College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Psychology Department

WELCOME TO THE Psychology Department AT DIXIE STATE UNIVERSITY!

Psychology is a hub discipline that involves the scientific study of the intersections between mental function, behavior and the environment. Psychology spans subject matter from biology to sociology and links to public health, neuroscience, neurology, radiology, cardiology, genetics, education and gerontology. Nationally, psychology is ranked as the third most popular baccalaureate degree offered in colleges and universities.

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Degrees Offered

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Psychology, B.A.

Emphasizes the understanding and application of psychological principles in a variety of contexts, including mental health treatment and family environments.

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Psychology, B.S.

Emphasizes the development of theories explaining thought, behavior, and feeling through the application of the scientific method.

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Integrated Studies - Psychology Emphasis, B.A./B.S.

An emphasis in Psychology allows for a lot of flexibility in developing an integrated degree path that will result in a unique course of study.

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Marriage and Family Therapy, M.S.

Learn not only about MFT research and practice, but how to conduct and apply research in a clinical setting.

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Master of Marriage and Family Therapy, M.M.F.T

Develop the knowledge and skills necessary to become a licensed therapist and mental health practitioner.

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Our Mission

The Psychology Department at Dixie State University (DSU) is committed to providing students with a broad education in an inclusive environment about how individuals and groups influence and are influenced by each other. Faculty guide students in learning about different cultures and perspectives aimed at developing a well-rounded set of skills that will help them with a wide range of future career opportunities and to engage meaningfully in their communities. Students graduating with degrees in Psychology programs will be prepared to participate ethically and productively in their chosen careers, with an understanding of how scientific and intellectual inquiry inform their lives and the lives of others.

Program Learning Outcomes

At the successful conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Differentiate and compare major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings within psychology, and discuss behavioral problems.
  • Use scientific reasoning to examine psychological phenomena; demonstrate psychology information literacy; engage in innovative and integrative thinking and problem solving; understanding and appropriately utilize basic scientific methodology; and incorporate sociocultural factors in scientific inquiry.
  • Apply ethical standards to critique and evaluate psychological science and practice in the context of various communities.
  • Demonstrate competence in writing and in oral and interpersonal communication skills, including their ability to utilize research to compose original arguments/hypotheses, as well as to revise their writing.
  • Apply psychological principles to real world practical experience and show evidence of career preparation.

Contact

Robert Carlson, Ph.D.

Department Chair

Email: rcarlson@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-652-7893

Office: McDonald 225

Hope Mullins

Administrative Assistant

Email: Hope.Mullins@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-652-7881

Office: McDonald 226

Craig Demke

Advisor

Email: Craig.Demke@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-879-4443

Office: McDonald 218