Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Psychology, Bachelor of Arts (760)


Program Coordinator

Steven R. Wininger, steven.wininger@wku.edu, (270) 745-4421

Psychology Major: The Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Psychology

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Psychology is a great program for those interested in helping others and who want to understand why people behave the way they do.  The BA program is suitable for those interested in pursuing specific career paths in psychology including clinical, counseling, and school as well as other related applied areas of psychology like forensic and sport psychology.  The BA program offers students flexibility in their programs of study allowing them to select courses specific to their future interests that will make them more attractive to employers and graduate programs.  The BA program also maintains a liberal arts focus by exposing students to coursework in related fields like Gerontology, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Philosophy.  Ultimately, students pursuing the BA degree in Psychology develop objective and deep understanding of human behavior and mental processes as well as strong critical thinking and data analysis skills, all of which are valuable in any field one chooses to enter following graduation.

Concentrations

  • General (No Concentration)
  • Forensic Psychology (PSFP)
  • Sport Psychology (PSSP)

Program Requirements (34-53 hours)

A baccalaureate degree requires a minimum of 120 unduplicated semester hours. More information can be found at www.wku.edu/registrar/degree_certification.php.

Students who began WKU in the Fall 2014 and thereafter should review the Colonnade requirements located at: https://www.wku.edu/colonnade/colonnaderequirements.php.

The general major in psychology requires a minimum of 34 semester hours and leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. A minor, second major, or the sport psychology concentration is required. At least half of the program must be in upper division courses (numbered 300 or above). The major is restricted to students with a minimum composite ACT of 20 (or equivalent SAT) or a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 after 30 plus hours.

Core Courses for Major and Concentrations

PSY 100Introduction to Psychology 23
PSY 210Research Methods in Psychology 23
PSY 211Research Methods in Psychology Laboratory 21
PSY 313Statistics in Psychology3
PSY 481History of Psychology3
Select one of the following:
Introductory Statistics
Symbolic Logic
Another mathematics course that satisfies the mathematics Colonnade Quantitative Reasoning requirement 1
Total Hours13

General Psychology (without Concentration)

The general psychology major requires 34 hours. The following courses are required in addition to the core courses:

Applied Development and Behavior
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Lifespan Developmental Psychology
Adolescent Psychology
Child Development
Introduction to the Aging Experience
Foundations of Behaviors
Select one of the following:3
Psychology of Learning
Cognitive Psychology
Psychology of Motivation and Emotion
Applied Cognitive Psychology
Sensory and Perceptual Systems
Psychology of Personality
Group Behavior
Select one of the following:3
Social Psychology
Issues in Cross-Cultural Psychology
The Psychology of Sales Behavior
Psychology and Law
Behavioral Change
Select one of the following:3
Sport Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Beginning Skills in Psychological Interviewing
Behavior Modification
Introduction to Clinical and School Psychology
Psychology Electives
Select any courses with at least 6 hours in courses numbered 300 or above 19
Total Hours21

Forensic Psychology Concentration

 The forensic psychology concentration requires 40 hours. The following courses are required in addition to the core courses:

Applied Development and Behavior
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Lifespan Developmental Psychology
Adolescent Psychology (recommended)
Child Development
Introduction to the Aging Experience
Foundations of Behaviors
Select one of the following:3
Psychology of Learning
Psychology of Motivation and Emotion
Applied Cognitive Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
Sensory and Perceptual Systems
Psychology of Personality
Group Behavior
Select one of the following:3
Social Psychology
Issues in Cross-Cultural Psychology
The Psychology of Sales Behavior
Psychology and Law
Industrial / Organizational Psychology
Behavioral Change
Select one of the following:3
Sport Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Beginning Skills in Psychological Interviewing
Behavior Modification
Introduction to Clinical and School Psychology
Forensic Psychology Concentration Courses 1
PSY 350Social Psychology3
PSY 440Abnormal Psychology3
PSY 470Psychology and Law3
Restricted Electives
Select two of the following:6
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Homicide and Serial Homicide
Why Are Bad People Bad?
Judicial Process
Total Hours27

Sport Psychology Concentration

The sport psychology concentration requires 53 hours. The following courses are required in addition to the core courses:

Applied Development and Behavior
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Lifespan Developmental Psychology
Adolescent Psychology
Child Development
Introduction to the Aging Experience
Foundations of Behaviors
Select one of the following:3
Psychology of Learning
Cognitive Psychology
Sensory and Perceptual Systems
Applied Cognitive Psychology
Psychology of Personality
Group Behavior
Select one of the following:3
Social Psychology
Issues in Cross-Cultural Psychology
The Psychology of Sales Behavior
Psychology and Law
Behavioral Change
Select one of the following:3
Abnormal Psychology
Beginning Skills in Psychological Interviewing
Behavior Modification
Introduction to Clinical and School Psychology
Sport Psychology Concentration Courses 1
PSY 340Sport Psychology3
PSY 412Psychology of Motivation and Emotion3
PSY 290Supervised Study in Psychology3
or PSY 390 Field Experience in Psychology
or PSY 490 Research, Readings or Special Projects in Psychology
Additional Required Courses
BIOL 131Human Anatomy and Physiology4
PE 311Exercise Physiology3
PE 313Motor Development3
HMD 211Human Nutrition3
HMD 360Advanced Nutrition3
or HMD 364 Sports Nutrition
or HMD 368 Dietary and Herbal Supplements
COMM 315Sport Communication3
or LEAD 300 Leadership Theory and Application
or SOCL 324 Sociology of Sport
Total Hours40

