Psychology Major

Are you fascinated by how others think, feel, and behave? The bachelor’s degree in psychology at Hardin-Simmons University encourages you to think deeply as you explore interesting phenomena in human behavior and experience.

Take part in a supervised internship where you work in the community while making connections and gaining hands-on experience. Engage in research that will help you stand out to graduate schools. Work closely with faculty who are both mentors and advisors.

The psychology degree at HSU is enhanced by faith, exploring how our spirituality intersects with the study of mind, brain, and behavior. When you graduate, you’ll be ready to hit the ground running in your career, or take the next step in your education.

Why Major in Psychology?

Psychology majors learn to think critically, communicate effectively, and work problems scientifically. They gain insights into human behavior that are valuable in all types of careers — from business management, to counseling, to criminal justice. Many people who major in psychology are also motivated by a desire to help others, as researchers, educators, and more.

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Brandon Awbrey-HSU Professor of Psychology and Counseling

Dr. Brandon Awbrey

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling

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Why Earn Your Psychology Degree at Hardin-Simmons?

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Small Classes and Flexible Learning Options

Psychology degree classes have an average size of 20-30 students. Most of the courses are offered face to face at our main campus, but some are also available fully online and hybrid. You can choose from Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), or Bachelor of Behavioral Sciences (B.B.S.) degrees, and we also offer a psychology minor. Faculty advisors are here to help you identify which degree is best for your career goals.

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Real-World Learning Opportunities

Our bachelor’s degree in psychology offers student-led research projects, as well as opportunities to collaborate with faculty on projects involving design, data collection, analysis, and presentation. Many of our psychology majors present their research at local or regional conferences. You also have the option of participating in an internship — an opportunity to earn course credit while gaining practical, hands-on experience in your field.

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Faculty With Diverse 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. Instructors teach courses in both the undergraduate and the graduate psychology programs, allowing for more diverse faculty representation in each. All full-time faculty also advise and mentor students.

What Can You Do With a Psychology Degree?

In addition to being one of the most popular undergraduate degrees, psychology is also among the most versatile. Psychology majors work in marketing, human resources, counseling and mental health services, real estate, criminal justice, and many other industries across the professional spectrum.

The job outlook is strong for many psychology-related careers. Employment of substance abuse, behavioral, and mental health counselors, for example, is projected to grow 23 percent over the next decade according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, making this one of the fastest growing fields in the nation.

Top Jobs for Our Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology Graduates

  • Social worker
  • Mental health counselor
  • Real estate agent
  • Human resources manager
  • Career counselor
  • Media specialist
  • Sales representative

Psychology Course Highlights

The psychology major at HSU offers endlessly fascinating course options that explore the field in a variety of contexts:

  • Take a deep dive into some of the most interesting psychological disorders as they have been portrayed in film in the Psychological Disorders in Film course.
  • Explore different facets of human behavior in the context of both psychological theory and Christian doctrine in Integration of Psychology and Christian Theology.
  • Look at the interaction of humans with technology from a biological, psychological, and historical perspective in Psychology of Technology.

View all courses for the major in psychology at HSU.

Program Details

Several scholarships are available to psychology majors. The application deadline is typically early in the Spring semester for the following academic year. Learn more about scholarships at Hardin-Simmons University.

HSU’s chapter of the Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology is a great opportunity to engage in different types of research work, network with professionals in the field, and access annual awards and grants. Learn more about Psi Chi.

If you’re thinking about a bachelor’s degree in psychology, here are other programs available at Hardin-Simmons University you might be interested in learning more about: