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:

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.
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.

Learn more...

School Chair

Dr. James Hess
Office: Skywalk 214
Phone: 605.642.6850
Email: Jim.Hess@bhsu.edu

BHSU offers excellent undergraduate research opportunities.