanie Opp at for more information.

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Organization Fair
Org Fair

Club Meeting
Club Meeting

Chili Cook-Off
Chili Cook-off


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Psi Chi

The Black Hills State University's Psi Chi chapter is inactive as of 2016. Currently efforts are being made to reinstate our BHSU chapter. For more information or if interested in being a potential member please contact Stephanie Opp at

Psi Chi is a national honor society whose purpose shall be to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology.

The mission of Psi Chi is to produce a well-educated, ethical, and socially responsible member committed to contributing to the science and profession of psychology and to society in general.

Advantages Of Membership include:

  • Documentation: A membership certificate and card show your affiliation with a nationally recognized honor society.
  • References: Membership in Psi Chi provides you with references for graduate school admissions and employment opportunities.
  • Experience: As a member, you are also eligible to gain valuable experience in group and professional activities that are not typically offered in undergraduate curricula.
  • Opportunity: Psi Chi provides members with opportunities to compete with other students for research grants, publish original research in its Journal of Undergraduate Research, attend professional conferences, and network with other Psi Chi members.
  • Recognition: Membership in Psi Chi exemplifies your commitment to the academic study of psychology, a characteristic that is recognized by graduate school admissions committees and employers alike.

Eligibility for membership at BHSU includes:

  • A declared major or minor in Psychology
  • Status as a second semester sophomore with at least nine credit hours of psychology coursework.
  • A GPA of 3.1 in both psychology coursework and cumulative grades.

To learn more about Psi Chi please visit:

What degree will I obtain as a Psychology major?
You will earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology.

Is a minor required with this major?
Yes. You will be required to have a minor with this degree. You may also declare a double major in the same degree (B.S.).

What is a good complimentary minor?
Complimentary minors for Psychology vary according to the individual student. Some common minors include Sociology and Biology.

How many credits of Psychology classes will I need to take?
You will be required to take at least 50 credits in the field of Psychology.

Who is my advisor?
To check your advisor, login to WebAdvisor and click on Program Evaluation. Your advisor, if assigned one, will be listed at the top of this page. If no advisor is listed, contact Melissa Woodall.

How do I change my advisor?
If you would like to change your advisor, contact the advisor you wish to change to. If they agree to the change, they will guide you on the next step you need to take.

What are common job outcomes for Psychology graduates?
There are a wide range of job outcomes for Psychology graduates. Some common career goals are mental health counselors, school counselors, school psychologists, clinical psychologists, sports psychologists, experimental psychologists, professors, and human resources employees.

I am interested in attending graduate school. What do I do next?
Visit out Grad School page for more information. You will also want to speak with an advisor on which courses you should be taking. Research and/or internship experiences are often required on graduate school applications.

How do I get involved in research?
Generally, students are encouraged to have statistics and/or research methods at least started before beginning research. Some professors, however, may be willing to take exceptional students on a case-by-case basis. Contact the research professor of your interest area for more information: Dr. Nathan Deichert, Dr. Eric Clapham, Dr. Emilia Flint, or Dr. Alissa Call.

Who do I contact for internship information?
Contact Dr. Emilia Flint for more information on internships. Also, keep an eye out for postings around campus (particularly in the Jonas Skywalk).