Department of Psychology
Undergraduate Psychology Courses
Course numbers in brackets [ ] are old catalog numbers. For more information see this summary sheet (pdf).
For some courses listed in this program, appropriate off-campus laboratory experiences may be required. Such off-campus experiences must be under the direction and supervision of appropriate University faculty and executed within University policy.
The Department of Psychology at WKU does not endorse note-taking services. First, we believe that these services potentially undermine student learning. Second, there are potential issues with regard to copyright from both the university and textbook companies.
PSY 100. INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY. (3 hours) An introductory course dealing with principles of behavior, scientific methods of psychology, measurement, learning, perception, motivation, development, personality, abnormal behavior, social behavior, intelligence, and other topics. Equivalent to PSYS 100. C or better is required in this course for a major in psychology. Old GEN ED C | SB; Colonnade II SB
PSY 175. UNIVERSITY EXPERIENCE. (3 hours) Special Requirements: For beginning college freshmen or transfer students with fewer than 24 semester hours of credit. Transition to university experience. Topics include study skills, library education, exploration of majors and careers, degree programs, campus resources and personal development. Special attention is given to educational requirements, careers and resources in the field of psychology.
PSY 210. RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY. (3 hours) Prerequisites: PSY 100 with a grade of "C" or higher. Corequisite: PSY or PSYS 211. Introduction to scientific thinking, research design, and research methods in psychology. Includes the nature of scientific explanations, validity, reliability, measurement scales, the rationale underlying hypothesis testing, critical evaluation of scientific evidence presented in journals and popular media, and how to write research reports. Equivalent to PSYS 210.
PSY 211. RESEARCH METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY LABORATORY. (1 hour) Prerequisites: PSY 100 with a C or better. Corequisite: PSY 210. Laboratory course to accompany PSY 210. Laboratory exercises involving research design, methodology, data collection, methods of organizing and presenting data, and research report writing. Equivalent to PSYS 211.
PSY 220 . INTRODUCTION TO LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY. (3 hours) A general course in developmental psychology covering the entire life span. Included are a description of growth stages, theories of development, and research methods of development. Equivalent to PSYS 220. Old GEN ED C | SB; Colonnade II SB
PSY 250. ADJUSTMENT AND PERSONAL GROWTH. (3 hours) Individual, social, and cultural determinants of personal growth and healthy life adjustment. Topics include stress and coping, relationships, values, career development, and decision-making. Old GEN ED F | GE
PSY 290. SUPERVISED STUDY IN PSYCHOLOGY. (1-3 hours) Prerequisite: PSY 100. Directed readings or research under faculty supervision. Students must make their own arrangements in advance for supervision by a faculty member. May be repeated for a total of up to six hours, with no more than three hours counted in the psychology major. (course website)
PSY 299. SELECTED TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY (SEMINAR). (1-3 hours) Prerequisite: PSY 100. Study and discussion focusing on various issues in psychology; topics will vary based on faculty and student interest. May be repeated for a total of up to six hours, with no more than three hours counted in the psychology major.
PSY 310. EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY: DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING. (3 hours) Prerequisite: PSY 100 and one of the following: EDU 250, MGE 275, AGED 250, SMED 101, SMED 301, IECE 321 or permission of instructor. A required educational psychology course for students seeking teacher certification. Educational psychology is designed to give the student a thorough understanding of the theories and principles of psychology as applied to teaching and learning. The students will demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and application of theories and principles of development, learning, memory, motivation, individual differences, instruction, classroom management, and measurement and evaluation. PSY 310 may not be counted toward the psychology major or minor.
PSY 313 . STATISTICS IN PSYCHOLOGY. (3 hours) Prerequisites: PSY 210 and 211 with a grade of "C" or better. Methods of organizing, describing, and analyzing psychological data. Equivalent to PSYS 313.
PSY 331 . PSYCHOLOGY OF LEARNING. (3 hours) Prerequisites: PSY 210 and PSY 211 with a grade of "C" or better, and junior standing or permission of instructor. Facts and principles of human and animal learning, especially as these have been treated in theories attempting to provide a general framework for understanding what learning is and how it takes place.
