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BHSU Psychology Program

The Psychology major at Black Hills State University has a strong tradition of preparing students who excel in graduate programs and in their careers. Students study human behavior and the psychological, social, and biological processes that relate to that behavior.

With a degree in Psychology from BHSU, students are successful in graduate school and in pursuing careers as psychologists, social workers, career counselors, personnel and labor relations specialists, market researchers, and data analysts.

Why earn a psychology degree from BHSU?

  • Apply psychological research first hand by working closely with faculty conducting cutting-edge research
  • Study with highly qualified faculty who are experienced as instructors and trained in a variety of theoretical perspectives
  • Participate in internships that allow you to actually work in the field with practicing psychologists

Psychology In the News:

BHSU student spends summer at NASA
Posted on Monday, September 29, 2014
When Black Hills State University student Clair Cecil graduates in December she will have quite the reference on her resume. Cecil, a psychology major from Rapid City, spent the summer working as an intern for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in Greenbelt, Md.
BHSU professor, graduate present research at national psychological convention
Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Kaitlin Schneider, a 2014 BHSU graduate from Sturgis, and Dr. Aris Karagiorgakis, assistant professor of psychology at BHSU, presented their research on the effects drawing prior to a police lineup had on memory at the American Psychological Association (APA) Convention in Washington D.C. this summer.
Johanna Meier Opera Theater Institute at BHSU celebrates 16th and final year
Posted on Tuesday, June 17, 2014
The Johanna Meier Opera Theater Institute at Black Hills State University celebrates its 16th and final year with two special performances.
BHSU honors TRIO students for hard work and dedication
Posted on Friday, June 6, 2014
Black Hills State University Student Support Services (SSS) has recognized four students for the spring semester who have demonstrated dedication in pursuing their undergraduate degree and served as leaders and mentors for other students.
BHSU students honored during UC-RC awards event
Posted on Wednesday, May 21, 2014
 Black Hills State University students Mark Quasney, business administration – economics and finance major from Rapid City, and Clair Cecil, psychology major from Rapid City, were among the many students recognized during the University Center-Rapid City’s annual Celebrating and Encouraging Networking, Teamwork, Engagement, and Recognition ceremony.
BHSU graduates defend research for final Geek Speak presentation
Posted on Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Recent graduates Nicole Faas and Kaitlin Schneider graduated as University Scholars after successfully defending their capstone project.

BHSU graduate discovers passion for research
Posted on Friday, May 9, 2014

Black Hills State University psychology major Kaitlin Schneider, who started her collegiate career while still a senior at Sturgis Brown High School, has spent the last several years involved in a variety of research projects, one which awarded her the top undergraduate oral presentation at this year’s Black Hills Research Symposium (BHRS).While her time as a BHSU undergraduate will come to an end tomorrow, Schneider’s career in academia is just beginning.

BHSU students present research at National Conference on Undergraduate Research
Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Twelve Black Hills State University students recently traveled to the University of Kentucky in Lexington to present their research at the 2014 National Conference on Undergraduate Research.
BHSU students honored for research
Posted on Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Four Black Hills State University students were recently honored for their outstanding research projects at the 16th Annual Black Hills Research Symposium.

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.

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School Chair

Dr. James Hess
Office: Skywalk 214
Phone: 605.642.6850

BHSU offers excellent undergraduate research opportunities.