Stephen F. Austin State University


Psychology is a department within the College of Liberal and Applied Arts and is located on the first two floors of the McKibben Education Building. The department provides students with a unique perspective for understanding human behavior and applying this knowledge in different professional areas, including enhancing the quality of their own lives.

According to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Education, psychology is the second most popular undergraduate degree awarded by U.S. universities.

Degree Program

Students may earn either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science with a major in Psychology. The course requirements for the major are the same regardless of the student's choice. Our curriculum results in students being well-grounded in the discipline of psychology, prepared to apply to graduate school or to enter the workforce.

The department also offers a 1-year Master of Arts degree.

The program is designed to augment the credentials of people who were near the top of the waiting list for admission to doctoral programs in psychology, but ultimately did not receive an offer. This one-year curriculum will increase individuals' chances of being accepted upon reapplication to doctoral programs by enabling them to earn grades in graduate-level courses and to gain valuable research and teaching experience.

Our degree plan also will interest people who would like to earn a master's degree in psychology as a means of achieving their professional goals, such as acquiring solid research skills. We envision our curriculum being of considerable value to individuals currently in the workforce, who have had some course work in psychology (although not necessarily a psychology major) and would now like to enhance their professional skills and advancement potential.

Student Organizations

  1. The Psychology Club is open to all students interested in the field of psychology. During the academic year, students are involved in professional activities such as inviting speakers, going on field trips and organizing social events.

  2. Psi Chi - the local chapter of the National Honor Society in Psychology is available to psychology majors who have completed a certain number of psychology courses with a minimum grade point average. Members are involved in a variety of professional and social events, including attending professional meetings, banquets for inducting new members and inviting speakers representing various fields of psychology.

For more information, contact the Department of Psychology at or 936.468.4402.