Psychology

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

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Turn Your Passion Into a Career

EKU’s online bachelor’s degree in general psychology provides students with a strong academic foundation. This degree opens the door to a variety of career options and builds critical thinking, communication and problem-solving skills. Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions or to enroll in an appropriate graduate program. 

Enhance your degree by selecting an area of study for your undergraduate program. Choose from 8 concentrations.

Program At-A-Glance

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Benefits
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Benefits of EKU Online

Our programs explore the versatile applications and opportunities of psychology. EKU’s curriculum blends academic and professional preparation through course topics such as abnormal psychology, social psychology, statistics, research, psychological interviewing and reporting, behavior therapy and clinical psychology.

Program benefits include:

Concentrations, Minors & Certificates

You can tailor your psychology degree to align with your interests and career goals by choosing from one of the following concentrations. Courses in each option are taught by experienced faculty dedicated to your success.

  • General Psychology
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Child and Family Psychology
  • Workplace Psychology
  • Psychiatric Rehabilitation
  • Brain and Cognitive Science
  • Substance Abuse

Minors & Certificates

Select from a wide range of minors, allowing you to explore interests or make use of prior credits. Suggested minors for psychology include:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Social Welfare
  • Child and Family Studies

You can also choose from numerous undergraduate certificates in specialty areas that complement and enhance your major as you work toward your degree. Suggested certificates for psychology include:

  • Veteran Studies
  • Social Intelligence

View the full list of certificates available for completion as you earn your degree

Career Opportunities

A psychology degree has broad applications and can open the door to a variety of rewarding career options.

This versatile degree builds critical thinking, communication and problem-solving skills, and prepares students for entry-level psychology jobs or to pursue graduate study or attend a professional school.

Graduate/professional school opportunities include:

  • Clinical psychology
  • School psychology
  • Industrial organizational psychology
  • General/experimental psychology
  • Counseling
  • Law
  • Medicine
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Concentrations

General Psychology

Open doors to a variety of career options. Build critical thinking, communication and problem-solving skills. Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions or to enroll in an appropriate graduate program. 

Career Options:

  • Business
  • Mental health/healthcare services
  • Social services
  • Human resources
  • Criminal justice
  • Professional counseling services
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Psychiatric Rehabilitation

Prepare to sit for the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP) certification exam or to take on a variety of entry-level mental health and social services careers. This program is a great foundation for graduate or professional programs.

Career Options:

  • Rehabilitation counselor
  • Mental health counselor
  • Psychiatric technician or aide
  • Rehabilitation programs director
  • Clinical psychologist
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Autism Spectrum Disorders

Build a comprehensive understanding of autism and its effects on individuals, while developing your skills in applied assessment and intervention.

Career Options:

  • Rehabilitation counselor
  • School counselor
  • School psychologist
  • Mental health counselor
  • Marriage and family therapist
  • Social and human services worker
  • Clinical psychologist
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Child & Family Psychology

This degree offers you with a comprehensive understanding of biological, psychological, social, cognitive, and historical influences on child, adolescent, and adult development.

Career Options:

  • School counselor
  • School psychologist
  • Mental health counselor
  • Marriage and family therapist
  • Social and human services worker
  • Clinical psychologist
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Substance Abuse

Gain a comprehensive understanding of substance abuse and how it impacts individuals, families and communities.

Career Options:

  • Substance abuse and behavior disorder counselor
  • Rehabilitation counselor
  • Mental health counselor
  • Marriage and family therapist
  • Social and human services worker
  • Clinical psychologist
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Brain & Cognitive Sciences

This degree provides a bridge between cognitive science and biopsychology that examines mental processes and complex behavior.

Career Options:

  • School counselor
  • School psychologist
  • Mental health counselor
  • Marriage and family therapist
  • Social and human services worker
  • Clinical psychologist
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Forensic Psychology

This degree provides you with an introduction to the major areas of forensic psychology and prepares students to enroll in an appropriate graduate program upon completion.

Career Options:

  • Research psychologist
  • Laboratory manager
  • Mental health counselor
  • Social and human services worker
  • Speech-language pathologist
  • Clinical psychologist
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Workplace Psychology

Gain a comprehensive understanding of the application of psychological theories and procedures to the workplace.

Career Options:

  • Rehabilitation counselor
  • Mental health counselor
  • Psychiatric technician or aide
  • Rehabilitation programs director
  • Clinical psychologist
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Curriculum

EKU’s online psychology curriculum prepares students to pursue a variety of rewarding career possibilities by offering multiple in-demand concentration options and blending academic and professional preparation through dynamic, career-oriented coursework.

Psychology courses include abnormal psychology, social psychology, statistics-research, psychological interviewing and reporting, behavior therapy and clinical psychology. The program also offers unique opportunities for joint student-faculty research.

Degree Requirements

A total of 120 credits are required to graduate, including 42 upper-division credits. Complete degree requirement information about the psychology program is available in the University undergraduate catalog.

Please review the  admission requirements before applying for this or any program. If you have questions about the program or are planning to register for classes, please speak to the program advisor.

Transfer Credits

Students may transfer up to 90 hours of credit from accredited institutions. Please note that a minimum of 30 credit hours in this degree program must be completed at Eastern Kentucky University.

Previously earned credits must be reviewed upon admittance to EKU for appropriate articulation. Learn more about transferring to EKU.

Concentration Options

You can tailor your psychology degree to align with your interests and career goals by choosing from one of the following concentrations. Courses in each option are taught by experienced faculty dedicated to your success.

  • General Psychology
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Child and Family Psychology
  • Workplace Psychology
  • Psychiatric Rehabilitation
  • Brain and Cognitive Science
  • Substance Abuse

Sample Courses

For a full list of course descriptions please see section 7 of the University undergraduate catalog.

PSY 308 – Abnormal Psychology (3)
Descriptive study of the nature, course, classification and prevalence of abnormal behavior, with attention to intellectual, personality, cognitive, sensory and motor functions.

PSY 300 – Social Psychology (3)
A study of the power of situations and the social environment to affect human behavior. Topics include: attitudes, persuasion, prejudice, discrimination, group behavior, interpersonal attraction, aggression and prosocial behavior.

PSY 405 – Psychological Interviewing and Reporting (3)
Introduction to the basic concepts and skills of interviewing and therapeutic communication in the mental health field.

PSY 566 – Forensic Psychology (3)
Review the roles of clinical psychologists in the legal system, focusing on principles of forensic mental health assessment, procedures of civil and criminal forensic psychological assessment, expert testimony, and forensic report writing.

Enrollment

Stephanie Black

Stephanie Black

Enrollment Advisor

Call or email Stephanie Black for information about the EKU Pychology Bachelor’s Degree program.

Contact Info: 
859-622-8764
Stephanie.Black@eku.edu

Application Deadlines

 

Term Application Deadline Classes Begin
Fall A July 5 August
Fall B August 31 October
Spring A November 30 January
Spring B January 31 March
Summer A April 5 May
Summer B  May 31 June

 

Additional Contact Information

Admissions: 859-622-2106
Academic Testing: 859-622-1281
Financial Aid Office: 859-622-2361
Military & Veterans Affairs Office: 859-622-2345
Student Account Services: 859-622-1232

Student Success

Kelli Jo Blair

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She earned her GED, but Kelli Jo Blair wanted more. With the support of EKU Online, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a concentration in autism spectrum disorders. Now she’s an even better advocate for the autism community.

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