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Undergraduate Psychology Program


Bachelor’s Degree | Minor | Get Involved | Advising & Resources | The Experience | Faculty

The Psychology Program serves over 70 undergraduate majors and offers a B.A. in Psychology with a strong emphasis on the development of research, analytical, and communication skills. Faculty and students in Psychology are involved in a wide range of both theoretical and applied research covering such topics as: cognition, social cognition, eyewitness memory, teaching and learning, text comprehension, unconscious processing, biological psychology, and educational psychology.


Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

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The size of our program allows us to focus our resources almost entirely on undergraduates.
Students are
1) prepared for further study at the graduate and professional levels
2) prepared for post baccalaureate careers
3) experiencing interesting and engaging course and hands-on interaction

 

Psychology Minor

(minimum of 18 hours)

Required — PSY 101 General Psychology (3 hours)

Electives — 15 hours of PSY courses
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Get Involved

  • Psi Chi, National Honorary Society
  • Psychology Club
    Contact an advisor to learn more!
  • Undergraduate Professional Experience
    Students have taken field trips to mental health hospitals (Whitfield), correctional institutions (Parchman), and mental retardation centers (Oxford and Whitfield). Advanced students may have the opportunity to work with other students on such problems as test anxiety and academic stressors. Our undergraduates also attend and present research papers at psychology conferences around the United States.
  • Undergraduate Research Experience
    Delta State students are offered a rare and unique opportunity to engage in faculty-mentored undergraduate research. Over the years, our students have completed and presented a large amount of research projects on various topics. Students have presented research papers at conference all across the nation.
  • Graduate School & Post Baccauelaurette Career
    Extensive training is available to prepare for the Graduate Record Examination, which is required by the majority of accredited graduate programs. In combination with the professional and research experience that students gain at Delta State, this preparation has enabled our students to gain admission to major graduate programs. We encourage you to join us and our psychology alumni in this interesting and rewarding adventure!

Advising & Resources

Advising

Academic advising is mandatory for Psychology majors. All Psychology majors are assigned an advisor. Students must see their assigned advisor prior to registering for courses. Advisors will have sign-up sheets posted outside of their offices a week before pre-registration. Students must sign-up for an appointment no later than 3:00 P.M. the day prior to the scheduled meeting. There is no online or phone advising.

Students are responsible for updating their psychology Program of Study Sheet and bringing a tentative list of courses to their advising appointment. Students are responsible for being sure they have met all graduation requirements. Students must familiarize themselves with the DSU Undergraduate Bulletin under which they registered as a Psychology major.
 
Student Last Name
Advisor
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A – D, N Temika Simmons EW 349
E – I, O, R Scott Drury EW 350
J — M, P Sally Zengaro EW 353
S – Z Duane Shuttlesworth EW 352


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The Experience

The Interpersonal Experience

Students and faculty engage in numerous meaningful interactions through classes, research, and advising. Students are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to have personal and professional planning conferences with faculty. Outside of the classroom, we sponsor two major student organizations. Psychology majors and non-majors can immediately join the Psychology Club, which works closely with Psi Chi, the National Honorary Society sponsored by the American Psychological Association. The Psychology Club and Psi Chi organizations are faculty-mentored, student-driven ways we coordinate activities for undergraduates. These may include social events, but they also include the other important professional experiences described next.

 

Undergraduate Professional Experiences

Students have taken field trips to mental health hospitals (Whitfield), correctional institutions (Parchman), and mental retardation centers (Oxford and Whitfield). Advanced students may have the opportunity to work with other students on such problems as test anxiety and academic stressors. Our undergraduates also attend and present research papers at psychology conferences around the United States.

 

Undergraduate Research Experience

Delta State students are offered a rare and unique opportunity to engage in faculty-mentored undergraduate research. Over the years, our students have completed and presented a large amount of research projects on various topics (operant control of behavior, alcoholism, voluntary control of heart rate, physiological training of electromyographic responses, personality, social cognition, eyewitness memory, distinctive memories, computer-assisted instruction, choice making, drug abuse, and critical thinking). Students have presented research papers at the Southeastern and Southwestern Psychological Associations, Mississippi Academy of Sciences, Mid-South Psychology Conference, Society for the Quantitative Analysis of Behavior, and the Mid-South Educational Research Association. These conferences involve travel to locations such as New Orleans, Atlanta, Austin, Orlando, Washington, DC, Boston, San Antonio, Memphis, Nashville, Biloxi, Jackson, and Tupelo.

 

Graduate School & Post Baccalaureate Career Preparation 
Extensive training is available to prepare for the Graduate Record Examination, which is required by the majority of accredited graduate programs. In combination with the professional and research experience that students gain at Delta State, this preparation has enabled our students to gain admission to major graduate programs including the Universities of Memphis, Southern Mississippi, Mississippi State, Alabama, St. Louis, Southern Illinois, South Florida, North Texas State, Texas Women’s, Middle Tennessee State, and the California Professional School of Psychology. Many others have found excellent careers in other professions after fulfilling the rigorous requirements for our baccalaureate degree. We encourage you to join us and our psychology alumni in this interesting and rewarding adventure!

 

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Faculty

Scott Drury, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
Ewing 350, 662-846-4308
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Temika Simmons, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Ewing 349, 662-846-4365
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Duane Shuttlesworth, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Ewing 352, 662-846-4361
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Sally Zengaro, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Interim Division Chair
Ewing 337, 662-846-8355
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“The Delta State Psychology Program is where the foundation was built for my career in mental health. The professors sparked an interest in psychology for me, and I use what they taught me every day.”
—Hunter McIntyre Ph.D. ’02

“The one characteristic that stands out is the accessibility of the professors—each one truly cared about my education. This personalized learning environment is a virtue you can’t get at a larger university.”
—G. Rush Smith, Ph.D. ’02