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Department of Psychological Sciences

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Psychological Sciences faculty seeing a bright future (Shake, H Norman, Tiernan, Wichman, Shoenfelt, Madole, Hahn).

2014 Psi Chi Inductees - Lauren Bailes, Nolan Bramschreiber, Taylor Dore, Brittany Groh, and Sydney Meaux

Graduate student, Tessa Seidler, with President Gary Ransdell at the March Board of Regents meeting

Industrial-Organizational Psychology Graduate Students and Faculty

MS students in Psychological Science concentration

Undergraduate students, Lindsey Burke (left) and Kaitlyn Snyder (right), at the annual meeting of the Society for Research in Human Development


Welcome to the Department of

Psychological Sciences!

 WKU's newest academic department

On November 1st, 2013, the WKU Board of Regents created the Department of Psychological Sciences in Ogden's College of Science and Engineering. The new department provided a way for faculty formerly associated with the Psychology Department in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences to move into a college with a strong focus on basic and applied scientific research. Twenty faculty members, all of them dynamic teachers and productive researchers, moved to the new Psychological Sciences Department. This exciting advancement demonstrates WKU's commitment to the kinds of scientific and technological advances in the fields represented in Ogden College.


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Summer 2014 Courses Offered:

  • PSYS 361 - Psychological Tests and Measurements (Main and Elizabethtown campuses)
  • PSYS 405 - Cognitive Psychology (online)
  • PSYS 423 - Psychology of Adult Life and Aging (online)
  • PSYS 450 - Psychology of Personality (Elizabethtown campus)
  • PSYS 771 - Human Resources Management and Personnel Decisions for Organizational Leaders (online)

Note that the courses above were previously listed under the PSY prefix.


Frequently Asked Questions:

What degrees are offered in Psychological Sciences?

B.S. in Psychological Science

M.S. in Psychology with a concentration in Psychological Science

M.S. in Psychology with a concentration in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

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What is happening to the old BA and MA degrees in Psychology?

These old programs have changed and are not housed in the Psychological Sciences Department. Therefore, you should address questions regarding these degrees to the Psychology Department.

Who moved to Psychological Sciences?

A large, strong group of WKU Psychology faculty created the new department. 

Which courses moved to Psychological Sciences?

Beginning in Summer 2014, you will see the new prefix PSYS on some psychology courses, which indicates that the course is being offered by faculty in the Psychological Sciences Department. Many courses have course equivalencies (e.g., PSYS 100 and PSY 100), which means that you can take either course to satisfy a degree requirement. Please be sure to look at both PSYS and PSY courses when registering for psychology courses.

Does the Psychology department still exist?

Yes, there is still a Psychology Department in College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. For more information about this department, please visit the Psychology Department website.

Dr. Kelly Madole

Department Head

Psychological Sciences

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