Chair or Program Director: 

Pamela G. Cartor, Ph.D., Chair
Pasteur Hall 179, Phone 502.272.8195,


Ann M. Jirkovsky, Ph.D.; Don R. Osborn, Ph.D.; Hank Rothgerber, Ph.D.; Thomas L. Wilson, Ph.D.; Christy D. Wolfe, Ph.D

The psychology major has a demanding program which emphasizes a scientific approach to the study of human behavior supported by internships at appropriate community agencies. The department offers three program options. A research project of the student’s choice is required. This research is completed under close supervision and interaction with the entire faculty in psychology. The psychology major prepares students for graduate work in psychology and related disciplines. Also it provides the foundation for numerous careers in psychology, human services, and human resources.

Learning Outcomes

The Department of Psychology has four learning objectives for its degree programs:

  1. Students will demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, and empirical findings in psychology.
  2. Students will understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
  3. Students will understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
  4. Students will demonstrate preparedness for graduate school and careers in psychology and related fields.

Degree Program Options

The Psychology Department offers three program options:

  1. The Traditional emphasis prepares the student for graduate work and careers and has numerous electives to broaden, enrich, and stimulate the intellectual, emotional and social growth of the student.
  2. The Human Services emphasis prepares the student for careers and graduate in the helping profession. It is more structured and training oriented. A human services Internship is required.
  3. The Human Resource emphasis prepares the student for careers in organizational and business settings working with people. The program is designed toward developing practical skills and is training oriented. An Internship working in a human resource position is required.

Degree Requirements

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