The Psychology Department at Missouri Southern provides an education in the diverse field of Psychology. The core of the Psychology curriculum reflects the breadth of the field and exposes students to new developments, while allowing students to pursue individual academic interests. The department maintains a special emphasis on research and prepares students to effectively analyze, synthesize and present information about the science of behavior and mental processes. Our mission is to help students develop the critical thinking and communication skills they can use in their careers.
The Psychology Department offers two degrees: the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and the Bachelor of Science (BS). Both degrees have the same General Education and psychology course requirements. In addition, the BA includes an emphasis on foreign language and the BS includes an emphasis in science. Both degrees prepare students for careers that require a broad liberal arts education at the bachelor’s level. Recent graduates with both degrees have entered careers in human and social services, research and business. The BA and BS degrees provide an excellent foundation for students who wish to earn advanced graduate degrees or go to professional school. Almost half of the recent graduates have entered into graduate programs.
The Psychology Department also provides courses to meet the needs of other majors. PSY 100 fulfills a General Education Requirement. Students may also earn a minor in psychology.
Dr. Robert McDermid
Psychology Department Head
Health Sciences Room 234
3950 East Newman Road
Joplin, MO 64801-1595
“When applying to graduate programs, I found that I was as competitive as students from better-known programs. Even now, I find myself applying the knowledge and research skills I learned as a psychology student at Southern.”
- William Palmer, Ph.D.
Clinical Geropsychologist, Truman VA
"From MSSU psychology professors, I learned how people see and participate in the world. By encouraging my development, [they] prepared me for law school and my career as an attorney.“
- Angela Artherton
Attorney at Law