Undergraduate Degree

BA in Psychology

The requirements for a major in Psychology are designed to meet educational goals of two distinct student populations--those who plan to attend graduate school in Psychology and those who plan to pursue a career in a field other than Psychology. 

Undergraduate Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 34 graded hours of credit in Psychology earning a grade of C or better. At least 15 of the required 34 hours must be upper-division courses, and at least 9 hours (including 6 upper division hours) must be taken at Washburn. The table below shows required courses with prerequisites, and/or choices of courses which meet specific requirements.

Requirements

Course (credit hours)

Prerequisite(s)

The Foundation 

PY 100 Basic Concepts in Psychology (3)

none

PY 151 Psychological Statistics (3)

PY 100 with grade of "C" or better, or concurrent enrollment, and MA104

One (1) of the following courses:

______ Psychological Development Through the Life-Span (PY209)

______ Psychology of Infancy and Childhood (PY210)

______ Adolescent Psychology (PY211)

______ Psychology of Adulthood and Aging (PY212)

PY 100

PY 231 Abnormal Psychology (3)

PY 100

PY 251 Research Methods (3)

PY 100

PY 299 Psychological Forum (1)

PY 100 and Sophomore Psychology Major (Pass/Fail Only)

The Pillars

(Must complete one (1) course from each Pillar)

Pillar 1

PY 301 Principles of Learning (3)

PY 100

PY 306 Cognition (3)

PY 100

Pillar 2

PY 305 Sensation and Perception (3)

PY 100

PY 307 Physiological Psychology (3)

PY 100

Pillar 3

PY 309 Theories of Personality (3)

PY 100

PY 310 Social Psychology (3)

PY 100

Upper Division Electives

Complete any two (2) Upper Division coures in addition to the three pillar courses (above).

______ upper-division elective course (PY3XX)

______ upper-division elective course (PY3XX)

NOTE:  Upper division elective courses can be pillar or non-pillar courses.  Capstone courses can NOT be used to fulfill this requirement.

Prerequisites vary with course.  Please see Course Catalog for the prerequisites for each 300-level course.

Senior Capstone Experience (Must earn at least three credit hours)

PY 336 Field/Volunteer Experience in Psychology (3)

One related advanced course and consent of instructor

PY 387 History and Systems of Psychology (3)

Psychology Senior or Consent

PY 389 Independent Study (1-3)

Consent of instructor

PY 390 Directed Research (1-3)

PY 252 and consent of instructor

STUDENTS CONSIDERING GRADUATE SCHOOL

Students desiring to enter graduate school are highly recommended to enroll in Advanced Research Design & Scientific Writing (PY252) after completing Research Methods (PY251).

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Minor in Psychology

Minor

Students majoring in other areas but who wish to supplement their coursework with a variety of psychology courses should consider the minor in Psychology. A minor in Psychology consists of no less than 15 hours: a minimum of six hours of lower division courses and a minimum of nine hours of upper division courses. At least four hours must be taken at Washburn. Students should consult an advisor in the Psychology Department for selecting the most appropriate psychology courses to complement their major. Students must have a grade of C or better in each course applied to the minor.

Grad School Bound

If you are planning on going on to earn you Master's degree or a Ph.D., then here is

  • a suggested list of courses that you should complete and
  • the preferred order that you should take those classes.

Please consult with your advisor or any of the faculty about the courses and ways that you can increase your chances of being accepted into a graduate program.

SUGGESTED SCHEDULE IN PSYCHOLOGY

Freshman

First Semester

(15 hrs.)

 

Second Semester

(16 hrs.)

PY 100 Basic Concepts in Psych

3

 

PY 151 Psychological Statistics

3

English 101

3

 

Gen Ed – Math/Natural Science

3

Gen Ed – Arts/Humanities

3

 

Gen Ed – Social Sciences

3

Gen Ed – Math/Natural Science

3

 

Gen Ed – Arts/Humanities

3

WU 101

3

 

Math 112 or 116

3

 

 

 

Lower division elective

1

 

Sophomore

First Semester

(16 hrs.)

 

Second Semester

(16 hrs.)

PY 251  Research Methods

3

 

PY 252 Advanced Research Methods

3

PY 209/210/211/212 Developmental Psychology

3

 

PY 231 Abnormal Psychology

3

Gen Ed – Social Sciences

3

 

Gen Ed – Math/Natural Science

3

Gen Ed – Arts/Humanities

3

 

Gen Ed – Social Sciences

3

Foreign Language 101

4

 

Foreign Language 102

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Junior

First Semester

(16 hrs.)

 

Second Semester

(15 hrs.)

