The Department of Psychology at Georgia Southern University proudly offers a broad range of courses and degree programs for students, as well as psychological services to the community.
We have more than 1000 undergraduate students pursuing bachelor’s degrees, and over 60 graduate students enrolled in master’s or doctoral programs. At the undergraduate level, approximately 1100 students are enrolled in the B.A. or B.S. degree programs at our Statesboro Campus and Armstrong Campus in Savannah. We also offer a certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis on the Armstrong Campus. Majors learn the foundational knowledge of psychology, exploring the breadth of the field’s research. Students leave our undergraduate program with a foundational understanding of psychological science and its application, including data analysis, writing, and critical thinking. With these skills they are prepared to enter the work force or pursue graduate study in psychology or related fields.
Graduate students in our M.S. Experimental Program gain more depth in psychology as they engage in research under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Students also have the opportunity to learn about teaching psychology through our optional teaching emphasis. Graduates of the M.S. program work in the public or private sector, or go on for a doctoral degree.
Graduate students pursuing the Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology prepare to deliver psychological therapy to people in rural areas. They learn listening skills and therapeutic techniques in the classroom, and then gain supervised experience practicing those techniques with clients in a variety of community settings. The Rural Health Research Institute combines research opportunities with community outreach and education. Graduates of the Psy.D. program are prepared to apply for licensure in the state of Georgia.
The Regents Center for Learning Disorders offers psychoeducational assessment services to college-bound students living throughout southern Georgia. Our professional staff conducts comprehensive learning assessments that give students and their parents a better understanding of their strengths and weaknesses, and which may be used to request accommodations in school or university settings. Our staff also works in cooperation with the other two Regents Centers in the state to conduct research, develop policy, and to provide consultation services to any Georgia public college or university, with the goal of improving the understanding of learning disorders in Georgia.
The Psychology Clinic at our Statesboro Campus offers psychological services to residents of Bulloch County and the surrounding counties. People who experience anxiety, behavior problems in childhood, depression, sexual assault, stress and other difficulties can receive psychological therapy at the clinic. These services are delivered by doctoral students under the supervision of a licensed psychologist.
The faculty of the psychology department value diversity and inclusion. We assert that two major goals of psychology are (a) to appreciate the lived experience of individuals and (b) to improve the many affective, behavioral, and cognitive facets of life, including in our personal and professional lives. We value persons of all identities, including (but not limited to) identities related to age, culture, national origin, immigration status, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, language, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, veteran status, and ability/disability status. As psychologists, we appreciate that diverse groups bring strength through diverse perspectives; this diversity produces better outcomes in a variety of contexts, including learning, decision making, interpersonal functioning, quality of life, and clinical service delivery. We are committed to creating a safe space for all individuals in our department and to uplifting and supporting the voices of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) individuals, gender-nonconforming individuals, and individuals from other marginalized groups. Finally, we are committed to continually striving to be anti-racist, anti-sexist, and non-discriminatory while we continuously work toward equity and social justice.