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WKU-O Undergraduate Programs


The extended major in psychology requires a minimum of 51 semester hours and leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. No minor or second major is required. The extended major is especially appropriate for the student whose career objectives require a more comprehensive undergraduate psychology background. The extended major is designed for students who maintain a minimum 2.50 GPA both overall and in psychology. Additional requirements for both majors are described below.

Characteristics associated with success in this major include interest and skills in working with people, research, communication, and critical observation. Further training may be required throughout your career. Several specialties in psychology encourage certification by the American Board of Professional Psychology. Combined with the right courses, psychology is a good background for law and medicine.



  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Case Management
  • Counseling
  • Crisis Work
  • Mental Health Services

For more careers and information, follow the below posted link to the Career Services Center and select "Connect majors to careers".

A degree in psychology will also be a good foundation for students to pursue graduate degrees in related areas of study, including psychiatry, gerontology, family and marriage counseling, student affairs, and health care.



For a listing of the coursework for this program, follow this link to the academic plan. 

*Only offered in fall of odd years


WKU-O Requirements

120 college-level undergraduate semester hours including the following:

  • 39 semester hours of General Education, or General Education Certified/Associate or Arts/Science degree from KCTCS
  • 42 semester hours of upper-division credit (300-400 level courses)
  • 30 hours must be earned in residence (at WKU), at least 16 of which must be completed after the semester in which the student earned a cumulative total of at least 90 hours.



Internships and volunteering provide more for students than just networking, wages (if applicable) and work experience. These opportunities provide students a chance to take a career path for a "test drive." Internships and observations give students the opportunity to compare career expectations to work life reality and take control of making life decisions about their career. Please contact WKU-Owensboro Career Services at (270) 684-9797 for more information or email for an appointment.


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