Division of Counselor Education & Psychology
The Psychology Program serves more than 100 undergraduate majors and minors and offers a B.A. in Psychology with a strong emphasis on the development of research, analytical, and communication skills. Faculty and students are involved in a wide range of both theoretical and applied research covering topics such as cognition, social cognition, judgment and decision-making, teaching and learning, motivation, deep engagement, development, behavior analysis, and educational psychology.
The size of our program allows us to focus our resources almost entirely on undergraduates.
- Prepared for further study at the graduate and professional levels
- Prepared for post-baccalaureate careers
- Experiencing interesting and engaging course and hands-on interaction
Our Certificate of Applied Psychology in Industry tells employers that you not only know how psychology applies in the abstract, but also how it affects management, marketing, and operations!
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 stress. 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!
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 PM 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 inside the handbook, 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.
Fall 2018 Advising Assignments
|Student’s Last Name||Advisor Name||Advisor Office||Advisor Email|
|A – F||Jacqueline Goldman||Ewing firstname.lastname@example.org|
|G – L||Jonathan Westfall||Ewing email@example.com|
|M – R||Sally Zengaro||Ewing firstname.lastname@example.org|
|S – Z||Andres Garcia-Penagos||Ewing email@example.com|
Note: If you have specifically switched to an advisor outside your letter group, continue to see him or her for your advising meetings. If you are unsure who we have on record for you as your advisor, contact the program coordinator, Dr. Westfall.
- Psi Chi, National Honorary Society
- Psychology Club
Contact an advisor to learn more!
- Graduate School & Post Baccalaureate 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!