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We welcome your interest in the Department of Psychology at Southern Oregon University. Please explore our website and learn about our faculty and undergraduate and graduate programs.

More than 475 undergraduates have declared Psychology as their major.

Our faculty and staff in the Department of Psychology are here to help you learn and to help you pursue the study of psychology as you approach your personal and career goals. Our full-time faculty all hold doctoral degrees from major U.S. universities, and they represent a broad range of specializations. Among the major interest areas represented in the department are: Clinical and counseling psychology, group and individual behavior therapies, learning, social psychology,  physiological psychology, and applied psychology.

Do a field practicum with Jackson County Mental Health or the Oregon State Police. Create an internship in a private residential treatment facility. Participate in graduate-level research with faculty. Present at local, regional, and national conferences.

These are among the many opportunities available to undergraduates in the Department of Psychology at SOU. As a psychology major, you can explore your area of interest while learning core scientific and theoretical principles of psychology.

Enjoy SOU's small class sizes and take advantage of the research and scholarship opportunities offered by SOU's many partnerships with local agencies and organizations. The Department of Psychology offers several program emphases for psychology majors, depending on particular career plans (e.g., paraprofessional programs and pregraduate school programs, including experimental, clinical or counseling, child psychology, and organizational psychology).

The Psychology Department is housed in the Education-Psychology Building which includes state-of-the-art equipment for classroom instruction, research, the students' study of learning, biofeedback, and other subspecialty areas. For our Masters students, facilities also include a computerized lab, videotape equipment, and observation rooms.


The goal and mission of the psychology department is to prepare students to enter a changing and demanding job market and to facilitate and encourage a lifetime of learning. More than at any other time in history we are faced with global changes that require us to assist students in gaining the information, technology, and new ways of thinking and viewing the world to achieve personal and professional success. 

The psychology department believes that the best way to facilitate student growth and learning is to provide a solid scientific and theoretical base while teaching students to think critically, challenge accepted beliefs, and develop skills for their future. We believe it is our responsibility to provide the opportunities and tools necessary to integrate this knowledge and abilities into the students' personal and professional identity, and to provide the student with a greater understanding of the diversity, interdependence, and interrelatedness of the world.