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Psychology Contact

Department Chair:

David P. Hurford, Ph.D.

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Contact Person:
Carol S. Oehme

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Phone: (620) 235-4523
Fax: (620) 235-6102

1701 S. Broadway Pittsburg, KS 66762-7551

Undergraduate Degree Programs

While careers involving the provision of direct mental health services have traditionally been the most common choices for those entering the field of psychology, many career choices and directions are available. Bachelor's degree holders in psychology now find job roles readily available in human resources, employee recruitment and selection, public relations, market research and advertising, program development, teaching, research, case management, substance abuse services, community relations, administra­tion, and other human service areas. However, individuals who wish to have professional status and credentials as a psychologist or counselor must obtain a graduate degree.

The Department of Psychology and Counseling offers a full range of bachelor's degree programs to prepare students in applied skills or for entry into graduate and professional level training. Students should work closely with their advisors to establish career goals and to select and plan programs that will allow them to effectively pursue graduate training or develop appropriate applied skills for entry into the world of work.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology

This degree was designed for undergraduate students who aspire to continue their education in graduate or professional school. This degree particularly prepares students for advanced training in psychology and counseling, but also provides a very good background for other disciplines (e.g., law, media, social work, business, etc.). The B.A. degree requires that the student complete ten hours of a foreign language and a minor in an area recognized by the University.

Program Guide

University Catalog


Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology

This degree was designed for students who want to pursue a career in a psychology-related field immediately after graduation. Historically, most careers in psychology and counseling require graduate training, however; there are a number of careers that do not. It should also be pointed out that completing the B.S. does not preclude an individual from gaining entrance into graduate school. Presently, the Department of Psychology and Counseling offers six concentrations (which replaces the requirements for a minor):

  • Developmental Disabilities Concentration: prepares graduates to work in developmental disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, facilities or transition homes as supervisors, transition coordinators, or mental retardation professionals.
  • Human Resource Development Concentration: prepares graduates for positions in business and industry as human resource planners, personnel directors, or employee selection specialists. Individuals trained in human resource development are trained to assist individuals in the workplace become the most effective and motivated workers who have their skills, abilities, and knowledge suitably utilized and recognized.
  • Human Factors Concentration: prepares students for careers or further graduate training in the interaction of humans with various media/machines/instruments. Individuals who work in the human factors area, also referred to as ergonomics, study and develop the most effective ways for humans to interact with media, machines or instruments. One of the fastest growing areas of human factors involved designing the most efficient and user friendly web sites. Traditionally, individuals trained in human factors have developed efficient dash boards in automobiles and aircraft and many other areas where humans routinely interact with machines.
  • Psychology and Legal Issues Concentration: prepares graduates to work in the legal system in jobs such as probation and parole officers or law enforcement personnel, and to prepare students for law school.
  • Psychology and the Military Concentration:  prepares gradautes for Social Service positions involving career counseling, as well as instructional positions and those that work with organizations and organizational improvement with both Military Service Members and Military Civilian Corps.

Students must apply (application available in the department office) and be accepted before undertaking coursework in the following concentration:

  • Substance Abuse Services Concentration: prepares graduates to work as substance abuse counselors and qualifies graduates for licensure as additions counselors through the Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board in Kansas.

Program Guide

University Catalog


Undergraduate Minors

The Department of Psychology and Counseling offers three minors for students majoring in another field. Minors include:


Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship applications are due by February 1 of each year for the following academic year.  To be considered for a scholarship in the Department of Psychology and Counseling, you must submit both an online application ( and a personal statement of career goals to the Department of Psychology and Counseling that provides a synopsis of your academic career thus far as well as your aspirations with regard to Psychology and/or Counseling.  APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED IF STUDENTS DO NOT SUBMIT THE PERSONAL STATEMENT OF CAREER GOALS.

To learn more about tuition costs and financial aid, view our Affordability page.

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