PSY 339 . INTELLIGENCE AND CREATIVITY. (3 hours) Prerequisite: PSY 100. A survey of the history, theories, nature, measurement, origins in heredity and environment, contemporary research, social influence, and uses and abuses of the concepts of intelligence and creativity.
PSY 340. SPORT PSYCHOLOGY. (3 hours) Prerequisite: PSY 100. Theory, topics and applications within the field of sport and exercise psychology.
Psy 346. FOUNDATIONS OF CLINICAL AND COMMUNITY BEHAVIORAL HEALTH. (3 hours) Prerequisite: Declared minor in Clinical and Community Behavioral Health. Survey of basic knowledge, skills, and values appropriate for clinical and behavioral health professionals, and the agencies, roles and services provided. Field trips to agency sites will be required. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation.
PSY 350. SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY. (3 hours) Prerequisite: 21 hours of Foundations and Explorations Courses or junior status. A general introduction to social psychology for majors and non-majors in psychology. The psychology of how people think about and relate to others. Topics include love, altruism, aggression, conformity, behavior in groups, leadership, intergroup conflict, prejudice, and persuasion. Equivalent to PSYS 350. Old GEN ED C | Colonnade K-SC
PSY 355. ISSUES IN CROSS-CULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY. (3 hours) Prerequisites: PSY 100 or equivalent and sophomore standing. Examines the impact of culture on major principles, theories, and applications of psychology, including social behavior, gender, communication, development and abnormal psychology. Involves interacting with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.
PSY 371. THE PSYCHOLOGY OF SALES BEHAVIOR. (3 hours) Prerequisite: PSY 100. This course includes the psychology of consumer behavior and its implications for sales ethics, psychology of the behavior of sales personnel, the psychology and techniques of the sales process, sales motivation advertising psychology, and the psychology of sales management.
PSY 390. FIELD EXPERIENCE IN PSYCHOLOGY. (3-6 hours) Prerequisites: Junior standing; Psychology Major or Minor with 12 hours in psychology; approval of the department and a 2.5 GPA in psychology. Field placement sites are approved based on consistency with the student's academic preparation. Practical work experience in a supervised psychology-related work setting with a cooperating psychology or human services agency, private business, or industry. Psychology 390 may be taken for 3 hours credit at one time. Only three hours will count toward the psychology major or minor. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designated or assigned sites. (course website)
PSY 412. PSYCHOLOGY OF MOTIVATION AND EMOTION. (3 hours) Prerequisites: PSY 100 and junior standing or permission of the instructor. A study of the principal theories of motivation and emotion. Examination of needs, cognition, and social aspects. Includes a critical review of research and application of these theories to human behavior.
PSY 421. PSYCHOLOGY OF EARLY ADOLESCENCE. (3 hours) Prerequisites: PSY 100 and junior standing or permission of the instructor. Focuses on theory and research related to cognitive, personality, and social development in early adolescence. Theories are applied to important developmental contexts such as peers, families, and learning environments. Designed for students planning to meet middle grades certification requirements. Either PSY 421 or PSY 422, but not both, may be taken to satisfy the requirements of the psychology major or minor.
PSY 422. ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY. (3 hours) Prerequisites: PSY 100 (Introduction to Psychology) or FACS 191 (Child Development), and junior standing or permission of the instructor. Introduction to behavior and development from early adolescence to adulthood, emphasizing a critical review of research and literature. Either PSY 421 or PSY 422, but not both, may be taken to satisfy requirements of the Psychology major or minor.
PSY 432. PSYCHOLOGY OF THE GIFTED AND CREATIVE. (3 hours) Prerequisite: PSY 100 and junior standing or permission of the instructor. The course covers identification of gifted children and adults with an emphasis upon the development of educational programs which maximize the development of giftedness. Included will be a critical review of research and literature in the areas of giftedness and creativity.
