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Department of Psychology


The McMurry University Department of Psychology is committed to providing students knowledge that is foundational to any career that deals with people and relationships. The department focuses on student-centered teaching, interactive learning, and integration of academics and faith.

About the Major

The department offers a B.A. degree in psychology that can be achieved through core classes and electives for a total of 45-46 hours. At least 24 hours must be an advanced level and majors are required to have a minor in another subject field and one year of college-level foreign language.

Departmental Honors and Awards

To be admitted to the honors program in psychology, a student must have completed at least 60 hours of college work, including 15 hours of psychology, with an overall and psychology GPA of 3.25 or better and no grade below a B in psychology courses.  

Students may also join Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology for the purpose of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship and advancing the science of psychology.

In addition, awards are presented to outstanding students at the sophomore, junior, and senior levels. The outstanding sophomore is awarded the Evelyn Hennig Memorial Scholarship, to be used during the student's junior year. The outstanding junior is awarded the O.P. Clark Scholarship, to be used during the student's senior year. Outstanding seniors are also eligible to compete for the Morris Baker Award in in Psychology and Sociology.

More information about the Honors program can be found on the Honors Program webpage.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Psychology students have the opportunity to join the Psychology Club "TRI-PSY" designed to promote interest in psychology, to provide psychological activities beyond the usual classroom situation, to enhance contacts between students and local psychologists, and to encourage fellowship among psychology students. It is open to all students with an interest in the science of psychology.

In addition, undergraduate students have research opportunities open to them throughout the year. Faculty are involved with ongoing research in their specialty areas. Interested students may work with faculty on these research projects or plan and implement research of their own under the supervision of a faculty member.

Senior-level psychology majors are encouraged to consider participation in the internship program. It is intended as an upper level elective for psychology majors and is a pre-approved and supervised work experience designed to supplement academic training. Students will work 100-150 hours at a local agency and attend weekly supervisory meetings. In the program, students receive meaningful practical experience by working in a mental health setting to see how the theoretical concepts of psychology are put in practice.    

In the Classroom

The Department of Psychology is led by a group of dedicated, experienced faculty members. The faculty members are experts in:

  • Educational Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Human Development
  • Language Theories
  • Marriage and Family Studies
  • Memory
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Personality Theories
  • Research
  • Social Psychology
  • and more!

Beyond McMurry

Undergraduate study in Psychology prepares students for graduate work in Psychology, as well as numerous careers in the following fields:

  • Mental Health
  • Social Services
  • Law Enforcement
  • Business
  • Law
  • Research
  • Ministry
  • Education
  • Public Health

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For More Information Contact

Dr. Greg Schneller, Chair
Department of Psychology
McMurry University
1 McMurry University #86
Abilene, TX 79697

Office: Old Main 305C
Phone: (325) 793-4619