TLU's psychology program is structured to provide students with an understanding of the basic principles and historical foundations of psychology. Students gain the necessary research and quantitative skills to understand and conduct behavioral research, so they can take advantage of various opportunities to practice and extend their knowledge of psychology outside the classroom in research and applied settings.
Psychology students present research at conferences, listen to special speakers, participate in internships, and work closely with other psychology majors and faculty in a host of contexts. Students gain a holistic viewpoint of psychology by taking coursework in five main areas: general psychology, measurement and methodology, basic processes, the person, and applied processes. The program’s emphasis of combining the empirical study of behavior with a broad liberal arts education prepares students for graduate study, further education in other fields and for careers in many settings. Psychology studies at TLU are taken beyond the classroom and include hosting forums, symposiums and conferences, as well as pursuing outside research made possible through the Knaier and Hiner psychological research and travel awards.
Psychology beyond the classroom
TLU psychology students design their own original research studies and participate in ongoing faculty research. Students also have opportunities for hands-on training and education through various internships. Here are some examples of recent projects from our department:
- Place Preference and Aversion Learning in Rats Following Prenatal Exposure to Alcohol
- The Relationship Between Personality Traits and Religious Experience
- PTSD in Battered Women
- Self-Esteem and Body Image
- Mental Fatigue in Simple and Complex Tasks
- Effects of Visual Cues on Gaze Direction
- Risperidone Treatment in Dually-Diagnosed Persons
- ROPES Course and Play Therapy for Children
- Group Therapy for Drug Abusers and Emotionally Disturbed Adults
- Aerospace Human Factors Research
- Effects of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure on Latent Learning
- Palatability Hedonics as Related to Taste
Knaier and Hiner Psychological Research and Travel Awards
Psychology students at TLU may apply for the Gordon S. Knaier Award for Psychological Research and the Dr. Bob Hiner Student Travel Fund to finance research projects and to cover travel expenses. Students have used these funds to carry out and present their work at the national meetings of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association for Psychological Science (APS), and the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), as well as regional conferences such as the Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA), the regional Psi Chi conference, the Southwest Conference for Teachers of Psychology, and the Association for Research in Memory, Attention, Decision-making, Intelligence, Language Learning, and Organizational perception (ARMADILLO).
The psychology department holds special social and academic events for students, alumni, psychological professionals, and the community at large. Each year, the department sponsors PSYesta, an annual alumni dinner held during Homecoming weekend as an opportunity for present and former students to meet and maintain contact.
Past events include:
TLU Psychology Symposium on Treating Survivors and Perpetrators of Sexual Abuse
Southwest Teachers of Psychology conferences
Krost Symposium on the Evolution of Intelligence
Krost Symposium on Hate, Tolerance, Forgiveness and Hope
Southwest Regional Conference for Students of Psychology
Major in Psychology for a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree
Major in Psychology for a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree
Minor in Psychology
Asst. Professor, Department Chair