A rigorous curriculum and small class sizes allow for close professor/student interactions, and prepare you for admittance into medical, dental, and pharmacy schools as well as physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing and other medically-related programs. A pre-health Advisory Committee guides you, sponsors seminars with key personnel from the health-related schools, provides mock interviews, and much more. The pre-health honorary, Alpha Epsilon Delta, also sponsors programs with admissions officers and practitioners in these fields. Also helpful is the Medical Mentoring Program at Millsaps, that pairs you with medical professionals, many of whom are Millsaps alumni, for a semester-long experience.

  • A. Kurt Thaw

    A. Kurt Thaw

    Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience



    B.S., Georgia Southern University; M.S., Ph.D., Florida State University

    "As someone trained as a behavioral neuroscientist, I often am asked why I teach in a Psychology Department.

    "The answer to that question is straightforward: The connection between our brain and our behavior is something that can be assessed in a variety of ways. Having previously worked in both physiological research facilities as well as behavioral research programs my preference is to examine behaviors directly. Psychology focuses on behavior so it is a natural fit for my interests.

    "Working within the area of psychology we can address specific behavioral questions such as: 'What leads to hunger and satiation? Are drug addictions just bad choices or are these behaviors governed by neurological changes? How does learning occur and how can you measure it? Are the brains of men and women different with respect to how they respond to sex?'

    "My classes focus on measurable behaviors and the underlying brain areas that regulate and modify such behaviors. By looking at both the neural substrates as well as accompanying overt behavior, students can make the direct connection between what they do and how the brain is controlling it all. Our students end up in a variety of professions (physicians, clinical psychologists, physical therapists, neuroscientists, etc) and having an understanding of how the body and brain work together is an integral part of their education and servers them well in any field of study they pursue."