Prospective Students



Psychology is the scientific study of behavior—understanding how people and other organisms develop, learn, think, feel, act, and relate to one another. When you graduate with your bachelor's degree in psychology, you will not be a psychologist. Rather, you will have a greater understanding of human behavior. Knowledge about human behavior can be useful both in understanding your everyday experiences and in making decisions about your career. Our students are prepared for entry-level jobs—in psychology/mental health, social services, law, business, and education—and for advanced degrees in psychology and other professions, such as law and business. The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Psychology provides high quality undergraduate education and is designated a Center of Excellence by the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) Board of Trustees. 


What can I do with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology?


Program Outcomes

The psychology major at The University of Southern Mississippi is based on the assumption that all psychology majors are expected to learn general areas of knowledge and skills. Operating within a liberal arts tradition, the Psychology BS/BA program introduces students to the content and methods of psychological science while providing strong training in writing, speaking, and critical thinking. Student learning outcomes follow the recommendations of the American Psychological Association for undergraduate programs (APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major, 2007) and include:

  1. Knowledge Base of Psychology: Students demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, and empirical findings in psychology.

  2. Research Methods: Students understand and apply basic research methods, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.

  3. Critical Thinking Skills: Students use critical thinking and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems.

  4. Application of Psychology: Students apply psychological principles to a variety of issues.

  5. Values in Psychology: Students weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.

  6. Technological/Information Literacy: Students demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers in their psychology major

  7. Communication Skills: Students communicate effectively in variety of formats.

  8. Sociocultural/International Awareness: Students understand and respect diversity.

  9. Personal Development: Students develop insight into behavior and mental processes and apply self-improvement strategies.

  10. Career Planning and Development: Students emerge from the major with well-developed plans for career or postgraduate education after graduation.