Rebecca Martin, Interim Department Head
Department of Psychology
Hansen Hall 029
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Psychology is the discipline concerned with the study of behavior and mental processes. It is a tremendously broad field spanning subject matter from the biological to social sciences. The study of psychology prepares students for work in fields like health care, counseling, education, social work, human resources, statistics, probation and corrections, business, politics, public relations, and more. Psychologists are commonly found working in conjunction with other professionals to contribute to every area of society. Advisors assist students to personalize curriculum plans to meet career and educational goals.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Identify and explain the scientific foundation of psychology; use and evaluate scientific evidence for psychological claims.
- Recognize the existence of universal and culture-bound psychological principles; exhibit sensitivity, appreciation, and respect for all dimensions of human diversity.
- Demonstrate ethical knowledge and skills appropriate to level of experience and education.
- Demonstrate knowledge of theory and research central to the four basic content domains of psychology: biological, learning and cognition, life-span developmental; and sociocultural approaches.
- Gain an appreciation of the application of psychological knowledge through experiences in applied settings, such as internships, student research, or service learning.
Psychology does not permit the double use of courses in its major with a minor. All psychology courses that count toward the major must receive a C or better grade.
Course Delivery Format
Psychology courses are delivered at multiple locations (Brookings Main Campus and the University Center - Sioux Falls), and in multiple formats including face-to-face lecture, discussion, and laboratory courses, as well as online courses.