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Western Kentucky University

Department of Psychology


B.A. in Psychology

For Catalog Year 2014-15 and forward

To see the Psychology major requirements for previous catalog years select this link. Click this link for a side-by-side comparison (pdf) checklist of the old General (760) major and the new major. For a side-by-side comparison (pdf) of the old Extended (519) and new majors select this link. (To change to the new major, contact your advisor).

Admission criteria for the B.A. in Psychology (reference number 760) are

  • a minimum composite ACT of 20 (or equivalent SAT) OR
  • minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 after 30 plus hours.

The general major in psychology (B.A.) requires a minimum of 31 non-duplicated 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).

This major has 13 hours required in core courses and 3 Categories with 1 course required in each category. The major also requires 9 hours from electives, at least 6 in courses numbered 300 or above in PSY or PSYS.

A total of 54 hours in the major plus minor are necessary for graduation. An iCAP exception form can be completed to add hours to the Psychology major/minor to fulfill the 54 hours.

Effective in Fall 2014 some of the courses in the major had new prefixes and in Spring 2015 some of the numbers for courses in the major changed. For a complete list visit the link at the top of this page for the latest news on the major.

MATH 183 is recommended or other Math course (excluding  MATH 109) or ACT score that satisfies the mathematics General Education requirement.

Required courses (13 hours):

  • PSY or PSYS 100 Introduction to Psychology (Grade of C or better)
  • PSY or PSYS 210 Research Methods in Psychology
  • PSY or PSYS 211 Research Methods in Psychology Laboratory (1 cr.)
  • PSY or PSYS 313 Statistics in Psychology
  • PSY or PSYS 481 History of Psychology

Foundations of Behavior (3 credit hours)

  • PSY 331 Psychology of Learning. [Note PsyS 331 Pinciples of Human and Animal Learning does not count toward our Foundations area as of Fall 2015.]
  • PSY 412 Psychology of Motivation & Emotion
  • PSY 422 Adolescent Psychology
  • PSY 436 Applied Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYS 333 Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYS 363 Psychology of Sensation & Perception
  • PSYS 450 Psychology of Personality

Group Behavior (3 credit hours)

  • PSY or PSYS 350 Social Psychology
  • PSY 355 Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • PSY 371 The Psychology of Sales Behavior
  • PSY 470 Psychology & Law
  • PSYS 370 Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Behavioral Change (3 credit hours)

  • PSY 340 Sport Psychology
  • PSY or PSYS 440 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 442 Beginning Skills in Psychological Interviewing
  • PSY 443 Behavior Modification
  • PSY 445 Introduction to Clinical and School Psychology

Electives (9 credit hours):

  • At least 6 hours of courses numbered 300 or above in PSY or PSYS.
  • Courses selected for other requirements only count once toward the major.
  • PSY 175 (University Experience) and PSY 310 (Educational Psychology) DO NOT count towards the elective requirements for this major.
  • If choosing either PSY 421 (Psychology of Early Adolescence) or PSY 422 (Adolescent Psychology) be aware that only one of the two will count toward this major.
  • Consult with your advisor about courses that will be most beneficial to your career goals.

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 Last Modified 8/26/15