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As a psychology major at Black Hills State University, you will have the opportunity to assist faculty members in conducting psychological research in your area of study, as well as develop and conduct your own research, all while earning course credit. Our majors have presented research at numerous professional psychological conferences at the regional, national, and international levels and have also published research in peer-reviewed scholarly journals. These research experiences have helped our graduates get into numerous Master’s and Doctoral programs throughout the country and have also prepared students for jobs.

  • Small classes
  • Get to know your professors
  • Gain valuable experience through conducting research
  • Gain valuable experience through internships with community organizations

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 firsthand by working closely with faculty in 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.

*Current students, please refer to the DegreeWorks Dashboard in MyBHSU to confirm your major requirements.

Career Opportunities

There are employment opportunities in a variety of sectors:
» Animal Researcher
» Career Counselor
» Data Analyst
» Environmental Psychologist
» Forensic Psychologist
» Human Resources Specialist
» Human-Computer Interface Designer
» Market Researcher
» Social Worker
» Sports Psychologist
» Treatment Center Specialist
» User Experience Researcher

Student presents research to an audience.


The Black Hills Research Symposium is an interdisciplinary conference to showcase undergraduate research activity in the Black Hills region. We invite submissions from undergraduate and graduate university students in the Black Hills to present posters or to give oral presentations describing completed scholarly work.

Contact Info

Emilia Flint
Jonas Skywalk 215 Map
Phone: (605)642-6514

Chair of School of Behavioral Sciences
Black Hills State University
1200 University St. Unit 9004
Spearfish, SD, USA 57799-9004