Psychology involves the scientific study of a vast array of phenomena related to the behaviors and experiences of organisms. Psychologists study phenomena such as perception, memory, thought, behavior, and the psychological, social, physiological, and developmental process that underlies 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 undergraduate 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 further graduate studies, careers in business, law, medicine, social work, and the other helping professions.

Undergraduate Program Learning Outcomes:

The Psychology Undergraduate Program at Kentucky State University is focused on preparing students upon graduation to pursue entry level positions in the human and social service, medical, law, or management fields, as well as, pursue graduate education in a vast array of related disciplines. Psychology graduates will 1) demonstrate knowledge of the core area of psychological science; 2) demonstrate an understanding of research design concepts applied in the psychological literature; 3) demonstrate the ability to link psychological theory, research, and practice; 4) demonstrate knowledge of the cultural and social context of human behavior; and 5) demonstrate knowledge of the ethical codes of conduct as outlined by the American Psychological Association.

Undergraduate Psychology Curriculum:

To satisfy the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, a student must complete a minimum of 120 semester credit hours, including 36 semester credit hours in Psychology. The required courses are PSY 300 (Statistics), 301 (Research Methods), 303 (Theories & Methods of Human Development), 304 (Experimental Psychology), 320 (History & Systems of Psychology), 399 (Seminar in Psychology), 400 (Abnormal Psychology) or 401 (Theories of Personality), 499 (Senior Colloquium); and two of the following courses: PSY 408 (Learning & Motivation), 409 (Cognitive Psychology), 410 (Physiological Psychology), 411 (Sensation & Perception), or 413 (Social Cognition). The student, in consultation with his/her advisor, must select an additional 6 semester credit hours of 300/400 level Psychology courses. Additionally, the student must complete a minor. PSY 200 (General Psychology) and 215 (Orientation to Psychology), which does not count toward the major requirements, must be taken as a prerequisites for 300 level courses.

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. In addition, students must complete PSY 200 as part of the liberal studies requirement.

Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Behavioral Science

Kentucky State University is accepting applications for the new Master’s in Interdisciplinary Behavioral Science Program, which will began this fall 2014 semester.  This program takes a multidisciplinary approach to the area of forensic psychology by providing students with background in theoretical perspectives from psychology, sociology, and criminology, basic and applied research methods, and statistical techniques.  Students will develop competencies relevant to the science and practice of psychology, and to the study of the intersection of behavioral and social science and law.  This program is relevant to graduates of psychology, criminal justice, sociology, social work, public administration, political science, and other areas of study that have application to the justice system broadly defined.  Application forms must be submitted to the Kentucky State University Office of Graduate Studies by April 1, 2015 for fall enrollment.  Classes will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  Students may attend on a part-time or full-time basis.  Please contact Dr. Mara Merlino ( for additional information about the program requirements or the application procedure. Admission is a two-step process.  You must first submit your application materials to the Office of Graduate Studies to be admitted to graduate study.  The information about the application process and the forms you will need are available online at

For a complete description of our program, Click this link IBS MA PROGRAM INFORMATION 6-2014

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