Psychology, the scientific study of human behavior and the mental, emotional and physical processes associated with behavior, is a major at KU that provides students with rich knowledge in this scientific area.
Kutztown University's Department of Psychology offers four tracks or concentrations. The tracks help to prepare students better for subfields within psychology, giving students a sense of whether the area is a good fit for them personally. Selection of a track should depend upon interests, career goals, and graduation target date.
- General - This is the traditional undergraduate psychology program. The general track is flexible and appropriate for students going into any field in psychology. This is especially appropriate for students transferring in with 48 credits or more or who wish to complete a minor or double major.
- Clinical-Counseling - This track provides students with more exposure to the clinical-counseling area. This track should be considered by those interested in counseling in settings such as agencies, schools, and hospitals. Several courses provide applied experience.
- Industrial-Organizational - This track focuses on psychology applied to the workplace. It is especially appropriate for students interested in careers in human resources, management, or as consultants to business, industry, or government. Several courses provide applied experience.
- Paralegal Studies - This American Bar Association-approved program is offered in conjunction between Kutztown University and Lehigh Carbon Community College. Faculty teach Paralegal courses at Kutztown's campus. In effect, students major in psychology and minor in Paralegal Studies. Courses are very practical and applied. The program entails the study of the paralegal profession as well as the limitations imposed by the unauthorized practice of law.
Required courses for all tracks include but are not limited to:
- General Psychology
- Statistics for Social & Behavioral Sciences
- Experimental Psychology
Minor in Psychology
The General Psychology course is required, as well as 3 PSY courses at the 200 level or above. An additional 6 hours of PSY electives are required.
We have a diverse faculty who provide students with opportunities to gain experience via internships and research.
Facilities include computer labs for teaching statistics and research methods, a small library, and specialized research labs in visual perception and cognition.
Students in any track can later pursue careers or apply to graduate school within any field of psychology. Psychology graduates can find employment in government, education, business and industry and law.
- Art Education
- Art History
- Audio Engineering
- Business Administration
- Coaching and Athletic Administration
- Communication Design
- Computer Science
- Communication Studies
- Criminal Justice
- Digital Communication and New Media
- Elementary Education
- Electronic Media
- English as a Second Language (ESL)
- Environmental Science
- German Studies
- International Studies
- Information Technology
- Leisure and Sport Studies
- Library Science
- Marine Science
- Music Education
- Multicultural Studies
- Political Science
- Pre-Med & Health Careers
- Professional Writing
- Public Administration
- Public Relations
- Secondary Education
- Social Work
- Software Development
- Spanish for Modern Business
- Special Education
- Studio Art
- Supply Chain Management and Logistics
- Women's Studies
Transfer students are required to have a combined college GPA, from all institutions previously attended, of at least 2.5 and a grade of C or higher in an introductory Psychology course.