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Whatever your current interests or career aspirations are, the Department of Psychology has a program suited for you. Combine classroom learning with hands-on experience and strong faculty mentorship, and you’re sure to have a jumpstart within the field. Learn below what programs are available to students within the department. Although the American Psychological Association (APA) does not offer accreditation for undergraduate programs, our courses are structured to meet the learning outcomes set forth by APA.
B.A/B.S in PsychologyAs an undergraduate, choose from either the B.A. or the B.S. in Psychology. What’s the difference? Both programs include 42 credit hours of psychology coursework, plus 20 hours of out-of-department courses. If you’re interested in pursuing graduate school, you are encouraged to choose the B.S. degree, which focuses your out-of-department classes on natural science and mathematics. With the BA program, your out-of-department classes are typically in a single area that relates to your academic or career goals. Additionally, the BA degree requires 10 credit hours of a foreign language.
Learn more about the B.A. in Psychology or the B.S. in Psychology program of study.
View the Psychology Undergraduate Course Matrix.
New to the Psychology Department? Read our welcome letter for new majors.
Dual Degree in Psychology and Teacher EducationIf you want to become a credentialed high school psychology teacher in Kansas, you will need to pursue a double major in Psychology and Teacher Education. The dual major provides you in-depth content knowledge about psychology, the latest cutting-edge theory and training in pedagogy (teaching), and practical observation and student teaching experiences.
Learn more about the suggested program of study for your dual degree in psychology and teacher education.
Visit the Department of Teacher Education Web site to learn more about this degree program.
Minor in PsychologyIf you are interested in the field, but do not wish to choose psychology as your major, you can earn a 21 credit hour minor, which deepens your understanding of mental processes and human relationships and complements a wide variety of other degree programs.
Certificate in Case ManagementAre you looking for a job where you can use your Bachelor’s degree to be part of a team working at a community mental health center? Are you interested in working with people who have significant mental health issues in the context of promoting hope, recovery, empowerment, and wellness? If so, consider the 18-credit hour Certificate in Case Management, which helps prepare you for one of the fastest growing professions in the mental health field in Kansas.
Learn more about the Certificate in Case Management, which is open to all majors, but particularly suited for psychology, sociology and general studies majors pursing a human services emphasis.
Behavioral Health Technician Certificate
Are you interested in working with children or adolescents in an inpatient psychiatric setting? If so,the Behavioral Health Technician certificate may give you the skills needed to be competitive in the field. Created in cooperation with KVC Wheatland Psychiatric Hospital in Hays, this 13 credit out certificate offers real-world experience to enhance employability.
Learn more about the Behavioral Health Technician Certificate, which is open to all majors, but particularly suited for psychology, sociology and general studies majors pursing a human services emphasis.
Learn more about Graduate Studies in Psychology, which can provide numerous exciting career options in Experimental, General, Clinical or School Psychology.