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WKU Owensboro Undergraduate Programs

PSYCHOLOGY (After Fall 2014)

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).
Starting with Introduction to Psychology students learn about the principles of behavior, scientific methods of psychology, measurement, learning, perception, motivation, development, personality, abnormal behavior, social behavior, intelligence, and other topics.


  • Counseling
  • Psychotherapy
  • Mental Health Services
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Testing/Assessment

For a more informative listing of career information, see Career Services

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 healthcare.



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

More information on course requirements can be found on the departmental webpage.

* A minor is required for this degree. Work with your advisor to select one early in your academic career.
** Only offered in fall of odd years.


WKU Owensboro 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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