Psychology involves the scientific study of a vast array of phenomena related to the actions and experiences of organisms. Psychologists study phenomena such as perception, memory, thought, behavior, and the psychological, social, physiological, and developmental processes that underlie these phenomena. In addition to its commitment to scientific truth, psychology requires the application of knowledge and critical thinking/reasoning skills to assess, prevent, and resolve individual and social problems.
The Psychology program at Kentucky State University leads to a major or a minor that prepares the student with a solid, well-rounded education in psychology. The study of psychology serves as a useful foundation for the pursuit of careers in business, law, medicine, social work, and the other helping professions; or majors may pursue further study in psychology at the graduate level.
Curriculum guides are designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation. In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester, known as milestones. Milestones may include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA.
Following the sample academic plan and its milestones will help students stay on track to graduate in four years. Students will need to refer to and/or print both the appropriate Liberal Studies Requirements AND the appropriate major sheet in order to view the complete degree program requirements.
To satisfy the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, a student must complete a minimum of 120 semester credit hours, including 42 semester credit hours in Psychology. The required courses are PSY 300, 301, 223, 304, 320, 399, 400 or 401, 402, 403, 490, 499; and choose one of the following concentrations: Counseling/Clinical PSY 404/407, Educational/Developmental PSY 408/409/413; or Experimental/Biological PSY 410/411. The student must also complete a minor or career concentration track. PSY 215 Orientation to Psychology, which does not count toward the core major requirements, must be taken.
A minor in Psychology requires the completion of 18 semester credit hours. Specific course requirements include PSY 300, 303, 304, 400 or 401; the remaining 6 semester credit hours must be selected in consultation with the student’s minor advisor from 300/400 level Psychology courses. Students must complete PSY 200 as part of the Liberal Studies Requirement.