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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. Jim Hess

President: Mitchell Clark

Dr. Nathan Deichert

Vice President: Stephanie Opp

Dr. Aris Karagiorgakis

Operations Director:

Dr. Emilia Boeschen

Public Relations:

Dr. Cheryl Anagnopoulos

Outreach Director: Kayley Neville

Dr. Eric Clapham


Contact Mitchell Clark at

Organization Fair
Org Fair

Club Meeting
Club Meeting

Chili Cook-Off
Chili Cook-off

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News and Events

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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 Mitchell Clark 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:

Psychology Club

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I need a specific emphasis for a Psychology degree?
A. No, we offer a general B.S. degree in Psychology.

Q: On average, how many students are enrolled as Psychology majors each year?
A. Approximately 270.

Q: How many credit hours of Psychology do I need for a degree at BH?
A. The minimum is 32

Q: What kinds of clubs or organizations are available specifically for Psychology majors?
A. Psychology Club and Psi Chi.

Q: Which professors are advisors?
A. All of the Psychology professors are advisors.

Q: How would I change my advisor to a Psychology professor?
A. First, talk to the Professor you would like for your advisor. Then after s/he agrees to advise you, talk to the secretary at the College of Arts and Sciences (Jonas 108) to make the change official.

Q: What would be a complementary minor for a Psychology major?
A. That depends on your career interest. Biology, Sociology, and Business are some common minors for Psychology Majors. Talk to your advisor for help in deciding.

Q: How many years of study will it take to earn a doctorate in Psychology?
A. On an average, you can expect that it will take 5-6 years beyond your Bachelor's degree.

Q: After I have taken General Psychology, what class should I take next?
A. See your advisor

Q: Who should I talk to about an internship in Psychology?
A. Dr. Flint

Q: Who should I talk to about getting involved in Psychology research?
A. Either Dr. Deichert, Dr. Flint, or Dr. Clapham

For any additional questions please contact any of the psychology professors through email or stop by their respective office in the skywalk.

Q: What are some places in the area that are of interest to the Psychology Club?
CASA 605.578.1161 (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
PALS 605.642.2785 (Northern Hills Training Center)
ARTEMIS HOUSE 605.642.7825 (Spearfish Safe House)
NORTHERN HILLS CRISIS OUTREACH 605.584.3560(Belle Fourche Safe House)
SALVATION ARMY 605.642.0924
HICKORY HOUSE 605.642.4745 (Senior In-patient Facility)