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The Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology will foster the study of human behavior through the development of scientific skills.

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This major will help students meet the ever changing challenges of the world of work as well as giving the student a solid platform to launch his/her graduate career.

Program objectives

  • Understand clinical/personality basis of human behavior
  • Understand the biological basis of human behavior
  • Understand the developmental and social processes in human behavior
  • Understand the learning components in human behavior
  • Understand the applications of psychology to human behavior

Degrees, Major and Minors

  • Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Psychology
  • Psychology Minor
  • Psychology Concentration

Career options
The psychology major prepares students to do graduate work in psychology. Many students elect to stop at the bachelor's level. Options for careers are:

  • Administrative support
  • Public affairs
  • Education
  • Business
  • Sales
  • Service industries
  • Health
  • Personnel analysts
  • Probation officers

A bachelor’s in psychology is also excellent preparation for continued graduate work in psychology or for other fields such as business, medicine, or computer science.

Those who earn master’s degrees in psychology may qualify for positions in school and industrial-organizational psychology. According to the American Psychological Association, the highest paid and greatest range of jobs are available to psychology doctorates. Minot State University offers a graduate Education Specialist in School Psychology program that has a 100 percent placement rate.

Where to complete your degree
All courses required for the psychology program are offered on the Minot State University campus. Students can blend various course delivery options by enrolling in courses offered on campus, online, at MAFB, or in Bismarck. To complete the major a student needs to do his/her general education course work, forty hours of psychology course work as listed in the catalog and complete the B.A. degree requirements.

One of psychology’s most important characteristics is its coupling of science and practice. This is reflected in the mix of academic courses and laboratory experiences offered at MSU. Emphasis is placed on students developing skills in critical thinking, writing, and synthesizing research material.

Courses Required

For a complete list of courses and descriptions, please go to course catalog.

All courses subject to change.

College of Education and Health Sciences

Minot State University's College of Education and Health Sciences is internationally known for producing quality professionals and pre-professionals in education, human service and health sciences.

Application and Coursework
New freshmen and transfer students are invited to apply. The psychology programs require a minimum of 120 credits to meet the graduation requirements. Additional information concerning the psychology programs can be found at

Contact Information
Dr. Vicki Michels
Professor and Chair
Department of Addiction Studies, Psychology and Social Work
Phone: 701-858-3594 or 1-800-777-0750 ext. 3594