Psychology (BA)


The requirements for a major in Psychology are designed to meet educational goals of two distinct student populations. First, Psychology is a profession which usually requires an advanced degree for employment as a psychologist. Consequently, the major is designed to provide the fundamental knowledge, skills, and experience appropriate for those students who plan to attend graduate school in Psychology. Second, most students who choose a major in psychology do so because they are very interested in the subject and want more than just a casual understanding of Psychology. Therefore, the major is also designed to provide basic knowledge and skills which would be useful to students who plan to complete a BA degree and then pursue a career in a field other than Psychology.

Students must complete a minimum of 30 graded hours of credit in Psychology earning a grade of C or better. At least 15 of the required 30 hours must be upper-division courses, and at least 9 hours (including 6 upper division hours) must be taken at Washburn. The table below shows required courses with prerequisites, and/or choices of courses which meet specific requirements.



Course (credit hours)


Lower Division Core 

PY 100 Basic Concepts in Psychology (3)


PY 105 Introductory Psychology Laboratory (1)

PY 100 or concurrent enrollment

PY 150 Psychological Statistics (4)

PY 100 with grade of "C" or better; PY 105 or concurrent enrollment; and MA104

PY 250 Experimental Psychology (4)

PY 150 and PY 105 with grades of "C" or better

PY 299 Psychological Forum (1)

PY 100; and Sophomore Psychology Major (Pass/Fail Only)

Upper Division (U.D.) Core

(Must choose four of the six courses)

PY 301 Principles of Learning (3)

PY 100 or 101

PY 305 Sensation and Perception (3)

PY 100 or 101

PY 306 Cognition (3)

PY 100 or 101

PY 307 Physiological Psychology (3)

PY 100 or 101

PY 309 Theories of Personality (3)

PY 100 or 101

PY 310 Social Psychology (3)

PY 100 or 101

Senior Capstone Experience (Must earn at least three credit hours)

PY 387 History and Systems of Psychology (3)

Psychology Senior or Consent

PY 389 Independent Study (1-3)

Consent of instructor

PY 390 Directed Research (1-3)

PY 250 and consent of instructor


Suggested Schedule





PY 100
PY 105
PY 150 (with lab)

PY 250 (with lab)
PY 299
Lower Division Elective

U.D. Core 1
U.D. Core 2
Upper Division Elective

U.D. Core 3
U.D. Core 4