Student Experiences

Four distinct majors empower you to customize your program to achieve your goal – whether that’s graduate school, a career as a professional psychologist or immediate employment as a mental health, human resources or human service professional.

Student Organizations

The Department of Psychological Sciences has several student organizations offering leadership opportunities for interested students. In past years these organizations have arranged speakers and panels on various topics; planned trips to graduate schools; sponsored campus screenings of psychology-related films; raised funds for charities; and hosted fun night activities.  These organizations are:

  • Undergraduate Psychology and Social Science Association (UPSSA) – open to any student interested in psychology.
  • Psi Chi – nationally recognized chapter of the international honors organization in psychology. Psi Chi is open to majors and minors who meet the scholarship requirement.
  • Psychology Outreach Team - Participating students provide valuable psych educational programs for the campus community while learning presentation and advocacy skills.


Psychology internships exist in a variety of fields throughout Siouxland including: Siouxland Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence; Siouxland Coalition Against Human Trafficking; Jackson Recovery Center; Siouxland Community Health Center; Siouxland Community Schools; Omaha branch of the FBI.

Research Opportunities

Psychology majors have many opportunities to engage in independent or collaborative research with other students and faculty and have completed many fascinating projects in recent years including:

  • Physiological responses to images of police brutality
  • Face symmetry and perceptions of attractiveness
  • Review of children’s reaction to divorce
  • Effects of assimilation in Hispanic populations
  • Factors in adolescent female depression rates
  • Early speech therapy interventions on social and interpersonal skills of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • The effects of gamification on creating positive spillover effects from personal life to work
  • The differences between musicians and non-musicians in musical processing

Students have opportunities to attend and present research at local, regional and national conferences, including Morningside’s annual Palmer Research Symposium; the Great Plains Student Undergraduate Conference; and the Association for Psychological Science (APS).