Excellence in teaching and research are hallmarks of the faculty in the Department of Psychology at HSU.
Faculty members are drawn to the university by its stellar reputation for quality instruction, smaller classes,
and excellent students, as well as the scenic beauty of a campus nestled between a redwood forest and the
The Department of Psychology at HSU offers an undergraduate major leading to the B.A. degree, a minor program,
course options for general education requirements and electives, service courses for other majors, and three
active graduate programs leading to the M.A. degree, including preparation for the
California School Psychology Credential,
and preparation for licensure as a
Marriage Family Therapist (MFT).
Fourteen faculty members and up to 15 part-time lecturers teach courses in almost every area of psychology,
with an emphasis on theory and research. Basic areas include learning, perception, cognition, developmental
psychology, psychobiology, social psychology, personality theory, abnormal psychology, research methods and
statistics. Other courses cover psychological perspectives on prejudice, religion, women, career development,
counseling techniques, stress and wellness, drug abuse, human sexuality, organizational/industrial psychology,
a senior seminar, and other content in psychology.
The department has approximately 400 undergraduate majors and 80 graduate students. The Associated Psychology
Students, or Psychology Club, is a campus-recognized club
open to all majors. We host a chapter of Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology majors
which is active in sponsoring events and providing information to students in psychology. The department is
known for friendly relations between faculty, staff and students. Each student is assigned a faculty advisor,
and office hours and informal contacts with professors are readily available.
The department is fortunate to have an excellent staff to assist students, faculty, and persons from
the community. The department staff includes the Department Coordinator and Graduate Coordinator.
The department office in room 410 of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Building (BSS) can be reached at 707-826-3755.
Department Office Hours
Monday - Friday 8:00-12:00, 1:00-5:00
The Department currently has a number of specialized facilities in BSS and elsewhere on campus, including:
- Psychophysiological laboratories, including a soundproof room
- Experimental electronics lab, including EEG and biofeedback
- Computer lab, for statistics and word processing
- Psychological Test Library (Room 411 BSS)
- Interviewing and counseling practice and observation rooms, with video equipment
- Community Counseling Clinic,
a community counseling facility staffed by graduate students and supervised by faculty
- Opportunities for observation and research at the Child Development Lab, a demonstration preschool
run by the Child Development Department