Finish in Four Plans

Psychology, General (760)

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENG 1003COMM 1453
HIST 101 or HIST 1023MATH 183 or PHIL 2153
PSY 100 or PSYS 1003World Language 102 (if needed) OR General University Elective3
Colonnade: Natural & Physical Sciences3Colonnade: Arts & Humanities 3
World Language 101 (if needed) OR General University Elective3Colonnade: Natural & Physical Sciences with lab3
 15 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
PSY 210 or PSYS 2103PSY 313 or PSYS 3133
PSY 211 or PSYS 2111PSY Category Course3
2nd Major/Minor/Elective Course3PSY Elective (numbered 200 or above, not PSY 175 or PSY 310)3
2nd Major/Minor/Elective Course22nd Major/Minor/Elective Course3
Colonnade: Literary Studies32nd Major/Minor/Elective Course3
Colonnade: Connections (Systems)3 
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
PSY Category Course3PSY Category Course3
PSY Elective (numbered 300 or above, not PSY 175 or PSY 310)3PSY Category Course3
2nd Major/Minor/Elective Course3PSY Elective (numbered 300 or above, not PSY 175 or PSY 310)3
Colonnade: Writing in the Disciplines3Colonnade: Connections (Social and Cultural)3
Colonnade: Connections (Local to Global)32nd Major/Minor/Elective Course3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
PSY 48132nd Major/Minor/Elective Course3
PSY Category Course32nd Major/Minor/Elective Course3
2nd Major/Minor/Elective Course32nd Major/Minor/Elective Course3
2nd Major/Minor/Elective Course32nd Major/Minor/Elective Course3
2nd Major/Minor/Elective Course32nd Major/Minor/Elective Course3
 15 15
Total Hours 120

Psychology, Forensic Psychology Concentration (760) 

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENG 1003COMM 1453
HIST 101 or HIST 1023MATH 183 or PHIL 2153
PSY 100 or PSYS 1003World Language 102 (if needed) OR General University Elective3
Colonnade: Natural & Physical Sciences3Colonnade: Arts & Humanities 3
World Language 101 (if needed) OR General University Elective3Colonnade: Natural & Physical Sciences with lab3
 15 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
PSY 210 or PSYS 2103PSY 313 or PSYS 3133
PSY 211 or PSYS 2111PSY 3503
CRIM 1013PSY Category Course3
PS 220 (fulfills major and Colonnade: Connections (Systems))32nd Major/Minor/Elective Course3
2nd Major/Minor/Elective Course32nd Major/Minor/Elective Course3
Colonnade: Literary Studies3 
 16 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
PSY 4703PHIL 211 (fulfills major and Colonnade: Connections (Social and Cultural))3
PSY Category Course3PSY 4403
2nd Major/Minor/Elective Course3PSY Category Course3
Colonnade: Writing in the Disciplines32nd Major/Minor/Elective Course3
Colonnade: Connections (Local to Global)32nd Major/Minor/Elective Course3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
PSY 48132nd Major/Minor/Elective Course3
CRIM 45632nd Major/Minor/Elective Course3
PSY Category Course32nd Major/Minor/Elective Course3
2nd Major/Minor/Elective Course32nd Major/Minor/Elective Course3
2nd Major/Minor/Elective Course22nd Major/Minor/Elective Course3
 14 15
Total Hours 120

Psychology, Sports Psychology Concentration (760)

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENG 1003COMM 1453
HIST 101 or HIST 1023Colonnade: Arts & Humanities 3
MATH 183 or PHIL 2153PSY 220, FACS 191, or GERO 100 (Psychology Applied Development & Behavior Category)3
PSY 100 or PSYS 100 (Need C or better)3BIOL 131*4
2nd Major/Minor/Elective Course32nd Major/Minor/Elective Course3
 15 16
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
PSY 210 or PSYS 210 (Need C or better)3PSY 340*3
PSY 211 or PSYS 211 (Need C or better)1PSY 3133
HMD 211 (fulfills major and Colonnade: Connections (Systems))*3PSY 350 (fulfills major and Colonnade: Connections (Social and Cultural))3
2nd Major/Minor/Elective Course3PE 313*3
Colonnade: Literary Studies3COMM 315, LEAD 300, or SOCL 324 (choose one; concentration required course)*3
Colonnade: Natural & Physical Sciences (CHEM 109 recommended)3 
 16 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
PSY 331 or PSY 436 (Psychology Foundations Category)3PSY 412*3
PSY 290, PSY 390, or PSY 490*1-3PSY 440 or PSY 443 (Psychology Behavioral Change Category)3
PE 311*3HMD 360, HMD 364, or HMD 368*3
Colonnade: Writing in the Disciplines32nd Major/Minor/Elective Course3
Colonnade: Connections (Local to Global)32nd Major/Minor/Elective Course3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
PSY 48132nd Major/Minor/Elective Course3
2nd Major/Minor/Elective Course32nd Major/Minor/Elective Course3
2nd Major/Minor/Elective Course32nd Major/Minor/Elective Course3
2nd Major/Minor/Elective Course32nd Major/Minor/Elective Course3
2nd Major/Minor/Elective Course32nd Major/Minor/Elective Course3
 15 15
Total Hours 122