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Department of Psychology
Hagg-Sauer Hall 218-755-2880


Dr. Richard Hook (Chair;, Dr. Russell Bennett, Dr. Laurie Desiderato, Dr. Marsha Driscoll, Dr. Angela Fournier, Dr. Dwight Fultz, Dr. John Gonzalez, Dr. James Rafferty

Areas of Study

Psychology is the science of behavior, cognition, and affect. All psychology is grounded in research that ultimately seeks to understand the actions, thoughts, and emotions of people. Applied psychology is designed to provide practical solutions to human problems.

The Psychology major emphasizes psychology as an applied and scientific discipline. Students majoring in Psychology receive particular preparation for graduate study in the field and broad preparation for employment in the human services and a wide range of positions requiring a college degree.

Advanced degrees are required for the following representative careers: child psychologist, clinical psychologist, college professor, experimental psychologist, industrial psychologist, rehabilitation counselor, school psychologist, and secondary school counselor.


See Section II, Enrollment for required high school preparation.

Recommended High School Courses
Social Science

Second Majors and Minors

Students are encouraged to discuss with their advisor the option of a second major or minor that might strengthen or complement their major.

Career Directions

Adolescent Counselor
Agency Administrator
Career Counselor
Case Worker
Chemical Dependency Counselor
Corrections Worker
Crisis Counselor
Data Analyst
Day Care Teacher
Early Childhood Family Education Specialist
Gerontology Specialist
Group Facilitator
Head Start Worker
Human Resources Specialist
In-Home Family Counselor
Juvenile Treatment Specialist
Probation Officer
Psychiatric Aide
Sexual Assault Advocate
Special Education Worker
Specialized Career Directions/Applied Psychology
Specialized Career Directions/Psychology
Also: Graduate Training/Professional Psychology

Credit Requirement

Transfer Students: At least one-third of the credits to be included in the major must be successfully completed at Bemidji State University.

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