Why do people do what they do?
Psychology is all about human behavior and what dictates it. Why do people behave the way they do? What makes people happy or unhappy? What are the relationships between the mind and the brain? Professionals with a psychology degree apply their education to a variety of fields that require critical thinking about behavior, interpreting or reporting research, or working to serve clients or patients facing any number of mental health challenges.
A psychology professional’s duties might include:
- Performing, interpreting or reporting psychological research
- Dealing with personnel management issues such as hiring, training and performance management
- Practicing mental health treatment as a therapist or psychologist
- Analyzing data and recommending improvements for a business
- Seeking out and connecting clients with information, materials or resources they need to improve their well-being
- Helping clients through major life changes or challenges, such as unemployment or illness
What jobs can I get with a psychology degree?
Professionals with a bachelor's degree in psychology use their skills in a wide range of settings, leading to careers in business, teaching, medicine, nursing, law, social work counseling, student services, child development, administration and human resources. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for psychologists is expected to grow 12 percent faster than the average of all occupations by 2024. 99 percent of KU undergraduate psychology graduates are currently employed or continuing their education. Our students have landed careers in fields such as human resources, research, therapy, and residential care, as well as pursuing graduate studies in psychology and social services.
Is a bachelor's degree in psychology right for me?
KU’s Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of General Studies degrees in psychology are designed for undergraduate students seeking upper-level psychology courses to complete their degree. KU’s scientific approach to understanding human behavior uses a solid foundation of analytical, clinical and research skills, as well as a human service emphasis, that serve students well either in graduate school or the workforce. KU’s undergraduate psychology program also offers hands-on internship and research opportunities. 68 percent of KU undergraduate psychology alumni completed an internship while pursuing their degree. Opportunities are available through the Edwards Campus, through additional research labs on the Lawrence Campus, and internship locations throughout the KC metro.
How is the program structured?
KU’s undergraduate psychology curriculum consists of 37 credit hours, including core courses in statistics, research methods, cognitive psychology, child development or psychology of aging, abnormal psychology, social psychology, biological psychology and a course in equity and ethical behavior.
In addition to these courses, students need to complete the university's requirements for a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of General Studies. These bachelor’s degree requirements include a minimum of 120 total credit hours, including 45 hours at the junior/senior level and completion of the general education requirements in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The Bachelor of Arts requires proficiency in one foreign language through the fourth level, or third-level proficiency in a foreign language, with first-level proficiency in a secondary language. The Bachelor of General Studies requires the completion of an approved minor with at least 18 credit hours, a second major or two undergraduate certificates. The B.G.S. also requires the completion of an approved career preparation course.
The KU Edwards Campus also offers a psychology minor. Visit our minors page to learn more.
- Once-weekly afternoon and evening courses
- Personalized internship and research experiences
- 95 percent of KU undergraduate psychology students worked while pursuing their degree.
- Over 100 years of experience educating psychology students
- KU’s clinical psychology programs are ranked in the top 15 percent of over 200 psychology programs across the country by U.S. News and World Report
- KU is one of 34 public universities in the Association of American Universities
- Strong foundation in analytical, clinical and research skills
- Education that prepares you for graduate school and the workforce
- Pursue a career in a variety of fields, including human resources, research, therapy, residential care and more.