University Bulletin 2018-2019

Department of Psychology web site

Undergraduate Studies

The objective of psychology, as a science, is to understand, explain, and predict the behavior of organisms. The Department of Psychology has developed and organized its course offerings to meet three major goals:

  1. To provide a strong foundation for those students who plan to enter a graduate school of psychology after completing their undergraduate degree requirements.
  2. To assist those students who are planning careers in psychology or in related fields by providing a flexible curriculum that can be designed to meet the career goals of individual students.
  3. To meet the needs of those students who are taking psychology courses as part of their liberal arts education.

All first-time freshmen must successfully complete CAS 100: First Year Experience as a degree requirement. Students must enroll during their first term at USA, except for summer-entry students who must enroll in the fall semester following entry.

Graduate Study In Psychology

The Department of Psychology accepts applicants to the Master of Science program (non-Clinical/Counseling) and to the Doctor of Philosophy program in Clinical/Counseling Psychology (CCP). Students admitted to the CCP program with a Bachelor’s degree will complete the Master of Science program (Clinical and Counseling Psychology).

The Master of Science degree program in Psychology (non-Clinical/Counseling) is designed to provide individuals with knowledge of current theories, principles, and methods of psychology in preparation for future work toward a doctoral degree, employment in a research setting or employment in a college teaching position. The Department of Psychology currently accepts applicants to the Master of Science degree program, with an interest in one or more areas of concentration in the Behavioral and Brain Sciences Psychology Program. The available areas of concentration include: Behavioral Statistics/Computational Modeling, Personality and Measurement, Cognitive and Perceptual Processing, Psychophysiology, Social/Developmental Psychology, and College Teaching Preparation.

Students enrolled in the Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical and Counseling Psychology have the opportunity to earn a Master's of Science in Psychology as they progress towards completion of the doctoral degree. Students interested in a graduate degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology are encouraged to see the full program description of the doctoral program in Clinical and Counseling Psychology under the heading "The Graduate School" for more information

Requirements For Admission

Students are admitted Fall Semester only. Applications to the Doctoral CCP Graduate Program should be completed by December 15. Applications to the Masters program in Behavioral and Brain Sciences should be completed by February 15. Late applications will be considered only if there are still openings available. Please note that the Psychology Graduate Program is a competitive program with a limited capacity and admits students to begin in the Fall Semester only.
In addition to the Graduate School application form and required supporting documentation, the Department of Psychology Master of Science requires submission of official GRE scores, a statement of purpose, and three letters of recommendation.  Applicants to the Psychology Master of Science concentration in Behavioral and Brain Sciences typically have a minimum GPA of at least a 3.0 on all undergraduate work. In exceptional cases, applicants may be considered with at least a 2.5 GPA on all undergraduate work, or at least a 2.75 GPA on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work. Applicants typically have a minimum GRE score of 300 (verbal + quantitative). In exceptional cases, applicants may be considered with a GRE below 300.

Applicants to the Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical and Counseling Psychology should see  

Non-degree Students

Applicants for non-degree status in psychology are considered only in exceptional cases and will normally be admitted only if they meet regular admission standards. Following admission, non-degree students must have permission of the department chair and director of graduate studies of the college for each course they wish to enroll in. Enrollment will be approved on a space-available basis with preference being given to degree students. Non-degree students must satisfy the same prerequisites and corequisites as degree students.

Progress Toward Degree

All graduate students will be evaluated each semester to determine if they are making satisfactory progress toward completion of degree requirements. Students will be given written reports, including specific deficits, if they are not making satisfactory progress. Such students will have one semester to remedy the specific deficits listed or will be subject to dismissal from the program.

Graduate Assistantships

Each year the Psychology Department recommends qualified applicants to the Dean of the Graduate School for graduate assistantships.  Application forms for graduate assistantships may be obtained from the Graduate School. The deadline for receipt of completed doctoral assistantship applications is December 15, and for the masters assistantship applications is February 15.

Degrees, Minors, or Certificates

Faculty Listing

Psychology Faculty
Currier, Joseph M. Psychology Assistant Professor BA, University of St Thomas
MA, Wheaton College
PHD, University of Memphis
Foster, Joshua D. Psychology Professor BS, Old Dominion University
MA, Towson University
PHD, University of Georgia
Hill, Benjamin D. Psychology Associate Professor BS, Coastal Carolina University
MA, Wake Forest University
PHD, Louisiana State University
Isen, Joshua D. Psychology Assistant Professor BA, University of California-Berk
MA, University of Southern CA
PHD, University of Southern CA
Langhinrichsen-Rohling, Jennifer Psychology Professor BS, Brown University
MS, University of Oregon
PHD, University of Oregon
Mehari, Krista R. Psychology Assistant Professor BA, Hope College
MS, Virginia Commonwealth U
PHD, Virginia Commonwealth U
Powell, Laura A. Psychology Assistant Professor BA, University of South Alabama
MS, University of South Alabama
PHD, University of Southern Miss
Rohling, Martin L. Psychology Professor BS, University of Illinois-Urbana
BA, Southern Illinois U-Carbondale
MA, University of Alabama
PHD, University of Alabama
Shelley-Tremblay, John F. Psychology Professor BS, Colorado State University
MA, The New School-A University
PHD, Cuny City College
Smith, Phillip N. Psychology Associate Professor BA, Gettysburg College
MS, Villanova University
MA, Texas Tech University
PHD, Texas Tech University
Turner, Lisa A. Psychology Professor BS, University of Alabama
MA, University of Alabama
PHD, University of Alabama
Yates, Mark C. Psychology Associate Professor BS, Louisiana State University
MS, Univ of Louisiana at Monroe
PHD, University of Kansas
Zlomke, Kimberly Psychology Associate Professor BA, Saint Louis U-Main Campus
MS, Southern Illinois U-Carbondale
PHD, Louisiana State University