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B.A. in Psychology

Seek to understand what motivates people and why people behave the way they do.

Psychology majors at the University of Mississippi learn the scientific approach to the study of human and animal behavior, and can take courses in a variety of subfields, such as social, cognitive, personality, abnormal, developmental, and behavioral neuroscience. They also learn the research process: experimental design, data collection, analysis, and interpretation.

Key Benefits

Psychology majors gain a broad knowledge of human and animal behavior as well as skills in statistical analysis, research, testing, writing, observation, record keeping, surveying, scientific reasoning, and scientific methodology. The presence of graduate programs in clinical and experimental psychology support high level expertise for the undergraduate program.

Graduate Outcomes

A liberal arts education prepares graduates to deal with complexity and change. They gain key skills in communication, problem-solving, and working with diverse groups. Related careers in psychology include health care, behavior analysis, education, counseling and therapy, rehabilitation services, social work, drug/alcohol education, human resources, advertising, law, management, systems analysis, business, sales, urban planning, and public relations.

Experiences Offered

Psychology majors gain experience in the field through service-learning and experiential courses. They may work with faculty on research or participate in internships while earning credit towards their degree. Faculty members also provide travel courses, such as Dr. Laura Johnson's Ecology, Culture, and Youth Psychology in Tanzania.

B.A. in Psychology Faculty

The Department of Psychology at the University of Mississippi boasts faculty members with areas of specialization that include clinical, cognitive, developmental, experimental, neuroscience and social psychology.

Michael Thomas Allen
PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY
Laura J Dixon
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY
Carey Bernini Dowling
INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY
Gary C Glick
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY
Alan M Gross
PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY
Scott Allen Gustafson
INSTRUCTIONAL ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AND DIRECTOR OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES CENTER
Robert Reed Hunt Jr
ADJUNCT RESEARCH PROFESSOR
Laura Renee Johnson
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY
Kate Kellum
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF INSTITUTIONAL EFFECTIVENESS AND ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY
Elicia Chelsey Lair
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY
Lucy H Leslie
ADJUNCT ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY
Danielle Jeanette Maack
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY
Mervin R Matthew
INSTRUCTIONAL ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY
Marilyn Mendolia
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY
Stephanie Elisabeth Miller
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY
Nicolaas Prins
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY
Melinda Merchant Redding
INSTRUCTOR IN PSYCHOLOGY
Matthew B Reysen
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY
Karen E Sabol
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY
Stefan E Schulenberg
PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY
Carrie Smith
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY
Rebekah Elizabeth Smith
CHAIR AND PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY
Todd A Smitherman
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY
Kurt D Streeter
INSTRUCTOR IN PSYCHOLOGY
Kenneth J Sufka
PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY AND PHARMACOLOGY; AND RESEARCH PROFESSOR IN THE RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES
Kelly Gene Wilson
PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY
John N Young
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY

A major in psychology for the B.A. degree consists of 30 semester hours, including Psy 201, 202, 204; three of the following six core courses (Psy 301, 309, 311, 319, 320, 321); and one of the following capstone courses (Psy 304, 340, 365, 390, 392, 396, 410, 415, 417, 430, 451, 456, 460, 470, 475, 565).

Admission requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in psychology degree program are the same as the general undergraduate admission requirements.

Cayla Hari

Passionate about volunteer work, Cayla (B.A. in psychology and Spanish, 2018) finds meaning in helping others. She was philanthropic director for Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority; a peer educator for Rebels Against Sexual Assault; president of Feed the Hunger; fundraising chair for UNICEF at Ole Miss; on the fundraising committee for Students for a Saferide; and volunteered across our community. Her philanthropy shaped her research interests in posttraumatic stress, emotion regulation, and posttraumatic growth, and presented twice at the UM Conference on Psychological Science. She wrote her honors thesis on posttraumatic stress symptoms in college students. Cayla's goal after graduation is to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, with a career combining teaching and clinical work in both Spanish and English.

Why study psychology at UM?
"Students are able tailor their experience to their interests and goals. Sure, there are required courses for the degree, but there is flexibility in choosing from a wide array of electives. The faculty have various research projects, giving students choices for working in a lab that aligns with their interests. The ability to gain solid foundation in psychology and tailor your education to your personal interests and goals is incredibly valuable."

Student Organizations

Join Psi Chi, the psychology honor society, the Psychology Club, as well as student organizations like Autism Speaks and Lambda, a support group for the LGBTQ community.