PSY 435. MORAL DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION. (3 hours) Prerequisites: PSY 100 and junior standing or permission of the instructor. An in-depth study of and reflection upon psychological theories of morality, moral development, moral functioning and current models of moral education and professional identity.
PSY 436 APPLIED COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY.Prerequisite: PSY 100 with a grade of "C" or better or permission of the instructor. This course will focus on the application of empirical cognitive findings to real-world memory tasks, reasoning, and problem-solving.
PSY 440. ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY. (3 hours) Prerequisites: Six hours in Psychology, including PSY 100, and junior standing or permission of instructor. Introduction to abnormal psychology emphasizing forms of abnormal behavior, etiology, developmental factors, interpretations, behavioral manifestations and treatment programs. Equivalent to PSYS 440.
PSY 441. PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF ALCOHOLISM. (3 hours) Prerequisites: PSY 100, PSY 440 and permission of instructor. Intensive study of theories and research regarding alcoholism; emphasis on application of psychological theories to the treatment of alcoholism and on psychological research regarding alcoholism.
PSY 442. BEGINNING SKILLS IN PSYCHOLOGICAL INTERVIEWING. (3 hours) Prerequisites: Six hours in psychology, including PSY 100, junior standing and permission of instructor. Paraprofessional skills for conducting structured and unstructured interviews in non-therapy settings. Emphasizes skills development in addition to theoretical material.
PSY 443. BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION. (3 hours) Prerequisites: Six hours in psychology, including PSY 100, and junior standing or permission of the instructor. Introduction to theory and application of behavioral modification techniques. Emphasizes the use of behavior modification in education, child rearing, clinics, and self modification. Course activities or assignments may require the individual to disclose personal information.
PSY 445 . INTRODUCTION TO CLINICAL PRACTICE OF PSYCHOLOGY. (3 hours) Prerequisites Junior or senior standing. Survey of theories, models, and techniques in clinical and school psychology. Includes emphasis on professional ethics for psychologists.
PSY 470. PSYCHOLOGY AND LAW. (3 hours) Prerequisites: PSY 100 and junior standing or permission of instructor. Psychological knowledge that is pertinent to the legal system. Emphasis on how human characteristics and psychological factors influence attitudes, decisions, and behavior throughout the legal process. Field trips to off-campus locations will be required. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation.
PSY 481 . HISTORY OF PSYCHOLOGY. (3 hours) Prerequisites: PSY 100/PSYS 100 and junior standing or permission of the instructor. Overview of major historical developments in psychology and related scientific disciplines, such as medicine, neurophysiology, and physics. Emphasizes developments over the past 500 years. History of the scientific study of human / animal behavior, as well as cognitive, perceptual, and mental functioning. Equivalent to PSYS 481.
PSY 490. RESEARCH, READINGS OR SPECIAL PROJECTS IN PSYCHOLOGY. (1-3 hours) Prerequisites: PSY 100, junior standing, and permission of the faculty project supervisor. Advanced students will conduct research and / or readings or projects concerning issues in psychology under the direction of faculty members. The course may be repeated; up to six hours can be counted toward the major. (course website)
PSY 499. SENIOR SEMINAR IN PSYCHOLOGY. (3 hours) Prerequisites: 12 hours in Psychology, including PSY 100, and senior level classification. Seminar in which major concepts and issues in psychology are considered. Directed reading, guest lectures, field trips, and / or oral reports by students are utilized. Equivalent to PSYS 499.
For a list of Psychological Science courses please visit their undergraduate courses webpage.
Statewide General Education Codes
GE – General Elective
SB – Social and Behavioral Sciences
WKU General Education Codes
Colonnade Fall 2014 Forward
Colonnade II SB – II Explorations, Social & Behavioral Sciences
Colonnade K-SC – Connections-Social & Cultural
Old GEN ED C – Category C: Social & Behavioral Sciences
Old GEN ED F – Category F: Health and Wellness
See the WKU undergraduate catalog for more information on these codes.