Psychology - B.A.

Kent State University
Program overview
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates

East Liverpool



About this program

Psychology - B.A.

Students in the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology apply the science of understanding and explaining thoughts, emotions and behavior to solving real-world problems. Topics include stress, biological influences on behavior, growth and development of children and diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders. Elective courses may be used to specialize in a number of areas of psychology and to gain hands-on experience in research labs. The degree prepares students for graduate school and employment in a range of fields, including clinical, applied and experimental areas of psychology and related fields such as education, law, human resources and health care.

The Psychology major includes the following optional concentrations:

  • The Child Psychology concentration is designed for students who are interested specifically in children and adolescents. Topics include child development, psychological disorders of childhood and adolescence, children's cognitive processes, personality development and child-related research experience. The concentration prepares students for graduate study and employment in a range of fields, including clinical psychology, school psychology, school counseling and employment in settings such as child development centers and related agencies.
  • The Counseling Careers concentration is designed to prepare students for employment in a range of fields and for master's-level study in all fields of counseling. Topics include human adjustment, stress and coping, human development, personality, psychological disorders, treatment and intervention techniques, psychometrics, psychopharmacology and clinical or counseling-related research experience.

Admission requirements

Freshman Students on the Kent Campus:

The freshman admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who demonstrate areas of promise for successful college study. Deferred applicants may begin their college coursework at one of seven regional campuses of Kent State University.

Freshman Students on the Regional Campuses:

Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Twinsburg Academic Center, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students:

All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score, minimum 48 PTE score or minimum 100 DET score; or by completing the ESL level 112 Intensive Program.

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Program content

Major requirements

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)

  • General Psychology (DIVD) (KSS)
  • Quantitative Methods in Psychology I
  • Research Methods in Psychology (ELR)

Group I (Behavioral Neuroscience/Learning)

  • Basic Learning Processes
  • Biopsychology

Group II (Cognition)

  • Perception
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

Group III (Social/Personality)

  • Personality
  • Social Psychology

Group IV (Application of Psychological Science)

  • Laboratory Experience in Psychological Research: Social/clinical (WIC)
  • Laboratory Experience in Psychological Research: Cognitive/learning (WIC)
  • Research Writing in Psychology (WIC)
  • Writing in Psychology (WIC)

Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)

  • Destination Kent State: First Year Experience

Foreign Language (se Foreign Language College Requirement below)

College General Requirement (must be from Kent Core Basic Sciences)

College General Requirement (must be from Kent Core Social Sciences)

Kent Core Composition

Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory)

Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each)

Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning

Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)

Kent Core Additional

General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 42 upper-division credit hours)

Child Psychology Concentration Requirements

  • Child Psychology (DIVD) (KSS)

Concentration Electives, choose from the following:

  • Adolescent Psychology
  • Children's Thinking
  • Psychological Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence
  • Pediatric Psychology
  • Special Topics in Child Psychology

Group VI (Clinical/Counseling)

  • Psychology of Everyday Life (DIVD) (KSS) or Abnormal Psychology

Counseling Careers Concentration Requirements

  • Psychology of Everyday Life (DIVD) (KSS)
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Introduction to Clinical Psychology

Concentration Electives, choose from the following:

  • Forensic Psychology
  • Adolescent Psychology
  • Children's Thinking
  • Psychological Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence
  • Pediatric Psychology
  • Drugs and Behavior
  • Health Psychology
  • Special Topics in Counseling Careers

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university's website for more information.

Program delivery

Fully offered on the following campuses:

  • Ashtabula Campus
  • East Liverpool Campus
  • Geauga Campus
  • Kent Campus
  • Salem Campus
  • Stark Campus
  • Trumbull Campus
  • Tuscarawas Campus



  • Tuition fees for Ohio residents: $11,587 USD per year
  • Tuition fees for residents of other states and international students: $20,463 USD per year


Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Describe the basic theoretical perspectives, principles, concepts, empirical findings and historical trends in psychology.
  2. Understand and use fundamental data analysis techniques.
  3. Understand and apply basic research methods/tools in psychology and evaluate the adequacy of research designs.
  4. Write effectively in the discipline.
  5. Recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.

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Kent State University

800 E Summit St
44242 Kent Ohio
United States of America

Phone no: +1 330-672-7980

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