The Psychology Department at Midwestern State University is one of six academic departments and two special programs in the Prothro-Yeager College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Students may earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S), a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), or a minor in psychology. A Master of Arts degree in Clinical/Counseling Psychology that meets LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) and LPA (Licensed Psychological Associate) requirements for the state of Texas is also offered.
Six full-time faculty members, all of whom have earned doctorates in their respective fields of expertise (e.g. experimental, clinical, and counseling psychology) teach in the psychology department. These individuals are committed to helping students both in and outside the classroom to succeed in their academic careers. In addition, most courses offered by our department are taught by full-time faculty, assuring that qualified, experienced individuals are teaching freshman level through graduate level courses. The majority of students complete their degrees in four years; however, this may vary due to differences in students' experiences.
The Department of Psychology engages students in a variety of educational and social activities that will engender these marketable skills:
- The acquisition of a broad knowledge base in psychology. Our students are typically amazed at the breadth of psychology. In addition to counseling and clinical psychology, psychologists work in schools, industrial & organizational psychology, vocational counseling, consumer psychology, psychological testing and assessment, environmental psychology, human factors, forensic psychology, and a host of other specialties. There truly is “something for everyone” in psychology.
- An understanding of research methods in psychology. Our students develop an appreciation for the fact that psychology is a science—the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Students gain marketable hands-on experience with data collection and the statistical analysis of data through coursework and extracurricular research projects with the faculty. Although most psychologists work in applied disciplines, these applications are based on theories of mind and behavior developed through basic and applied research.
- The ability to think critically. Our students develop an appreciation for the value of clear, reasoned judgment based on objective facts. Perhaps more than any other major, the study of psychology enhances awareness of how we come to know, believe, and feel as we do. Students study cognitive biases and distortions, influence techniques, logical fallacies, and the design of sound and reasoned arguments.
- The ability to use technology. Our students find multiple opportunities throughout the curriculum to learn how to access electronic databases, use Internet survey engines and other data collection tools, and mine and analyze data with the most powerful data analytic software tools available.
- The ability to communicate effectively. Our students develop both individual and group oral presentations as they progress through the curriculum. A separate course, Writing in Psychology, ensures that our graduates can communicate effectively in writing as well.
- The pursuit of post-baccalaureate education, career, and other opportunities. Our students are each assigned a faculty advisor whose primary goal is to assist the student in succeeding once they leave Midwestern. Whether your goal is to pursue graduate training in psychology or you want to use your bachelors degree as the cornerstone of a solid liberal arts education, the psychology faculty are here to help.
Here are just a few of the careers that our graduates with bachelors degrees are prepared to embark upon:
- Career planning and placement counselor
- Social services eligibility worker
- Housing and student life coordinator
- Social work assistant
- Special programs teacher
- College admissions officer
- Customer service representative
- Employee relations assistant
- Human recourses recruiter
- Human resources training specialist
- Survey and polling assistant
- Market research assistant
- Statistical analyst
- Alumni affairs coordinator
- Mental health outreach worker
- Volunteer coordinator
- Criminal justice worker
To arrange for a tour of the MSU campus and the Psychology Department or to request more information concerning your admission to MSU, call the Admissions Office at (940) 397-4334 or (800) 842-1922.
For information about the Psychology clinic visit: mwsu.edu/academics/libarts/psychology/clinic.
Research Options to Fulfill the PSYC 1103 & PSYC 2203 Research Participation Requirement.
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