Why should I major in psychology?

The science of psychology is defined as the study of behavior and mental processes. Psychology is a multifaceted science concerned with understanding topics as diverse as human physiology, interpersonal relationships, sensory perception and adaptation, and mental disorders. Opportunities for work as a psychologist are expanding in number and scope. The recognition that psychology can address many of the major problems facing society has led to increased opportunities for careers in fields such as social services, public health, ecology, education and the legal system. A bachelor’s degree in psychology can prepare students for entry-level jobs in a number of service and business related fields. Employers in different fields seek the analytical and problem-solving skills that a psychology degree can instill.

What can I do with a psychology degree from the University of Pikeville?
The psychology curriculum at the University of Pikeville explores such topics as the behavior of individuals in groups, personality, human development from infancy through old age, mental disorders, learning and cognition, memory, dreams and archetypes, research methodology, the psychology of religion, the physiological mechanisms of behavior, psychology in law and educational psychology. With such a diverse array of knowledge at their disposal, the University of Pikeville graduates who majored in psychology have a wealth of employment opportunities. Many students go on to a master’s or doctoral degree in psychology or a related field. With a doctoral degree, students can pursue a career in research or practice in a number of different sub-fields of psychology.

Psychology at the University of Pikeville
Psychology attempts to give meaning to human behavior and mental processes. The field is multifaceted, addressing topics as diverse as human physiology, interpersonal relationships, emotions, motivations, group dynamics, learning and mental disorders. The psychology program at the University of Pikeville bridges the chasm between humanistic and scientific inquiries. Students are provided the opportunity to explore such fascinating topics as personality, dreams, lifespan development, psychopathology, social psychology, learning and cognition, memory, myths and archetypes, research methodology, the psychology of religion and psychology in law.

Psychology Degree Options
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Psychology Careers
Child Psychologist
Clinical Psychologist
Jury Consultant
Learning Disabilities Specialist
Marketing Analyst
Occupational Therapist
Performance Consultant
Police Officer
School Psychologist
Social Worker



PSY 110 General Psychology
Introduces the field of psychology by examining fundamental issues in the field from various perspectives, some of which can be resolved by moving beyond the old antitheses. For instance, the classic argument over nature versus nurture is resolved by Albert Bandura's notion of reciprocal determinism. Topics include learning, scientific method, measurement, personality, mental disorders, memory, dreams, language, cognition, behavior, and consciousness. Prerequisite: ENG 099 or placement beyond.

PSY 215 Lifespan Development
This course uses an integrative approach to study the lifespan. It focuses on the major developmental theories, as well as their views of maturation in the physical, social, emotional and intellectual realms. The interrelatedness of various aspects of development from conception through death is emphasized. Prerequisite: PSY 110.

PSY 285 Statistics for the Social Sciences
This course will examine both descriptive (e.g. distributions, central tendency, variability, graphic representations) and inferential (e.g. t-tests, Analysis of Variance) statistics within the context of the social sciences. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the conditions that call for the use of one test over another. Students will be exposed to theory as well as to hands-on application through computer statistics packages such as SPSS. Prerequisites: PSY 110 and MTH 111 or higher. Cross-listed as CJ 285 and SOC 285.

PSY 300 Experimental Psychology I
Introduction to design, methods, and theory in psychological research. Includes examination of both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Students will conduct studies involving laboratory and field techniques. Prerequisites: PSY 110 and MTH 200 or PSY 285.

PSY 310 Psychology of Learning
Survey of the seemingly contradictory approaches to understanding human learning - beginning with classical behavioral principles involved in classical conditioning and instrumental conditioning, followed by the transition to cognitve theories involved in verbal learning, schemas, and memory, and ending with current models attempting to integrate behavioral and cognitive schools of thought toward a fuller understanding of human learning. Prerequisite: PSY 110.

PSY 315 Social Psychology
Examines the scientific study of how one's thoughts, feelings, and behavior are influenced by the social context. Students explore a range of contemporary topics such as attitudes, cognitions, self-concept, prejudice, interpersonal perception, persuasion, relationships, aggression, conformity, and obedience. Prerequisite: PSY 110. Cross-listed as SOC 315.

PSY 320 Psycho-Social Adjustment
Approaches the adjustment between society and psyche from a psychological perspective. Regional novels are often used to discern the patterns underlying the behavior associated with particular regions or ethnic groups. Prerequisite: PSY 110.

PSY 323 Abnormal Psychology
Examines mental disorders in terms of their etiology, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment. Introduces students to the major diagnostic categories of mental disorders from mild neuroses to severe psychoses. Shows how each theoretical perspective and its attendant classification system can blind as well as clarify the phenomenon being investigated. Prerequisite: PSY 110.

