Department Information

Chair:  Dr. Randy Barnett

The Department contains one undergraduate major, six undergraduate minors, four masters level graduate programs and one Special Program for LPC curriculum. These programs include:

Undergraduate Programs

Degree Plan

  • Comprehensive Major in Psychology
  • Minors
    • Psychology
    • Alcohol and Chemical Dependency
    • Child Development Psychology
    • Sports Psychology
    • Forensic Psychology

Graduate Programs

Degree Plans

NOTE: Page numbers are indicated for each degree plan located in the graduate catalog.

  • M.S. in Community Counseling (pages 32-33)
  • M.S in School Psychology (pages 72-73)
  • M.Ed.  in School Psychometry (pages 65-67)
  • M.Ed.  in School Counseling (pages 63-64)
  • Special Program Curriculum for Licensed Professional Counseling (LPC) (pages 43-45)

Psychology Faculty

The Field of Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of human and animal behavior and mental processes. It is also the application of knowledge to help solve problems in the real world.

The Psychology undergraduate and graduate programs prepare students for graduate school and a variety of careers.  Psychology is also a stepping-stone to other disciplines such as law or medicine.

SWOSU Psychology Department and Programs

Psychology Students

The Department moved to Parker Center 2nd floor in August, 2012. Our facilities and resources include a building containing classrooms, 2 special rooms for research, a Clinic, a computers lab in our building, a variety of specialized research equipment, and testing and therapy materials.  

The Departments consists of ten faculty with broad training and diverse specialties and research interests in psychology. Undergraduate classes range in size from 12 to 45 students and graduate classes range from 5 to 30 students.  A number of the faculty conduct research with students (mainly undergraduates) serving as research assistants.  The department offers numerous opportunities for students to work with faculty and their peer and learn outside the classroom.  . The major emphasis of the faculty is in teaching and helping each student to reach his or her learning goals. There are a number of scholarships available through the Department.

Psychology Club

The Department sponsors an undergraduate and graduate psychology clubs which are very active in university, community and social activities.  We also sponsor a Psi Chi chapter which is a national honor society in psychology.

Research Interests

The Department has active research programs in social psychology (prejudice and effects of stereotyping in video games), women’s issues, child literacy, issues of child abuse and neglect, health psychology, and career counseling.