Program description

A major in psychology can be designed as a broad liberal arts degree or can be focused for graduate school preparation. Although some of our graduates go on to graduate school, most stop their formal education with the B.S. or B.A. The psychology major, combined with a supportive minor, can be a strong preparation for a variety of careers in interesting settings. Frequently, recruiters come to campus looking for students with B.S. or B.A. degrees; many of them prefer psychology majors. If you want to pursue graduate training in psychology or related fields, the psychology major provides excellent preparation.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge Base of Psychology

Students will demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.

Critical Thinking and Research Skills

Students will use critical and creative thinking as they demonstrate basic research skills in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.

Application and Community Engagement

Students will understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.

Ethical Leadership

Students will be able to weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.

Cultural Competence

Students will recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.

Career Planning and Development

Students will emerge from the major with realistic ideas about how to implement their psychological knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings.

Declaring a psychology major or minor

To declare or change a major or minor to psychology, students should:

  1. Visit the Academic Advisement Center (University Hall 109) or the Office of the Registrar (Carrington 320) to declare or change a major or minor.
  2. Contact the Psychology Advisement Center at 417-836-6841 to schedule an advisement appointment, during which an overview of the program will be provided and an advisor will be assigned.

Admission to the psychology degree program

Students will be admitted as pre-majors to the psychology degree program upon declaration of the psychology major. Students must complete PSY 150 before earning 75 credit hours to avoid being blocked from registering for the next semester’s classes.

  • Students with General Education catalog years before fall 2014 are strongly encouraged to complete: GEP 101/UHC 110, CIS/CSC 101 or CSC 111, COM 115, ENG 110, MTH 130 or higher, and KIN 100 within their first 30 hours.
  • Students with General Education catalog years beginning in fall 2014 are strongly encouraged to complete GEP 101/UHC 110, ENG110, COM 115, and MTH 130 or higher within their first 30 hours. 

No application is needed for admission to the psychology degree program.  The Psychology Department will admit pre-majors to the degree program upon successful completion of PSY 150.  Admission to the psychology degree program establishes the catalog year for a student majoring in psychology.