PY 301 Learning or PY 306 Cognition

3

 

PY 305 Sensation and Perception or PY 307 Physiological Psychology

3

PY 309 Personality or PY 310 Social Psychology

3

 

PY 389 Independent Study

3

Gen Ed – Math/Natural Science

3

 

Gen Ed – Social Sciences

3

Gen Ed – Social Sciences

3

 

Gen Ed – Arts/Humanities

3

Gen Ed – Arts/Humanities

3

 

English 300

3

PY 299 Psych Forum

1

 

 

 

 

Senior

First Semester

(15 hrs.)

 

Second Semester

(15 hrs.)

PY 390 Directed Research

3

 

Upper division Psychology elective

3

Upper division Psychology elective

3

 

Upper division elective

3

Upper division elective

3

 

Upper division elective

3

Upper division elective

3

 

Upper division elective

3

Upper division elective

3

 

Upper division elective

3

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BA-MA Program

BA to MA Admission Criteria*

Students who have

a.  Attained the “Standards of Achievement” described below, and 

b.  Completed their Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Washburn University

will be granted

c.  Admission into Washburn’s Psychology Masters Program, and

d.  Exclusion from the competitive admissions process

The Standards of Achievement are:

1.  Prerequisite course grade requirements

    No more than one C can be earned in any of the following courses

      (At least two of these courses must be completed at Washburn)

PY 151 Psychological Statistics

PY 251 Research Methods, and

PY231 Abnormal Psychology.

2.  GPA requirements

    Overall GPA of 3.2 or higher. and

    GPA in last 60 hours of 3.5 or higher, and

                GPA across all Psychology courses of 3.5 or higher.

3.  Research requirements

   Completion and presentation of a research project as part of the PY Major Capstone

  as demonstrated through the completion of  PY390 Directed Research.  

4.  Faculty Recommendation requirements

Unambiguous approval of at least three full-time Washburn Psychology faculty

Members evidenced by a rating on item #9 of the Masters of Arts in Psychology “Recommendation Form”  of  “recommended” or “highly recommended”.

5.  GRE

                  GRE scores are not required of “in house” applicants.

Timelines for consideration for admission:

  1. Paperwork will be due from the student on January 15.
  2. The department will inform students of their acceptance by February 1.
  3. Students will be required to accept or decline the offer by March 15.

* Student are eligible to take advantage of this program for 5 years from the date of graduation

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Psychology-Related Career Track

If you are planning on getting a Psychology-related job after you earn your B.A. degree, then here is

  • a suggested list of courses that you should complete and
  • the preferred order that you should take those classes.

Please consult with your advisor or any of the faculty about the courses and ways that you can increase your chances of getting your dream job after you graduate.

SUGGESTED SCHEDULE IN PSYCHOLOGY

Freshman

First Semester

(15 hrs.)

 

Second Semester

(16 hrs.)

PY 100 Basic Concepts in Psych

3

 

PY 151 Psychological Statistics

3

English 101

3

 

Gen Ed – Math/Natural Science

3

Gen Ed – Arts/Humanities

3

 

Gen Ed – Social Sciences

3

Gen Ed – Math/Natural Science

3

 

Gen Ed – Arts/Humanities

3

WU 101

3

 

Math 112 or 116

3

 

 

 

Lower division elective

1

 

Sophomore

First Semester

(16 hrs.)

 

Second Semester

(16 hrs.)

PY 251  Research Methods

3

 

Lower division elective

3

PY 209/210/211/212 Developmental Psychology

3

 

PY 231 Abnormal Psychology

3

Gen Ed – Social Sciences

3

 

Gen Ed – Math/Natural Science

3

Gen Ed – Arts/Humanities

3

 

Gen Ed – Social Sciences

3

Foreign Language 101

4

 

Foreign Language 102

4

 

Junior

First Semester

(16 hrs.)

 

Second Semester

(15 hrs.)

PY 301 Learning or PY 306 Cognition

3

 

PY 305 Sensation and Perception or PY 307 Physiological Psychology

3

PY 309 Personality or PY 310 Social Psychology

3

 

Upper Division Elective

3

Gen Ed – Math/Natural Science

3

 

Gen Ed – Social Sciences

3

Gen Ed – Social Sciences

3

 

Gen Ed – Arts/Humanities

3

Gen Ed – Arts/Humanities

3

 

English 300

3

PY 299 Psych Forum

1

 

 

 

 

Senior

First Semester

(15 hrs.)

 

Second Semester

(15 hrs.)

PY 336 Field Experience/Internship

3

 

Upper division Psychology elective

3

Upper division Psychology elective

3

 

Upper division elective

3

Upper division elective

3

 

Upper division elective

3

Upper division elective

3

 

Upper division elective

3

Upper division elective

3

 

Upper division elective

3

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Psychology, BA
Molly Walter

“I think the faculty that I have had have all been really good about pushing students to go above and beyond and really learn what they need to know. It’s just really cool to see within the Washburn community how close knit our psych community is. They provide a relationship where it's not intimidating to ask questions.” -Molly Walter, Psychology Major

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