About The Department

The Spring Hill College Department of Psychology provides practical education and field experience to enable students to find jobs in psychology-related fields immediately after obtaining the bachelor’s degree. We also prepare students for graduate training in clinical psychology, school psychology, counseling, and a wide variety of experimental psychology programs. A unique feature of Spring Hill’s program is the emphasis on high standards of academic scholarship, research, community service, and personal growth. The department offers a Bachelor of Science degree and a psychology minor. Psychology faculty work closely with students through mentorship and direct supervision in field experience, research, and service.

Program Offerings

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Visit the Spring Hill College Psychology Department Facebook page for news and announcements!

Involvement and Associations

There are several current opportunities for psychology students to get involved with, including:

  • Scholars Committed to Opportunities in Psychological Education (SCOPE) – SCOPE is hosting a workshop and mentorship program for undergraduate students or recent graduates who identify with a historically excluded racial and/or ethnic group interested in pursuing graduate-level education in psychology.
    • June 4, 2022 from 9 am to 5 pm CST via Zoom
    • Applications are due 4/15 at 11:59pm CST
    • Hosted by Auburn University, Loyola University New Orleans and Emory University
    • Apply at scopeau.weebly.com or contact us at scope@auburn.edu
  • Undergraduate Research Symposium – The Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) provides a venue for SHC students to present their research, artistic works, classroom projects and more to the entire campus community and the public.
    • The 2022 Symposium will be held virtually which will allow presentations to be shared, archived and added to professional portfolios.
    • Register by 4/15 and submit your video presentation by 4/29
    • Click here for URS Registration Information
  • L’Arche Mobile – L’Arche Mobile is hiring team members!
    • Team Member duties are
      • Forming friendships with people with intellectual disabilities (ID)
      • Personal care for friends with ID
      • Working as a team to maintain a home environment for friends with ID
    • Learn more at larchemobile.org
  • Lifelines Counseling – Lifelines Counseling is accepting applications for internships and volunteers. Crisis counselors will be trained on how to answer a variety of crisis calls including assisting sexual assault survivors, answering suicide calls and helping someone find local emergency resources.
  • Psych Talk & Walk – Join us monthly for a 30-minute campus walk to chat about psych stuff – all are welcome!
    • Dates/Times/Locations are posted on Facebook

You can also learn more about career development, preparation and opportunities with the Office of Career Development.

Psi Chi

Psi Chi is an international honor society whose purpose is to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology.

Each year semester, students who meet the qualifications detailed below receive a formal invitation to join Psi Chi. There are many benefits to joining Psi Chi, including lifetime membership and unique opportunities for networking, publishing, grants, and scholarships.

For more information, visit: http://www.psichi.org

Membership Requirements for Undergraduates:

  • be enrolled as a major or minor in a psychology program or a program psychological in nature
  • have completed at least 3 semesters or equivalent of full-time college coursework
  • have completed at least 9 semester credit hours or equivalent of psychology courses
  • have earned a cumulative GPA that is in the top 35% of their class (sophomore, junior, or senior) compared to their classmates across the entire university or the college that houses psychology (minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale)
  • have a minimum 3.0 GPA average for psychology courses

Psi Chi Officers (2021-2022)

President: Kelby Goetzinger

Vice President: Kyra Walls

Secretary: Brianna Meeks

Treasurer: Claire Witt

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jamie O’Bryant, jobryant@shc.edu

Professional Associations

Faculty

  • Royce Simpson

    Associate Professor; Department Chair, Psychology

  • Jamie O’Bryant

    Associate Professor

Resources

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Academic Resources

The Office of Academic Support provides academic support services for all students. For more information on services including academic accommodations, visit www.shc.edu/casa. For tutoring across the curriculum, visit the Center for Academic Excellence. TRIO Student Support Services is another resource designed for first generation college students, students with disabilities, and those who meet income guidelines. Contact TRIO at sssprogram@shc.edu or call 251-380-3472. Psychology-related academic resources are provided below.

Writing & Publishing

Data Collection

Statistical Tools

Career Exploration

Students majoring or minoring in Psychology can find fulfilling careers in a variety of related fields. All SHC Psychology majors are required to take Careers in Psychology (PSY 150). This one-credit course is designed to help students interested in psychology make informed decisions about their education and career plans. Students gain an understanding of the broad range of areas within the field and career opportunities in these areas. Students typically take this course in their first or second year, and Field Experience (PSY 446) and/or Research Experience (PSY 450) in their third or fourth year as formal opportunities for career exploration.

Psychology Career Resources

Graduate School

Many students majoring or minoring in Psychology pursue graduate degrees to continue their education and career preparation. All SHC Psychology majors are required to take Careers in Psychology (PSY 150). This one-credit course is designed to help students interested in psychology make informed decisions about their education and career plans. As part of this course, students learn the benefits of pursuing graduate degrees in psychology, and engage in self-reflection to explore whether graduate school is a good fit for their personal and professional goals. Students typically take this course in their first or second year, and Field Experience (PSY 446) and/or Research Experience (PSY 450) in their third or fourth year as formal opportunities for graduate school preparation and career exploration. Students are encouraged to work closely with faculty to prepare for graduate school applications. Samples of application materials (e.g., CVs, personal statements, and cover letters) can be found through a quick internet search or by asking faculty and peers for examples.

Graduate School & Degrees

Applying to Grad School

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