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Department of Psychology

B.A. in Psychology

Requirements for the Psychology Major recently changed.  If you started at WKU Fall 2014-15 or later, please click the appropriate link below  to see your major requirements. See your advisor if you'd like to pursue the Fall 2016 requirements.

 

The following requirements are for those who started at WKU before Fall 2014.

General and Extended Majors in Psychology

The general major in psychology (reference number 760) requires a minimum of 37 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 (numbered 300 or above).

The extended major in psychology (reference number 591) requires a minimum of 52 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 intended for students who maintain a minimum 2.50 GPA both overall and in psychology. Required core courses for both majors are PSY 100 (C or better), PSY 210, PSY 211, PSY 301, PSYS 361, and PSY 495. Both majors also require MATH 183 (recommended), or other mathematics course (excluding MATH 109) or ACT score that satisfies the mathematics General Education requirement. Additional requirements for both majors are described below.

48 of the hours between major and minor must be unduplicated. 

General Major

Developmental Psychology: 3 hours
  • PSYS 321 - Child Developmental Psychology
  • PSY 422 - Adolescent Psychology
  • PSYS 423 - Psychology of Adult Life and Aging

Social/Industrial-Organizational/Motivation: 3 hours

  • PSY 350 - Social Psychology
  • PSYS 370 - Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • PSY 412 - Psychology of Motivation and Emotion

Personality/Abnormal Psychology: 3 hours

  • PSY 440 - Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYS 450 - Psychology of Personality

Biopsychology: 3 hours

  • PSYS 411 - Psychology of Sensation and Perception
  • PSYS 480 - Behavioral Neuroscience

Learning/Cognition: 3 hours

  • PSYS 405 - Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYS 407 - Psychology of Language
  • PSY 410 - Psychology of Learning

Psychology Electives: 6 hours

  • PSY 175 and PSY 310 DO NOT count towards the elective requirements for this major.
  • If choosing either PSY 421 or PSY 422 be aware that only one of the two will count toward this major.

Extended Major

Developmental Psychology: 3 hours
  • PSYS 321 - Child Developmental Psychology
  • PSY 422 - Adolescent Psychology
  • PSYS 423 - Psychology of Adult Life and Aging

Social/Industrial-Organizational/Motivation: 3 hours

  • PSY 350 - Social Psychology
  • PSYS 370 - Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • PSY 412 - Psychology of Motivation and Emotion

Personality/Abnormal Psychology: 3 hours

  • PSY 440 - Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYS 450 - Psychology of Personality

Biopsychology: 3 hours

  • PSYS 411 - Psychology of Sensation and Perception
  • PSYS 480 - Behavioral Neuroscience

Learning/Cognition: 3 hours

  • PSYS 405 - Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYS 407 - Psychology of Language
  • PSY 410 - Psychology of Learning

Field Experience/Independent Study: 3 hours

  • PSY 390 - Field Experience in Psychology
  • PSY 490 / PSYS 490- Research, Readings, or Special Projects in Psychology

Applied Psychology: 3 hours

  • PSY 340 - Sport Psychology
  • PSY 371 - The Psychology of Sales Behavior
  • PSY 455 - Introduction to Clinical Practice of Psychology
  • PSY 442 - Beginning Skills in Psychological Interviewing
  • PSY 443 - Behavior Modification
  • PSY 470 - Psychology and Law
  • PSYS 473 - Training in Business and Industry

Psychology Electives: 6 hours

  • PSY 175 and PSY 310 DO NOT count towards the elective requirements for this major.
  • If choosing either PSY 421 or PSY 422 be aware that only one of the two will count toward this major.

Additional Option:

In addition to the option of majoring in psychology and choosing a minor or second major, students may also declare

If you want to add a concentration to your current major, talk with your advisor. 

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