Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and cognitive processes, with application to many human and animal concerns. Students with a liberal  arts education should develop an understanding of themselves and others that allows them to function effectively in diverse situations, interpersonally and intellectually. The Psychology Department offers a strong curriculum aimed at providing students with a comprehensive conceptual base from a variety of perspectives. Emphasis is placed on critical reading and thinking, and understanding the historical and theoretical framework of psychology and the methodology used in research. Students majoring in psychology are afforded an opportunity to be involved in research as well as to participate   in local educational and mental health agencies. Many psychology majors continue their education in graduate school, and the department actively participates in their preparation for this goal. Should a student choose not  to attend graduate school, the study of psychology successfully prepares graduates for a variety of career options. The department sponsors three student organizations: Psi Chi, which is the international Psychology honor society; Psi Alpha Omega, which is open to all students who have an interest in the discipline; and the Psychology Bowl team, which is a four- student group that competes during the Kentucky Psychological Association Conference each spring.

The Psychology Department has identified specific learning outcomes for our students. After completing the requirements for a psychology major, students should be able to:

  • relate figures, events, and theoretical approaches from the history of psychology to prevailing research and practice in contemporary psychology;
  • gain practical understanding of basic statistical procedures using calculations and gain an introductory knowledge of computer software programs;
  • master the design and implementation of a student-led research project;
  • engage in critical thinking about psychology as a science and the ethical issues that arise in psychological research;
  • demonstrate information and technological literacy as applied to scientific literature and use of APA format; and
  • demonstrate effective writing skills and oral communication skills.

Successful completion of these learning outcomes will be assessed by various assignments in the required components of our psychology curriculum. Students seeking certification in teaching should consult with the department chair.

 

Program Type

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Program Contact

Professor Jay Castaneda

Program Options

Core Courses

(12 hours required)

Required Course Selections

(12 hours required)

Elective Courses

(9 hours required)

  • Select nine additional credit hours in Psychology courses.

Note:

Students may count only two developmental courses (PSY240, 242, 340) toward the Psychology major or minor.

Core Course

Elective Courses

(15 hours required)

  • Select fifteen additional credit hours in Psychology courses.

Note:

Students may count only two developmental courses (PSY240, 242, 340) toward the Psychology major or minor.

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