Find out more about the BHSU Psychology Department!

BHSU Psychology Program


Are you interested in the study of human behavior?

Experience a positive learning environment and discover the application of psychology in many diverse fields with a major in Psychology from Black Hills State University.  You will have the opportunity to apply psychological research first hand by working closely with faculty while conducting cutting edge research. 

Undergraduate research provides a learning experience for you that is not possible in the traditional classroom. We are leading the way for BHSU in our focus on undergraduate research. We provide opportunities for students to gain experience in psychological research as volunteer subjects and as student researchers.   

All of our faculty have the highest degree available in the field, are experienced instructors, and are trained in a variety of theoretical perspectives.  Our department includes a laboratory and animal care facilities that are used for both classroom projects and research.  We also offer opportunities for internships that will allow you to work in the field with practicing psychologists. 

Check our major and minor requirements. 

Psychology In the News:

BHSU student discovers a passion for traveling and culture during semester in Italy
Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Black Hills State University student Kaitlin Schneider got more than she expected during her fall semester studying in Italy. Schneider, psychology major from Sturgis, learned a new language, immersed herself in a new culture and broadened her understanding of the world and herself.
BHSU graduate takes research experience to Cambodia
Posted on Friday, November 22, 2013
Recent Black Hills State University psychology graduate Kori Hague never thought she wanted to focus her career on research; her mind changed after working with Dr. Aris Karagiorgakis, BHSU assistant professor of psychology. Hague is now in the process of getting her undergraduate work published and recently returned from a trip to Cambodia where she studied marine conservation.
Star of ‘Jersey Shore’ encourages students to live in the present moment
Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Vinny Guadagnino, one of eight housemates in MTV’s hit reality show “Jersey Shore,” brought his message of being a healthier person by living in the present moment to a packed house at Black Hills State University’s Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.
BHSU honors faculty contributions during Welcome Week
Posted on Monday, September 16, 2013
In an effort to recognize the contributions faculty make on a daily basis, Black Hills State University began a tradition of honoring nine faculty members, three from each of the three colleges, during this year’s welcome back festivities at the start of the fall semester.
BHSU psychology professor and student present research at APA conference in Hawaii
Posted on Monday, September 16, 2013
Dr. Aris Karagiorgakis, Black Hills State University assistant professor of psychology, and Autumn Sanderson, a recent BHSU graduate from Conde, presented their research on the effectiveness of a local afterschool program at the American Psychological Association (APA) Convention in
BHSU research team comes back inspired from trip to Special Olympics World Games
Posted on Monday, March 11, 2013
Dr. Emilia Boeschen, Black Hills State University assistant professor of psychology, and her research team of 10 students, knew their trip to South Korea would be a life-changing experience. They, however, did not realize the extent of it.
Psychology Club fundraiser provides exciting and educational experience
Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013
The Black Hills State University Psychology Club raised more than $150 during its annual rat race competition held recently in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union.
BHSU students raise nearly $700 for Special Olympics Polar Plunge
Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013
After seeing a poster for the South Dakota Special Olympics Polar Plunge, Black Hills State University student John Walker decided to take on a challenge and asked his fellow classmates to do the same.

This weekend, Walker, a human services major from Spearfish, will brave the below freezing temperatures and plunge into the icy water at the Spearfish Rec and Aquatics Center in a costume designed by the class that donated the most money for the Special Olympics annual fundraiser

BHSU holds annual psychology club rat race
Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The Black Hills State University Psychology Club will be hosting its annual rat race competition Feb. 27.
BHSU psychology research team travels to South Korea for Special Olympics World Games
Posted on Monday, January 7, 2013

 Check out what Dr. Emilia Boeschen, assistant professor of psychology and Lauren Lund, one of her student research assistants, are saying about their study of competitive anxiety in athletes with intellectual disabilities, and how they are taking the study across the world to the South Korea Special Olympics World Games.

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School Chair

Dr. James Hess
Office: Skywalk 214
Phone: 605.642.6850

BHSU offers excellent undergraduate research opportunities.