The Psychology program at Kentucky State University studies 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 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 undergraduate psychology program 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


The Psychology undergraduate program 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, to pursue graduate education in a vast array of related disciplines. Psychology graduates will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the core area of psychological science;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of research design concepts applied in the psychological literature;
  • Demonstrate the ability to link psychological theory, research, and practice;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the cultural and social context of human behavior; and
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the ethical codes of conduct as outlined by the American Psychological Association.


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 215 (Orientation to Psychology),  BSS 300 (Statistics), BSS 301 (Research Methods), PSY 223 (Theories & Methods of Human Development, previously 303), 304 (Experimental Psychology), 320 (History & Systems of Psychology), 399 (Seminar in Psychology), 400 (Abnormal Psychology) or 401 (Theories of Personality), 490 (Practicum in Psychology), BSS 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 which does not count toward the major requirements, must be taken as prerequisites for 300 level courses.

A minor in Psychology requires the completion of 18 semester credit hours. Specific course requirements include PSY 300, 223, 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. Contact Tierra Freeman Taylor for more information (



Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Behavioral Science

The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Behavioral Science program, which will have two concentration areas beginning Fall 2019, takes a multidisciplinary approach to the areas of counseling psychology and forensic psychology by providing students with background in theoretical perspectives from psychology, sociology, and criminology, basic and applied research methods, and statistical techniques.

Students in the Psychology and Law concentration 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 or counseling theories and practice.  The Psychology and Law concentration 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.

Students in the Kentucky State University Counseling Psychology concentration will develop competencies including an advanced understanding of the field of Counseling Psychology and the intersection of Psychology and the legal system consistent with the scientist-practitioner model. Psychology is considered a STEM discipline, and as the term implies, psychologists are generally trained to be both scientists and practitioners. The integration of science and practice is highly valued by members of the discipline; the proposed program will require coursework in both research and practice, and the integration of science and practice will be emphasized throughout.


Application forms must be submitted to the Kentucky State University Office of Graduate Studies by July 1 st for fall enrollment and November 15th for spring enrollment. Admission is a two-step process. Admissions requirements are an undergraduate GPA of not less that 2.70 for admissions to graduate studies.

  • Classes will be held during evening hours.
  • Students may attend on a part-time or full-time basis.

You must first submit your application materials to the Dr. Tierra Freeman-Taylor ( or Dr. Mara Merlino ( for additional information about the program requirements or the application procedure.


Dr. Tierra Freeman-Taylor

  • Phone: (502) 597-5932
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