Psychology Degree

Does the study of how others think, feel, and behave fascinate you?  If so, consider how a degree in psychology from Hardin-Simmons can equip you for a variety of careers in which an understanding of human behavior, mental processes, and relationships are essential.

Consistent with the liberal arts tradition, the HSU psychology program encourages students to think deeply as they explore and critically evaluate interesting phenomena in human behavior and experience.  Psychology majors have ample opportunity to build a body of knowledge in core areas, participate in research projects, and apply curriculum to diverse fields of study.

Benefits of Psychology

Majors are exposed to a challenging course of study in the core areas of psychology and are required to take additional elective courses to provide depth in sub-disciplines that support career development and meet admission requirements for specific graduate programs.

  • Students develop skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision making.
  • The emphasis on scientific methods of inquiry and analysis prepares students for a lifelong process of accessing, understanding, evaluating, and applying research findings relevant to their profession.
  • Students learn to examine human experience through the lens of multicultural sensitivity and awareness.
  • Skills in written and verbal interpersonal communication are strengthened.


Program Contact

Brandon Awbrey-HSU Professor of Psychology and Counseling

Dr. Brandon Awbrey

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling

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  • Psychology (B.A.)
  • Psychology (B.B.S.)
  • Psychology (B.S.)
  • Health Psychology, (B.S.)
  • Social Work and Psychology, (B.S.)


  • Psychology Minor (B.A., B.B.S.)

Why Study Psychology at HSU?

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Small Classes

Psychology courses have an average size of 20-30 students.

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Student-led research projects, as well as opportunities to collaborate with faculty in structured research groups, enable students to develop competence in research methods and engage in depth of inquiry.

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Students who demonstrate strength in academic performance and professionalism will have the opportunity to get course credit for practical experience in the field.

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Program Details

All courses and course descriptions for each degree type can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog:

The psychology curriculum offers a broad range of courses.   Core courses focus on human development, psychopathology, social areas, research, and theoretical foundations.  Students will also construct their learning by selecting from the varied elective courses.

The Bachelor of Science degree option requires additional courses in science and math.  The Bachelor of Arts degree option includes a foreign language component.  Students who choose the Bachelor of Behavioral Sciences degree will take more courses in the social sciences area.

Human-Computer Interaction Degree

The Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) major is an interdisciplinary degree with a balance of computing and psychology coursework.  The major covers the way people think about and interact with machine interfaces including but not limited to the aesthetics of the design, the intuitiveness of the interface, the cognitive models at work, and the functionality of the computing.  HSU also offers a minor inHuman-Computer Interaction.

Graduate Program in Counseling

The department of Psychology & Counseling also offers a Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling & Marriage and Family Therapy which prepares students for licensure and practice as a therapist in a variety of settings.

All HSU students are eligible for this program.

Careers in Psychology

Students in psychology often pursue a graduate degree in fields like counseling, clinical psychology, occupational therapy, applied behavioral analysis, school psychology, ministry, and health professions.

In addition to the more traditional careers in psychology, graduates of our program have also entered professional roles in education, medical professions, administration, and ministry.

Multiple Degree Options
Students may choose from the Bachelor of Science (BS), Bachelor of Arts (BA), or Bachelor of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) degrees.  Faculty advisors assist students in identifying which degree is best for their career goals.

Breadth and Depth of Faculty Interests and Expertise
All psychology courses are taught by doctoral level faculty with degrees and expertise in the areas of clinical psychology, developmental studies, counseling, and family ministry. Department faculty teaches courses in both the undergraduate and the graduate program which allows for more diverse faculty representation in each program.

Faith and Learning
Our curriculum is enhanced by the belief that the influence of faith is an integral part of the study of forces that shape mind, brain, and behavior.

HSU’s Department of Psychology and Counseling will cultivate an innovative and collaborative learning environment where students can study the science and practice of psychology and counseling.