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This broad major is intended to orient you to psychology as a whole. You will learn about the science of mind and behavior, human individual and group behavior, the physical and environmental basis of behavior, and the analysis and treatment of behavior problems and disorders. This major relies heavily on exploring various theories, while looking at new research and techniques. It is designed to instruct you in psychological principles and methods; to provide the knowledge and skills required at the graduate level; and to offer the background needed to prepare you for work in possible professions as diverse as medicine, law, business, education, engineering, and others.

The general major in psychology requires a minimum of 36 semester hours and leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. A minor or second major is required. At least half of the program must be in upper division courses (300-400 level).

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.


• Career counseling

• Positions with mental health facilities (River Valley)

• Positions within State government

• College counselors

• A majority of psychology students go on to pursue a master’s degree which allows them to pursue a career as a psychologist or mental health counselor

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.



  WKU COURSES                                       KCTCS EQUIVALENT

 PSY 100                                               

 PY 110

 PSY 210/211

 PSY 213**

 PSY 301


 PSY 361


 PSY 495                                                       


 Developmental Psychology: 3 hours   (choose one)

 PSY 321 Child Development Psychology           

 PSY 422 Adolescent Psychology

 PSY 423 Psychology of Adult Life and Aging              

Social/Industrial-Organization/Motivation: 3 hours   (choose one)

 PSY 350 Psychology                                                 

 PSY 370 Industrial/Organizational Psychology

 PSY 412 Psychology of Motivation and Emotion        

Personality/Abnormal Psychology: 3 hours (choose one)

 PSY 440 Abnormal Psychology  

 PSY 450 Introduction to Personality Theories

Biopsychology: 3 hours (choose one)

PSY 411 Psychology of Sensation and Perception
PSY 480 Physiological Psychology



Learning/Cognition: 3 hours (choose one)

 PSY 405 Cognitive Psychology                                     

 PSY 410 Psychology of Learning


 6 hours of Psychology electives                                   

* A minor is required for this degree.  Work withyour advisor to select one early in your academic career.

** Only offered in fall of odd years.


Because of transferring credits and WKU-O course offerings, the length of time to finish this program differs for each student. It is important to meet with a WKU-O advisor as soon as possible. Bring an unofficial copy of transcripts from all previously attended colleges and/or universities. It is also important to determine your availability to take courses: part-time, full-time, summer term.

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 Last Modified 3/3/15