Overview

Why study psychology?

Because the understanding of mind, behavior, and the human experience is best achieved through the rigorous application of the scientific method.

Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate courses are designed as part of a general education, for students preparing for careers in professional fields, and for students majoring in psychology, including those anticipating graduate work. See the department website for the most current information on requirements and policies.

Preparation for Graduate Study

Students who plan to apply for graduate work in psychology should supplement their beginning course in methodology (PSYC 200/PSYC 201) and statistics (PSYC 210/PSYC 211) with a laboratory course (e.g., PSYC 618, PSYC 620, PSYC 622, PSYC 624, or PSYC 625). Methods (PSYC 200/PSYC 201) and Statistics (PSYC 210/PSYC 211) should be taken as early as possible in the undergraduate education. The laboratory course should be completed during the junior or senior year.

Why study psychology?

Because the understanding of mind, behavior, and the human experience is best achieved through the rigorous application of the scientific method.

Preparation for Graduate Study

Students who plan to apply for graduate work in psychology should supplement their beginning course in methodology (PSYC 200/PSYC 201) and statistics (PSYC 210/PSYC 211) with a laboratory course (e.g., PSYC 618, PSYC 620, PSYC 622, PSYC 624, or PSYC 625). Methods (PSYC 200/PSYC 201) and Statistics (PSYC 210/PSYC 211) should be taken as early as possible in the undergraduate education. The laboratory course should be completed during the junior or senior year.

Graduate Programs

The department offers a single doctoral degree in psychology, which may be earned in social, cognitive, quantitative, developmental, or clinical psychology. Students enter with the expectation of earning the Ph.D. The department does not admit students seeking the terminal master’s degree. The department cooperates with related departments in joint Ph.D. programs in clinical child psychology, behavioral psychology, and child language.

Dual-title Ph.D. in Psychology and Gerontology

This dual-title degree is an option available to students who have first been admitted to the doctoral program. The dual-title degree allows the pursuit of a single degree that incorporates study within a traditional discipline and training in an interdisciplinary field; the student is awarded one degree (Ph.D.) with both titles identified on the diploma (e.g., “Ph.D. in Psychology and Gerontology”).

This option is designed to appeal to students who are strong in a traditional discipline but also motivated to study across disciplinary lines. In the course of study, students can avail themselves of disciplinary depth and interdisciplinary breadth. At the post-doctoral stage, dual-title graduates will have enhanced career and employment opportunities, able to claim expertise in one or both titles of their degree when seeking positions in education and research.

More information about this option, its admissions requirements, and plan of study can be found on the department website or the website of the Gerontology program.

Contact Info

Department of Psychology

Fraser Hall
1415 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 426
Lawrence, KS 66045-7540
785-864-4131
http://www.psych.ku.edu/
Ruth Ann Atchley, Chair
785-864-9821
ratchley@ku.edu

Department of Psychology

Fraser Hall
1415 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 426
Lawrence, KS 66045-7540
785-864-4131
http://www.psych.ku.edu/
Paul Atchley, Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies
785-864-9803
patchley@ku.edu
Byron Ceasar, Advising Specialist
785-864-3500
ceasarbd@ku.edu

Department of Psychology

Fraser Hall
1415 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 426
Lawrence, KS 66045-7540
785-864-4131
http://www.psych.ku.edu/
Monica Biernat, Associate Chair, Research and Graduate Studies
785-864-9815
biernat@ku.edu
Cathy O’Keefe, Graduate Applications
785-864-4195
cokeefe@ku.edu
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