PSY 325 Psychology of Religion
Offers multiple psychological perspective on a variety of religious experiences in order to foster dialogue between the fields of psychology and religion. Religious texts such as the Tao Te Ching and the Bhagavadgita may be examined for their psychological significance. Prerequisites: PSY 110 and REL 213 or REL 214.

PSY 333 Dreams into Consciousness
By journaling our own nightly dream experiences we re-enter the imaginal realm of the Otherworld. Through such techniques as active imagination, journeys to the inner guide and dream re-entry, we shall come to understand how the synchronistic experiences that we now feel as déjà vu were once commonly perceived by shamans as magic. By bringing dreams into consciousness, we familiarize ourselves with the mythical and poetic substrate of the imagination. Pre-requisite: PSY 110.

PSY 375 Psychology of Gender
This course is an exploration of gender as a central organizing feature of human behavior and an overall picture of gender from a psychological perspective. We will examine various theoretical models of male and female development from a psychological perspective. Prerequisite: PSY 110.

PSY 390 Special Topics
A study of a selected topic of special interest. The topic may differ each time the course is offered and may be proposed by either the instructor or students. Topics may include psychology in film, in law, of Appalachia, human motivation, transition to the World of Academia or Employment, etc. This course may be taken for credit any number of times, provided that a different topic is studied each time. Prerequisites: PSY 110.

PSY 405 Physiological and Biological Psychology
This course is an introduction to the physiological, neurophysiological, chemical, and genetic bases of human behavior. The study of anatomy, neuroanatomy, and physiology will show the relevance of sensory and motor activity to emotion, mental health, motivation, and learning. The student will learn to regard human behavior from a biological point of view. The course emphasizes basic concepts, current research, and psychopharmacological implications. Prerequisites: Junior standing, PSY 110 and 3 hours of Biology.

PSY 410 Psychological and Educational Testing and Evaluation
Standardized and teacher prepared tests, as well as test selection, construction, administration, scoring, and interpretation. Includes a unit on statistics and the measurement of abilities, interests, achievement, and personality. Prerequisite: PSY 110.

PSY 422 Sport Psychology
This course will focus on the psychological factors related to motivation, participation, and exercise adherence in sports venues. Students will explore how psychological and social variables influence participation and performance in sport and physical activity, and how participation in sport and physical activity affect the psychological well-being of the individual. Prerequisite: PSY 110 and junior standing. Cross-listed as BUS 422.

PSY 440 Psychology of Personality
We shall explore how theories of personality evolved over the course of the last century by delving deeply into the personalities of the theorists. The philosophical and cultural assumptions implicit in both theorist and theory will be explicated as a function of creative illness responding to the Zeitgeist. Prerequisite: 15 hours of Psychology or Social Work.

PSY 452 Interdisciplinary Commons in Law, Justice, and Society
This capstone course will examine the interdisciplinary connections between psychology, sociology, law, criminal justice, and public policy. We will draw on the knowledge of experts and practitioners in representative fields to construct a common ethical and philosophical basis from which to view contemporary problems in a legal, social and psychological sense. Prerequisite: Senior Standing or permission of Instructor. Cross-listed as SOC 452 and CJ 452.

PSY 455 History and Systems of Psychology
Delineates the philosophical, cultural, and historical factors contributing to particular theories and systems in the field of psychology. Attempts to discern what factors are responsible for the modern perspectives. Will the earth still be flat when the paradigms shift? Prerequisites: Junior standing and 15 hours in psychology and/or social work.

PSY 457 Cognitive Psychology
The theoretical issues, methods of research, neurological foundations, and findings in studying attention, perception, memory, problem solving, decision making, expertise, language and intelligence will be explored and utilized. This course focuses on writing psychological research and will include laboratiories. Prerequisites: PSY 110 and ENG 112 or ENG 115.

PSY 495 Seminar in Psychology
Small group study of contemporary and classic topics in the field of psychology such as dreams, drugs, consciousness, aggression, advanced experimental, myths, personal adjustment, chaos theory, sychronicity, and counseling. May be repeated for a second three semester hours (on a different subject). Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor and fifteen hours of Psychology.

PSY 497 Psychology Internship
This is a supervised experiential learning course. It is intended to enhance the classroom experience. Prerequisites: 3 hours of psychology and the consent of the Instructor, Division Chair, and Dean. It may be repeated for up to 9 hours of credit. Only 3 hours may count toward the psychology major or minor.

PSY 499 Directed Individual Study in Psychology
Independent investigation in selected fields of psychology. Reports and conferences based on these studies. Open to students who are majoring in psychology and have completed at least fifteen hours in the field. Prerequisites: Senior standing and consent of the Instructor, the Division Chair, and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Name: LeAnne Epling
Title: Associate Professor of Psychology
Email: LeAnnaEpling@upike.edu
Phone: 606.218.5018
Office: Armington 427

Name: John Howie
Title: Professor of Psychology
Email: JohnHowie@upike.edu
Phone: 606.218.5006
Office: Armington 437

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