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Lee Gillis, Chair
Professors: Tsu-Ming Chiang, Martha Daugherty, Lee Gillis, Walter Isaac, Greg Jarvie, John Lindsay, and Michael Rose
Associate Professors: Karen Bendersky and Noland White
Assistant Professors: Kristina Dandy, Caitlin Powell, and Diana Young

Department Contact Information:
Georgia College & State University
Department of Psychological Science
Campus Box 90
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Department of Psychological Science Web site
Chair, Dr. Lee Gillis,
Administrative Assistant, Myrna Olsson-Owen,


The Department of Psychological Science is dedicated to providing an educational experience that will expose students to the multiple specialties within the discipline of psychology; instill competence in the quantitative tools and methodological approaches that characterize psychology as the science of behavior and conscious experience; improve the ability of students to articulate both verbally and in writing the issues relevant to the discipline; encourage the development of objectivity and critical thinking skills; and instill an appreciation of cultural differences and commonalities that is consistent with the liberal arts mission of the University.

The discipline of psychology involves elements of the social and natural sciences and is at the heart of a liberal arts education by encouraging students to view problems from many perspectives. The Department of Psychological Science faculty includes award-winning teachers and researchers, and its facilities are among the best within the University System of Georgia.


  1. Knowledge Base of Psychology: Students demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives,empirical findings and historical trends in psychology.
  2. Research Methods in Psychology: Students understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
  3. Critical Thinking Skills in Psychology: Students respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
  4. Application of Psychology: Students understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
  5. Values in Psychology: Students value empirical evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a science.


Earning a college degree is a significant milestone and requires dedication and tremendous effort. To enable students to achieve this goal, the faculty has developed measures that improve student success. This process begins with the Psychology Academic Success Skills (PASS) on line course where students are introduced to the psychology faculty and receive an overview of the subject matter covered in the major, explore career possibilities, and develop techniques for maximizing their learning experience at GCSU. Students learn about departmental and University expectations, policies, and resources. The students are also introduced to the course registration system and academic degree audit system, which also allows students to plan out their 4 year degree plan. The faculty is committed to offering the courses necessary to ensure that students who follow the program of study will graduate in four years. Toward that end, a typical four-year program of study has been developed, which serves as a guide each term for scheduling courses. Students are advised to enroll in an average of 30 semester hours each year.

The Department of Psychological Science faculty provides additional opportunities for student success and growth with a rich variety of undergraduate research and internship opportunities. All students are encouraged to develop personal and professional relationships with individual faculty and to work with them in the laboratory or in community settings.


Students with a bachelor's degree in psychology have been employed in a great diversity of jobs, such as case workers in social welfare agencies, youth or adult workers in such agencies as the YMCA and Scouts, vocational counselors, law enforcement agents, rehabilitative counselors, research and development program assistants, public relations workers, personnel workers, business/management trainees, advertising and consumer workers, research assistants, correctional agency counselors, supervisors in child care agencies, court service workers, workers in crisis centers, counselors in programs for the aged, test development assistants, fund raisers, alcohol and drug program counselors, behavioral technicians in centers for the mentally retarded and developmentally disabled, assistants in mental health centers, narcotics agents, and employees in a variety of government program jobs. Many students later pursue advanced training in psychology, neuroscience, or counseling.

The Department of Psychological Science and the American Psychological Association have pamphlets concerning career planning for psychology students.


In addition to its classrooms and offices in the Arts and Sciences Building, the Department of Psychological Science has three research and teaching laboratory suites. One suite is used for infant cognition and clinical neuroscience. Another suite is used for social development, and group dynamics research. This lab consists of an audio/video control room and several group rooms. The third suite is used for non-human animal research. This area contains small animal colonies, surgery rooms, rooms for animal behavior research, and a histological laboratory.


  1. Bachelor of Science with a major in Psychology
  2. Minor in Psychology

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